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It’s too hot to cook inside. But it’s the ideal time to cook a meal outdoors. Sure, you can smoke ribs and pork shoulder and grill burgers and dogs. But there are so many other summer foods that take well to the grill. Sweet corn on the cob, zucchini, tomatoes, shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, oysters, fish fillets (especially with this no-stick trick)…even watermelon and peaches all taste fantastic with a kiss of smoke. Not to mention s’mores. Don’t forget a cold beverage. Maybe grilled lemonade? And if you’re watching the Olympics, how about some Japanese yakitori? Lots more below!

yakitori ribs

Japanese Yakitori Ribs Will Make Your Mouth Happy

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Meathead

Japanese yakitori sauce is usually painted on chunks of grilled meat. But the sweet and salty combo makes fantastic yakitori ribs.

Our Best Recipes For Deep Summer Grilling

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Dave Joachim

Why heat up the kitchen? Summer is the ideal time to cook a meal outdoors. Sweet corn on the cob, zucchini, tomatoes, shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, oysters, fish fillets…even watermelon and peaches all taste fantastic with a kiss of smoke. Check out our best recipes for summer grilling. Plus: barbecued ice cream!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Month with the Best Wurst On the Planet

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Dave Joachim

The hot dog is an iconic American food beloved every which way in every region of the country. July is National Hot Dog Month, so grab a pack of dogs, and get grilling with our best recipes for hot dogs and sauces. We also reveal some interesting history on hot dogs and the truth about what really goes into them.

Christmas In July: Why Wait For The BBQ Gifts You Can Use Now?

The holiday gift giving season is still several months away but why wait until then to get the BBQ and grilling gear that you could use right now? Treat yourself to Christmas in July with one or more of these great gift ideas – from spatulas and tongs to smokers and grills and numerous items in between!

Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
grilled sweet corn

The Best Grilled Corn You’ve Ever Eaten

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Meathead

You will never look at corn the same way again after trying this recipe for the ultimate grill roasted corn on the cob recipe. While boiling and steaming are popular methods of cooking corn, the smokiness and caramelization achieved by grilling it directly over live fire. Butter and tarragon help round out the flavor.
red potatoes with pesto in a bowl

Pesto Potato Salad: Summer’s New Favorite Side

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Meathead

It's time to rethink serving ordinary potato salad as a side dish at your next BBQ and grilling cookout thanks to this delicious recipe for pesto potatoes. Pesto is a savory pasty green sauce that traditionally includes basil leaves, olive oil, plenty of garlic, pine nuts or walnuts, and parmesan cheese.
smoked caprese sandwich

Got Tomatoes? Make This Smoked Caprese Sandwich

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Dave Joachim

Quick, before summer is over, make these sandwiches! They're soooo good. And so easy. If you keep some smoked cherry tomatoes and basil pesto on hand (both easy to make with our recipes), this sandwich comes together in no time. And it tastes like a summer breeze!

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.
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Grilled Caprese salad stuffed flank steak pinwheels plated

Caprese Flank Steak Takes The Classic Italian Salad To The Grill

Here is an outstanding recipe for Caprese Flank Steak from Attjack, a member of our Pitmaster Club. This recipe combines a classic Italian Caprese salad with grilled flank steak in a butterflied and rolled steak cut into pinwheels and grilled hot and fast. Salad, meet grill. Grill, salad.
Griddle grilled crab cake topped with aioli

Mouthwatering Crab Cakes, Griddle Grilled To Perfection

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Clint Cantwell

Jumbo lump crab meat shines brightly in this recipe for griddle grilled crab cakes with rosemary aioli. Exceptional crab cakes begin with high quality crab, gently blended with a minimum amount of other ingredients so that the crab remains the star of the show, then finished on the grill.
Shrimp boil on newspaper

Break Out The Foil And Wrap Up This Easy Shrimp Boil For A Taste Of The Beach In Your Backyard

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Clint Cantwell

This mouthwatering grilled shrimp boil recipe is an effortless family style feast for your backyard cookout. There’s something truly engaging about diving into a steaming hot peel-and-eat shrimp boil, fingers dripping with spicy juices as you devour the tender shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn, all done on the grill.
Grilled oysters in the shell

Grilled Oysters With Roasted Garlic Butter And Romano

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Dave Joachim

If you've only ever eaten oysters raw, this recipe will be a revelation. And if you've never warmed up to oysters, give this recipe a try. Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano are easy to make, drenched with rich flavors, and utterly delicious.
Seared salmon on a salad

Simply Delicious Seared Salmon On A Salad

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Meathead

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.
Grilled catfish sauced and plated

Make Grilled Catfish That Doesn’t Stick With This Genius Trick

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Clint Cantwell

A base of sliced citrus is the key to perfectly grilled fish in this recipe for grilled blackened catfish with charred lemon cream sauce. Grilling the catfish fillets on top of orange slices ensures the fish won't stick to the grill grate and adds a touch of citrus flavor.
Grilled fish taco in a corn tortilla

Grill The Ultimate Fish Tacos

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Meathead

Fish tacos may be the best recipe ever to come from Mexico and this method produces superb results.
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Grilled split lobster tail plated

Lobster Tails With Chimichurri Butter, A Decadent Sous-Vide-Que Dish

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Clint Cantwell

Cooked to perfection with sous vide then lightly charred on the grill, this sous-vide-que lobster tail recipe is the best grilled lobster you'll ever taste. Poached in butter during a temperature controlled sous vide water bath, the lobster is rendered moist and tender before adding a touch of BBQ smoke, char, and crowned with a chimichurri sauce.
Grilled huli huli chicken

Having A Luau? Here’s The Easiest Hawaiian Huli-Huli Chicken Recipe Ever

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Meathead

If you like teriyaki chicken, you'll flip for this Hawaiian Huli-Huli Chicken. Let's make this dish more popular on the mainland.
mustard sage pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta

Grill A Better Weeknight Dinner With Mustard Sage Pork Tenderloin Wrapped In Pancetta

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Dave Joachim

You often see pork tenderloin brined, but this faster recipe wraps the pork in herbed mustard and pancetta to keep it moist and flavorful.
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

How To Make The Best Smoked Ribs You Have Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs

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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.

Party Planning: How Much to Cook for a Crowd

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Meathead

So you're cooking for a crowd. How much food do you need? Here's how to plan for a party or special occasion, including some basic rules of thumb and tips on how to handle dietary restrictions, how to prep ahead, and how to calculate the right amount of food so no one goes hungry.
Grilled lemons

Grilled Lemonade, Summer’s Most Refreshing (And Smokiest) Beverage

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Meathead

When life gives you lemons and a grill, why not make grilled lemonade! Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than lemonade and this recipe takes it over the top. Lemons are halved then grilled until lightly charred before creating a smoky homemade lemonade that will be a surefire hit at any backyard BBQ bash.
Grilled watermelon plated

Grilled Watermelon Will Change the Way You Look At Summer’s Favorite Fruit

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Clint Cantwell

Grilling watermelon transforms an otherwise sweet summer treat into a savory side dish or dessert. Grilled watermelon tastes great plain but this recipe rounds out the flavor profile with fiery hot honey, citrusy lemon zest sea salt, and bright fresh mint.
Peaches and cream

Grilled Peaches And Cream With Rum, A Delicious End To Any Cookout

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Meathead

Peaches and cream, a classic summer treat and a combo as natural as peanut butter and jelly, are taken to new levels with a touch of grilling char and smoke. Peaches are halved and grilled until soft and smoky before being chopped and served with ice cream and a drizzle of mouthwatering rum, maple, and vanilla sauce.
Grilled peach crumble plated

Grilled Peach Crumble Recipe Will Make Your Summer Complete

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Clint Cantwell

This delicious and easy grilled peach crumble recipe is the perfect summer dessert for any backyard BBQ. Fresh seasonal peaches are halved, then grilled cut side down until lightly charred. Top the peaches with a simple crumble mixture then smoke over indirect heat until golden brown.
S'mores

The Secret To This Delicious S’mores Recipe Is Nutella

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Meathead

Nutella is the key to creating the perfect s'more during your next campout or cookout. Every kid loves s'mores, those heavenly melanges of graham crackers, milk chocolate, and toasted marshmallows toasted on warm summer nights over campfires as accompaniment to ghost stories. Here's a recipe for pure s'mores nirvana!
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Barbecued ice cream

Barbecued Ice Cream, A Surefire Showstopper

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Sweet meets heat with this showy grilled ice cream dessert. First introduced by AmazingRibs.com on Live with Regis and Kelly in 2001, this delicious barbecued ice cream dessert is the perfect way to wow your friends at your next BBQ and grilling cookout as you pull it from the grill at the end of the meal.

BBQ Season Checklist

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Dave Joachim

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.
2021 BBQ Hall of Fame

Meathead Makes The Barbecue Hall Of Fame!

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Clint Cantwell

On May 26, 2021, we were informed that Meathead, the owner of AmazingRibs.com, made the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Wow! This is quite an honor. The other two living inductees honored this year are Ollie Gates of Gates BBQ in Kansas City, and Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston. “Legacy” (deceased) inductees this year include Arthur Bryant of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City and Lyttle Bridges Cabaniss of Bridges Barbecue in Shelby NC. Meathead is the second inductee from the Chicago area, the other being James Lemons, founder of Lem’s Bar-B-Que.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

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Meathead

The cooking website Epicurious.com, is not publishing any new recipes using beef out of concern for sustainability. This is bullpoop. Find out why.
Brooke Orrison Lewis at the grill

AmazingRibs.com Has A Powerful New Engine!

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Dave Joachim

Welcome to the new AmazingRibs.com! Over the past year, our elves have been working diligently behind the scenes to rebuild this entire website. At first glance, AmazingRibs.com may look similar to the way it always has, but under the hood, we have completely rebuilt the engine. It's now faster and easier to navigate.
BBQ dry rub on a rack of ribs

Meathead’s World Famous Memphis Dust Rub Recipe

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Meathead

This popular Memphis dust bbq dry rub recipe is the only seasoning blend you'll ever need for pork, chicken, fish, beef, and veggies. The rub is based on Memphis style BBQ, where ribs are served "dry," letting the seasoning and smoked shine by skipping the sauce.
Smoked pork butt on the grill

The Easiest Authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Ever

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Meathead

This easy BBQ 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, BBQ pulled pork is a foolproof low and slow smoked food, perfect for feeding large crowds.
Sliced brisket

Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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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!
Double cheeseburgers on a plate

Hamburger Secrets: How The Zen Master Prepares A Real Happy Meal Hamburger

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Meathead

Here's everything you need to know about burgers and how to make the best hamburger you ever tasted.
Hamburger on homemade brioche bun

The Steakburger Recipe That Puts The Best Steakhouses On Notice

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Meathead

Here's everything you need to know to make the best thick juicy crispy steakburger hamburger you ever tasted. This reverse seared steakhouse burger recipe produces perfectly cooked burgers with rich steak flavors, a wonderful smoky undertone, perfectly seasoned interior, and enough juice to soak the bun.
Bacon wrapped hot dogs on a platter

Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Will Be Your New Best Friend

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Clint Cantwell

Stuffed with cheese then wrapped in bacon, this grilled hot dog recipe is a sure fire hit at any backyard bash. Inspired by Chicago's famed francheesie, our recipe skips the traditional deep frying in favor of the grill for a crisp bacon shell and deep smoky flavor.

Hot Dog Heaven: How to Cook Frankfurters

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Meathead

Many ways to skin a cat and many more ways to cook a dog. Here's how to grill, griddle, split griddle, dirty water, steam, nuke, and deep fry franks.
potato salad

Mom’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad Wows ‘Em Every Time

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Meathead

Make mom proud with this recipe for the perfect potato salad. No backyard BBQ is complete without potato salad but often times it can be lacking in flavor. The secret to old fashioned potato salad is the dressing, a simple blend of mayonnaise and sour cream that perfectly complements the other ingredients.

The Science of Slawsome Slaw

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Meathead

No backyard cookout would be complete with a side of slaw, whether it is a creamy coleslaw with mayonnaise, sweet-and-sour vinegar law, or a custom creation. Begin putting together the one that is right for you with this extensive tutorial.

Burger, Sloppy Joe, Salisbury Steak Recipes

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Meathead

Our growing section of burger recipes will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We'll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, and even give you the secret sauce recipe. Plus sloppy joes, Salisbury steaks, and more!

Our Most Popular Recipes

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Dave Joachim

Here's a list of the AmazingRibs.com top 15 recipes of the year, the best and most visited ones on our site, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, pastrami, spice rubs, and other BBQ favorites.

Quick Start Guide: The Meathead Method

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Dave Joachim

If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, ingredients, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, and how to get your food done exactly how you want it when you want it.

Sous-Vide-Que Marrying The Grill, Smoker, And Sous Vide

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Meathead

Sous-Vide-Que combines the best of three great cooking methods: grilling, smoking, and sous vide. From grilling you get the rich flavors of browning. From smoking, you get the alluring aromas of wood smoke. And from sous vide, you get evenly cooked meat that is incredibly tender and juicy.

Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know

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Dave Joachim

You want to make the best pizza? Here's what you need to know from thin crust to deep dish, Naples to Rome, Detroit to New York, baking stones to steels, grills to pizza ovens, reliable dough recipes to the best topping combinations, and everything in between.

Frying Is Best Done On The Grill!

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Meathead

Frying is a project for your grill. If you do it on your grill, who cares if there are spatters, smoke, and there is no smoke alarm. Here are some articles and recipes that will show you how to make great fried chicken, onion rings, and more on your grill.

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!

Reverse Sear, Grilling Temps, When To Cook Hot & Fast, When To Cook Low & Slow, And When To Do Both

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Meathead

What is the right cooking temperature for barbecue? It depends. Not all food should be cooked low and slow or hot and fast. Sometimes, a combination of both is best, as seen in the reverse sear and in sous-vide-que. Read more about 2-zone cooking and when to grill with the lid up or down for perfectly cooked BBQ.

Ratings, Reviews, And Buying Guides

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Meathead

Forbes called us "the top website devoted to in-depth grill reviews." Our team of professional reviewers is hard at work finding the best and worst grills, smokers, thermometers, tools, accessories, artisan foods, and books for you.

Best Cooking Thermometers, 200+ Lab Tested And Reviewed

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Meathead

A good digital thermometer is a cook's most important tool. Our electrical engineer has tested and rated more than 200 different types of thermometers in a searchable database, making finding the perfect one for your needs a breeze!

BBQ And Kitchen Tools, Toys, And Accessories Rated And Reviewed

By:

Meathead

Check out our reviews of tools, equipment, gadgets, and toys that can help make you a better cook. We have tested all of these products and we really put them through their paces to see if they are worth using. Our reviews and ratings are honest and unbiased, and you can read about exactly how we test products to learn why we stand by that claim.

Charcoal Grillin’ Starter Kit

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Dave Joachim

New to charcoal grilling? Here's everything you need from the best grill and charcoal to tongs and a reliable thermometer.

7 Amazing Grills and Smokers Under $500

By:

Dave Joachim

Ready for a new rig? A brand new, good quality gas grill, smoker, or pellet grill doesn't have to break the bank. For many folks, the sweet spot is about 500 bucks. These 7 grills and smokers all cost less than $500, and they are all winners of our highest honor, the AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal for Best Value.

Videos Show You The Science Of Great BBQ And Grilling

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Meathead

Check out our videos to see detailed BBQ and grilling techniques, step by step recipes, and video reviews of grills, smokers, thermometers and other products we have tested and find useful.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 7/21/2021


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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
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