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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 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


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. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. 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 $299 delivered to your door!

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

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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.

Amp Up The Smoke

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Gold BBQ AwardMo'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 smokes and never bursts into flame. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals, or stand it on edge at the back of your grill. 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. Click for more info.

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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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An Open Letter to Charities

By Meathead Goldwyn

This rant ran in the Chicago Tribune on the op-ed page on Sunday 2008-11-23

barbecueMy wife and I try to give a reasonable portion of our income to charity. There are so many deserving and needy causes, but, alas, we cannot afford to help them all. So about a decade ago we made a list of those we admire most, decided how much we can afford to give, and in December, wrote checks to them all.

We have kept up the practice, and like any good budget, we try to stick to it. The charities we give to usually thank us with a nice letter, and, at the same time, try to squeeze more juice from the stone, a gesture we think of as a bit rude. If you give your child a cowboy hat and he asks for boots, and then a horse, you tell him "just say thank you, junior".

But they kept on begging throughout the year, and then they sold our name to others who also put the touch on us. So a few years ago we wrote a form letter and enclosed it with our check.

Some of you may think we are heartless, but choices must be made. Some of you may think this is a good idea. If you do, feel free to copy this letter from the Tribune's website.

Dear Charitable Organization:

Enclosed is our annual check. Please spend it wisely. We believe in your cause and we are pleased to support you and about 20 other carefully selected charities with a modest donation at the end of each year. That's when we look at our financial condition most closely and decide what we can afford to give and to whom.

We hope you will use our gift wisely. We will continue to donate to your cause each year, but only under the following conditions. If you cannot adhere to these three simple rules, we will remove you from our gift list.

1) Please do not waste our donation by sending us multiple solicitations throughout the year. Especially the sales pitches with return address stickers and calendars enclosed or nickels glued to them. All that printing, collating, and postage is expensive. You are already on our list and you will get whatever we can afford after we pay our bills and share what's left with other worthy causes. If you waste our money by begging us for more, you will get none.

2) Please do not call us on the phone. We consider this home invasion. Your call always is an interruption. As a matter of principle, we never respond to phone solicitations of any sort. We know most charities share info with other charities, and the last thing we want is for the word to get out that we are easy marks for phone calls. So just hang up before we do.

3) We know selling donor lists is an important source of revenue for many organizations, but you are not authorized to sell our name, address, phone number, email, or any other info about us. We consider this a breach of our our relationship with you, not to mention our privacy. We hate charities who kiss and tell. Besides, it is a waste of the other organizations' money to solicit us. We know what we believe in and what we wish to support. We select the causes we support all by ourselves.

If you adhere to these terms you can count on us for a check every year as long as we have jobs. If you violate these terms, we will remove you from our list and make no further donations. So please take all the money from this check and put it to work on fixing the problems you are devoted to fixing and don't waste it asking us for more.

Keep up the good work,


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