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Best New BBQ & Grilling Products Of 2020

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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.

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless 5 Burner Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

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. we tested and reviewed this model. Despite a few quibbles, we feel 3-in-1 is a good choice in this price range, earning our Best Value Gold Medal.

Landmann Professional Series Ardor 5-Burner Gas Grill With Cart Review

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Clint Cantwell

If you are in the market for a great high-end gas grill, read our review of the Landmann Professional Series Ardor 5-Burner Gas Grill which 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.

Slow ‘N Sear Kettle Grill

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Max Good

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, read our review because 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.

Hasty Bake 357 PRO

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Meathead

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. We tested and reviewed their new 357 PRO which easily earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Pit Boss 5-Series Wood Pellet Vertical Smoker

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

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. Read our review to learn why we give the Pit Boss 5-Series our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MAK Grills 2 Star General Pellet Grill Review

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Meathead

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 and reviewed, easily winning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

The Delta by Nuke

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Dave Joachim

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. Read our review of this Gold Medal Grill.

Fireboard 2 Drive FBX2D

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Bill McGrath

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.

ThermoWorks Smoke X4 Four Channel Wireless Food Thermometer

By:

Bill McGrath

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.

Maverick PT-51 Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our comprehensive review of the Maverick PT-51 instant read food thermometer that garnered excellent accuracy scores at a very reasonable price.

Green Mountain Grills Wood Fired Pizza Attachment Review

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Dave Joachim

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.

Sear Daddy Turns Your Pellet Cooker Into A True Pellet Griller

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.

Gunter Wilhelm Premier ProCut 8 Inch Chef Knife

By:

Meathead

This is a superb chef knife with a wicked sharp 15 degree cutting edge that is also drop dead gorgeous.

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Published On: 12/1/2020 Last Modified: 9/16/2021


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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.
Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


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

3 burner gas grill

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.

Click here to read our complete review


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


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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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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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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