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Best New BBQ & Grilling Products Of 2021

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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 600 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.

Weber Traveler Review

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Max Good

If you need a large portable gasser for camping, tailgating or just grilling around town on the weekend, Traveler is a very good choice. There are both less expensive and more expensive cart models, placing Traveler somewhere in a mid-price range. Quality construction and Weber's excellent customer service merit every penny. REad our review to find out why we give Traveler our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

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Max Good

Self described as "small but mighty" the new PKGO is beautiful, elegant, clever, effective, and versatile, yet a little pricey for a small, portable charcoal grill. Nonetheless, with PKGO, you get what you pay for, and that means top quality. We say, "Go Man Go", to PKGO and award it our top, Platinum Medal.

Burch Barrel Review

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

Our Burch Barrel Review shows it's not your Grandpa's Cowboy Cooker. It blends an open fire camp grill with a vertical lift Argentine style mechanism. It is well-built, versatile, unique and a ton of fun to use. That's why it wins our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

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.

Ñuke Puma Review

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Dave Joachim

The Ñuke Puma is a Santa Maria style grill made by hand in Argentina. It burns wood or charcoal and the removable V-shaped grill grates are adjustable from 4 to 23 inches above the coals with Puma's signature crank wheel. This stylish entry into the premium Santa Maria and gaucho grill market also has a front door lined with fire brick and comes with a rolling cart, fire poker, shovel, and enameled cast iron griddle. Read our complete review of this Gold Medal winning grill.

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!

Z Grills 450B Review

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Z Grills 450B is part of their Basic Series and, true to the name, it is a straightforward, no frills, mid-size pellet smoker. This generic model looks like many other value priced pellet smokers and has similar features and performance. It competes with lower priced models from Camp Chef and Pit Boss and is worth a look if you're on a tight budget. Read our review to learn why it gets our Best Value Silver Medal.

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.

Cuisinart Griddler Five Review

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Max Good

Cuisinart's Griddler Five is an electric indoor griddle/grill that upgrades their previous version with a sleek modern look, LCD display, digital controls, and a sear function. If you're shopping for a small indoor electric, Cuisinart's Griddler Five deserves a look. It's versatile, easy to clean, and light and small enough to store out of the way in an upper kitchen cabinet. We award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE Review

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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.

SNS-500 Wireless Remote Thermometer Review

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Bill McGrath

The new SNS-500 four-channel, long range food thermometer performs well, is solidly built, and earned our Gold Medal Award. Check out our complete review.

SmartFire Pro 5 Thermostatic Controller Review

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Bill McGrath

Read our review of the latest offerings from SmartFire, an Australian company that makes innovative products aimed at the outdoor smoker user.

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Published On: 11/29/2021


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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


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.
Click here to read our detailed review


Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

Click here for our article on this exciting cooker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker

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