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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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My First Pork Butt

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  • FishTalesNC
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 900
    • Durham, NC

    • Cookers
      • Weber Premium Kettle 26” w/ SNS XL
      • Weber Smokey Joe 14”
      • Pit Barrel Cooker


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      • Weber iGrill 2 w/ 1 ambient and 3 meat probes
      • Thermapen mk4


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    Top | #16
    Congrats, looks awesome, now you're hooked for life!! I'd echo the sentiments on wrapping. When I started this journey I was all about the bark, more bark, can't get enough bark. I realized after a while I could create bark that was so significant (especially on chuckies for some reason) it wasn't even chew-able. Wrapping late softens it back up just a bit without really compromising it, still get the same great flavor (hardy bark but not hard, as Huskee mentioned). This is also why I personally prefer chopped to pulled, I feel like I get a better even mix of the bark thru out the meat and avoid chewy chunks, but I think that's just me as I've never seen anyone else mention it. Also recommend the easy spin grate for the SNS, your refilling days will be SO much easier.

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    • Michael_in_TX
      Club Member
      • Dec 2018
      • 147
      • Texas Gulf Coast
      • Grills:
        Weber 22" Kettle Premium w/Slow N' Sear 2.0
        W.C. Bradley & Co Char Kettle CK-115 ~1980s Vintage Grill (inactive)

        Accessories:
        Thermopop (Instant Read)
        Weber iGrill 2 (Grill and Meat Temps)

      Top | #17
      Thanks for the advice all! I'm glad I didn't wrap this time so I can have something to compare wrapping to.

      It seems on a great many videos, many wrap between 150 to 170 or so. I'm also going to try to keep my temps more centered at 250 +/- 25.

      I'll also be more conservative on adding more coals. Even when the temps dropped around 5 hours, when I took the lid off the coals glowed brighter, so they clearly had some more life in them. Perhaps all I needed to do was shake off some ash. I know many people have gotten eight hours on a full SnS with the light-12-briquettes method.

      Now I have to be off....need to make a pulled pork sandwhich for lunch and another for an afternoon snack.

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      • klflowers
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 1972
        • Tennessee

        Top | #18
        Beautiful job, on to brisket!

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        • Steve R.
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 1911
          • Elizabethtown, KY
          • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 22.5" Original Premium kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Old Country Over and Under smoker; PBC; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

          Top | #19
          I would suggest getting a fan controller, such as the PartyQ. While it's not a necessity, it is a nice addition to the kettle. One of the primary benefits, in my experience, is that it keeps those glowing coals stoked a little longer until they are completely used up. I get about 10 hrs routinely out of a load of charcoal.

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          • Spinaker
            Moderator
            • Nov 2014
            • 10133
            • Land of Tonka
            • John "J R"
              Instagram: JRBowlsby
              Smokin' Hound Que
              Minnesota/ United States of America

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              Weber Spirit Gasser
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            Top | #20
            Congrats on a great cook! It looks and sounds like everything came out pretty well. I love that really thick bark. That is right up my alley.

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            • Anton32828
              Club Member
              • Jun 2018
              • 132
              • Weber 22 inch kettle grill
                Slow-N-Sear
                Maverick ET-732 thermometer

              Top | #21
              Congratulations, that looks awesome! I'm a beginner too. Great looking bark!

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              • Michael_in_TX
                Club Member
                • Dec 2018
                • 147
                • Texas Gulf Coast
                • Grills:
                  Weber 22" Kettle Premium w/Slow N' Sear 2.0
                  W.C. Bradley & Co Char Kettle CK-115 ~1980s Vintage Grill (inactive)

                  Accessories:
                  Thermopop (Instant Read)
                  Weber iGrill 2 (Grill and Meat Temps)

                Top | #22
                Originally posted by Steve R. View Post
                I would suggest getting a fan controller, such as the PartyQ. While it's not a necessity, it is a nice addition to the kettle. One of the primary benefits, in my experience, is that it keeps those glowing coals stoked a little longer until they are completely used up. I get about 10 hrs routinely out of a load of charcoal.
                I've thought about one of these. I need to figure out how to get my temps down to below 250 or so. My understanding is that the fan can either maintain or increase temps; not lower them.

                I may have some air intake leakage from where I put my temp probes in. (Or, I still haven't grasped the notion that it does not take much lit briquettes and small vent openings to get to 225-250!)

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                • Steve R.
                  Steve R. commented
                  Editing a comment
                  It won't do anything to lower the temp directly. But if you run it with the bottom vent completely closed once you hit your target temp, it will have only have the oxygen that the fan provides after that. Did you notice any smoke coming out from under the lid? If so, you can take the lid and lay it on a hard flat surface (garage floors are great for this) and see if there is any wobble to it. Another option is to install a gasket. I haven't had to do that, but a lot of people swear by it.
              • mountainsmoker
                Club Member
                • Jun 2019
                • 1259
                • Bryson City, NC

                Top | #23
                Good job for your first time. Yea that tough layer was caused by the 2 hours at 290, live and learn. That's why you keep doing them. It still tasted good I bet. Do not wrap. Even Meathead recommends not doing it. See this from Meathead's Best Pulled Pork Recipe.
                I never bother with the crutch when cooking at home.

                I think that says it all. But everyone has there opinion, I'd do a couple without and if you feel you have them mastered then try the crutch to see if you like them any better.

                Good luck on your next one.



















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                • AverageJoe
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2018
                  • 331
                  • Henderson Colorado
                  • Current Grills/Smoker (MCS is hitting)
                    Brinkman Trailmaster Ceramic Egg
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                    Thermoworks BlueDot

                    Cutlery/Prep Stuff
                    Dalstrong 12" Granton Edge Slicer
                    OXO Steel Chef's Mandoline Slicer
                    Random other knives and shears

                  Top | #24
                  Great job on the first one though. Many more to go and you will just get better over time. I personally have never wrapped a pork shoulder, but I do let mine rest a lot longer than you did. And like others have said. You got that harder part from the high heat during part of your cook. Again. Nice work and keep it up.

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                  • BRic
                    Club Member
                    • Mar 2017
                    • 356
                    • Winnipeg Mb. Canada
                    • Napoleon bbq
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                      Pit Barrel Cooker
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                      LEM 1182 Meat Grinder
                      Cabela`s Sausage Stuffer
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                      Red River Rumble BBQ and Grill
                      Reserve Grand Champions Backyard
                      2018 Morrris Manitoba

                    Top | #25
                    Congrats !! Looks awesome .

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