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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer is why I never serve 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. Thermapen is the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using.

Click 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.

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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 $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

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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Pitmaker MVP Tailgater BBQ Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Pitmaker

Pitmaker is a Houston area metal fabricator known for manufacturing colorful, large capacity, heavy duty cabinet smokers and rectangular offset pits for competition, tailgating and serious BBQ. We have seen several trailer mounted Pitmaker smoker/grill combo setups and they are among the most impressive we have ever seen. They are extremely well designed and built.

They also have two backyard charcoal/wood grills and a tailgater model. These cookers are based on Pitmaker's large cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. All are heavy duty steel construction. We haven’t heard much about the residential Pitmaker grills, but their large capacity smokers have an excellent reputation and it’s a good bet they wouldn’t put their name on something lame.

Pitmaker MVP Tailgater BBQ Grill

Pitmaker is a Houston area metal fabricator known for manufacturing colorful, large capacity, heavy duty cabinet smokers and rectangular offset pits for competition, tailgating and serious BBQ. They also have a Portable charcoal/wood grill mounted on a trailer hitch called The MVP Tailgater BBQ. The Tailgater is based on Pitmaker's cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. We haven’t heard much about Pitmaker grills, but their smokers have an excellent reputation and it’s a good bet they wouldn’t put their name on something lame.

The MVP Tailgater has a 1/8" plate steel body and 14 gauge stainless steel lid. Two slide out shelves provide 713 square inches of cook surface. The large cook chamber has plenty of headroom for big cuts, like pork shoulders. A slide out, removable ash pan/coal grate facilitates clean up and easy compliance with sports venues that require tailgaters to dump ashes before leaving the grill.

The removable truck hitch clears enough room to drop the tailgate of most trucks for use as a table. Lid and coal grate tray are lockable for transport. An optional floor stand is available.

Sales are direct.

Price: 

$795 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Primary Function: 

Smoker

Tailgater

Fuel: 

Charcoal

Logs

Primary Capacity: 

713 square inches ( about 35 burgers )

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

Yes

Review Method: 

Researched it from Afar

We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.


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