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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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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 $289 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 mor 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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Green Mountain Davy Crockett

Price: 

$379

Green Mountain describes their small portable Davy Crockett smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. There's a lot to like about Davy Crockett and a few negative issues that must be pointed out, but given the lack of choices for compact portable pellet smokers, Davy Crockett rises to the top of a very short list... Read More

Hasty-Bake Continental 83 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill

Price: 

$999

The Hasty-Bake Continental 83 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill is a smaller version of the Gourmet model that Meathead tested and declared to be the finest charcoal grill he ever worked with. To learn more, read his review of the Hasty-Bake Gourmet 256 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill... Read More

Hōmdoor Charcoal Tandoor

Price: 

$1,299

The Homdoor Charcoal Tandoor is a traditional Indian clay oven which cooks meats and veggies on skewers, placed vertically into an open, upright cylindrical oven, and roasted at very high temperatures for a fairly short time. It has no cooking grate. Design, craftsmanship, and tradition have all come together in this tough, beautiful cooker... Read More

Napoleon Apollo AS200K

Price: 

$309

If this promising newcomer looks familiar, there is a reason. It is a Canadian knockoff of the venerable Weber Smokey Mountain. It comes in two sizes, the Napoleon Apollo AS200K being the smallest. Like the WSM, it is a bullet water smoker, and like the WSM, it is black porcelain coated. One wonders if Weber has plans to sue them or surpass them... Read More

Napoleon Apollo AS300K

Price: 

$399

If this promising newcomer looks familiar, there is a reason. It is a Canadian knockoff of the venerable Weber Smokey Mountain. It comes in two sizes, the Napoleon Apollo AS300K being the largest. Like the WSM, it is a bullet water smoker, and like the WSM, it is black porcelain coated. One wonders if Weber has plans to sue them or surpass them... Read More

Pit Barrel Cooker

Price: 

$289

The Pit Barrel Cooker is a very basic Ugly Drum Smoker, aka UDS, that has many of us scratching our heads in amazement. It provides large cooking capacity* at a great price, and produces delicious results with an ease of use that approaches the set it and forget it bliss of digitally controlled pellet smokers... Read More

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill

Price: 

$300

The Portable Kitchen Grill is an elegant throwback resurrected from 1952. This rustproof, cast aluminum charcoal grill has a flat bottom making it easy to push the coals to one side for smoking and indirect cooking. There are adjustable dampers in the lid and under the fire... Read More

Primo Oval Junior

Price: 

$858

The Primo Oval Junior is their smallest oval model. They make a smaller model called Kamado, which is a traditional round design. The dome is large enough to accommodate a medium-sized turkey or two 14 lb. turkeys simultaneously. Additional racks that sit on the primary cook surface are available to extend cooking capacity even further... Read More

Smokenator

Price: 

$70

The Smokenator is not a cooker, it is an accessory for charcoal kettles. But it is such an effective and economical accessory, we decided to include it in our searchable data base for our many readers who want to grill and smoke, but don't have the budget to purchase two dedicated cookers... Read More

Vidalia Grill Model 628

Price: 

$2,450

The Vidalia 628 is their mid-size cooker: unlike any other on the market. The unique design has two 20,000 BTU burners on the left direct side and a large water pan on the right indirect side. Air gets pulled in from the left by the gas flames, convection heat naturally moves upward and is deflected back down from the hood where it exits out the right exhaust vent... Read More

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