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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 is 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
The Infrared Zone

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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. 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.

Click here to read more.

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 $269 delivered to your door!

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

scissor tongs

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.

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

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American Outdoor Grill (AOG) 24 Inch Gas Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: American Outdoor Grills (AOG)

RH Peterson manufactures high quality, artificial gas logs, the luxurious Fire Magic outdoor kitchens and American Outdoor Grills which is meant to be their entry level cookers. Although AOG doesn't offer the array of outdoor kitchen items available from Fire Magic, they do have a limited selection of doors and side burners. AOG is available online and at independent hearth and patio stores.

American Outdoor Grill (AOG) 24 Inch Gas Grill

American Outdoor Grills, aka AOG, was introduced in 2004 by Fire Magic to provide an entry level product line and compliment for their luxury flagship models. Fire Magic makes some of the finest and most expensive grills available which explains why their "entry level" AOG grills sell in the range of most other manufacturer's premium models. Priced just above Weber's Summit series, AOG possesses the solid, high quality 304 stainless steel construction, powerful performance and sleek look of Fire Magic at a fraction of the cost.

Comparing AOG to Fire Magic is like comparing Mercedes Benz to Rolls Royce. One is exceptional; the other is magnificent. For example, although AOG doesn't have the heavy cast stainless E-burners of Fire Magic that can blast past 1000 F, it has 304 stainless tube U-burners that reach searing temps over 800 F. Everything is just slightly scaled back.

AOG U-burners provide an excellent temperature range and even heat. Unlike straight tube burners, U-burners add a U-shaped tube that spreads the flame across the firebox. Large, stainless flavor bars blanket the upper firebox to further diffuse heat for even cooking. You can drop charcoal and wood chips onto the big flavor bars for a whiff of smoke on thin meats with short cook times.

These grills are beautiful with solid construction and double wall hoods. Stainless steel rod cooking grids come on all models. All have push button electronic ignition. The tapered firebox bottom funnels drippings into a small, slide-out drawer accessed from the front control panel and equipped with a disposable aluminum tray.

AOG grill heads are 24", 30" and 36". They may be ordered as drop-ins, on posts or on free standing double door carts with casters. We caution buyers to carefully consider permanent installations and prefer freestanding models that can easily be changed or moved. Tod Corrin, SVP of parent company RH Peterson, tells us most AOG buyers want freestanding models, whereas Fire Magic owners prefer installations.

Drop-ins and pedestals are set up for natural gas while freestanding models use propane. Pedestals can have a base that bolts onto concrete, or a plain post to be set in concrete. They include a three hour safety timer that automatically shuts gas off. This feature may be retrofitted on any AOG model. All models may be ordered with or without 12,000 BTU side burners, 25,000 BTU double side burners, 16,000 BTU infrared burners, rotisseries with 10,000 BTU back burners and warming racks. AOG also offers a variety of doors and drawers and two pre-fabricated islands.

Fifteen year warranty on U-burners, ten years on all other parts except ignition, flavor bars and accessories which carry a one year warranty. Made in the USA by RH Peterson.

Price: 

$1,989 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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Primary Function: 

Grill

Drop-Ins

Fuel: 

Propane Gas

Natural Gas Capable

Primary Capacity: 

414 square inches ( about 20 burgers )

Main Burners: 

2

Additional Burners: 

Side

Sear

Rotisserie

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

Yes

BTU: 

32,000

Heat Flux: 

77. Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.

Review Method: 

Looked Closely At It

We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer,  owners, and other reliable sources.


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