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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Reds Fan 5
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    • Sep 2014
    • 244
    • Western Springs, IL
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    Top | #1

    Ribs and Pecan

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ID:	709697 Baby back ribs. 26” kettle, SnS, KBB, pecan chunks, MMD, Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, 4.5 hrs, 235-240 degrees throughout cook. Family declared it one of my best all time cooks.

    Ribs from butcher counter at local grocery. Meatiest baby backs I’ve ever purchased.

    The main purpose of this post is to note the pecan wood. First time using it for a low n slow cook (used chips for a kiss of smoke on a hot n fast pork tenderloin last week). We loved it. Subtle but sweet smoke. For our palates it brought out the sweetness in the MMD. Pecan definitely in the wood rotation now.

    Curious about others’ experiences with the pecan.
  • Troutman
    Member Recipe Director
    • Aug 2017
    • 6295
    • Republic of Texallence

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    Top | #2
    Pecan, really any fruit wood works well with pork. Used to use applewood but switched lately to a mix of cherry and hickory. Your ribs look good !!

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    • Reds Fan 5
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2014
      • 244
      • Western Springs, IL
      • Equipment
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      Top | #3
      Troutman Thanks! Apple is my usual go-to for pork. Haven’t tried cherry.

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      • Dadof3Illinois
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 558
        • Southeast Illinois

        Top | #4
        I really like pecan, oak and hickory. The nut wood seems to give me that nice reddish amber color without overpowering the meat with too much smoke.

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        • hubmacfan
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          • Jul 2014
          • 40
          • Hattiesburg, MS

          Top | #5
          Pecan is my go-to. It's the only wood that I can identify its smoke by smell!

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          • Rod
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            • Dec 2015
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              Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

            Top | #6
            Big fan of pecan. Good looking ribs.

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            • OmegaDog12
              Club Member
              • Aug 2016
              • 102

              Top | #7
              My "go to" is a mixture of pecan and cherry. The smell and taste is out of this world and the neighbors seem to always "just happen to come by" when they smell this combo

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              • Spinaker
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                • Nov 2014
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                Top | #8
                Pecan is a great smoking wood. I wish it grew up here, I would use it a lot more often. It is tough to justify the cost to have it shipped here.

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                • Anton32828
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                  • Jun 2018
                  • 132
                  • Weber 22 inch kettle grill
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                  Top | #9
                  I really like pecan. A tasso recipe that I tried recommended pecan chunks, so that was the first smoking wood that I bought at the big-box store. I've tried apple wood and hickory since then. I like the apple wood. The hickory seems much stronger, so I doubt I'll use it "straight," but will use up the bag a chunk at a time to mix with the other woods. For my tastes, pecan is consistently the winner.

                  Note: I'm using charcoal (KBB) in an upright bullet smoker, a WSM 18-inch.

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                  • Bkhuna
                    Club Member
                    • Apr 2019
                    • 287
                    • Merritt Island Florida

                    Top | #10
                    Pecan has become my wood of choice for pork. My wife was never a fan of hickory and of late, it gives my indigestion. So I switched to pecan and like it better. Hard to over smoke with it.

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                    • AverageJoe
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2018
                      • 331
                      • Henderson Colorado
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                      Top | #11
                      And now. Thanks to you. I am going to thaw some ribs.

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                      • Thunder77
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                        • Jul 2014
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                        • Weber 22.5" Kettle with SnS Brinkmann 5 burner gasser. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

                        Top | #12
                        I love pecan smoke, especially for poultry. It gives the skin a beautiful color!

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                        • klflowers
                          Club Member
                          • Sep 2015
                          • 1976
                          • Tennessee

                          Top | #13
                          Apple and cherry have been my staple; recently tried some peach. Honestly I can't say I taste much of a difference between the fruit woods. I haven't tried pecan; going to have to try it out.

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                          • texastweeter
                            Club Member
                            • Jul 2017
                            • 1970
                            • Republic of Texas

                            Top | #14
                            As Thunder77 said, I use pecan exclusively on all feathered things. For all thing swine, I use hickory. Different strokes.

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                            • jfmorris
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                              • Nov 2017
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                              Top | #15
                              Pecan is a favorite of mine. I used to have a large, mature pecan tree in my backyard at another house, and I always gathered and saved all the dead wood and sticks it would drop. I've not bought any pecan chunks in a long time, but will have to remember to bring it back into the rotation. Lately I've just been using hickory (or oak from my wood pile).

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