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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

thermopop bbq thermometer

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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Element Portable Gas Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Fuego North America

Fuego is the brainchild of Robert Brunner, former Head of Industrial Design for Apple. Their first products were large, modular outdoor kitchens. These systems are custom made and in limited distribution. Their compact Element by Fuego Grill is gaining popularity and offerred through Amazon and some retailers, but not available at the big box stores. Element retains the design features of the large units and wraps them up into a succinct package for a wider consumer market. Various tech blogs have referred to it as "the iPhone of grills". They also make an Element Portable that can be carried like a brief case.

Element by Fuego

Fuego makes two Element gas grills. A compact freestanding cooker and a little portable that folds up like a brief case. Although they have a few interesting mechanical features Element's claim to fame is their striking, aethetically pleasing look.

Element Portable Gas Grill

Element is the brainchild of Robert Brunner, former Head of Industrial Design for Apple. Their first products were large, modular outdoor kitchens. This small Element Portable Grill retains the design features of the large units and wraps them up into a succinct package for a wider consumer market. The Element Grill is an interesting, very stylish, lightweight cooker that folds up like a briefcase for easy transport. Various tech blogs have referred Element as "the iPhone of grills".

It has a single rectangular stainless steel burner that runs off a 14.1 or 16.4 oz. propane cylinder and enamel coated cast iron grates. Locking anodized aluminum legs are released with the push of a button to fold up when not in use. A flexible red "Travel Band" stretches across the lid to hold it in place when you're on the move. At 13.5 lbs. it can easily be carried by the legs which double as handles when folded. A canvas shoulder strap is also available.

There is a small grease cup at the bottom held on by a cotter pin. Be sure to clean out the grease cup and the bottom fire box before packing up because you typically carry The Element vertically and grease will ooze out onto your clothing and car.

Price: 

$150 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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Primary Function: 

Grill

Tailgater

Fuel: 

Propane Gas

Primary Capacity: 

159 square inches ( about 7 burgers )

Main Burners: 

1

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

No

BTU: 

8,000

Heat Flux: 

50. 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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