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Digital Thermometers:
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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

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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. 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.

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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

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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 $289 delivered to your door!

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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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Slaws, Salads, And Other Vegetables

"The reason we should eat our vegetables isn't because they're good for us. We should be eating them because they are damned delicious." René Redzepi, chef/owner of Noma in Norway, called by many the world's finest.

The Zen of Slaw. Slaw is slaw, right? Wrong! Cole slaw is the world's best salad. Crunchy, juicy, refreshing with bright sweet/sour/salty/savory flavors, it kicks the butissimo of any wimpy limpy lettuce leaf salad. But more important, slaw is the perfect accompaniment for barbecue. There are scores of great slaw recipes with a wide variety of ingredients, and each recipe can be prepared with a wide variety of techniques. They are easy to make, but like anything else, there are secrets that separate everyday from holiday slaw. Here are some tips on technique to make your salad slawsome.

Simple Sweet-Sour Slaw. Nothing could be simpler or more refreshing.

Deli Slaw with Sour Cream and Mayo. This is the slaw you can only get at delis and diners. It's not the one Mom made. It's better.

Simple Creamy Cole Slaw with Mayonnaise. Not too sweet, this slaw is perfect for piling on top of a pulled pork sandwich Carolina style or on a Hot Dog West Virginia style.

Wonderful Waldorf Slaw. Here's a great slaw recipe with a twist: Inspiration from the famous Waldorf salad. It is my fave.

Thai Cucumber Salad. One of the simple pleasures of dining in a Thai restaurant is the lovely delicate cucumber salad they serve as an appetizer. The delicate piquance of the mild rice vinegar is a great counter-point to the sweetness of a classic Kansas City sauce. And the best part is that, unlike so many other cucumber salads, there is no oil in this recipe!

Caprese Tomato Salad. This classic rustic salad from the Isle of Capri off the west coast of Italy (Caprese means "of Capri"). It is pure August on a plate.

Italian Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. A first rate all-purpose oil and vinegar dressing loaded with herb flavors that can also double as a marinade.

Caramelized Onions. Mahogany colored caramelized onions are a wonderful sweet savory topping for ribs, chops, steaks, burgers, hotdogs, baked potatoes, your lover. My favorite substrate is pizza.

Pickled Onions. Crunchy, sweet sour pickled onions are a great topping or relish on the side.

Grilled Asparagus Spears to the Heart. Grilled asparagus develops rich flavors you just can't get by boiling or steaming. Seasoned, grilled, drizzled with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and topped with curls of Parmegiano-Reggiano cheese, this is by far my favorite prep.

French Green Beans. Quick and easy, crunchy and flavorful, even my Dad ate these and he hated veggies.

Zucchini Stroganoff. Really fast and easy, and really tasty.

Green Salad With Grilled Apples. This is my favorite Thanksgiving salad. Autumn is apple time, and apples are great on a salad. Grilling them just adds excitement.

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