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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

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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


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

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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'.

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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McCormick’s Grill Mates - Love ‘em or Leave ‘em?

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    McCormick’s Grill Mates - Love ‘em or Leave ‘em?

    Do you Love, like, tolerate, hate, etc... them?

    What is your favorite McCormick rub, seasoning, marinade, spice, etc...?

    Any interesting combinations, concoctions, uses, etc...?

    Personally I don’t have a lot of grocery shopping options nearby... no Costco, Sams, Whole Foods, Target, etc... I’m pretty much stuck with Wal-Mart, Jay C’s (Kroger brand), and Save-A-Lot... oddly enough there is also Dollar General with a full grocery section that surprisingly has some good produce and works in a pinch. I am lucky to have a reputable meat locker close by... anyway I share that to say this... my shopping options are limited and I like to have some stuff besides MMD, BBBR, S&G, etc... rubs available for use. McCormicks seems to be the easiest to acquire so I usually keep a some of their’s and Weber rubs on hand... especially for chicken.

    Personally I have been on a Chipotle & Roasted Garlic kick. My wife likes the Applewood Rub...

    How about you all?

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    I always keep the Montreal Chicken seasoning in my cupboard. There are a couple dishes that I make using this. I haven’t really used the others though.


    • Top | #3
      I always keep a big shaker of Montreal Steak in my pantry, along with Lawry’s Poultry rub and Bad Bryon’s Butt Rub.

      I’ve enjoyed several of the McCormick rubs over the years, as well as the Weber. I keep a selection on hand for when I am too lazy to mix my own up. I used to always keep their hamburger seasoning in the pantry, until I started doing smash burgers, and now its just pepper, onion powder and garlic powder as mix-ins, and salt at the grill. The Brazilian Steakhouse is pretty good too, and I have some of that in the pantry, along with some of the Applewood rub.

      I tend to buy the large (23 oz?) containers of these type spices, at my local Sam's Club.

      Another good place to get spices is The Spice House, online (www.thespicehouse.com). I started there getting some unique things like Indian Coriander, for brewing my Berliner Weisse, but they have a lot of interesting mixes, and of course, straight up individual spices.
      Last edited by jfmorris; July 31st, 2019, 08:09 AM.


      • Top | #4
        I like them. Except for the chicken which is the only one I currently have a king size container of. I tend to make my own spice mixes but I reach for McCormick's whenever it's convenient.
        Last edited by Attjack; July 30th, 2019, 10:54 PM.


        • Top | #5
          I've always been very happy with their seasonins, great everyday go to stuff, has always been my experience!

          (Jus got another 2 23 oz. Montreal Chicken, if that passes fer a partial answer...)

          Full disclosure: I haven't tried too many of their more recent variants, but if they're on a par with what I've had/used fer years, then I'd try em, without hesitation!

          Perhaps ya can make some recommendations, based upon what ya have used, there?


          • Top | #6
            I mix my own. I get spices at a local store that sells bulk spices, but if you don't have one there are plenty of online options. Advantages are the spices are fresher. You can mix the amount you are going to use, or a large amount that you'll use in less than a year. And you can customise your own, I rarely mix the same thing twice.


            • holehogg
              holehogg commented
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              Guess thst means no good asking you for one of your recipes.
              I have the tendency to wing it alot and sometimes sorry I didn't take notes.

            • ComfortablyNumb
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              holehogg Generally I start with a recipe, then start adding or taking away. Finally wind up with something I like, but can tweak according to mood. Secret is to make small amounts, that way it's always fresh and you can change it up, as opposed to a large amount that you are stuck with until it's gone.

            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Reminds me of beer brewing. Basically there are two types, the 'Scientific' who measure exact amounts and make copious notes. Then there are 'Zen' brewers, who loosely follow recipes and don't record anything. I lean toward the latter.

          • Top | #7
            I like them, but I almost always add additional spices.


            • Top | #8
              The Montreal seasoning is the standard, IMO. Not that there aren’t better, but that is the one that they are better or worse than.


              • Nate
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                I think this is hitting the nail on the head.

            • Top | #9
              You can pry my Montreal Steak seasoning from my warm, greasy hands. I've used a couple of the others and they were fine.


              • Top | #10
                I like the Montreal seasoning. Haven't tried too many of the others, but my local Winco recently had a variety of flavors in the packets on sale for $0.10 each (limit 10), so I picked up 20 packets of assorted flavors on two visits. I just put some of the Smoky Ranchero inside and outside of my first "fatty" the other day - and I liked it. I think these are quality seasonings from looking at the ingredients. No MSG! That's a lot of seasoning for $2. I see these are all labeled as marinades, but I think its OK to use them as rubs or seasonings also - its just herbs, salt, peppers, and maybe sugar here and there.

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                • Oakgrovebacon
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                  Long before this website existed,(20 years ago) I always used the mesquite marinade for brisket. Always turned out good. Might go back and try one the old way,

              • Top | #11
                I always keep some Montreal steak and the hamburger seasoning handy. I'm a big fan of both of those.


                • Top | #12
                  I really liked there pork rub but they have discontinued it or renamed it that I haven't figured out yet. I use them at the cabin in Iowa. Much more convenient than mixing some up for a few weeks.


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ID:	723103 Besides the Montreal Steak Seasoning, which I can’t live without I love their perfect pinch Caribbean Jerk seasoning made into a marinade. I don’t recall where I saw this but it’s a great marinade for pork or chicken.

                    3 parts Caribbean Jerk seasoning
                    3 parts vegetable oil
                    2 parts soy sauce
                    1 part apple cider vinegar

                    its the perfect balance of sweet, heat, salty and sour.


                    • Nate
                      Nate commented
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                      awesome... thanks for the share

                  • Top | #14
                    We keep montreal steak and chicken and lawrys poultry. Beyond that i tend to make my own. And hanks.


                    • Top | #15
                      McCormicks is sold labeled as Club House up here and are staples when we cook.
                      The Keg is a steakhouse chain that has
                      recently started selling there seasoning.
                      Hard to find a lot of the rubs you take for granted up here so I make my own rubs
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