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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads or paid placements. These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.



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.

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.

Click here to read our complete review

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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.

Click here to read our detailed review

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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'.

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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

Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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

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  • AverageJoe
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 331
    • Henderson Colorado
    • Current Grills/Smoker (MCS is hitting)
      Brinkman Trailmaster Ceramic Egg
      Classic Pit Barrel Cooker with
      US ARMY logo plate
      Nexgrill Deluxe 6 burner gas grill

      CGS special order WOO Ring
      CGS 13" round ceramic stone
      Maverick ET-732
      Thermoworks Black Thermapen MK4
      Thermoworks BlueDot

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

    Top | #31
    I make my own rubs. I have found that my pork rub on ribs works outstanding, but I have been using some of KosmosQ Dirty Bird Hot on top of it.


    • treesmacker
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 579
      • Grants Pass OR
        • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
        • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
        • Cuisinart 360 Griddle

      Top | #32
      Maybe these guys

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      • IowaGirl
        IowaGirl commented
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        Mmmmmm. I must say I do like those briskets and shoulders!
    • ssandy_561
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 946
      • Central OHIO

      Top | #33
      I’ll make my own rubs from recipes on this web site and other I find on the interweb. I live 25 minutes from a bulk food store that has about any spice you can think of.

      The only two I buy any more are

      McCormick Montreal Steak

      McCormick Perfect Pinch Caribbean Jerk


      • texastweeter
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 1967
        • Republic of Texas

        Top | #34
        all home made down to sauce (even though I rarely use it myself),Italian seasoning, even taco or chili seasoning. Leave nothing to chance


        • Black99vette
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 343
          • Aurora, IL

          • Smokers & Grills
            Weber 22" Performer Deluxe
            Cal Flame P Series P4
            Weber 22"
            Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5
            Weber Smokey Joe
            Char-Broil Promo H2O Smoker
            Coleman Roadtrip Grill (Tailgating)
            No name brand
            A wireless unit - not sure of the brand
            Weber Rapid-Fire Chimney
            Slow 'N Sear
            Drip 'N Griddle Pan
            Bar-B-Que PartyQ
            Beer: Sam Adams, Heineken
            Other: Tequila, Margarita
            Grilling / Smoking & Cooking
            Work Working
            Home Improvement / DIY
            RC Helicopters
            About Me
            Name: Wayne
            Location: Aurora, IL

            Occupation: Software Engineer Manager - Home Automation, Security / Access Control & Video Systems

          Top | #35
          I make my own. But at times I'll use Old Bay or Lawry's seasoned salt. I have been making my own dip powders - mix with sour cream and taco seasonings lately. I do have Simon and Garfunkel mixed up as well.


          • SullysSassySauce
            SullysSassySauce commented
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            Old Bay and Lawry's are solid choices.
            I really like using oldbay when making foil packets. I toss corn, cabbage, smoked sausage, potatoes, and rutabaga together and throw it on the grill.
        • Bkhuna
          Club Member
          • Apr 2019
          • 293
          • Merritt Island Florida

          Top | #36
          There are a few commercial ones that I buy, but I make my own most of the time.


          • pjlstrat
            Club Member
            • May 2019
            • 202
            • Massachusetts
            • Grills
              Primo XL
              Weber Genesis w/ rotisserie

              ThermaQ 2 Channel
              Party Q

            Top | #37
            MMD and Dalmatian is all I use


            • Santamarina
              Club Member
              • Aug 2018
              • 569
              • Wildomar, CA

              Top | #38
              I haven’t bought a rub in over six years. Once I discovered AR there was no going back to commercial rubs. Many of mine are modified versions of popular AR rubs - MMD, BBBR, S&G - some are my own creations, guided by the principles of AR!


              • Missin44
                Club Member
                • Oct 2017
                • 106

                Top | #39
                For a long time I've been surprised how many buy commercial rubs. With all the debate on cookers costing hundreds to thousands of dollars, expensive meats, debates on woods it astonishing to think you can't make your own rub for pennies compared to commercial rubs. For me a little experimentation goes a long way, it takes only a few minutes to make your own. If all the ones I have made either by recipe or experimentation some have been better than others, but none have been bad. Commercial rubs are almost always loaded with salt, too much most of the time. Most all have the same basic ingredients, when I make my own I get to customize it to my taste.


                • Henrik
                  Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 3672
                  • Stockholm, Sweden

                  Top | #40
                  I make my own, and sell them commercially too on Amazon and in physical stores.


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

                    Top | #41
                    I kind of fell into making my own rubs and spice mix. I wanted to make tasso from various internet recipes, so I had to experiment to find the right spice mix for me. When I joined this site I tried Meathead's Memphis Dust for ribs and was hooked. Making my own rubs is all about controlling the salt. Commercial rubs are just full of salt, so if you want to add more flavor you risk over-salting the meat.


                    • Bluegill
                      Club Member
                      • Jan 2019
                      • 73
                      • NC Piedmont
                      • BGE (Lg)
                        Weber Genesis E310
                        Weber 22" Kettle
                        Weber Smokey Joe
                        2 Masterbuilt 30" electric smokers
                        22" Blackstone griddle
                        17" Blackstone griddle
                        Browning 2-burner
                        Certified KCBS Judge & TC

                      Top | #42
                      Always make my own!




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