BBQ & Grilling In Depth: Up Your Game With Tested Recipes, Tips On Technique, Equipment Reviews, and Science-Based Info

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Charcoal Grill
Charcoal or Gas? It's a heated debate. If you love charcoal, click here for the 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Charcoal Grills. Still trying to decide which fuel? Check out our related articles such as Charcoal Grills vs. Gas Grills. All you need to know is just a click away. read more
Gas grill on an outdoor deck on a sunny day. Shelves are attached to each side. A white LP gas tank is attached under the right shelf.
Gas grills are by far the most popular choice for outdoor cooks in the USA because they offer instant heat control, a major plus. There is a mind boggling array of choices, and it pays to look for the best value. Click here to get our best picks for 2018 and find the gas grill that suits your style and budget. read more
top 10 smoker
You can turn out some quality smoked meat on your grill if you follow our tips. But nothing beats the flavor and aroma of BBQ ribs and brisket made on a dedicated smoker. Just beware of the cheapo smokers. They will leave you frustrated. See our 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Backyard Smokers. read more
Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Portable Pellet Smoker
America's two favorite sports? Football and tailgating. There's nothing quite like gathering around the spectacle of fire before gathering around the spectacle of a sporting event! To find the tailgating grill of your dreams, read our 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Portable Grills. read more
M Grill M1 Charcoal Grill and Smoker
A few great grills are also great smokers. Generally, though, we don't recommend the cheap gas grills that are bolted to cheap smokers, despite the fact that they are popular in hardware stores. Nonetheless, a few high quality BBQ cookers rose to the top of our 2018 Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Combo Cookers. read more
Moink Balls Recipe
We'll bet you can't stop at just one of these tasty smoked MOINK balls. This tested recipe is the perfect appetizer for any tailgating, couchgating, or backyard bash. The best part is that they are simple to make, featuring frozen beef (moo) meatballs wrapped in bacon (oink) then smoked before being sauced and served. read more
Smoked Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is taken to new heights by hitting the grill in this smoked mac and cheese recipe. Baked over live fire with the perfect touch of smoke, the end result is a rich and smoky mac-and-cheese that you’ll dream of for days to come. Served as a main course or side dish, smoked mac and cheese is a surefire hit. read more
The ultimate smoked meatloaf recipe sliced on a plate
Months of experiments produced a superb grilled meatloaf recipe, a meatloaf that may be just as good cold on a sandwich as hot from the grill. Meatloaf is perhaps the ultimate comfort food, but can often miss the mark when it comes to flavor, texture, moisture, and/or crust. This recipe hits every mark exactly. read more
pickled ramps
Sweet, sour, tangy pickled onions or ramps are a great relish on the side, or topping on BBQ and grilled foods. Ramps are much smaller than leeks, more like scallions, and are most tender and tasty in spring. Like scallions, served raw, they add a pungent bite to many dishes but they truly shine when pickled. read more
double whammy umami hamburger with lettuce tomato and mayo on a brioche bun
Umami is the Japanese word for "savory" or "delicious." In addition to the familiar sweet, sour, salty, and bitter flavors, umami is the deep satisfying flavor of cured meat, mushrooms, and aged cheese. Taste it in this hamburger recipe featuring umami mayonnaise. read more
Competition BBQ Checklist
This comprehensive competition BBQ checklist is a must for anyone who is considering entering their first contest. This list contains everything you might need for cooking overnight at a contest so that you are well prepared for anything that might arise -- from food to kitchen gear to wash stations and so much more. read more
competition rib judging
Perfect your competition ribs with these simple tips and a competition rib recipe. Trimmed ribs are seasoned with a flavorful BBQ dry rub before being smoked for several hours. Wrapping the ribs with butter and other ingredients ensure that they are moist, tender, and packed full of flavor for the competition judges. read more
todd_johns_bbq_chicken
If you're planning on entering a BBQ contest then this guide to smoking perfect award winning chicken is a must read. Ask competitors which category keeps them staring at the ceiling at night, and most will answer "chicken." From prep to flavor profiles, here is what's competition teams are doing with chicken. read more
pickled eggs
Pickled hard boiled eggs have long been a staple at bars and pubs around the world. Originally created as a means of preserving eggs, these sweet and tangy snacks are a perfect addition to any party menu. In addition to vinegar, sugar, and spices, our pickled eggs are stained red with beet juice for wow factor. read more
Pickled eggs recipe in a mason jar
Pickled eggs are typically hard boiled eggs that have been submerged in a vinegar-based brine. The brine can be salty, sour, sweet or spicy depending on your preference. This recipe gives the pickled eggs a touch of spice and a good strong punch of tartness from the vinegar. read more
egg salad
Egg salad is an old standard. But you can amp it up to 11 with my recipe for smoked eggs and Mayo Mojo spice mix. read more
pork belly
Venture into any chic restaurant and they have an appetizer with luxuriously silky, soft, and succulent pork belly in it. Try this salad. read more
Spring Potato Salad with pulled pork and corn on the cob
This tasty recipe for a potato salad is a bit sharper tasting than traditional American style potato salad, thanks to a healthy dose of vinegar in the dressing. It is more akin to German style potato salad without the mustard and served cold instead of warm. read more
grilled asparagus
This tested recipe for 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 Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this is by far my favorite prep. Asparagus is freshest, sweetest, and crispiest in spring. read more
salmon salad
Take ordinary salads over the top with this tested recipe for crispy crusty salmon. Fresh salmon is cooked on the grill with a griddle until it's interior is perfectly cooked and buttery while the skin is crackling crisp. The fish is then served on dressed romaine lettuce along with grated parmesan and garlic croutons. read more
A barbecue emitting smoke in the middle of winter
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
Gas grill on an outdoor deck on a sunny day. Shelves are attached to each side. A white LP gas tank is attached under the right shelf.
Easy to use, easy to clean and backed up by the best warranty and customer service in the business. Find out more about why this popular, tried and true, work horse of a grill continues to win our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. read more
ThermoPro TP-08 Wireless Remote Thermometer Review
Read our full review of the ThermoPro TP-08S, a dual-probe, wireless remote food and cooker thermometer. We give this unit a Bronze Medal for decent performance and average build quality. read more
ThermoWorks Thermapen IR
Read our review of the ThermoWorks Thermapen IR, both an instant-read temperature probe and an infrared sensor in one package. We'll give it a Gold Medal for build quality, performance and utility. read more

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