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Digital Thermometers:
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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

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The Smokenator:
A Necessity For All Weber Kettles

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Gold BBQ Award If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker

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This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).

Gold BBQ AwardBest of all, it is only $289 delivered to your door!

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

Gold BBQ AwardMade of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.

Amp Up The Smoke

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Gold BBQ AwardMo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen that gets in so the wood smokes and never bursts into flame. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals, or stand it on edge at the back of your grill. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Mine has survived more than 50 cooks. Click for more info.

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

Gold BBQ AwardThe same knives used at Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, and Morton's. Machine washable, high-carbon stainless steel, hardwood handle. And now they have the AmazingRibs.com imprimatur. Click for more info.


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Barbecue History And Culture

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What is Barbecue. The world's most complete and comprehensive definition of the word barbecue. Highly controversial, especially since I make the case that grilling is a form of barbecue. I dare you to defeat my logic.

Barbecue History And The Origin Of The Word. A short history of barbecue and the origin of the word barbecue. False definitions and origin stories are dispatched.

The History of Barbecue Sauces. As usual, everything you have read on the internet is wrong. Here are the facts.

The Invention Of Barbecue: Dissertation on roast pork. Everyone has a theory of where barbecue originated. Here's Charles Lamb's version of the discovery of roast pork, first published in 1822.

The Barbecue Catering Business. Everybody tells you your food is so good you ought to start a catering business. Should you? What is involved?

Struttin With Some Barbecue. Just what was Louis Armstrong singing about in his classic tune? Not pulled pork!

BBQ Diplomacy at LBJ's Texas White House. Barbecue has been used as a tool in American political campaigns for more than a century. But no politician ever used the conviviality and informality of cooking and eating outdoors than the 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who stepped away from the Oval Office more than 40 years ago.

David Letterman's Top Ten Barbecue Lists. Letterman knows a lot about barbecues. Really?

Food & Flicks. My favorite meals on reels.

Hot Dog History. This dog has a fascinating tale.

Barbecue Fubars. Read some of the hilarious screwups our readers have made. Add yours!

Porkin' Across America. The humor magazine/website, The Onion, has done it again. They've nailed a spoof of the travel food show with an eight part series called "Porkin Across America." The host is traveling across the nation sampling pork dishes while trying to hold his life together back at home.

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