Read these related articles
Remember, using our links keeps this site free. Amazon and many other suppliers pay us a fee when you click our link to them or if you purchase from them. Please also copy the link here, save it, and use it every time you go to Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/amazingribs They pay us a small referral fee on anything from grills to diapers and it has zero impact on the price you pay.
Here's some things we love
Pit Barrel Cooker. We've been testing this grill/smoker combo and we're impressed! Easy to use, high capacity (eight slabs of ribs), and really inexpensive.
Why you need a digital thermometer . This is the single most important page on this website. Cooking is all about temperature control and a good digital thermometer will prevent overcooked food or worse, making your guests sick with undercooked food. And no matter what you spend on a grill or smoker, the thermometer is crap.
Stainless steel. Is it a good choice for your new grill or smoker?
Calibrating and breaking in your new grill or smoker. Bought it? Check. Put it together? Check. Ready to cook? Not so fast! First you need to season and calibrate your new prize.
2-zone and indirect cooking. These are vital techniques that your grill must support.
Thermodynamics of cooking. You can make a better buying decision if you understand how heat and meat interact.
Best BBQ accessories & gadgets. Tools and toys that make you a better outdoor cook.
Required kitchen accessories & tools. What every kitchen needs.
Guide to grill grates. Which are best, which are worst. Guess which category cast iron is in.
How to start a charcoal fire. One method is best, one method is worst, the others, meh.
Gas, charcoal, pellets, electricity? Which fuel is right for you? The pros and cons of each.
Got a Weber Kettle? You need a Smokenator. This inexpensive device converts grill into a smoker in minutes. Whether you currently own a Weber Kettle or not, this is an economical way to get the best of both worlds.
The Zen of wood and smoke. What is smoke and how does it work?
Fact or fiction? You must soak wood before using it. Hint: Why do you think they build boats from wood?
Smoke wood suppliers. Suppliers of everything from alder to guava wood.
Designing an outdoor kitchen. How to plan an outdoor cooking space.
What you need to know about smokers
The Zen of wood and smoke. Learn how wood and smoke take outdoor cooking to the next level.
How to buy a smoker. You can outcook most restaurants with the right smoker. Don't be swayed by looks, pick one that really works. Here are the features you want. Print this and take it shopping.
Charcoal and wood burning smokers. They require effort, but produce some of the best tasting food you can imagine.
Pellet smokers. Top pellet burners can give you state of the art digital precision temperature control, set it forget it convenience, and great taste. Cheap ones are not so good.
Gas smokers. Really inexpensive, really easy to use, and they produce really good food. Much less fuss than charcoal, and much better tasting than electric.
Electric smokers. They do some things really well, and they are set and forget easy, but we are not fans.
Eggs, kamados, and ceramics. These charcoal fueled devices are superb smokers, bread bakers, and pizza ovens, but we have some cautionary notes before you buy.
Stovetop smokers. They work either indoors or out. Are they are a solution for you?
How to set up the Weber Smokey Mountain and other bullet smokers. The WSM is a superb cooker, but there are some tricks to getting the most out of them.
What the best thing to put in the water pan? Water? Apple juice? Beer? Sand?
Controlling temperature with vents. Control air and you control temperature on charcoal and wood burning cookers.