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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving 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. It's is the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here 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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Big Chief Electric Smokers

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Smokehouse Products, LLC

Founded in 1968, Smokehouse Products, LLC designs and manufactures front and top load electric smokers and gas smokers/cookers that are primarily used to make smoke-cured fish, meat jerky, sausage, poultry, cheese, and nuts. Smokehouse caters to the consumer market; they do not make commercial equipment.

They also offer smoker accessories, including wood chips and chunks, sausage making kits, sausage mixes, seasonings, rubs, jerky screens, smoker insulation blankets, and replacement parts. The company markets its products through retail stores, online retailers, and its online shop in the United States, as well as through a distributor in New Zealand. As of 2007, Smokehouse operates as a subsidiary of Bear Mountain Forest Products, a large manufacturer of wood pellets.

Big Chief Electric Smokers

photo of big chief front load electric smokerBig Chief Electric Smokers come in two models, front loading and top loading. Both have the same MSRP of $159.95, but you can easily find substantial discounts. You load it by removing the front or top. Primarily designed for drying meat for jerky or smoking fish, it can work with ribs and some other meats (stay away from large cuts like pork shoulder), but the 450 watt heating element will not generate much heat in cold, wind, or rain. This lightweight non-insulated aluminum box is 18" wide x 12" deep x 24.5" high. Includes five removable chrome plated grates, recipe booklet, 1.75 pound bag of hickory chips. Small and lightweight, fishermen love their Big Chiefs. It's perfect for fishing trips when you have access to electricity.

They also make a couple smaller models: Little Chief and Mini Chief.

Price: 

$160 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Primary Function: 

Smoker

Fuel: 

Electric

Primary Capacity: 

800 square inches ( about 39 burgers )

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

Yes

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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