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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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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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GrillGrates Take You To
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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.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces.

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

pit barrel c ooker bbqAbsolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world.

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 $299 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.

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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 Gear: Funny Aprons, Shirts, Mugs, More
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Order cool, humorous gear designed by Meathead and custom printed by CafePress.com. Many items have the design printed front and back. They make perfect gifts for the food and drink lovers in your life. Below are the available designs and some of the captions.

gift collagePRODUCTS
indent arrow Aprons
indent arrow Men's boxers
indent arrow Thongs
indent arrow T-shirts
indent arrow Golf shirts
indent arrow Sweatshirts
indent arrow Sweatsuits
indent arrow Hoodies
indent arrow Baby clothes
indent arrow Caps
indent arrow Beer mugs
indent arrow Coffee mugs
indent arrow Refrigerator Magnets
indent arrow Buttons
indent arrow Dog T-shirts
indent arrow Pet bowls
indent arrow Posters
indent arrow Prints
indent arrow Greeting cards
indent arrow Tiles
indent arrow Calendars
indent arrow Pillows
indent arrow Tote bags
indent arrow Postcards
indent arrow And more!



indent arrow Porknography
indent arrow Nice Rack!
indent arrow Hot & Juicy
indent arrow Suck bones!
indent arrow Eat me!
indent arrow Succulent
indent arrow Got ribs?
indent arrow Allez Barbecue
indent arrow Jeet?
indent arrow BBQ Goddess
indent arrow BBQ God
indent arrow Saucy
indent arrow BBQ slut
indent arrow Chef Dad
indent arrow Dad's Cooking!
indent arrow In '68 I smoked pot. Now I smoke pork!
indent arrow KCBS BBQ Judge
indent arrow Smokin!
indent arrow I like it sloppy
indent arrow Let's get sauced
indent arrow "Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers." William Shakespeare
indent arrow 225°F for 5 hours
indent arrow Mine are better than Adam's ribs
indent arrow Today's Menu
indent arrow If you don't get it on you, you're doin' it wrong
indent arrow If you smoke it they will come
indent arrow Suidae Sus Pyromancer
indent arrow Flesh + Fire = Fun
indent arrow What's cookin, good lookin?
indent arrow No boiled ribs
indent arrow Can I BBQ in Hell?
indent arrow Carpé Suidae



indent arrow Chef is Prime & Well Aged
indent arrow Powered by charcoal
indent arrow Rare or go hungry
indent arrow BBQ Stud
indent arrow Mmmmmm
indent arrow Beef Whisperer
indent arrow 0% Vegetable
indent arrow King of the Grill
indent arrow Will grill for sex
indent arrow No leftovers
indent arrow Dad's Bar & Grill
indent arrow Top Chef
indent arrow Grill Sergeant
indent arrow Bite me!
indent arrow Grate cook
indent arrow Nutritious delicious
indent arrow Recipe? Schmecipe!
indent arrow WWJD (What would Julia do?)
indent arrow Alton made me do it
indent arrow Ladies love my meat
indent arrow "Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." Jackson Brown
indent arrow Carpé Carne



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indent arrow Wineologist
indent arrow Winosseur
indent arrow Wines a lot
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indent arrow Wine makes my clothes fall off
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indent arrow Got wine?
indent arrow You had me at pinot
indent arrow Momma needs a good pinot
indent arrow Aged to perfection
indent arrow I gave up lent for wine
indent arrow Corkscrew you
indent arrow Merlot Momma
indent arrow Pinot Papa
indent arrow Wine Geek
indent arrow I'm not drinking any f*ing Merlot
indent arrow Eat. Drink. Repeat.
indent arrow I drink. Therefore I am.
indent arrow I need a stiff one.
indent arrow Eat, Drink, & Re-marry.
indent arrow Save water. Drink wine.
indent arrow Wine goggles
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indent arrow A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and Thou
indent arrow Wine is God's next best gift to man.
indent arrow If food is the flesh, wine is the soul.



indent arrow Pitmaster hogwild for ribs
indent arrow Pigout at my place
indent arrow Got ribs?
indent arrow Tickle my ribs
indent arrow Want slaw with that?
indent arrow Got sauce?
indent arrow Have you had your ribs today?
indent arrow Chef Dad
indent arrow Make ribs, not war
indent arrow Bone Appétit!
indent arrow Eat. Drink. BBQ.
indent arrow King of the Grill
indent arrow Half man, half pork
indent arrow Where's my beer?
indent arrow Get porked
indent arrow What's cookin, good lookin?

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indent arrow Don't call me a wienie! I'm a Chicago Hot Dog!
indent arrow Hot Dog
indent arrow Wienie lover
indent arrow You are what you eat
indent arrow My yard or yours?
indent arrow Bite me!
indent arrow Real chefs do it outdoors
indent arrow It's OK. I'm a Cardiologist.
indent arrow Momma needs a wiener
indent arrow Can we be frank?
indent arrow Chicago Hot Dog: Well balanced meal
indent arrow Chicago Dog: World's Best Dog
indent arrow Absolutely, positively, no ketchup. Fohgeddaboudit.
indent arrow Carpé Canis

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