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Despite these trying times, one thing hasn't changed: The joy and comfort that BBQ and grilling brings. Cook a meal for your family, share smoked ribs over the fence with your neighbor, and enjoy the simple pleasures of home cooking outdoors. And remember Dad. Father's Day is right around the corner and our Ultimate Father's Day Menu will knock his socks off. The centerpiece is a better-than-steakhouse grilled ribeye with some whiskey BBQ sauce on the side. Smoked potatoes and bacon-wrapped meatballs fill out the meal. There's even a recipe for smoked ice that will amp Dad's favorite cocktail up to 11 and a BBQ ice cream cake that you have to see to believe. If you can't share a meal with Dad this year, check out our Top 10 Father's Day Gifts because, let's be honest, you can do better than buying him a tie.

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Smoked ice in cognac glass
Whether it's you or Dad doing the cooking this Father's Day, here's a barbecue menu that will knock everyone's socks off. The centerpiece is a better-than-steakhouse grilled ribeye with whiskey BBQ sauce on the side. There are even recipes for drinks and dessert! read more
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Can you get coronavirus (COVID-19) from food? Check out these tips on how to prevent food poisoning. Learn all about viruses, bacteria, food safety, proper food handling, safe cooking temperatures, pasteurization, sterilization, and best practices for general safety when using a grill, smoker, and oven. read more
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The upside of coronavirus social distancing? It's the perfect time to BBQ with the family. Here are simple recipes, grill maintenance tips, and food substitutions in case you ran out of an ingredient or the store shelves are empty. read more
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Here's what's new in the BBQ world and all our new content! There's so much stuff on this site that it's hard to find what's news. So we put all the new content here in one simple list. read more
King of the grill
Here are our top ten grill and BBQ gifts for Father’s Day in a range of prices. We scoured our hundreds of barbecue product reviews and picked our best award winners. Don’t just go buy him another tie this year. Give Dad something he really wants, and help make his barbecue dreams come true. read more
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Here are step by step instructions for mouthwatering BBQ ribs that are so juicy and tender, just like the competition pitmasters and the best ribjoints do it. Start with our award winning spice rub and end with championship tangy sticky sweet sauce. And you do not need a smoker, you can do it on a grill! read more
Platinum Medal Grills Delivered To Your Door
Despite the uncertainty, one thing hasn’t changed – the joy and comfort that BBQ and grilling brings. It starts with the right smoker or grill so we’ve compiled an elite list of top rated AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winners, all of which can be delivered to your door so you can continue to stay safe at home. read more
Allen Brothers wagyu
Many of our favorite meat suppliers now ship right to your door. Here are some suppliers of prime rib roasts, aged ribeyes, wagyu brisket, Berkshire pork, and other meats we love. read more
smoked bloody mary
The classic Bloody Mary is taken to new smoky height thanks to a BBQ twist. Smoked ice, BBQ sauce, dry rub seasoning, and bacon are the cornerstone of this smoked Bloody Mary recipe. You'll never see this classic Sunday brunch cocktail the same way again once you take the first sip. read more
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As the coronavirus keeps people home, more and more home cooks are asking us: How do I smoke a brisket? What's the best way to clean my grill grates? How do I mail-order a gas grill? What's the best way to build a wood fire? Here are answers, including how to stay safe when handling food in the COVID-19 era. read more
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Good cooking needs more than good recipes. The best chefs understand "why" as well as "how" and they have developed tricks and techniques that can make major differences in the outcome. Here is more of the science behind cooking and some of our favorite tips and tricks that make cooking easier, and the outcome better. read more
Thick ribeye steak on grill
Create grilled steaks as good or better than they do in the best expensive steakhouses with this comprehensive how-to and recipe. From selecting the right cut and beef grade to smoking and searing on the grill, you'll be grilling up mouthwatering steaks for your family and guests in no time! read more
Weber Smokefire Pellet Grill
Weber has a new pellet smoker and it is alone among pellet cookers in that it can properly sear steak across the entire cooking area. read more
Statue of Jack Daniel
Tennessee whiskey is the key to this delicious BBQ sauce recipe, a perfect compliment to countless BBQ and grilling main dishes. Aged corn whiskeys have a wonderful sweet vanilla flavor that truly shines in BBQ sauce and we keep the other ingredients to a minimum to showcase the complexity of flavor whiskey provides. read more
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Getting ready to fire up for BBQ season? Check out our must-have checklist of tips to kick things off right. You'll find out how to get rid of built-up grease, clean the grill grates, and improve your cooker's overall performance so you're barbecued food will taste its best all season long. read more
The Keeper Of The Flame on YouTube
Are you in the market for a new outdoor cooker? Watch our video buying guides to avoid buyers' remorse. We show you all the pros and cons of gas grills, charcoal grills, and various smokers so you can make smart buying decisions. read more
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BBQ and Grilling Hacks
BBQ cooks are some of the most inventive cooks around. Live fire, hot coals, grill grates, heavy hunks of raw and cooked meat...they can all present some serious challenges. Here are our favorite outdoor cooking hacks to save both time and money while also creating delicious BBQ! read more
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Masterbuilt's Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker is a one-of-a-kind machine. It marries the ease of thermostatic control with smoky charcoal flavor. We haven’t seen anything quite like the Gravity Series, and we love it! The Masterbuilt 560 wins our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. read more
sous vide grilled bison ribeye with butter on top
Sous-Vide-Que combines the best of three great cooking methods: grilling, smoking, and sous vide. From grilling you get the rich flavors of browning. From smoking, you get the alluring aromas of wood smoke. And from sous vide, you get evenly cooked meat that is incredibly tender and juicy. read more
boston bbq beans
Looking for the perfect side dish for your next cookout? Nothing screams BBQ more than a sticky and smoky bowl of Boston baked beans. It was in Beantown that the notion of mixing dried beans with molasses was conceived. This flavorful recipe is an ode to the original while offering suggestions for amping them up. read more
rib on fork
Here's a list of the AmazingRibs.com top 15 recipes of the year, the best and most visited ones on our site, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, pastrami, smoked turkey, spice rubs, and other BBQ favorites. read more
AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal for best thermometers
A good digital thermometer is a cook's most important tool. Our electrical engineer has tested more than 150. There is nothing like it in the world. You can use the search options at left. Below are the best, our Platinum Medal winners. Get the unbiased results for each product. read more
Moms Potato Salad
Make mom proud with this recipe for the perfect potato salad. No backyard BBQ is complete without potato salad but often times it can be lacking in flavor. The secret to this delicious potato salad recipe is the dressing, a simple blend of mayonnaise and sour cream that perfectly complements the other ingredients. read more
marinara pizza on the grill
You want to make the best pizza? Here's what you need to know from thin crust to deep dish, Naples to Rome, Detroit to New York, baking stones to steels, grills to pizza ovens, reliable dough recipes to the best topping combinations, and everything in between. read more
Fried onion rings
Frying is a project for your grill. If you do it on your grill, who cares if there are spatters, smoke, and there is no smoke alarm. Here are some articles and recipes that will show you how to make great fried chicken, onion rings, and more on your grill. read more
griddle grill
Cooking on a hot griddle, flattop, or plancha is a great way to get an all-over flavorful sear. And it is fun! read more
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If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, ingredients, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, and how to get your food done exactly how you want it when you want it. read more
AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal
Our team of professional reviewers is hard at work finding the best and worst grills, smokers, thermometers, tools, accessories, artisan foods, and books for you. read more
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Want a great steak tonight? You don't have to shell out last week's paycheck at an expensive steakhouse. Here's how to cook the perfect steak at home. Six simple steps will get there, and we cover both the basics and the deeper details of buying, trimming, seasoning, and cooking your ideal cut of beef. read more
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New to charcoal grilling? Here's everything you need from the best grill and charcoal to tongs and a reliable thermometer. read more
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We're crazy for incredible BBQ ribs and have plenty of rib recipes, smoking techniques, equipment recommendations, and mythbusting secrets throughout the site. But we know sometimes you just want to see the highlight reel instead of watching the whole game. No problem. Here are the 8 key steps you need to take. read more
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Ready for a new rig? A brand new, good quality gas grill, smoker, or pellet grill doesn't have to break the bank. For many folks, the sweet spot is about 500 bucks. These 5 grills and smokers all cost less than $500, and they are all winners of our highest honor, the AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal for Best Value. read more
BBQ tools
Here's are reviews of tools, equipment, gadgets, and toys that can help make you a better cook. We have tested all of these products and we really put them through their paces to see if they are worth using. Our reviews and ratings are totally unbiased. read more
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BBQ. Barbecue. Barbeque. Bar B Que. No matter how you spell it, it is a phenomenon that has a fanatic following in all areas of the country and around the world. In this section you will learn where it all began and how people in different regions practice this ancient art. read more
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Launched in 2005, AmazingRibs.com started off as a hobby and labor of love. While it's no longer a hobby, it has grown and morphed from a one-man amateur operation into a professional website. The main thing you should learn is that we are serious about food and cooking. The love of this shows in everything we do. read more
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Check out our videos to see detailed BBQ and grilling techniques, step by step recipes, and video reviews of grills, smokers, thermometers and other products we have tested and find useful. read more
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Looking for a new grill? Dreaming of a better smoker? Check out our top picks for best grills and smokers of the year in all price categories, as chosen by our full time grill and smoker tester, Max Good. read more

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