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Fire Up Flavor for the Big Game and for Valentine’s Day

February is almost upon us and that means plenty of opportunities to be amazing at the smoker and grill!

Hosting a watch party for the big game on Sunday the 13th? AmazingRibs.com has everything you need to elevate your couchgating experience, including crispy grilled wings, bacon-wrapped meatballs (a.k.a. MOINK balls), grilled guacamole, a tub of brats, and so much more! Check out a few highlights below.

Then for Valentine’s Day, why settle for an ordinary restaurant meal when you could show your partner just how much he or she means to you by cooking them a homemade meal from the heart! Fall in love with filet mignon eggs Benedict, lobster tails with chimichurri sauce, grilled oysters, homemade truffles, and other dishes.

The Ultimate Super Bowl Spread: The Perfect Recipes For The Year’s Biggest Game

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Clint Cantwell

Football snack stadiums are the perfect centerpiece for couchgating and tailgating parties throughout the football season. Especially for the Super Bowl, wow your guests by welcoming them with a food stadium (a.k.a. the Snackadium) packed with AmazingRibs.com's favorite BBQ and grilling recipes.

Couchgating And The Food Stadium: The Ultimate Super Bowl Spread

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Clint Cantwell

Wow guests at your Super Bowl party by welcoming them with a food stadium (a.k.a. the Snackadium) packed with AmazingRibs.com's favorite BBQ and grilling recipes. Football snack stadiums are also the perfect centerpiece for couchgating or tailgating parties throughout the football season!

Party Planning: How Much to Cook for a Crowd

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Meathead

So you're cooking for a crowd. How much food do you need? Here's how to plan for a party or special occasion, including some basic rules of thumb and tips on how to handle dietary restrictions, how to prep ahead, and how to calculate the right amount of food so no one goes hungry.
Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

MOINK Balls, The Easiest Grilled Appetizer Ever

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Clint Cantwell

We'll bet you can't stop at just one of these tasty smoked bacon wrapped meatballs, a.k.a MOINK balls. This recipe is the perfect appetizer for any tailgating, couchgating, or backyard bash. The best part is that they are as easy to make as they are to eat!
Grilled guacamole and tortilla chips

Hitting The Grill Takes Guacamole To Epic New Heights

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Clint Cantwell

Add a delicious smokiness to your favorite party dip with this recipe for grilled guacamole. Grilled avocados, limes, and onion are the key.
Grilled Buffalo wings on a plate

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

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Meathead

Grilling Buffalo wings may sound like blasphemy but the results from this non-deep fried twist are simply amazing. By cooking this All-American Classic on the grill, you avoid the deep frying mess while also adding a deep, smoky flavor. The Buffalo wings start with indirect smoke before being crisped over direct heat.
Chili con carne in a bowl with cheese and sour cream

Award Worthy Texas-Style Chili Con Carne Recipe

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Meathead

Create the ultimate bowl of chili with this recipe for authentic Texas chili con carne. Starting on the grill for a touch of BBQ flavor, this chili recipe is built from numerous layers of flavor, including such unexpected additions as chocolate and tortilla chips to create mouthwatering results.
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

The Best Smoked BBQ Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs Recipe

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Meathead

Mastering smoked ribs -- whether they are St. Louis style ribs, spare ribs, or baby back ribs -- with our comprehensive tutorial and recipe will make you a backyard all star.
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Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Meathead

Behold the best smoked brisket recipe ever! Texas style brisket is more than a recipe, it is a concept and a goal. It all begins by selecting the right meat, trimming it, seasoning it, smoking it, slicing it, and more. Follow this easy BBQ brisket guide for mouthwatering results!
Smoked pork butt on the grill

The Easiest Authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Ever

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Meathead

This easy BBQ pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low and slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, BBQ pulled pork is a foolproof low and slow smoked food, perfect for feeding large crowds.
Individual ribs, wrapped in bacon, shine on the grill

Bacon Wrapped Spare Ribs Will Blow Your Mind

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Dave Joachim

Just when you thought spare ribs couldn't get any better! The secret to this bacon wrapped spare ribs recipe is wrapping each rib in bacon. Rub, smoke, and glaze, and they're done! This simple but ridiculously awesome combo is easy to pull off and is certain to wow your guests.
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Homemade Bratwurst, The Best Of The Wurst

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Chef Ryan

This tasty recipe for making your own homemade German style bratwurst is sure to be a hit with guests at your next BBQ and grilling cookout. With a silky smooth texture and perfect snap from the casing, these classic bratwursts are perfect for the grill and put the mass produced store bought versions to shame.

Cook Up Some Love this Valentine’s Day

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Dave Joachim

Wondering what to cook on Valentine's Day? Answer: whatever your loved one wants most! On this romantic holiday, that often includes certain aphrodisiac foods like chocolate, bananas, cherries or whipped cream. Check out our favorite recipes to make your Valentine's Day meal the most memorable yet.
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Level Up Your Eggs Benedict Game With Filet Mignon

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Clint Cantwell

Smoked and grilled filet mignon is the star of this mouthwatering eggs benedict recipe. Perfect for brunch, this recipe features slices of smoky, reverse seared filet mignon, a pillowy poached egg set atop a toasted and buttered English muffin, and rich and silky Hollandaise sauce.
Grilled oysters in the shell

Grilled Oysters With Roasted Garlic Butter And Romano

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Dave Joachim

If you've only ever eaten oysters raw, this recipe will be a revelation. And if you've never warmed up to oysters, give this recipe a try. Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano are easy to make, drenched with rich flavors, and utterly delicious.
Plated smoked filet mignon with butter poached lobster tail

A Romantic Surf-and-Turf: Lightly Smoked Filet Mignon With Butter Poached Lobster

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Clint Cantwell

Romance is in full bloom with this mouthwatering take on traditional surf-and-turf. Delectable lobster tails are poached in butter then sliced and served atop a smoky and perfectly seared beef filet in this recipe for lightly smoked filet mignon and butter poached lobster! Your loved one will surely thank us after!
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Grilled split lobster tail plated

Lobster Tails With Chimichurri Butter, A Decadent Sous-Vide-Que Dish

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Clint Cantwell

Cooked to perfection with sous vide then lightly charred on the grill, this sous-vide-que lobster tail recipe is the best grilled lobster you'll ever taste. Poached in butter during a temperature controlled sous vide water bath, the lobster is rendered moist and tender before adding a touch of BBQ smoke, char, and crowned with a chimichurri sauce.
Chocolate truffles in a box

Homemade Chocolate Truffles, As Easy To Make As They Are To Fall In Love With

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Meathead

Chocolate truffles are elegant, seductive and surprisingly easy to make! They start with a simple mixture of melted chocolate and cream (called ganache). The mixture is chilled, rolled into balls, and coated with your choice of finishing flavors from cocoa powder and coconut to crushed nuts or spices. Have fun with it!
Grilled strawberry shortcake with whipped cream

Smoked Whipped Cream: The Secret To Amazing Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

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Clint Cantwell

Briefly grilled strawberries and smoked whipped cream are the stars of this delicious BBQ twist on southern strawberry shortcake. This delicious strawberry shortcake grilled dessert recipe features lightly charred grilled strawberries, blueberries for a patriotic touch, and whipped cream that has been lightly smoked.

Best New BBQ & Grilling Products Of 2021

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Dave Joachim

Looking for the best new BBQ and grilling equipment? At the end of every year, we pick the top new gas and charcoal grills, smokers, thermometers, and tools that we have tested, rated and reviewed the previous year. Our BBQ experts know their stuff, so it's an honor to be chosen. Here's the best new stuff for 2021!

FireBoard Spark Instant Read Thermometer Reviewed And Rated

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Bill McGrath

The FireBoard Spark is an innovative product that extends the feature list of capabilities to a new level, earning it a Platinum Medal for product excellence in both workmanship and performance.

Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill Review

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Max Good

Just when we thought we’d seen everything in the world of kamados, Kalamazoo unveils their striking Shokunin Kamado Grill. Kalamazoo occupies a rarefied space in the BBQ cosmos with some of the best grills money can buy, and you'll need a lot of money to buy one. They can cost as much as a car! We give this unique, ultra-luxury kamado our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Read our review to learn why.

Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 Review

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Meathead

The new Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 is an upgraded version of their Gourmet 256. We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. There is nothing you can't do with this grill and it deserves a place in the back yard of every serious outdoor cook. It is the Swiss Army knife of grills.

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Iconic Weber Kettles are some of the most popular and respected backyard grills in the world. Those who've mastered a kettle can do everything on it from grill a steak to bake a cake and these Summit Kamados are kettles on steroids. If you like your Weber Kettle, you'll love their Kamados. We give these babies our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medals!

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead

Here's how gas grills work and what to look for when you go shopping.
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Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead

A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.

Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
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Gas Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, and Recommendations

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on how to shop for gas fired barbecue smokers. These are simple smokers that produce good flavor, on a modest budget.

Our Most Popular Recipes

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Dave Joachim

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, spice rubs, and other BBQ favorites.

Quick Start Guide: The Meathead Method

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Dave Joachim

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.

Cooking BBQ Hot And Fast, Low And Slow, And The Reverse Sear Method

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Meathead

What is the right cooking temperature for barbecue? It depends. Not all food should be cooked low and slow or hot and fast. Sometimes, a combination of both is best, as seen in the reverse sear and in sous-vide-que. Read more about 2-zone cooking and when to grill with the lid up or down for perfectly cooked BBQ.

Sous-Vide-Que Marrying The Grill, Smoker, And Sous Vide

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Meathead

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.

Why You Need To Start Griddle Grilling

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Paul Sidoriak

Cooking on a hot griddle, flattop, or plancha is a great way to get an all-over flavorful sear. And it is fun! Here's a guide to everything you need to know for griddle grilling!

Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know

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Dave Joachim

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.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 1/21/2022

 

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

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Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

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Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily 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.

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