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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!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there

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

slow n sear

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

the good one grill

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

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


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


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

grill grates

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'.

Click here to read our detailed review

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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    Tater Tot Casserole

    Although the Tater Tot Casserole isn't anything new, most recipes call for it to be an all in one type dish which includes some protein like ground beef or breakfast sausage. All good for sure, but we just wanted a starchy side dish to go with our Memorial Day grilled chicken dinner, so I decide to throw together a tot casserole on the fly with what I had on hand. Came out pretty dang good so I thought I'd share it with you all.

    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: American
    Makes: 6 to 8 servings
    Takes: 20 minutes to prep and 60 minutes to bake (or smoke if you prefer)


    1-28 ounce bag of frozen Tater Tots
    4-5 ounces of cream cheese
    4-5 ounces of sour cream
    1 tablespoon of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
    8 ounce package of grated cheddar jack cheese
    5-6 ounces of grated sharp cheddar cheese
    1-3 ounce can of French's Fried Onions
    1 tablespoon of salt


    Let the cream cheese sit out on the counter to soften. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, worcestershire, salt and cheddar jack cheese in a bowl. Incorporate the ingredients into a thick paste-like consistency. In a casserole dish, spray some non-stick oil and empty the bag of frozen tots into the bottom in a single layer. Take and daub teaspoons of the cheese mixture evenly over the top of the tots.

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    Next take the grated sharp cheddar cheese and sprinkle that evenly over the top, followed by the entire can of fried onions.

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    Pre-heat your oven (or place into a smoker) to 350* and insert the casserole. Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes until all the cheeses are melted and bubbly. Allow to cool then serve.

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    Easy and relatively quick side dish to go along with barbecue or other main courses. Turns out really good, nothing better than cheesy tots. Try it with your next meal, great at home or for a tasty party dish.


  • Top | #2
    Nice! Here in Minnesota we call it hotdish. Casserole is the vessel it's made in. I have been known to use my smoker as an oven to avoid heating up the house. This would be a good dinner option.


    • IowaGirl
      IowaGirl commented
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      Many people would disagree about casserole being just the container that holds the food -- the word is often used for the food in the dish too.

      "I brought a casserole."
      "Oooh, green bean casserole or tater tot casserole?"
      "That's a pretty casserole dish that you baked your tuna casserole in."

      As for "hoddish" ... seems to be a mostly Minnesnowtan and upper Iowan alternative to "casserole." I never heard this term until I lived in northeast Iowa and made a passel of Minnesotan friends.

    • JCGrill
      JCGrill commented
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      IowaGirl I don't mean to imply that's the terminology everywhere, just here.

  • Top | #3
    I'm gonna try this!


    • Top | #4
      Will have to try this. I don't know what it is about tater tots but when I see or hear the words my gut and ears perk up


      • Top | #5
        Excellent! Thanks for sharing


        • Top | #6
          This looks good. I’ve never made a savory style tater tot dish. We do make a tater tot breakfast dish in the CI that’s good, so I’ll have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing!


          • Troutman
            Troutman commented
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            I believe what he may be referring to is another tot dish where you add egg and crumbled breakfast type sausage to my recipe. Very good and filling, put hair on your chest IowaGirl (well mine anyway )

          • barelfly
            barelfly commented
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            IowaGirl - I use a 12” CI skillet, fill with tater tots, then pour in a dozen eggs with cooked, crumbled sausage of your choose, chopped green Chile and top with shredded cheddar cheese. I bake for about an hour uncovered until the egg is cooked through. Let it sit for a bit, will be piping hot. I also make a green Chile sauce to top it with. It’s a belly filler for sure and a great brunch for friends!

          • IowaGirl
            IowaGirl commented
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            Filed away for future reference, barelfly. Thank you!

            Troutman -- Not gonna go there!

        • Top | #7
          That looks great, Steve. I suspect you could also use leftover cooked potatoes cut into chunks.


          • Top | #8
            Cheesy comfort food style side! Looks great, and easy. Thanks for sharing.


            • Top | #9
              Easily one of my favorite dishes, hands down!