Best New BBQ & Grilling Products Of 2020

"The most respected and comprehensive reviewers of grills and smokers in the world"Larry Olmsted, Senior Contributor, Forbes

Every year the innovative people who love to cook invent clever new devices for us BBQ lovers from big grills to tiny thermometers. All year long our team of BBQ experts tests, rates, and reviews scores of products so you can buy the best, and so you won't waste your money on things that look good on paper but just don't work in practice. Our reviews are as unbiased as humanly possible. We don't do sponsored articles, writers never know who is buying ads, and suppliers are never charged to have products reviewed. Rest assured, our Best New Products were selected because we really like them, not because someone paid us to say so.

Max Good, AmazingRibs.com's Keeper of the Flame, is the only person in the world whose full-time job is testing, researching, reviewing, and rating grills and smokers. Good measures temperatures, slams lids, turns dials, studies warranties, kicks casters, cooks a lot of food, and considers look, feel, functionality, durability, and price. Good maintains the world’s largest searchable database of more than 500 outdoor cooker ratings and reviews and this year's Best New Products were selected from it.

Similarly, Bill McGrath, an electrical engineer, uses sophisticated lab equipment to test and rate dozens of thermometers every year. McGrath's Best New Products were chosen from more than 150 handheld, wired, and wireless remote thermometers that were lab tested and reviewed, and are now searchable in his database.

And Clint Cantwell, winner of the Travel Channel's "American Grilled" national cooking contest, along with other BBQ experts, conducts experiments to rate and review the best and worst among grill gloves, tongs, spatulas, and other BBQ tools and accessories. Cantwell's Best New Products were selected from an ever-expanding database of more than 100 reviews of outdoor tools and kitchen accessories.

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Cuisinart's 3-in-1 Stainless 5 Burner Gas Grill is a pretty nice package deal for a pretty low price. It's called 3-in-1 because it's a gas grill that comes with a smoke tube and a cast iron griddle. Despite a few quibbles, we feel 3-in-1 is a good choice in this price range, earning our Best Value Gold Medal. read more
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If you are in the market for a great high-end gas grill, the Landmann Professional Series Ardor 5-Burner Gas Grill delivers across the board – from assembly to heat control to clean-up and more. The grill is constructed almost entirely of 304 grade stainless steel, meaning it not only looks good. It is built to last. read more
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The Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill is mighty nice, but very similar to the Weber Performer, which is not a bad thing. If you're in the market for a new charcoal kettle grill, this one may be for you. It's definitely worth consideration. We award the Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal. read more
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Our new favorite charcoal grill is the Hasty-Bake 357 PRO. It is just about the perfect charcoal grill/smoker combo. The core concepts of the design go back to 1948. Since then, Hasty Bake has refined and polished off the rough edges. Their new 357 PRO easily earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. read more
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The Pit Boss 5-Series Vertical Cabinet Smoker is a good unit for this price point. It's easy to use and maintain, produces great results on a variety of meats and has a small footprint coupled with a large cooking capacity. We give the Pit Boss 5-Series our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal. read more
MAK took the pellet world by storm and quickly developed a reputation as a best in class producer largely due to their sophisticated "Pellet Boss" controller. MAK makes some of our favorite pellet smokers that we've ever tested, easily winning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award. read more
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The Delta by Ñuke is an Argentinian grill that burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This affordable and stylish entry into the gaucho grill market also comes with a warming drawer, a lid, a fire poker, shovel, carbon steel griddle, and a rain cover. It earned our Gold Medal. read more
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FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class. read more
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Read our review of the ThermoWorks Smoke X4, a long-range remote four-channel digital food thermometer that will satisfy the pickiest chef; a Platinum Medal easily. read more
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Read our comprehensive review of the Maverick PT-51 instant read food thermometer that garnered excellent accuracy scores at a very reasonable price. read more
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Want to get more from your pellet smoker? How about wood-fired pizza? The Green Mountain Grills Wood Fired Pizza Attachment expands the capabilities of your pellet cooker far beyond low and slow smoking. Read our review to see just how hot this inexpensive attachment gets and to see the gorgeous pizzas we baked on it. read more
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Looking to get a great sear from your pellet cooker? The Sear Daddy Universal Pellet Grill Searing Station replaces your cooker's current heat diffuser with a funnel shaped one. Its "flavorizer bars" and lava rocks create a dedicated searing station with 360 square inches of grill space. Read our full review. read more
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This is a superb chef knife with a wicked sharp 15 degree cutting edge that is also drop dead gorgeous. read more

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Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

Max Good

As AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, Max Good is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max loves barbecue so much that he took his barbecue sauce recipes, had them bottled, and now sells them around the country.

Clint Cantwell

Clint Cantwell is AmazingRibs.com's Senior Vice President, charged with creating recipes, writing articles, shooting photos, and a little bit of everything else. Cantwell was was named one of the "10 Faces of Memphis Barbecue" by Memphis Magazine and was the winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled: Memphis".

Dave Joachim

AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath is AmazingRibs.com's Thermometer Maven. He has sophisticated equipment, an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA (almost) from UC Berkeley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still the person responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's electricians' training modules.

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“The most respected and comprehensive reviewers of grills and smokers in the world”

- Larry Olmsted,
Senior Contributor (Forbes)


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