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Be Amazing This Thanksgiving

Thank God it’s almost Thanksgiving. It’s high time for a relaxing all-day meal with family and friends. We love this holiday more than most because it is truly all about the food. For some folks it’s the only time of year they ever cook a turkey! That’s a shame because turkey can be delicious year-round. Whether you make a grilled, smoked, or deep fried bird, our recipes will make your holiday meal extraordinary. See below for everything you need to know about shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving the ultimate Thanksgiving turkey. We also bust some myths and discuss side dishes. You’ll even find planning hints and dessert recipes. It’s everything you need to enjoy a fantastically delicious Thanksgiving this year!

Thanksgiving Perfection – Take a Bow

By:

Dave Joachim

Here's everything you need to get ready for and to enjoy Thanksgiving, including smoked and grilled turkey recipes, carving tips, planning hints, and recipes for sides and desserts. Celebrate the harvest!
roast turkey with sage

The Ultimate Grilled And Smoked Turkey Recipe Takes Any Holiday Over The Top

By:

Meathead

Our grilled turkey recipe and smoked turkey recipe makes your ordinary holiday meal extraordinary! Here's everything you need to know about making the ultimate holiday bird including tips for shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving. We also bust some myths, discuss side dishes, and so much more!
Spatchcocked turkey on the grill

Give Thanks For The Ultimate Spatchcock Turkey Recipe

By:

Clint Cantwell

This spatchcock (butterflied) turkey gets a boost of flavor from sage butter and citrus-herb salt before hitting the smoker or grill for the perfect dose of smoke and flame. By spatchcocking the turkey, you guarantee that the dark and white meat are cooked to perfection as the heat is dispersed evenly across the bird.
deep fried turkey setup

Deep Fried Turkey Makes A Fast Thanksgiving Feast

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Meathead

Thanksgiving dinner just got faster! Deep fried turkey delivers crisp skin and moist meat in record time. Just follow our safety precautions.
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golden-turkey

The Elusive White Castle Stuffing Recipe

By:

Meathead

You've heard of it whispered in back alleys and dark corners of bars. It works. Here's the recipe for the mythical White Castle stuffing, certain to not only be a hit with Harold and Kumar but with all of your holiday guests! And the best part? It's super simple to make with only a handful of ingredients.
Couple enjoying a smoked turkey leg

How to Smoke Turkey Legs, Disney Style

By:

Meathead

This tested recipe reproduces the monster turkey legs you see if you visit any of the Disney parks where you will see folks stumbling around with delirious smiles. The secret to success is curing then smoking the giant turkey legs. This recipe also works fine with chicken legs, though they will cook faster.
sliced and plated smoked turketta

Turketta Recipe: Stuffed And Smoked Turkey Breast

By:

Meathead

This flavor rich and visually stunning smoked turketta recipe is a fun holiday twist on traditional Italian porchetta. Turkey breast makes it much easier and faster than boning out a whole pig or even just the belly and loin. A stuffing of port soaked cranberries elevates the turkey breast to epic heights.

Turkey Outdoor Made Easy: An AmazingRibs.com Deep Dive E-Book

Create the best turkey of your life and side dishes for Thanksgiving (or basically any time of the year) with our downloadable e-book.
stuffing muffins

Stuffin’ Muffins, Perfect Portions for the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

By:

Meathead

Step up your next holiday meal with this delicious recipe for sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing inspired by Chef David Rosengarten. Instead of serving an entire bowl of stuffing, this recipe calls for baking it in muffin pans to get them nice and crispy on all sides. Everyone gets a stuffing muffin, aka Muffing!
cranberry sauce with turkey

This Drunken Cranberry Sauce Will Enliven Your Holiday Table

By:

Meathead

This sweet and savory cranberry sauce recipe will have you kicking the canned stuff to the curb. Port and balsamic vinegar add an unexpected depth of flavor to this traditional holiday side dish. And most of the alcohol evaporates in the cooking, so you can serve it to the kids.
Smoked butternut squash soup in a bowl

Decadently Delicious Smoked Butternut Squash Soup

By:

Clint Cantwell

Rich and creamy with a delicate kiss of smoke, this recipe for grill roasted butternut squash soup is a wonderful way to kick off any fall or winter meal. The soup features smoked butternut squash, vegetable broth, heavy cream, and a touch of maple syrup, then it is served warm with a garnish of sour cream and pepitas!
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Plated roast goose

Grill Roasted Young Goose Stuffed with Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe

By:

Dave Joachim

In Europe, goose is a very traditional holiday roast. Give this bird a try with a delicious recipe for roast goose stuffed with bacon, onions, and apples. Perfect for the Christmas holiday.

Party Planning: How Much to Cook for a Crowd

By:

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.
Grilled oysters in the shell

Grilled Oysters With Roasted Garlic Butter And Romano

By:

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.

How To Shuck An Oyster And Cook It Like A Pro, Safely And Properly

By:

Meathead

Opening an oyster shell isn't hard once you know how. Here's how.
Apple cranberry crisp in a bowl

Dutch Oven Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe

By:

Meathead

This classic fruit crisp recipe cooks beautifully and get crunchy on top in a Dutch oven. In addition to being delicious, this Dutch oven apple cranberry crisp is also quite simple. Toss the fruit with sugar, pour into a Dutch oven, and add a crumb topping. Top the lid with charcoal briquets and cook to perfection.
Apple pie

Grilled All-American Apple Pie Recipe

By:

Meathead

Surprise the guests at your next BBQ cookout with this recipe for apple pie on a grill. What could be better after an All-American BBQ than all-American apple pie, cooked on the already warm grill. To make it easier to prepare, the recipe uses a crumble topping versus a second crust on top or a lattice topping.
Rib sandwich on a plate

Rib Sandwich Recipe: Kicks McRib In The Ribs

By:

Meathead

Why wait for the McRib to return when you've got an amazing rib sandwich recipe? Learn more about the fabled McRib sandwich while creating one that takes it over the top. Ribs are smoked to perfection before the meat joins homemade pickles, caramelized onions, and custom BBQ sauce on a buttery brioche bun.

Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill Review

By:

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

By:

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

By:

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!

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

By:

Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

MOINK Balls, The Easiest Grilled Appetizer Ever

By:

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!
Chicago Italian beef sandwich

Better Than Chicago’s Best Authentic Italian Beef Sandwich

By:

Meathead

Classic Italian Beef Sandwiches are a popular regional specialty in Chicago and here is the recipe to make easy authentic Italian beef sandwiches at home featuring slow smoked beef, drippings, and peppers.
Smoked pork butt on the grill

The Easiest Authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Ever

By:

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.
Sliced brisket

Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

By:

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!
Sliced maple glazed ribs

This Maple Glazed BBQ Ribs Recipe Will Make You The Boss Of Your Block

By:

Meathead

Impress guests at your next BBQ and grilling cookout for this sweet and savory rib recipe starring a glaze of real maple syrup. The result is extremely tender, juicy, meat with a beautiful mirror like sheen from the glaze. We'd be shocked if these aren't the best ribs you've ever tasted.

Weber Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Weber Genesis II SX-335 three burner with sear burner and side burner is, at its core, a wonderful gas grill. The electronics are disappointing but this grill still cooks like nobody's business. We're giving Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill our Bronze Medal, with qualifications.

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the newest Thermapen - the Thermapen ONE - with a one second response time, improved accuracy, and a brighter backlight.
mustard sage pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta

Grill A Better Weeknight Dinner With Mustard Sage Pork Tenderloin Wrapped In Pancetta

By:

Dave Joachim

You often see pork tenderloin brined, but this faster recipe wraps the pork in herbed mustard and pancetta to keep it moist and flavorful.
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

How To Make The Best BBQ and Grilled Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: So Good We Call Them “Last Meal Ribs”

By:

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.
S'mores

The Secret To This Delicious S’mores Recipe Is Nutella

By:

Meathead

Nutella is the key to creating the perfect s'more during your next campout or cookout. Every kid loves s'mores, those heavenly melanges of graham crackers, milk chocolate, and toasted marshmallows toasted on warm summer nights over campfires as accompaniment to ghost stories. Here's a recipe for pure s'mores nirvana!
2021 BBQ Hall of Fame

Meathead Makes The Barbecue Hall Of Fame!

By:

Clint Cantwell

On May 26, 2021, we were informed that Meathead, the owner of AmazingRibs.com, made the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Wow! This is quite an honor. The other two living inductees honored this year are Ollie Gates of Gates BBQ in Kansas City, and Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston. “Legacy” (deceased) inductees this year include Arthur Bryant of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City and Lyttle Bridges Cabaniss of Bridges Barbecue in Shelby NC. Meathead is the second inductee from the Chicago area, the other being James Lemons, founder of Lem’s Bar-B-Que.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

By:

Meathead

The cooking website Epicurious.com, is not publishing any new recipes using beef out of concern for sustainability. This is bullpoop. Find out why.
BBQ dry rub on a rack of ribs

Meathead’s World Famous Memphis Dust Rub Recipe

By:

Meathead

This popular Memphis dust bbq dry rub recipe is the only seasoning blend you'll ever need for pork, chicken, fish, beef, and veggies. The rub is based on Memphis style BBQ, where ribs are served "dry," letting the seasoning and smoked shine by skipping the sauce.
Double cheeseburgers on a plate

Hamburger Secrets: How The Zen Master Prepares A Real Happy Meal Hamburger

By:

Meathead

Here's everything you need to know about burgers and how to make the best hamburger you ever tasted.
Hamburger on homemade brioche bun

The Steakburger Recipe That Puts The Best Steakhouses On Notice

By:

Meathead

Here's everything you need to know to make the best thick juicy crispy steakburger hamburger you ever tasted. This reverse seared steakhouse burger recipe produces perfectly cooked burgers with rich steak flavors, a wonderful smoky undertone, perfectly seasoned interior, and enough juice to soak the bun.
potato salad

Mom’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad Wows ‘Em Every Time

By:

Meathead

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 old fashioned potato salad is the dressing, a simple blend of mayonnaise and sour cream that perfectly complements the other ingredients.

The Science of Slawsome Slaw

By:

Meathead

No backyard cookout would be complete with a side of slaw, whether it is a creamy coleslaw with mayonnaise, sweet-and-sour vinegar law, or a custom creation. Begin putting together the one that is right for you with this extensive tutorial.

Burger, Sloppy Joe, Salisbury Steak Recipes

By:

Meathead

Our growing section of burger recipes will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We'll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, and even give you the secret sauce recipe. Plus sloppy joes, Salisbury steaks, and more!

Our Most Popular Recipes

By:

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

By:

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.

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

By:

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.

Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know

By:

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.

Frying Is Best Done On The Grill!

By:

Meathead

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.

Why You Need To Start Griddle Grilling

By:

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!

Reverse Sear, Grilling Temps, When To Cook Hot & Fast, When To Cook Low & Slow, And When To Do Both

By:

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.

Ratings, Reviews, And Buying Guides

By:

Meathead

Forbes called us "the top website devoted to in-depth grill reviews." 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.

Best Cooking Thermometers, 200+ Lab Tested And Reviewed

By:

Meathead

A good digital thermometer is a cook's most important tool. Our electrical engineer has tested and rated more than 200 different types of thermometers in a searchable database, making finding the perfect one for your needs a breeze!

BBQ And Kitchen Tools, Toys, And Accessories Rated And Reviewed

By:

Meathead

Check out our 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 honest and unbiased, and you can read about exactly how we test products to learn why we stand by that claim.

Charcoal Grillin’ Starter Kit

By:

Dave Joachim

New to charcoal grilling? Here's everything you need from the best grill and charcoal to tongs and a reliable thermometer.

7 Amazing Grills and Smokers Under $500

By:

Dave Joachim

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 7 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.

Videos Show You The Science Of Great BBQ And Grilling

By:

Meathead

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.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 11/23/2021


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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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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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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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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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The Undisputed Champion!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE provides an accurate reading in one second or less. The ONE also includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight, rotating display, and water resistant seals. Don’t accept cheap substitutes.
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Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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