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BBQ & Grilling In Depth: Tested Recipes, Science-Based Technique, Equipment Reviews, Myth Busting

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Now that the weather has turned we offer some of our favorite comfort foods, plus tailgating recipes and tips, and our latest BBQ and grilling gear reviews!

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The Ultimate Gift Guide For BBQ And Grilling Enthusiasts

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Clint Cantwell

Here are the tools and toys that avid grillers and pitmasters want the most. We organized everything in price categories from under $50 to over $2,000 so you can find the perfect BBQ gift for that special someone.

Give The Gift Of Membership With The AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club Gift Card

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Dave Joachim

We can up your game! The Pitmaster Club is a real barbecue community, a place to learn, make friends, and have fun. Membership is only $34.95 a year. Give someone the gift of membership and they'll receive a gift that keeps on giving!

Tailgate Like a Pro Thanks To Countless Amazing Recipes And Tips

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Dave Joachim

Tailgating can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. Here's your ultimate guide to the gear, the recipes, and the planning tips that will make your next party in the parking lot the best ever.
Philly cheesesteak sandwich

John Markus’ World Famous Philly Cheesesteak

If you are a fan of authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, there is no reason to travel to the city of brotherly love thanks to this delicious recipe.

Why You Need To Start Griddle Grilling

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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!

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

By:

Meathead

With 400 pages and more than 400 of my photographs plus color illustrations, there is new material and new recipes not on this website, and the whole thing is organized so that you can sit down in an easy chair and flow from start to finish.
Smoked butternut squash soup in a bowl

Decadently Delicious Smoked Butternut Squash Soup

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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!
Homemade chili

The All Purpose Chili Recipe You’ve Been Searching For

By:

Meathead

Dive into a bowl of red or the the chili dog of your dreams with this recipe for an amazing all-purpose chili and chili sauce. Packed with flavor, you'll be cooking up this chili for classic Coney dogs, chili cheese fries, or just a bowl full, Cinci style. Add some BBQ sauce and you'll even have sloppy joes!
Chili con carne in a bowl with cheese and sour cream

Award Worthy Texas-Style Chili Con Carne Recipe

By:

Meathead

Create the ultimate bowl of chili with this recipe for authentic Texas chili con carne. Starting on the grill for a touch of BBQ flavor, this chili recipe is built from numerous layers of flavor, including such unexpected additions as chocolate and tortilla chips to create mouthwatering results.
Bowl of Smoked mac-and-cheese

Smoked Mac and Cheese May Be The Best Version Ever

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Clint Cantwell

Macaroni and cheese rises to new heights after 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.

Sexy Smoked Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

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Meathead

Smoked tomatoes are the key to the most flavorful tomato soup you have ever experienced. Ordinary tomato soup, especially canned versions, can be rather one dimensional. By grilling the ingredients in this smoked tomato soup recipe, you are able to reach a depth of flavor that is sure to make it an instant classic.
sliced meatloaf

Grilled Meatloaf, The Ultimate Comfort Food

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Meathead

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.
Meathead's Amazing rubs and sauce

Kick Up The Flavor With Meathead’s Amazing Rubs And Sauce

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Clint Cantwell

Take your outdoor cooking of new levels of flavor thanks to Meathead's Amazing line of red meat, poultry, and pork rubs and KC BBQ sauce.
fried ribs

Deep Fried Ribs: The BBQ Equivalent Of A Mic Drop

By:

Clint Cantwell

Slow smoked pork ribs are taken to a whole new level of flavor with this recipe for crispy panko breaded deep-fried ribs.
armadillo eggs

Armadillo Eggs: Bacon, Sausage, And Cheese In One Perfect Bite

These cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped sausage appetizers are perfect for tailgating, backyard cookouts, and more.
praline bacon in a mason jar

Grilled Pecan Praline Bacon: A Pork-tacular Appetizer Or Snack

By:

Clint Cantwell

There is something magical about the merger of sweet and salty in this recipe for pecan praline-crusted thick-cut bacon.
Pulled pork baked potato

Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes: A Cook Once, Eat Twice Recipe

By:

Clint Cantwell

Weeknight meals don't get much easier than this baked potato recipe that utilizes leftover pulled pork.
BBQ sauce drizzlied bacon wrapped sausage bites

Smoked Pig Balls: An Appetizer Recipe As Easy As It Is Delicious

By:

Clint Cantwell

As easy to make as they are delicious, these smoked bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites (a.k.a. pig balls) are the perfect appetizer for any event.

ThermoPro TempSpike Wireless Thermometer Review And Rating

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the ThermoPro TempSpike wireless thermometer that received a Gold Medal for good performance and ease of use.

Sneak Peek: 2022 Traeger Timberline and Timberline XL Review

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Max Good

Some exciting enhancements are underway at Traeger and we got a sneak peek before the official rollout of their new and updated Timberline models on March 30, 2022.

Slow ‘N Sear Travel Kettle Grill Reviewed And Rated

By:

Max Good

SnS Grills, aka Slow 'N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a portable 18" charcoal grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.

Weber 70th Anniversary Edition Kettle Charcoal Grill 22″ Review

By:

Max Good

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Weber's iconic kettle grill, the manufacturer has introduced a limited edition version of their 22" charcoal grill! Learn more about what makes it so unique by reading our full platinum medal review of the anniversary kettle grill.

Killer Tested Barbecue And Grilling Recipes

By:

Meathead

Our philosophy of food is simple. First of all, it must taste great. We try to create recipes that are easy to make and that use plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients with a minimum of processed stuff. But most important, we test all our recipes. We know these recipes work if you follow the directions precisely. Dig in!
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

The Best Smoked BBQ Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs Recipe

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.
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!
Smoked pork butt on the grill

An Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe With Mouthwatering Results

By:

Meathead

This easy 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, pulled pork is perfect for your next backyard cookout.

Real Food/Fake Food By Larry Olmsted Reviewed And Highly Recommended

By:

Meathead

In the comprehensive book, Real Food/Fake Food, acclaimed author and reporter Larry Olmsted tells a sordid tale of fraud, mislabeling, illegal ingredients, imposters, and government malfeasance in our food supply.

BBQ And Grilling 101: A Guide To Better Live Fire Cooking

By:

Clint Cantwell

If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, recipes, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, top recipes, product buying guides, and more.
Flipping a burger

Flipping Out: Why Turning Meat On The Grill Is A Good Thing

By:

Meathead

For years we have been told to not flip meat too often on the grill but that myth defies logic, physics, and math. Find out why.
award winning smokers and grills

BBQ Gear Guide: The Best Smokers And Grills To Buy Today

By:

Clint Cantwell

Picking the right smoker or grill for your personal needs can be a difficult task, with countless brands, styles, and prices to sort through. To help you find the best smoker grill to buy, we have compiled an elite list of top rated AmazingRibs.com gold and platinum medal winners.
charcoal

Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

By:

Meathead

A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

By:

Meathead

Here's how gas grills work and what to look for when you go shopping.

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.
komodo kamado

Buying Guide To Kamado, Ceramic, Egg Smokers And Grills

By:

Meathead

The kamado, ceramic, egg grill, smoker, and oven is a fast growing category with more and more choices every year. Here are reviews and ratings of them all.
Gas Smoker

Gas Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, and Recommendations

By:

Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on how to shop for gas fired barbecue smokers. These are simple smokers that produce good flavor, on a modest budget.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 12/1/2022

 

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The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It’s among the best bargains for a smoker in the world. This baby cooks circles around cheap offset smokers because temperature control is so much easier. Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.


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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 including dual-tube burners that are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. Click here to read our complete review.


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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.