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2021 Winners of the Great Giveaway

Here is a list of the 2021 Winners of the AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Giveaway, exclusive to Pitmaster Club members.

Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber has a new pellet smoker and it is alone among pellet cookers in that it can properly sear steak across the entire cooking area. Read our review of this groundbreaking design.

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.

OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer Review

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Bill McGrath

The OXO Chef's Precision Thermocouple Thermometer is a high-end instant read thermometer that is waterproof to IP66 standards (excellent protection) and incorporates some features that make it attractive for left-handed users. Its unique features and solid construction rate our top award.

Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Low cost gas grills are the instrument of choice for most residential outdoor cooks. We're always on the lookout to review models that deliver a lot of bang for the buck. Grillin' Pro earns our Platinum Medal for exceptional performance under $200. Not built to last, but it will out sear any comparably priced gasser.

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.

The Science Of Slow Cookers

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Dave Joachim

Slow cookers are not truly “set it and forget it”. If you just throw everything in the crock, turn it on and walk away, you’re likely to get soggy, bland results. A little effort yields much more delicious food. Check out this list of Do's and Don'ts to maximize your cookers strengths and minimize its weaknesses.

Sous Vide Que Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead

Clint Cantwell

By marriage of water and fire, sous vide with the grill and smoker, we can achieve extraordinary results, in some cases, better than with either cooking method on its own. You can get extraordinarily tender, juicy, safe, and flavorful foods. With this exclusive book you will learn all the basics of sous vide que.

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

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Meathead

Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead

Brigit Binns

With “Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill & Smoker” by Meathead and Brigit Binns, you can master the art of perfectly grilled and smoked chicken. Say goodbye forever to charred skin, burnt sauce and undercooked meat. Explore chicken recipes, tips, and so much more.

Amazing Ribs Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead

Clint Cantwell

Discover everything you need to know for preparing America's favorite food, pork ribs, with this comprehensive book. In it you'll find several tasty recipes, a glossary of rib terminology, a guide to prepping ribs including how to remove the membrane and trim them, recommended smokers and grills, and so much more.

The Saintly Swedish Glögg (A Killer Hot Mulled Wine) That You’ll Crave This Winter

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Meathead

Warm yourself in the winter with this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Glögg, a hot mulled wine made from spices, red wine, port, and brandy. Because it is served warm it is especially popular around Christmas. It is the perfect cold-weather drink, warming the body and soul from the inside out.

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!

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.

ThermoWorks Thermapen IR Review

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks Thermapen IR has both an instant-read temperature probe and an infrared sensor in one package. It features a rotating display to enable easy reading in any orientation. It is well constructed, as is usual for ThermoWorks products and exhibits excellent performance. A solid top rating!

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

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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.

Professional Brazilian Steakhouse Knife Set

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Meathead

Machine washable professional Brazilian steak knife set hand selected by Meathead.

Grilltastic Introduces The Best Grill Brush Ever

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Meathead

This superb Grilltastic grill brush is well built but its superpower is that it sprays steam and that removes everything, including all grease and carbon, in a hurry. Simply fill the water tank, plug it in, click the switch, and in a few seconds the 1500 watt steam generator will have the grates looking like new.

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.

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.

Hestan Outdoor GMBR36-LP Gas Grill Review

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Meathead

The Hestan GMBR36-LP is one of the best gas grills we have tested and reviewed. Period. And we've cooked on a multitude of gassers. There is so much right about this innovative design we struggle to find something to criticize. Hestan easily wins our AmaziingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk 4 Review

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Bill McGrath

The ThemoWorks Thermapen Mk 4 is the latest version of a product that has long been considered the gold standard thermometer. The Mk 4 has the original Thermapen's shape and basic operation, but includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. It gets our top rating.

Gunter Wilhelm Premier ProCut 10 Inch Serrated Offset Bread Knife

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Meathead

The Gunter Wilhelm Premier ProCut 10 inch Serrated Bread Knife is a superb blade with a wicked sharp cutting edge that is also drop dead gorgeous.

GoBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Constructed of flame resistant, silicone coated, fiberglass fabric, GoBQ rolls up and fits in a backpack or over your shoulder on a carrying strap. Read our review. It's not for everyone, but if you value extreme mobility, you may be willing to work around its shortcomings. GoBQ earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

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.

Slow ‘N Sear Deluxe Kamado Review

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Max Good

Most kamados can't be set up for 2-zone cooking with a hot direct zone and moderate indirect zone. Not the new Slow 'N Sear Deluxe. Read our review to learn why. Built around SnS Grill's patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle insert, It is a kamado grill that has true 2-zone cooking and wins our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

ThermoWorks ThermoPop (TX-3100-XX) Review

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoPop is an inexpensive, high-performance, rapid-read handheld thermometer for food usage. It has a rotating display that makes it easy to read from any angle. It gives precise readings in under four seconds. We tested it thoroughly and gave it a top rating for its performance and build quality.

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.

The Messermeister Meridian Elite Knife Kit Travels Well

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Meathead

My travel knife kit is a Messermeister Meridian Elite Knife Set. These are quality forged knives, and if you're looking for a basic knife roll, it makes a great choice.

ThermoWorks Smoke X4 Four Channel Wireless Food Thermometer

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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.

Meatstick Wi-Fi-Bluetooth Food Thermometer Review

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Bill McGrath

The Meatstick Wi-Fi-Bluetooth Food Thermometer is a tool that allows a wireless temperature probe to communicate with a smart phone to monitor cooking progress.

We Discover The Best Burger Flippers Ever

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Meathead

These double spatulas, or oversize tongs if you prefer, made from sturdy stainless steel, are the best thing to happen to burgers since buns and fish filets since tartar sauce. Slip it under the burger or filet, clamp down, flip and gently slide back onto the grates. No more broken burgers or filets.

The Rapala Fillet Knife Is Cheap, Sharp And Versatile

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Meathead

This cheapo knife has a thin flexible blade with a dangerously sharp edge and a wicked sharp tip. It's good for just about everything except cutting through bone. And it costs less than $15.

FireBoard FBX11 Review

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Meathead

FireBoard has set a new standard in food thermometry. It is a remote read, cloud connected, data logger, with connections for up to six probes. It can communicate with a smart phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to monitor the temps of both cooker and food. It received our top rating for its full feature set and performance.

Maverick PT-51 Instant Read Thermometer Review

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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.

Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Meathead

The Ooni Koda is a superb portable pizza oven capable of making restaurant quality pies in 2 to 3 minutes. Completely redesigned from the ground up, Koda outperforms its predecessor, Ooni 3, in every way. It requires no assembly and is ready to cook right out of the box. We reviewed Koda and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal!

Once You Make Maple Bacon, You’ll Never Get Store Bought Again

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Meathead

You seriously need to make this bacon. It's not hard. And it is so worth it. It's one of those processes that mostly just takes time. And for your patience you are rewarded with some the most delicious, homemade smoky bacon you'll ever taste.

Easy Tempura Beer Batter For Deep Frying

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Meathead

Tempura batter is light, lacy, and ultra crispy. It is ideal for deep frying vegetables and seafood. In this recipe, the bubbles from beer or club soda help achieve the right texture.

Smoked Chocolate Chips Amp Up Any Dessert

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Clint Cantwell

Take your desserts over the top with this recipe for smoking chocolate chips at home. Cold smoking is the key to this recipe and creates just enough smoke to add a subtle touch of BBQ to the chocolate. Once smoked, the chocolate chips can be stored in an airtight container in order to mellow the smoke flavor.

What Fuel Is Right For You?

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Meathead

There are six heat sources for cooking outdoors. Each produces a different flavor, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.

The Science of Corn

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Meathead

Fresh sweet corn is a seasonal pleasure you should enjoy every year! Here's what you need to know about different types of fresh corn, including varieties such as yellow, white, bi-color, Silver queen, and supersweet. Learn how to buy them, store them, grill them, savor them, and cook the best corn on the cob.

Sweet And Sour Coleslaw, The Perfect BBQ Side

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Meathead

Looking to step up your coleslaw game? Here is a simple recipe that is sure to impress your guests. In the South there are two kinds of slaw: Sweet-sour and creamy. Sweet-sour is vinegar and sugar based. Creamy is mayo or sour cream or buttermilk based (or a blend of them). This sweet-sour recipe is super easy to make.

The Best Competition Chicken Ever, Tips from Top Competitors

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Greg Rempe

If you're planning on entering a BBQ contest then this guide to smoking perfect award winning chicken is a must read. Ask competitors which category keeps them staring at the ceiling at night, and most will answer "chicken." From prep to flavor profiles, here is what's competition teams are doing with chicken.

Bayou Bite Louisiana BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Meathead

This Louisiana BBQ sauce recipe is spicy and sweet with Chipotle Tabasco, roasted jalapenos, red peppers, and Steen's Cane Syrup. Referred to as Bayou Bite, this delicious sauce blends sweet and hot peppers for a mildly spicy finishing and dipping sauce for ribs, chicken, steaks, chops and so much more.

Hot Southern Comfort Cider Recipe

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Meathead

This hot Southern Comfort cider recipe is the perfect cold weather drink, après ski if you will, or après snow blower. While it can be made with other liquors and liqueurs, Southern Comfort works best. It is technically a liqueur, but not as sticky sweet as most, making it perfect for the hot cider.

This Perfect Neapolitan Style Pizza Dough Recipe Needs No Kneading

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Meathead

Create delicious Neapolitan style pizza on the grill thanks to this no knead pizza dough recipe. True authentic Neapolitan pizzas have a tender, pillowy bottom with big blistery bubbles in it after cooking very quickly over extremely high heat. When cut, it is pliable and bends easily under the weight of toppings.

This Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce Is The Real Deal

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Meathead

Say so long to bottled BBQ sauce and hello to amped up homemade Kansas City-style sauce with this step-by-step recipe. Thick and sweet, Kansas City barbecue sauce has been a crowd favorite since the introduction of KC Masterpiece in the 70s. Our delicious recipe features multiple layers of flavors, sweets, and heats.

The Only Hoppin’ John Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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Meathead

Celebrate a Happy New Year and give yourself some good luck with the ultimate black eyed pea recipe, flavor packed Hoppin' John beans and rice. Black-eyed peas' most popular expression is classic Hoppin' John, a steaming bowl of beans, rice, and pork that is especially popular in coastal South Carolina and Georgia.

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.

Heavy D Amps Up The Smoke in Most Pellet Cookers

Want more smoke from your pellet cooker? The Heavy D Stick Burning Heat Diffuser replaces your cooker's current heat diffuser and includes perforated chambers for holding wood logs or chunks that generate smoke for about 2 hours. Read our full review.

 

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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.
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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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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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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

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Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

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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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