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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.

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

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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Meadow Creek TS250

By Meathead Goldwyn

Manufacturer: Meadow Creek Barbecue Supply

It is a real treat in a disposable world to see products this well built. Especially at these prices.

All Meadow Creek grills, smokers, and grill/smoker combos are made by Amish craftsmen in New Holland, PA, as they have been since the company was founded in 1980. As you might expect, their designs are simple, well thought out, their build is solid and the products are long lasting. Most metal is seriously heavy 13 gauge steel, grates are 304 stainless steel expanded metal mesh, and handles are stainless steel coils that never get too hot and are easy on the hands. Meadow Creeks are favorites among the competition crowd for quality as well as price. That metal will stand up to nature's fury, and as long as you have them covered and keep them clean, you should be handing these down to your kids. If they've been good.

Meadow Creek TS Series

graphic of reverse flow air patternThe Meadow Creek TS Series, so named because they are tank smokers made from large propane tanks, is their competition smoker series, featuring a reverse-flow method: the hot, smoky air flows up from the firebox and underneath the steel floor down to the other end of the tank, then uses the round end of the tank to circulate through the upper shelves, enveloping the meat inside on its way back to the chimney which is mounted on the same side as the firebox. This is a clever technique to spreading the heat evenly throughout the cooking chamber. Without this duct system, heat enters the cooking chamber on the same side as the firebox, and food near the firebox cooks much faster.

The metal on each tank is 3/16" think, and the steel on the fireboxes is 1/4" plate. Standard with any TS series smoker are a stainless steel slide-out grate, positive lock latches, an ash slide-out pan, charcoal grate in the firebox, a built-in water pan, a ball valve drain, stainless steel handles, stay-cool handles on slide vents, and heat baffles on the fire box to protect the wheels.

Meadow Creek TS250

Meadow Creek's TS-250 is the second largest smoker in the TS line.  It's 83" high, 175" long, 58" wide and weighs in at 1,600 pounds (1,900 shipping weight). The grates are 24" by 50 3/8" for the top, and 26.5" by 50.5" for the bottom, and the total is a whopping 2,544 square inches to work with. The warming box above the firebox has three 13.5" x 22.5" grates for almost 304 square inches per grate.

It has 15" highway wheels, a heavy duty wheel jack, trailer lights (4 prong flat), and safety chains.

Price: 

$5,495 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Where To Buy (Buying from these suppliers supports this website): 

Big Poppa Smokers

Primary Function: 

Grill

Smoker

Combination Grill & Smoker

Pig or Lamb Roaster

Fuel: 

Charcoal

Logs

Primary Capacity: 

2,544 square inches ( about 125 burgers )

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

Yes

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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