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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

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!

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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).

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

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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


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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  • SullysSassySauce
    Club Member
    • Mar 2019
    • 33
    • Eau Claire Wisconsin

    Top | #1

    How many of our fellow smokers out there make their own meat rub?

    So Im curious to see how many of us in the pit make their own rub. Iv tried a few premade store bought rubs but cant seem to rival my own.
  • Texas Larry
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 643
    • Wilson County, TX
    • PrimoXL
      Maverick 732
      Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
      Thermapen
      Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
      Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

    Top | #2
    I’ve made my own for years, but still use premade ones as well, just for variety and to try them out.

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    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
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      Same here.
  • xaugievike
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 571
    • Chicagoland
    • Weber Genesis 300 series
      Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
      Weber Performer w/SNS
      PBC
      Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
      Ooni Pro Pizza oven

    Top | #3
    usually make my own. while some store-bought have been good enough, I generally prefer homemade.

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    • Mosca
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 2883
      • PA
      • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

      Top | #4
      Good subject.

      Most rubs are based on salt, pepper, and garlic.

      One day, a couple-three years back, I looked in the cabinet and saw that I had about half a dozen different bbq rubs. So, being that sort of guy, I mixed them all together in the largest jar (the John Henry jar). Honestly, it was pretty good! But I don’t think that counts for your question.

      I mixed my own chili powder last week, and I’ve mixed other peoples’ suggestions for rubs, but I haven’t sat down with a bunch of herbs and spices and done the little-of-this little-of-that based on my own taste.

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      • smokin fool
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 641
        • Mississauga, Ont

        Top | #5
        I make my own. Its usually different every time depending what ingredients I have in the pantry.
        Will use premade rubs if I see something that tweaks my interest and the salt content isn't to high.

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        • gdsim1
          Club Member
          • Jan 2017
          • 169
          • KC MO
          • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

          Top | #6
          I went through a phase a few years back when I made my own, but over the years have found a number of store-boughts for any and everything (steak, brisket, ribs, chicken, etc) that I like well enough. Rufus Teague’s lineup (sauces too) are personal favorites, as is Famous Dave’s. Pit Barrel’s are excellent as well.

          Getting lazy in in my old age I suppose.

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          • Huskee
            Pit Boss/Manager
            • May 2014
            • 14004
            • central MI, USA
            • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
              Smokers / Grills
              • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
              • PBC
              • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
              • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
              • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
              • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
              • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
              • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
              • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
              • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


              Thermometers
              • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
              • (7) Maverick ET-732s
              • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
              • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
              • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
              • Thermapen MkII, orange
              • ThermoPop, yellow
              • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
              • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
              • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
              • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


              Accessories
              • Instant Pot 6qt
              • Anova Bluetooth SV
              • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
              • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
              • BBQ Dragon
              • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
              • Weber grill topper
              • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
              • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
              • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


              Beverages
              • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
              • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
              • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
              • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
              • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
              • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
              • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


              About me
              Real name: Aaron
              Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

              Occupation:
              • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

            Top | #7
            I make my own rib rub, fajita rub, and 4 different sauces (recipes are all in here for members). I do really like a few store-bought ones though, Henrik's & Heaven Made Products are my top 2 favorites. PBC's All Purpose is quite good on chicken too, but takes 3rd place in my personal book.

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            • mountainsmoker
              Club Member
              • Jun 2019
              • 1292
              • Bryson City, NC

              Top | #8
              I have made my own since the early 90's and have one for pork, beef and poultry. Most of the ones you buy are based on salt and you really don't want to use them if you are brining your meat prior to smoking. Meatheads rub is pretty good also.

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              • FireMan
                Charter Member
                • Jul 2015
                • 6686
                • Bottom of Winnebago

                Top | #9
                Yup, make my own most of the time. Sauces, I’m not a big sauce guy so I mostly buy it for my wife & friends.

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                • bep35
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 283
                  • Pierre,SD
                  • 1987 Weber Kettle (Still going!)
                    2004 Cookshack Smokette (The original!)
                    2012 Weber Genesis (Wonderful for steaks and chops!)
                    2014 Pit Barrel Cooker (Lovin it!)
                    Thermoworks Thermapen
                    Thermoworks Mini Handheld Thermocouple & Meat Needle Probe
                    Various other wireless remote thermometers

                    Beer...Bud Light (Timeless)

                  Top | #10
                  I make the Memphis Dust for ribs and pulled pork and Big Bad Beef Rub for pulled chuck, both based on Meathead's recipes. I also make a modified coffee rub which I enjoy on pork chops. PBC All Purpose is good on chicken.

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                  • Argoboy
                    Argoboy commented
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                    I do the same I make Meatheads rubs, I don’t use an store bought rubs now.
                • Dadof3Illinois
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 558
                  • Southeast Illinois

                  Top | #11
                  I have made my own rubs for a long time but any more there are so many commercial rubs on the market that I like. I've been using a lot of the meat church products for pork lately and have always liked Mr Reeds products. For beef I just use salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix my own.

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                  • jfmorris
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2017
                    • 2036
                    • Huntsville, Alabama
                    • Jim Morris

                      Cookers
                      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
                      • Weber Genesis Silver A w/ GrillGrates (2002)
                      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                      • Anova
                      Thermometers
                      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                      • Thermoworks Dot
                      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                      • Thermoworks RT600C
                      Beverages
                      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                    Top | #12
                    I've made my own sauces, using recipes from The Barbecue Bible!, but until I came to AmazingRibs.com, I never bothered to make my own rubs, and used commercial rubs. I still get lazy, and keep a big shaker of Bad Byron's Butt Rub, Montreal Steak, and Lawry's Chicken and Poultry Rub in the pantry for those times I either deplete the spice cabinet and cannot mix up one from AmazingRibs, or don't have time. I've only made Simon & Garfunkel, MMD and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Crust I think it is called.

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                    • Huskee
                      Huskee commented
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                      Cow Crust is some seriously good beef rub, I tend to forget about it and reach for BBBR a lot.

                    • SullysSassySauce
                      SullysSassySauce commented
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                      I just made Cow Crust for the first time Sunday for some beef back ribs. Great flavor.
                  • MBMorgan
                    Club Member
                    • Sep 2015
                    • 5726
                    • Colorado
                    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                      > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                      > Thermoworks Smoke
                      > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                      > Thermoworks Thermapen
                      > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                      > Anova sous vide circulator
                      > Searzall torch
                      > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                    Top | #13
                    I make my own ... but I’m not ashamed to follow (mostly ) other's recipes.
                    Last edited by MBMorgan; July 17th, 2019, 09:39 AM.

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                    • RonB
                      Club Member
                      • Apr 2016
                      • 10870
                      • Near Richmond VA
                      • Weber Performer Deluxe
                        SNS
                        Pizza insert
                        Rotisserie
                        Smokenator 1000
                        Cookshack Smokette Elite
                        2 Thermapens
                        Chefalarm
                        Dot
                        lots of probes.
                        CyberQ

                      Top | #14
                      I use a mix of home made and store bought. Homemade I usually start with a recipe that looks good and over time I tweek it, but it's never the same twice 'cause I seldom write down what I do...

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                      • Huskee
                        Huskee commented
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                        Pork Butt Surprise & Brisket Surprise?

                      • RonB
                        RonB commented
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                        "xactly!
                    • Woodson
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2019
                      • 83
                      • Missouri
                      • WSMx2, OKJ, UDS, and Trusty Weber Kettle.
                        Guru, Smoke, Thermapen.

                        Real Fire = Real BBQ, the rest of ya'll are just playing pretend.

                      Top | #15
                      Once did, no longer do. (Except for simple SPG types, still make those) There are too many good blends are available. Just my .02, the end result isn’t worth the time or money most of the time.

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                      • Huskee
                        Huskee commented
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                        You make a great point. On your plate it's all good isn't it? I started out looking at it from a saving money standpoint- $3 worth of spices instead of $12 for a bottle of commercial rub. But some I just can't make myself so spend I shall!

                      • LA Pork Butt
                        LA Pork Butt commented
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                        Huskee Also, many of the complicated blends call fo spices I rarely use otherwise. Besides how many different rubs and blends do you really need. Maybe it is MSS instead of MCS.

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