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Ratings & Reviews Of 500 Grills, Smokers, Pits, Hog Roasters, And More

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Our searchable database has 500 cookers reviewed and rated by the world's leading authority on the subject, Max Good. Many have comments from owners. Pay attention to our Best Value Awards and start with The AmazingRibs.com Top 10 Value Gas Grills, Charcoal Grills, Smokers, and Tailgaters as well as our Top 10 Luxury Grills & Smokers. We think these are the best values on the market in a wide range of prices. Don't see what you want? Use the search box on the left. You should also read the articles linked below for shopping tips.

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What fuel is right for you? Pros and cons of logs, wood pellets, charcoal, gas, and electric.

Charcoal grills vs. gas grills. Let's settle this once and for all.

How to buy a grill. A checklist of things to look for before you buy. Take it shopping.

How to buy a smoker. A checklist of things to look for before you buy. Take it shopping.

Charcoal grills. Still the best way to sear a steak. There are some designs that work better than others. Here's what you want.

Gas grills. Nothing beats gas for convenience and versatility. And yes, you can smoke on them. Her's what to look for.

Electric grills. Really just glorified electric frying pans, better than nothing if you have a small condo balcony and they won't let you have a charcoal or gas grill.

Charcoal and wood smokers. Tip top flavors, some are super easy to use, and others are a pain. We'll tell which are which.

Egg, ceramic, and other kamado-style grill/smokers. Heavily insulated, these are very efficient smokers, exscellent at pizzas and baking, low and slow roasting, and cold weather cooking.

Pellet grill/smokers. Thermostat control that is truly set it and forget it, and you're cooking with wood. Amazing tools, but not good for searing.

cheap abandoned grillGas smokers. No messy charcoal, steady temps, very good flavor, and cheap.

Electric smokers. Set it and forget it. But the flavor is lacking.

Stovetop smokers. Smoke indoors (if you have a good vent fan) or on camping trips.

Small portable grills. For the balcony, beach, boat, and tailgating.

Pig, lamb, goat roasters. For the party animal in you.

Large capacity, trailers, and commercial smokers. Ready to start catering, open a restaurant, cooking in competitions, or county fairs?

Pizza ovens. For the best pizzas, rustic breads, and more.

Stainless steel. Is stainless a good choice?

Designing an outdoor kitchen. How to plan an outdoor living space, and hidden gotchas.

Extension cords for pellet smokers, electric smokers, and electric grills. Let's not burn down the house.

Parts to repair, modify, and upgrade your cooker. Revive the old warhorse.

Grills gone wild. Need a laugh?

You need more than a grill and a smoker

Thermometer guide. Cooking without good digital thermometers is like driving at night without headlights. Dial thermometers are technology from the 1800s and they are often waaaay off. Don't be making excuses for overcooked meat, or apologies in the hospital.

Best BBQ accessories & gadgets. Here are the cool tools and toys that will make you a better outdoor cook.

Required kitchen accessories & gadgets. What every kitchen needs.

Grill grates. What's best, what's worst. And it's not cast iron.

Grate cleaning tools. The best way to get rid of the gunk.

Charcoal starters. One method is best, one method is worst, the others, meh.

Our favorite regional BBQ sauces. There are so many great sauces. Here are some that we think represent the style of their region.

Cookbooks, books, and mags. Our favorite reading.

Tunes for barbecue. Make your own mix tape of barbecue, food, and drink music.

Extension cords for pellet smokers, electric smokers, and electric grills.  Let's not start a fire.

Aprons, T-shirts, more. Fun things to wear and more.

Parts to repair, modify, and upgrade your cooker. Revive the old warhorse.

Injectors. Quit brining, start injecting.

Bar necessities. What you need to serve drinks in style.

All about corkscrews. They do not have to be torture devices.

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The PK Grill has become our favorite charcoal grill. It proves some ideas never die.

Designed in 1952, the rectangular shape is easy to set up in 2 or 3 heat zones, it can easily be used as a smoker, the cast aluminum body is indestructible, airflow is easy to manage, and there is plenty of room under the hood.

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Made of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use it 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. - Meathead

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Mo'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 smolders. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals. 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. I like it better than the smoker tubes. Click for more info. - Meathead

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