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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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Broil-Mate 155364 Gas Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Broil-Mate

Broil Mate is one of five quality brands of Gas Grills owned by Canadian BBQ giant, Onward Manufacturing. Onward also owns the well regarded Broil King, Huntington, Blue Ember and Sterling Grill lines, as well as Grill Pro and Barbecue Genius Parts and Accessories. Founded in Canada in 1906 by T.A. Witzel, Onward is now owned and managed by his three grandsons.

Broil-Mate 155364 Gas Grill

Broil-Mate 155364 Gas Grill is a throwback to the first gas grills which began appearing in the early 1960s and are still made by American companies like Modern Home Products and PGS. Back then, cast aluminum housings were the norm instead of stainless or coated steel. The aluminum cookbox retains heat and distributes it evenly. Although the casting on this model is much thinner than the heavy duty MHP and PGS, the price is also dramatically less.

Furthermore, it has an old style, 40,000 BTU stainless steel "H" Burner: a single burner that is effectively two U-shaped burners fused together with separate controls. This should work great for 2-zone setups because, unlike straight tube burners, the U-shaped burner almost wraps around each half of the firebox bottom and 20,000 BTU per side is high output for a single heat source. A 10,000 BTU side burner is included.

Cooking grates are porcelain coated cast iron and heat tents are stainless steel. With 400 square inches of primary cooking surface, this is a good size grill for a low price. The cart is lightweight with no enclosure. It has side shelves with built-in tool hooks and only two 7" wheels.

Regarding appearance, don't judge a grill by its cover. Many shiny inexpensive gassers are inferior machines dolled up with thin flimsy low grade stainless steel. They often carry only a one year warranty, but for a few hundred bucks more you can play the extended warranty game. This unassuming cooker is a good, solid grill with an excellent warranty, especially considering the price: Limited lifetime on the aluminum body, 5 years on the Dual "H" burner and 2 years on everything else.

Price: 

$240 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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

Ace Hardware

Amazon

Primary Function: 

Grill

Fuel: 

Propane Gas

Primary Capacity: 

400 square inches ( about 19 burgers )

Secondary Capacity: 

200 square inches

Main Burners: 

1

Additional Burners: 

Side

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

No

BTU: 

40,000

Heat Flux: 

100. 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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