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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


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 imprimatur. Click for more info.

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Best BBQ accessories & gadgets. Tools and toys that make you a better outdoor cook.

Kingsford 24" Charcoal Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Kingsford

Kingsford is the biggest manufacturer of charcoal in the USA, converting more than a million tons of wood scrapes into charcoal each year. They began in the 1920s when Henry Ford found a way to turn wood scrapes from his Model-T automobile production into charcoal. The business was eventually taken over by E.G. Kingsford, a family member. It is now owned by The Clorox Company.

Kingsford 24" Charcoal Grill

Kingsford is a trusted brand for charcoal, so it is natural that they would want to get mileage out of their name by attaching it to charcoal grills, even if they don't build them.

The Kingsford 24" Charcoal Grill is sold by Walmart and Sears. Made in China by Masterbuilt it's a lot of Grill for under $100. With 381 square inches of primary cooking space, it's large enough to push the coals to one side and cook indirect on the other. There's a crank-adjustable charcoal grate that brings it about an inch or two under the cooking grate, a foldable shelf with utensil hooks, a front charcoal door, an easy-to-remove ash pan, and even a bottle opener. The cooking grate is porcelain-coated wire. It has the obligatory built-in thermometer that doesn’t work well, too. As we suggest often, use your own, more accurate digital grill thermometer. Throw in a two-year warranty on manufacturer’s defects for all parts, and you have a bargain.

It’s pretty solid although the metal is a little thin and the assembled unit only weighs 67.3 pounds. Vents on the left and right of the charcoal chamber as well as on the hood should provide decent heat control. It’s compact. The side shelf is held sturdily with thick screws. In a nice touch, the handles are shiny steel. One part you can do without is the glue-on rubber feet for the lid: it makes a non-sealing lid worse. As always a grill cover, highly recommended.

All it needs for assembly is a flathead screwdriver, a phillips screwdriver, and an adjustable wrench. Wal-Mart will even assemble it for you; contact your local one for details. Owners have given it high marks. While they report assembly times of 2 to 3 hours as compared to the manufacturer’s estimate of one hour, they rate it highly for being easy to clean, for the adjustable charcoal grate, and for the spacious cooking surface. One owner reported paint melting off, and one wished it sealed well enough to extinguish the coals when closed. But for the money, most were pleased with their purchase.


$98 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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Primary Function: 




Primary Capacity: 

381 square inches ( about 18 burgers )

Secondary Capacity: 

202 square inches

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


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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