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Reviews, Ratings, And Buying Guides To Hundreds Of Grills, Smokers, Thermometers, Accessories, Tools, Meats, Sauces, And Other Products


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By Meathead Goldwyn

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Gold Medal Gift Guide

Coming soon: Some of our favorite Best Value Gold Medal winners, prefect for gifts for the grillmaster or pitmaster. No ugly ties here!

grills and smokers

Ratings & Reviews Of 500 Grills, Smokers, Pizza Ovens, Hog Roasters, And More

Max Good has the coolest job. He works full time for us kicking the tires on grills and smokers and researching user experiences with them. This makes him the world's leading authority on the subject. Our searchable database of his ratings and reviews has more than 500 cookers, many with reader comments, and many with links to suppliers. Start with our Top 10 Lists and pay attention to our Best Value Awards. We also have several in-depth articles to help you decide which type of grill or smoker is right for you and what to look for when you are shopping.

Click here to go to our ratings and reviews of grills, smokers, and more.


Ratings & Reviews Of 100+ Thermometers For Food, Grills, Smokers, Ovens

This may be the single most important page on this entire website because you cannot be a good cook if you cannot control temperature. Unfortunately, with today's food supply, undercooking dinner can do more than ruin your meal, it can kill you. And overcooking can ruin pretty expensive meat. A good digital thermometer is an essential tool that every kitchen or backyard barbecue should have on hand. You will be amazed at how having good digital thermometers can improve your cooking. Dial thermometers are technology from the 1800s and they are often waaaay off. Cooking without good digital thermometers is like driving at night without headlights. Our electrical engineer has tested more than 100 with precision instruments and used them in real life situations. Don't be making excuses for overcooked expensive meat, or apologies in the hospital.

Click here to see our thermometer reviews and ratings.


Best BBQ Accessories, Tools, Toys, And Gadgets And Buying Guides

Here are the cool tools and toys that will make you a better outdoor cook. There are attachments that will turn your trusty old Weber Kettle into a serious smoker, gadgets that you can toss onto a gas grill and make it belch tasty smoke, a cutting board that collects all the juices, pork pullers, grill toppers that will keep the veggies from committing suicide and jumping into the fire, tongs for flipping fish, bright LED lights for the grill handle, a spot and grease remover that will absolutely remove sauce stains from your shirts, and much more.

Click here to check out our favorite BBQ accessories and gadgets.

kitchen accessories

Best Kitchen Tools And Gadgets And Buying Guides

Here are the essential tools that every kitchen needs from knives to pots and pans, all tested and beloved by our staff. You'll find our favorite cast iron Dutch oven, a cast iron griddle, wok, steamer basket, whisk, the best garlic press, citrus juicer, an adjustable pepper grinder that really works, poultry shears that can cut through chicken bones easily, and much more.

Click here to see our favorite kitchen tools and gadgets

grill grates

Best Grill Grates And Buying Guide

Yes, I know you've been indoctrinated all your life to start drooling when you see grill marks, but the truth is that grill marks mean much of the meat's potential has been lost. Tan meat is meat that has less flavor than brown meat. So the goal should be an even dark brown all across the surface. You will be surprised, but we hope convinced, when we explain that in many cases cheap wire grates are the best and heavy cast iron are the worst.

Click here to see which grill grates we love and which we hate.

grate cleaning tools

Best Grill Grate Cleaning Tools And Techniques And Buying Guide

Grease and oils get rancid and they can make your food taste bad. Then there's the black crust that makes the food stick. It is vital that your food go on clean grates. Here are the tools that work best, and tips on how to spot the ones that can send you to the hospital.

Click here to see which grate cleaning tools work best and which are safest

charcoal starters

Best Tools For Starting Charcoal And Wood Fires

Please don't use starter fluid, mineral spirits, gasoline, kerosene, or any hydrocarbons to start charcoal. There are much better ways. When your neighbor smells the hydrocarbons, she knows you're a beginner.

Click here to see which methods and devices work best for starting a charcoal or wood fire.

weber add ons

Best Add-ons For The Weber Kettle

The Weber Kettle has been around since 1952 and it has been fine tuned but not changed drastically. Meahwhile devotees have been adding on to their favorite grill and some of them are pretty impressive. Like the Slow'N Sear.

Click here to see which add-ons for the Weber Kettle grill that we like best.

WSM accessories

Best Add-ons For The Weber Smokey Mountain

The Weber Smokey Mountain is tried and true. Easy to use, with good temperature control right out of the box. But there are some clever entrepreneurs out there who have found ways to make it even better.

Click here to see which add-ons for the Weber Smokey Mountain smoker that we like best.

grill and smoker parts

Parts To Repair, Modify, And Upgrade Your Grill Or Smoker

It can occasionally be a lot cheaper to modify, patch up,or upgrade your current smoker. Here are some tools to help you. Then again, sometimes you just need to haul the old clunker into the alley and get a new one.

Click here for some tips and links to suppliers.

artisan foods

Artisan Foods From Great BBQ Restaurants And Butchers

Sometimes we just want something special, like USDA Prime steaks, or Wagyu brisket, or Heritage hog meat and, darn it, the local grocery just doesn't carry it. It is still too rare. Also, many of our favorite restaurants now ship. But shipping food cross country has to be done carefully. We recommend only suppliers who make sure the food is properly sealed, chilled, packaged, insured, and shipped expeditiously at the best rates.

Click here to see some of our favorite artisan butcher and restaurants who can ship to you.

bbq sauces

BBQ Sauces

There are so many great sauces and we really can't taste them all. But American history and geography has given us some fascinating regional styles: Mustard based sauces from South Carolina, vinegar based sauces in North Carolina, tomato based from Kansas City, to name a few. Here are some that we think represent the style of their region.

Click here to see some of our favorite regional BBQ sauces.

bbq sauces

Best Injectors And How To Use Them

Injecting is a fast and efficient way to drive flavor deep into foods. Turkey breast too dry? Ever heard of butterballing? Yup, that's where they got the name.

Click here to see a selection of injectors we've tested and tips on using them


Some Of Our Favorite Cookbooks, Books On Food, And Magazines

We give you a lot for free, but if you want more, here are books with recipes, food science, butchery, sauces, smoking, history, food politics, and some good magazines.

Click here for some of the best cookbooks, books, and mags.


Hundreds Of Fun Designs For Aprons, Hats, Shirts, Underwear, Mugs, And More

Order cool, humorous gear designed by Meathead and custom printed by CafePress.com. Many items have the design printed front and back. They make perfect gifts for the food and drink lovers in your life. There are aprons, underwear, T-shirts, golf shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, baby clothes, caps, mugs, pet bowls, and more.

Click here to see more of your options and all the humorous captions from which you can select

bar necessities

Our Favorite Bar Tools

If you want to serve drinks in style, you need a shaker, strainer, stirrer, juicer, muddler, mugs, glassware, and a book. Here are some of our faves.

Click here for your list of bar necessities


The Best Corkscrews And Foil Removers

Corkscrews do not have to be torture devices. The best do not depend on strength, they give you a mechanical advantage. Here's how they work and our recommendations.

Click here to learn all you need to know about corkscrews.

pizza tools

Pizza Tools For Professional Pizzas

If you haven't tried it you will be surprised to learn that making pizza at home isn't all that hard, you can make them exactly as you like them, and nothing beats fresh hot pizza still crispy from the grill or oven rather than soggy from the cardboard box. You don't need much in the way of tools.

Click here to see which tools we recommend, and a popular one we don't recommend.

bbq tunes

Music About Barbecue, Drink, And All Kinds Of Food For Your Party Playlist

Make your own mix tape of barbecue, food, and drink music from this list of hundreds of tunes just a click away from downloading (OK, so some of them are really not about food): American Pie by Don McLean, Birthday Cake by Cibo Matto, Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones, Burger Man by ZZ Top, Call Any Vegetable by The Mothers of Invention, Caramel by Suzanne Vega, Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett, Cheese Cake by Dexter Gordon, A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird by Cab Calloway, Chicken Shack Boogie by Lionel Hampton, and The Closer to the Bone (The Sweeter Is the Meat) by Louis Prima to name a few.

Click here to see my playlist and download food tunes.

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and more accurate than dial thermometers. The Thermopop (above) is about $29. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and see our ratings and reviews or more than 150 models. - Meathead

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces. - Meathead

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The Slow 'n' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here for more info on this breakthrough tool. - Meathead

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The Pit Barrel Cooker

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The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period.

This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier.

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Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them. - Meathead

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PK Grill

The PK Grill has become our favorite charcoal grill. It proves some ideas never die.

Designed in 1952, the rectangular shape is easy to set up in 2 or 3 heat zones, it can easily be used as a smoker, the cast aluminum body is indestructible, airflow is easy to manage, and there is plenty of room under the hood.

Click here for more about this cool tool. - Meathead

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

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Made of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use it 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. - Meathead

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Amp Up The Smoke With
Mo's Smoking Pouch

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Mo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen that gets in so the wood smolders. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Mine has survived more than 50 cooks. I like it better than the smoker tubes. Click for more info. - Meathead

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

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About this website. AmazingRibs.com is all about the science of barbecue, grilling, and outdoor cooking, with great BBQ recipes, tips on technique, mythbusting, and unbiased equipment reviews. Learn how to set up your grills and smokers properly, the thermodynamics of what happens when heat hits meat, and how to cook great food outdoors. There are also buying guides to barbeque smokers, grills, accessories, and thermometers, as well as hundreds of excellent tested recipes including all the classics: Baby back ribs, pulled pork, Texas brisket, burgers, chicken, smoked turkey, lamb, steaks, chili, barbecue sauces, spice rubs, and side dishes, with the world's best all edited by Meathead Goldwyn.

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