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Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

By:

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.

MAK Grills 2 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

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.

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

By:

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.

Hasty-Bake 357 PRO

By:

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.

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber Kettles enjoy evergreen popularity from one generation to the next. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, We tested and reviewed these iconic grills. You can’t go wrong with our Platinum Medal winning Weber kettles.

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco Drum Smoker Review

By:

Jerod Broussard

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco is a low cost barrel smoker with hinged lid, gasket, side shelf, wheels, grilling capabilities, adjustable dampers, and ability to smoke low and slow up to 12 hours on one load of charcoal. What’s not to love? Read our review for the details on why we award this relatively low cost phenom our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal!

Weber Genesis II E-335 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The 2019 Weber Genesis II E-335 three burner with sear burner is one nice gas grill! Read our review to learn why. We were disappointed in the 2017 Genesis II line, but Weber fans may now breathe a sigh of relief as Genesis returns in fine form with a second try. We’re calling it Genesis II 2.0 and awarding our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal!

Slow ‘N Sear Deluxe Kamado Review

By:

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.

The Slow ‘N Sear 2.0 Hands On Review

By:

Meathead

The Slow ‘N Sear is the single best accessory for the Weber kettle making it into a great smoker and searing machine. With it you can easily convert a standard Weber Kettle into a much better grill as well as a smoker capable of making restaurant quality smoked ribs, pulled pork, brisket, salmon, and so much more.

Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Vertical gas smokers are to easy to use. With Masterbuilt’s ThermoTemp line, smoking on gas just got easier. Masterbuilt successfully offers groundbreaking use of thermostatic control on a gas smoker at an affordable price. We tested and reviewed their large XL model and award ThermoTemp our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Hestan Outdoor GMBR36-LP Gas Grill Review

By:

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.

Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Easy to use, easy to clean and backed up by the best warranty and customer service in the business. Read our review to find out more about why this popular, tried and true, work horse of a grill continues to win our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Kamado Joe Classic II 18″ Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of Kamado Joe’s Classic II 18”. It’s is a well-crafted ceramic cooker that presents strong competition to other 18″ models in the premium priced market with a number of remarkable upgrades that exemplify the elegance and innovation that are hallmarks of Kamado Joe. We give it our top Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Pit Barrel Junior Review

By:

Max Good

Pit Barrel Junior is a smaller version of the popular Pit Barrel Cooker charcoal smoker. Both are designed to produce a cooking environment in which one temperature fits all. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winning smoker is one of the more impressive products we’ve tested and reviewed.

Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill With Sear Box Review

By:

Max Good

Comparable in capacity to Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. Woodwind includes Camp Chef’s super hot gas Sear Box which is attached to the right side. We tested and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

PK360 takes all the great elements of the classic 1952 PK, improves the design, beefs up construction and delivers one beautiful charcoal grill. We tested and reviewed this classic, versatile charcoal grill and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king.

Napoleon Rogue R425SIB Review

By:

Max Good

This Napoleon Rogue gas grill is a smaller, slightly stripped down, lower cost version of one of our favorites in Napoleon’s more expensive Prestige line. Read our review of this quality gas grill to learn why it receives our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. We love the infrared sear burner mounted on the left side shelf.

Saber 500 Cast Black Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Saber Cast 500 is an entry level model to the Saber line of gas grills. Read our review of this super searing machine! Saber’s unique design earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Kalamazoo Charcoal Smoker Cabinet Review

By:

Max Good

This luxurious, high quality gravity-feed charcoal smoker for outdoor kitchens wins our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. We reviewed this incredible smoker. The terms luxury and charcoal smoker rarely appear together and, to the best of our knowledge, Kalamazoo offers the only under counter, stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinet smoker on the market,

M Grills M1 Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of M1 which straddles the territory between a rugged traditional Texas wood burning smoker and an attractive charcoal grill that fits right in on any patio without taking up a lot of space. This 2 in 1 device eliminates the need for a separate grill and dedicated smoker earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Weber Summit Charcoal Grill is a radical departure from George Stephen’s original Weber Kettle and Weber’s first major upgrade to the kettle in decades. It is bigger, badder and more versatile with a price tag to match. We tested and reviewed this excellent cooker and awarded it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Rockwell by Caliber Review

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Max Good

There’s a social element to all BBQ, but read our review to find how Rockwell goes a step further with a roll top lid that can disappear completely, allowing grillers and guests 360 degree access to the cook surface and generous surrounding table space. This beautiful and unique grill earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Broil King Keg 5000 Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the Broil King Keg. It’s not a fragile ceramic kamado, but an insulated steel kamado for less money. Originally The Bubba Keg, then The Big Steel Keg until bought by Onward Mfg. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport Keg 5000.

Broil King Signet 320 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill and awrded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal! The Broil King Signet 320 is an entry level, 3-burner grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. It gets hot fast and is able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills.

Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3 Burner Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Lowe’s calls this exclusive model the Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3-Burner Gas Grill. It was previously called TRU-Infrared. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner has an inner double layer to keep in heat. We reviewed this model, it is capable of high enough heat for searing, and low enough for roasting.

Broil-Mate 165154 LP Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

This Broil-Mate model is a throwback to the very first gas grills. We reviewed this inexpensive grill and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. It has a cast aluminum cookbox which will last longer and retain and distribute heat way better than all those cheap, flimsy stainless steel gassers that are so popular in the big box stores.

Weber Performer Deluxe 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why Weber kettles enjoy generation after generation of popularity and loyalty. They are affordable, cook just about anything and last forever. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is set in a large rolling cart with all the bells and whistles including gas ignition!

Vision Professional S-Series Kamado Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of Vision’s Professional S-Series which has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. It can also convert to a gas grill! Vision S-Series earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Napoleon TravelQ 285X with Cart Review

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Max Good

Napoleon’s new TravelQ TQ285X is one impressive little clam shell style portable gasser, with some unique features not found from competitors. We reviewed it and award this tailgater our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. The fold out scissor cart is one of the most solid versions we’ve seen.

Jambo Pits J-3 Model Review

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Max Good

Jambo Pits’ offset smokers produce award winning BBQ in sleek, colorful trailer mounted rigs that often resemble hot rods. Read our review to learn why their quality construction and thoughtful design features make Jambo the choice of many award winning competitive teams and earn our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Lang 36″ Hybrid Patio Model Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Lang’s 36″ Hybrid Patio Smoker combines their popular 36″ residential smoker with a 30″ charcoal grill. We always give thumbs down to low cost combos that are a gas grill bolted to a cheap offset smoker because each side is poor quality Not so with Lang’s superb Hybrid which earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Green Mountain Davy Crockett Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Green Mountain’s Davy Crockett. Green Mountain describes their small portable smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal. We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

Grillworks 36 Review

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Max Good

All Grillworks beautiful, high quality products we reviewed receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold or Platinum Medals. This model cooks over an open wood fire using a crank to raise or lower the grates for heat control. This type of grill was popularized in the United States in Southern California and commonly referred to as Santa Maria.

Dancook 1900 Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Dancook’s sleek, stylish “Euro” designs have a stripped down, less is more quality, with clean uncluttered lines. We tested and reviewed this good looking, well-made charcoal grill and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. They look like futuristic Weber kettles and would make a nice addition to a shiny, outdoor kitchen.

Napoleon Prestige P500RSIB Gas Grill Review

By:

Meathead

This Napoleon Prestige 4-Burner Gas Grill is a sweet looking cooker, built solid with a few nice extras thrown in. We tested and reviewed this quality gasser and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Stainless steel cook box, cart, doors and side shelves with a heavy gauge steel lid competitive with Weber’s Summit.

Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24″ Review

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Max Good

Many gas smokers have limited temperature range and can’t get down and hold low and slow temps of 225⁰. We reviewed this big beauty that can go down to 160⁰ and crank up to 400⁰! AND it converts to natural gas so you don’t have to worry about you LP tank running out. We tested this model and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this solid portable gas grill that employs Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design. It produces searing temps while preventing flare-ups and retaining foods moisture. Grill2Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Heavy cast aluminum lid and firebox will not rust and will retain heat much better than thin steel.

Pit Barrel Cooker Review

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Max Good

You’ll be flabbergasted as you create one perfectly smoked delicacy after another with little more effort than preparation. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is $350 delivered to your door. Pop it out of the box and start SMOKIN! Pit Barrel Cooker is one of the more impressive products we’ve tested and reviewed.

Komodo Kamado Big Bad 32 Review

By:

Meathead

Read our review of this big commercial smoker. The Southern Pride SPK-500 is one of their more popular smokers combining features, footprint, capacity and price into a package that is just right for many applications. This beauty gets our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smoker Review

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Max Good

It is what it is. If you’re looking for a cheap gas smoker Char-Broil is as good as it gets in this price range and you can easily find deals on this guy. Even Wal-Mart sells them for way under the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. We reviewed this model and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Yoder Loaded Wichita 20″ Smoker Review

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Max Good

Yoder is revered by competition cooks for well-designed, high end offset smokers and grills. We reviewed their Loaded Wichita which is a 20″ offset smoker with their most popular options such as a cooking door counterweight and heat management plate. This is the real deal folks and we give it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 18″ Review

By:

Meathead

We tested and reviewed this original, mid-size version of Weber’s popular charcoal smoker. Weber Smokey Mountains are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition AND WINNING! Click here to learn all about this high quality, Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner.

Horizon 20 Inch RD Special Marshal Review

By:

Meathead

Read our review of Horizon’s excellent, tight, well-built, heavyweight, heavy duty, horizontal offset firebox cookers that carry a lifetime guarantee against burnout! These AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning smokers are a culmination of design and manufacturing ideas gleaned from decades of cooking, cutting and welding.

The Good-One Open Range Review

By:

Meathead

A charcoal grill with a smoker spliced on top. We reviewed The Good-One’s popular Open Range. This cleverly designed charcoal unit uses the same concepts of an offset smoker, but it works better. The Good-One lives up to its’ name and receives our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Weber Original Kettle 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this basic, full size Weber Kettle with no bells or whistles. You can’t go wrong with Weber kettles. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, All Weber kettles earn our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

Weber Original Kettle 18″ Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber Kettles enjoy evergreen popularity from one generation to the next. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, We tested and reviewed these iconic grills. You can’t go wrong with AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning Weber kettles.

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills Review

By:

Max Good

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of one of the greatest inventions in history: the iconic charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to find out why PK Grill owners have been in love since 1952. We tested this classic AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning grill. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king. It has thick aluminum construction that retains and radiates heat, tight fitting hinged lid and the twin dampers in both the top and bottom.

Karubecue C-60 Pit Review

By:

Max Good

We testedand reviewed The Karubecue C-60 and found it produces perfect smoke consistently. The results are ambrosia. Those who seek the Holy Grail of Smoke need to know about Karubecue. This brilliant design enables novice BBQ enthusiasts to smoke meat like a wizened Texas pit boss, earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Napoleon PRO605CSS Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

If you’re committed to charcoal, but envious of your neighbor’s shiny gasser, the Napoleon PRO605 may be the answer. Only a few premium and luxury brands offer stainless steel charcoal grills. This Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is one of the more beautiful models we’ve seen in this price range.

Meadow Creek BBQ26 Review

By:

Meathead

Our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal goes to Meadow Creek’s BBQ26. Read our review of this unique grill; designed for fast and hot grilling, there is no better way to cook chickens than flipping them with Meadow Creek’s double sided grates. Though it looks like a simple black box, it is really a killer tailgater in disguise.

Meadow Creek PR36 Review

By:

Meathead

Read our review of Meadow Creek’s PR36. Although it can handle a small hog, Meadow Creek’s PR36 does much more. We tested this versatile cooker which has a deep trough and a tall lid with a solid strong hinge. Thoughtful design coupled with quality construction and craftsmanship earns the PR36 our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Hasty-Bake Gourmet 256 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Meathead

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.

Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers 1000 Series Original Braten Grill Review

By:

Meathead

A hand made all American cooker with Argentine V-shaped grates that can be raised or lowered farther or closer to the fire. We tested and reviewed this unusual and versatile multi-function cooker and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. It’s a Santa Maria Grill and offset smoker rolled into one.

Primo Oval XL 400 Review

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Max Good

Primo’s Oval XL 400 is their largest Oval model. Primo’s claim to fame is the unique oval shape which enables true 2-zone cooking: something that standard round designs really can’t accomplish. We tested and reviewed this model and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

Primo Oval Junior Review

By:

Max Good

Primo’s claim to fame is the unique oval shape which enables true 2-zone cooking: something that standard round designs really can’t accomplish. We reviewed Primo Ovals and award our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Junior is their smallest model.

MAK Grills 1 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

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 Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Memphis Elite Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel pellet smoker and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller that can also be operated from a smart phone ap.

Modern Home Products WNK4 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Our WNK4 Review of MHP’s large gas grill made with heavy cast aluminum and practically indestructible. It will withstand harsh weather, abuse, and never rust. Owners brag about how old their grill is, how they never clean it, and especially how they never cover it. This classic gasser earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Kalamazoo K750HS Hybrid Fire Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why Kalamazoo has 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. Part Rolls Royce, part tank with fire power and versatility to spare, Kalamazoo grills are imposing in appearance, performance and price, earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Fire Magic Echelon Diamond E1060 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

It’s a pleasure to review this large luxury grill which exudes elegance. Excellent in design and construction and priced accordingly, it’s one of the finest gas grills made. Cooking grates and housings carry a lifetime warranty and lifetime ownership is Fire Magic’s mantra.

Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill Review

By:

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.

Weber Summit E-470 and S-470 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Here’s an upgraded model in Weber’s top of the line gas grill series, aptly named Summit. We had high expectations when we reviewed the S-470. With a few minor exceptions, we were not disappointed. It cooks beautifully and has great features earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.


Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

By:

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.

MAK Grills 2 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

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.

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

By:

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.

Hasty-Bake 357 PRO

By:

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.

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber Kettles enjoy evergreen popularity from one generation to the next. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, We tested and reviewed these iconic grills. You can’t go wrong with our Platinum Medal winning Weber kettles.

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco Drum Smoker Review

By:

Jerod Broussard

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco is a low cost barrel smoker with hinged lid, gasket, side shelf, wheels, grilling capabilities, adjustable dampers, and ability to smoke low and slow up to 12 hours on one load of charcoal. What’s not to love? Read our review for the details on why we award this relatively low cost phenom our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal!

Weber Genesis II E-335 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The 2019 Weber Genesis II E-335 three burner with sear burner is one nice gas grill! Read our review to learn why. We were disappointed in the 2017 Genesis II line, but Weber fans may now breathe a sigh of relief as Genesis returns in fine form with a second try. We’re calling it Genesis II 2.0 and awarding our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal!

Slow ‘N Sear Deluxe Kamado Review

By:

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.

The Slow ‘N Sear 2.0 Hands On Review

By:

Meathead

The Slow ‘N Sear is the single best accessory for the Weber kettle making it into a great smoker and searing machine. With it you can easily convert a standard Weber Kettle into a much better grill as well as a smoker capable of making restaurant quality smoked ribs, pulled pork, brisket, salmon, and so much more.

Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Vertical gas smokers are to easy to use. With Masterbuilt’s ThermoTemp line, smoking on gas just got easier. Masterbuilt successfully offers groundbreaking use of thermostatic control on a gas smoker at an affordable price. We tested and reviewed their large XL model and award ThermoTemp our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Hestan Outdoor GMBR36-LP Gas Grill Review

By:

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.

Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Easy to use, easy to clean and backed up by the best warranty and customer service in the business. Read our review to find out more about why this popular, tried and true, work horse of a grill continues to win our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Kamado Joe Classic II 18″ Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of Kamado Joe’s Classic II 18”. It’s is a well-crafted ceramic cooker that presents strong competition to other 18″ models in the premium priced market with a number of remarkable upgrades that exemplify the elegance and innovation that are hallmarks of Kamado Joe. We give it our top Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Pit Barrel Junior Review

By:

Max Good

Pit Barrel Junior is a smaller version of the popular Pit Barrel Cooker charcoal smoker. Both are designed to produce a cooking environment in which one temperature fits all. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winning smoker is one of the more impressive products we’ve tested and reviewed.

Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill With Sear Box Review

By:

Max Good

Comparable in capacity to Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. Woodwind includes Camp Chef’s super hot gas Sear Box which is attached to the right side. We tested and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

PK360 takes all the great elements of the classic 1952 PK, improves the design, beefs up construction and delivers one beautiful charcoal grill. We tested and reviewed this classic, versatile charcoal grill and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king.

Napoleon Rogue R425SIB Review

By:

Max Good

This Napoleon Rogue gas grill is a smaller, slightly stripped down, lower cost version of one of our favorites in Napoleon’s more expensive Prestige line. Read our review of this quality gas grill to learn why it receives our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. We love the infrared sear burner mounted on the left side shelf.

Saber 500 Cast Black Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Saber Cast 500 is an entry level model to the Saber line of gas grills. Read our review of this super searing machine! Saber’s unique design earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Kalamazoo Charcoal Smoker Cabinet Review

By:

Max Good

This luxurious, high quality gravity-feed charcoal smoker for outdoor kitchens wins our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. We reviewed this incredible smoker. The terms luxury and charcoal smoker rarely appear together and, to the best of our knowledge, Kalamazoo offers the only under counter, stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinet smoker on the market,

M Grills M1 Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of M1 which straddles the territory between a rugged traditional Texas wood burning smoker and an attractive charcoal grill that fits right in on any patio without taking up a lot of space. This 2 in 1 device eliminates the need for a separate grill and dedicated smoker earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Weber Summit Charcoal Grill is a radical departure from George Stephen’s original Weber Kettle and Weber’s first major upgrade to the kettle in decades. It is bigger, badder and more versatile with a price tag to match. We tested and reviewed this excellent cooker and awarded it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Rockwell by Caliber Review

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Max Good

There’s a social element to all BBQ, but read our review to find how Rockwell goes a step further with a roll top lid that can disappear completely, allowing grillers and guests 360 degree access to the cook surface and generous surrounding table space. This beautiful and unique grill earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Broil King Keg 5000 Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the Broil King Keg. It’s not a fragile ceramic kamado, but an insulated steel kamado for less money. Originally The Bubba Keg, then The Big Steel Keg until bought by Onward Mfg. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport Keg 5000.

Broil King Signet 320 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill and awrded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal! The Broil King Signet 320 is an entry level, 3-burner grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. It gets hot fast and is able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills.

Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3 Burner Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Lowe’s calls this exclusive model the Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3-Burner Gas Grill. It was previously called TRU-Infrared. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner has an inner double layer to keep in heat. We reviewed this model, it is capable of high enough heat for searing, and low enough for roasting.

Broil-Mate 165154 LP Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

This Broil-Mate model is a throwback to the very first gas grills. We reviewed this inexpensive grill and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. It has a cast aluminum cookbox which will last longer and retain and distribute heat way better than all those cheap, flimsy stainless steel gassers that are so popular in the big box stores.

Weber Performer Deluxe 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to learn why Weber kettles enjoy generation after generation of popularity and loyalty. They are affordable, cook just about anything and last forever. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is set in a large rolling cart with all the bells and whistles including gas ignition!

Vision Professional S-Series Kamado Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Vision’s Professional S-Series which has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. It can also convert to a gas grill! Vision S-Series earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Napoleon TravelQ 285X with Cart Review

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Max Good

Napoleon’s new TravelQ TQ285X is one impressive little clam shell style portable gasser, with some unique features not found from competitors. We reviewed it and award this tailgater our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. The fold out scissor cart is one of the most solid versions we’ve seen.

Jambo Pits J-3 Model Review

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Max Good

Jambo Pits’ offset smokers produce award winning BBQ in sleek, colorful trailer mounted rigs that often resemble hot rods. Read our review to learn why their quality construction and thoughtful design features make Jambo the choice of many award winning competitive teams and earn our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Lang 36″ Hybrid Patio Model Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Lang’s 36″ Hybrid Patio Smoker combines their popular 36″ residential smoker with a 30″ charcoal grill. We always give thumbs down to low cost combos that are a gas grill bolted to a cheap offset smoker because each side is poor quality Not so with Lang’s superb Hybrid which earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Green Mountain Davy Crockett Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Green Mountain’s Davy Crockett. Green Mountain describes their small portable smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal. We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

Grillworks 36 Review

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Max Good

All Grillworks beautiful, high quality products we reviewed receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold or Platinum Medals. This model cooks over an open wood fire using a crank to raise or lower the grates for heat control. This type of grill was popularized in the United States in Southern California and commonly referred to as Santa Maria.

Dancook 1900 Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Dancook’s sleek, stylish “Euro” designs have a stripped down, less is more quality, with clean uncluttered lines. We tested and reviewed this good looking, well-made charcoal grill and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. They look like futuristic Weber kettles and would make a nice addition to a shiny, outdoor kitchen.

Napoleon Prestige P500RSIB Gas Grill Review

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Meathead

This Napoleon Prestige 4-Burner Gas Grill is a sweet looking cooker, built solid with a few nice extras thrown in. We tested and reviewed this quality gasser and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Stainless steel cook box, cart, doors and side shelves with a heavy gauge steel lid competitive with Weber’s Summit.

Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24″ Review

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Max Good

Many gas smokers have limited temperature range and can’t get down and hold low and slow temps of 225⁰. We reviewed this big beauty that can go down to 160⁰ and crank up to 400⁰! AND it converts to natural gas so you don’t have to worry about you LP tank running out. We tested this model and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this solid portable gas grill that employs Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design. It produces searing temps while preventing flare-ups and retaining foods moisture. Grill2Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Heavy cast aluminum lid and firebox will not rust and will retain heat much better than thin steel.

Pit Barrel Cooker Review

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Max Good

You’ll be flabbergasted as you create one perfectly smoked delicacy after another with little more effort than preparation. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is $350 delivered to your door. Pop it out of the box and start SMOKIN! Pit Barrel Cooker is one of the more impressive products we’ve tested and reviewed.

Komodo Kamado Big Bad 32 Review

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Meathead

Read our review of this big commercial smoker. The Southern Pride SPK-500 is one of their more popular smokers combining features, footprint, capacity and price into a package that is just right for many applications. This beauty gets our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smoker Review

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Max Good

It is what it is. If you’re looking for a cheap gas smoker Char-Broil is as good as it gets in this price range and you can easily find deals on this guy. Even Wal-Mart sells them for way under the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. We reviewed this model and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Yoder Loaded Wichita 20″ Smoker Review

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Max Good

Yoder is revered by competition cooks for well-designed, high end offset smokers and grills. We reviewed their Loaded Wichita which is a 20″ offset smoker with their most popular options such as a cooking door counterweight and heat management plate. This is the real deal folks and we give it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 18″ Review

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Meathead

We tested and reviewed this original, mid-size version of Weber’s popular charcoal smoker. Weber Smokey Mountains are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition AND WINNING! Click here to learn all about this high quality, Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner.

Horizon 20 Inch RD Special Marshal Review

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Meathead

Read our review of Horizon’s excellent, tight, well-built, heavyweight, heavy duty, horizontal offset firebox cookers that carry a lifetime guarantee against burnout! These AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning smokers are a culmination of design and manufacturing ideas gleaned from decades of cooking, cutting and welding.

The Good-One Open Range Review

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Meathead

A charcoal grill with a smoker spliced on top. We reviewed The Good-One’s popular Open Range. This cleverly designed charcoal unit uses the same concepts of an offset smoker, but it works better. The Good-One lives up to its’ name and receives our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Weber Original Kettle 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this basic, full size Weber Kettle with no bells or whistles. You can’t go wrong with Weber kettles. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, All Weber kettles earn our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

Weber Original Kettle 18″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber Kettles enjoy evergreen popularity from one generation to the next. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, We tested and reviewed these iconic grills. You can’t go wrong with AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning Weber kettles.

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills Review

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Max Good

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of one of the greatest inventions in history: the iconic charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to find out why PK Grill owners have been in love since 1952. We tested this classic AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning grill. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king. It has thick aluminum construction that retains and radiates heat, tight fitting hinged lid and the twin dampers in both the top and bottom.

Karubecue C-60 Pit Review

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Max Good

We testedand reviewed The Karubecue C-60 and found it produces perfect smoke consistently. The results are ambrosia. Those who seek the Holy Grail of Smoke need to know about Karubecue. This brilliant design enables novice BBQ enthusiasts to smoke meat like a wizened Texas pit boss, earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Napoleon PRO605CSS Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

If you’re committed to charcoal, but envious of your neighbor’s shiny gasser, the Napoleon PRO605 may be the answer. Only a few premium and luxury brands offer stainless steel charcoal grills. This Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is one of the more beautiful models we’ve seen in this price range.

Meadow Creek BBQ26 Review

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Meathead

Our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal goes to Meadow Creek’s BBQ26. Read our review of this unique grill; designed for fast and hot grilling, there is no better way to cook chickens than flipping them with Meadow Creek’s double sided grates. Though it looks like a simple black box, it is really a killer tailgater in disguise.

Meadow Creek PR36 Review

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Meathead

Read our review of Meadow Creek’s PR36. Although it can handle a small hog, Meadow Creek’s PR36 does much more. We tested this versatile cooker which has a deep trough and a tall lid with a solid strong hinge. Thoughtful design coupled with quality construction and craftsmanship earns the PR36 our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Hasty-Bake Gourmet 256 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill Review

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Meathead

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.

Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers 1000 Series Original Braten Grill Review

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Meathead

A hand made all American cooker with Argentine V-shaped grates that can be raised or lowered farther or closer to the fire. We tested and reviewed this unusual and versatile multi-function cooker and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. It’s a Santa Maria Grill and offset smoker rolled into one.

Primo Oval XL 400 Review

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Max Good

Primo’s Oval XL 400 is their largest Oval model. Primo’s claim to fame is the unique oval shape which enables true 2-zone cooking: something that standard round designs really can’t accomplish. We tested and reviewed this model and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

Primo Oval Junior Review

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Max Good

Primo’s claim to fame is the unique oval shape which enables true 2-zone cooking: something that standard round designs really can’t accomplish. We reviewed Primo Ovals and award our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Junior is their smallest model.

MAK Grills 1 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 Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Memphis Elite Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel pellet smoker and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller that can also be operated from a smart phone ap.

Modern Home Products WNK4 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Our WNK4 Review of MHP’s large gas grill made with heavy cast aluminum and practically indestructible. It will withstand harsh weather, abuse, and never rust. Owners brag about how old their grill is, how they never clean it, and especially how they never cover it. This classic gasser earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Kalamazoo K750HS Hybrid Fire Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to learn why Kalamazoo has 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. Part Rolls Royce, part tank with fire power and versatility to spare, Kalamazoo grills are imposing in appearance, performance and price, earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Fire Magic Echelon Diamond E1060 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

It’s a pleasure to review this large luxury grill which exudes elegance. Excellent in design and construction and priced accordingly, it’s one of the finest gas grills made. Cooking grates and housings carry a lifetime warranty and lifetime ownership is Fire Magic’s mantra.

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.

Weber Summit E-470 and S-470 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Here’s an upgraded model in Weber’s top of the line gas grill series, aptly named Summit. We had high expectations when we reviewed the S-470. With a few minor exceptions, we were not disappointed. It cooks beautifully and has great features earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Published On: 12/23/2020 Last Modified: 5/6/2021


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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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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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