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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.

MSRP:$6495

Published On: 10/15/2021 Last Modified: 10/25/2021

Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 Review

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Meathead

The new Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 is an upgraded version of their Gourmet 256. We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. There is nothing you can’t do with this grill and it deserves a place in the back yard of every serious outdoor cook. It is the Swiss Army knife of grills.

MSRP:$1899

Published On: 9/30/2021 Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

sIconic Weber Kettles are some of the most popular and respected backyard grills in the world. Those who’ve mastered a kettle can do everything on it from grill a steak to bake a cake and these Summit Kamados are kettles on steroids. If you like your Weber Kettle, you’ll love their Kamados. We give these babies our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medals!

MSRP:$1149

Published On: 9/20/2021 Last Modified: 11/23/2021

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.

MSRP:$3600.00

Published On: 2/23/2020 Last Modified: 8/31/2021

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco Drum Smoker Review

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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!

MSRP:$350

Published On: 7/10/2019 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

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.

MSRP:$1399.00

Published On: 2/23/2019 Last Modified: 2/27/2021

The Slow ‘N Sear 2.0 Hands On Review

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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.

MSRP:$99.95

Published On: 11/15/2018 Last Modified: 3/19/2021

Kamado Joe Classic II 18″ Review

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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.

MSRP:$1200.00

Published On: 2/2/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Pit Barrel Junior Review

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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.

MSRP:$250.00

Published On: 12/21/2017 Last Modified: 10/4/2021

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

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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.

MSRP:$900

Published On: 3/26/2017 Last Modified: 9/15/2021

Kalamazoo Charcoal Smoker Cabinet Review

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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,

MSRP:$14795.00

Published On: 3/19/2017 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

M Grills M1 Review

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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.

MSRP:$4995

Published On: 4/19/2016 Last Modified: 11/9/2021

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.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/15/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

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.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 11/24/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021

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.

MSRP:$9100.00

Published On: 7/21/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

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.

MSRP:$2797

Published On: 7/11/2014 Last Modified: 10/10/2021

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.

MSRP:$350.00

Published On: 6/13/2013 Last Modified: 10/4/2021

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.

MSRP:$5910.00

Published On: 4/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

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.

MSRP:$2729

Published On: 3/25/2013 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

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.

MSRP:$350

Published On: 3/24/2013 Last Modified: 11/8/2021

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.

MSRP:$1825.00

Published On: 3/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

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.

MSRP:$1150.00

Published On: 3/21/2013 Last Modified: 6/4/2021

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.

MSRP:$1695

Published On: 2/15/2013 Last Modified: 6/13/2021

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.

MSRP:$1134

Published On: 2/14/2013 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

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.

MSRP:$2826.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

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.

MSRP:$1407.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

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.

MSRP:$870.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Ole Hickory EL-EDX Commercial Smoker Review

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Max Good

Big commercial smokers like the Ole Hickory EL-EDX are made for the high output needs of restaurants and caterers. Pitmasters around the country swear by them. Read our review to find out why.

MSRP:$25276

Published On: 7/29/2021

Burch Barrel Review

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

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

MSRP:$985

Published On: 1/11/2021 Last Modified: 11/11/2021

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.

MSRP:$325.00

Published On: 8/24/2020 Last Modified: 3/1/2021

Cuisinart Woodcreek 4-in-1 Pellet Grill

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Max Good

Read our review to learn why Cuisinart has once again won us over with their bounty of useful extras that make their Woodcreek an appealing package deal. The charcoal insert provides sear power, and if you haven’t used a griddle outdoors, you will after trying theirs. Both items expand Woodcreek’s versatility and merit our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 6/25/2020 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Hunsaker Vortex Smoker Review

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Max Good

Hunsaker makes Upright Barrel Smokers for competition teams. Clever and useful features such as big competition-grade wheels, a floating lid hinge, wind resistant air intake and the unique Vortex Charcoal Basket differentiate Hunsaker from other brands. We tested and reviewed Hunsaker and award it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 12/18/2018 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Myron Mixon H2O 48 Water Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Fully welded with solid construction, H2O 48 incorporates Mixon’s signature water pan design with a clever auto fill feature. It’s fully insulated with double walled construction and filled with “military grade insulation”.

MSRP:$4995.00

Published On: 10/24/2017 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Myron Mixon G33 Gravity Feed Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. With 33 square feet of cooking capacity, the Myron Mixon G33 Gravity Feed Smoker is a large smoker meant for commercial use. “The first gravity feed I ever saw was made by Tom Dominey in Orlando in the 1990s, “says Mixon.

MSRP:$5395.00

Published On: 7/14/2017 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Vision Signature Series Plaza Kamado Review

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Max Good

Vision’s Signature Series has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Get the details in our review. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. Vision Signature Series models with ProZone earn our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 7/16/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Vision Professional C-Series Kamado Review

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Max Good

Vision’s Professional C Series has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Find details in our review. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. Vision C Series with ProZpne earn our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 7/15/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

The Good-One Heritage Oven Review

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Max Good

The Good-One Heritage Oven is designed as an Outdoor Kitchen Insert. It looks like their large Marshall smoker that has an upper cabinet oven with three adjustable height racks, but is more related to their popular Open Range model and has an identical firebox. We reviewed Heritage and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1700.00

Published On: 9/15/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Myron Mixon Trailers Review

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Max Good

Myron Mixon Trailers come in small, medium and large sizes and can be ordered with any Mixon smoker(s) and a variety of options like grills, coolers, burners, storage, log baskets and sinks. We reviewed MMS trailers and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to Pitmaster Mixon’s stick burners on wheels.

MSRP:$19500.00

Published On: 9/8/2015 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Myron Mixon 750 Rotisserie Smoker Review

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Max Good

Myron Mixon’s 750 is his mid-size rotisserie smoker. Not for home use, this 3000 pound, We reviewed this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winner. It is made for high capacity commercial cooking. Rotisserie or carousel smokers are very popular with BBQ restaurants as the multiple racks hold a lot of meat and don’t need to be fussed over.

MSRP:$23750.00

Published On: 8/27/2015 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Myron Mixon G20 Gravity Feed Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the larger version of this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Fully welded with solid construction, G20 is built to withstand the rigors of commercial and competitive cooking, while providing ease of use for the aspiring backyard pit master.

MSRP:$4195.00

Published On: 8/27/2015 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Kamado Joe Big Joe Review

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Max Good

Kamado Joe BigJoe is a well crafted, red 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 reviewed this model an awarded our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1999.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Stump’s XL Stretch Review

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Max Good

Stump’s XL Stretch is a large, commercial capacity gravity fed charcoal smoker suitable for commercial use. Read our review of this classic smoker. Built solid and well insulated with a 18.5″ width x 25″ height x 22″ depth internal cooking area and thick 1800° insulation. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to XL Stretch.

MSRP:$5850.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Stump’s Baby XL Review

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Max Good

As the name indicates, Stump’s Baby XL is slightly larger than their popular Baby gravity feed charcoal smoker. We reviewed this smoker with a fun name. Built solid and well insulated with a 18.5″ width x 25″ height x 22″ depth internal cooking area and thick 1800° insulation. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to Baby XL.

MSRP:$2750.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

Stump’s Baby Review

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Max Good

The Stump’s Baby is their smallest gravity feed charcoal smoker. Read our review. Built solid and well insulated with a 17.5″ width x 14.5″ height x 18.5″ depth internal cooking area. Thick 1800° insulation is enclosed in a double walled, 16 gauge welded housing. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to this Baby.

MSRP:$1950.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

The Good-One Marshall Review

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Max Good

The Good-One Marshall is a big combo grill and smoker recommended for hunting clubs, tailgating, competitions, or light commercial use. We reviewed this cleverly designed charcoal unit that uses the same concepts of an offset smoker, but works better. The Good-One lives up to its’ name and receives our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2300.00

Published On: 9/29/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

The Good-One Patio Junior Review

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Max Good

A charcoal grill with a smoker spliced on top. The Good-One’s Patio Junior is a mini version of their popular Open Range. Read our review of this cleverly designed charcoal unit that uses the same concepts of an offset smoker, but it works better. The Good-One lives up to its’ name and receives our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 9/29/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Ole Hickory Ace BP Review

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Max Good

One of Ole Hickory’s smaller BBQ smokers made exclusively for Big Poppa Smokers. We reviewed this model. Unlike Ole Hickory’s large smokers with rotating carousel shelves, the Ace BP has three slide out, 26.5″ x 26.5″ nickel-chrome cooking racks. We like Ole Hickory and Big Poppa so this gets our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$5539.00

Published On: 9/29/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Peoria Custom Cookers Meat Monster Review

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Max Good

A heavily insulated competition smoker with unique design features. It comes in two basic configurations: the Internal Firebox and the Meat Monster Offset Firebox We reviewed Meat Monster and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Placing a firebox inside the smoker is very interesting.

MSRP:$5000.00

Published On: 9/22/2014 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Southern Pride MLR-150 Review

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Max Good

The wood burning Southern Pride MLR-150 is one of their smaller wood smokers meant for catering and competition. We reviewed this beauty and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. SP claims it can handle 16 butts, 24 slabs of Saint Louis Cut Ribs (120 with 12 rib racks), 48 chickens or 8 beef briskets.

MSRP:$15111.00

Published On: 9/12/2014 Last Modified: 7/26/2021

Klose 20″ x 36″ Heavy Duty Pipe Smoker Review

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Max Good

Our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to The Klose 20″ x 30″ residential offset smoker. Read our review. With 720 square inches of primary cook surface the 20″ x 36″ Heavy Duty Pipe Smoker can handle 12 to 20 people. BBQ Pits by Klose has made some of the most highly regarded pits since 1986. Many top competitors use Klose pits.

MSRP:$1695.00

Published On: 7/23/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Klose 30″ by 8ft Upright Slow Smoker Ultimate Cook Off and Catering Rig Review

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Max Good

Klose Pits has made some of the most highly regarded BBQ smokers since 1986. Read our review of this 30 inch x 6 foot competition pit that has all the bells and whistles and earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. The model pictured in our review is loaded with options like over size tires, chrome Mags and counterweights for the doors.

MSRP:$10525.00

Published On: 7/22/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Jambo Pits J-5 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 Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$12000.00

Published On: 7/21/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Pitmaker BBQ Safe Smoker Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker BBQ Safe Smoker is a scaled down version of their popular Vault Smoker. Like all Pitmaker cookers we have reviewed, the Safe has heavy insulation, durable construction and plenty of colorful options for the exterior. These well made, well designed smokers get our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$2850.00

Published On: 7/17/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Pitmaker BBQ Vault Smoker Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker’s popular BBQ Vault cabinet smoker has big capacity. Each shelf is designed to hold two standard catering pans. We reviewed these solid, heavily insulated cookers which are known for durability, superb performance and colorful finishes. These well made, well designed smokers get our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$3250.00

Published On: 7/17/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Lang 36″ Original Patio Model Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this model. Like all Lang smokers, the 36″ Original has their signature reverse flow design which some believe provides more even air and heat flow than traditional offsets. We award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this model which is Lang’s most popular for residential use.

MSRP:$1295.00

Published On: 7/11/2014 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Backwoods Smoker G2 Party Review

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Meathead

We reviewed this party size charcoal smoker which fits nicely in any backyard and can perform with the pros in BBQ competitions. Wherever award winning BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. The G2 Party earns our Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$2745.00

Published On: 4/30/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Backwoods Smoker G2 Chubby Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We reviewed the G2 Chubby and award our Gold Medal. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Backwoods Smoker Chubby can run for 6 hours on 10 lbs. of charcoal.

MSRP:$1415.00

Published On: 4/30/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Meadow Creek BX50 Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

Read our review of BX50. Solid and super insulated with a unique and clever gravity fed water system that looks like a water cooler. Thoughtful design coupled with quality construction and craftsmanship earns Meadow Creek’s BX 50 our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$3875

Published On: 1/29/2014 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Myron Mixon H2O 36 Water Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the larger version of this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Fully welded with solid construction, H2O 36 incorporates Mixon’s signature water pan design with a clever auto fill feature. H2O 36 holds 16 slabs of baby back ribs and is big enough for a small pig.

MSRP:$3995.00

Published On: 11/8/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Jambo Pits Economy 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. Quality construction and thoughtful design features make Jambo the choice of many award winning competitive teams and earn our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$5500.00

Published On: 9/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Jambo Junior Review

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Max Good

Backyard Pitmasters read this review. Junior lacks the size and pizazz of Jambo’s big, colorful competition rigs, but shares the same quality construction and thoughtful design features that make Jambo the choice of many award winning competitive teams and earn our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$1895.00

Published On: 8/8/2013 Last Modified: 2/19/2021

Backwoods Smoker Fatboy Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We testing and reviewed chubby and gave it our Gold Medal Award. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Don’t be fooled by the small size, Backwoods Smoker Fatboy can handle 20 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$2295.00

Published On: 4/26/2013 Last Modified: 2/18/2021

Southern Pride SPK-500 Review

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Max Good

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.

MSRP:$17962.00

Published On: 4/10/2013 Last Modified: 7/26/2021

Meadow Creek TS250 Review

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Meathead

Elegant in its thoughtful, straightforward design and built to last, this versatile cooker is the second largest trailer mounted smoker in the TS line. We reviewed this model and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. The trailer has 15″ highway wheels, a heavy duty wheel jack, trailer lights (4 prong flat), and safety chains.

MSRP:$7195.00

Published On: 4/9/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Lang 84″ Original Model Review

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Max Good

Like all Lang smokers, the 36″ Original has their signature reverse flow design which some believe provides more even air and heat flow than traditional offsets. We reviewed this model and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this model which is Lang’s most popular for large capacity mobile model on a trailer.

MSRP:$6995

Published On: 4/9/2013 Last Modified: 10/10/2021

Yoder Frontiersman II 30″ Trailer 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 Yoder Frontiersman II 30″ Trailer which is a heavy duty traditional BBQ offset smoker offered in three sizes. This is the real deal folks and we give it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$6895

Published On: 4/8/2013 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

Pitmaker LT Trailer Frame Mounted with Sniper Review

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Max Good

The modular trailer frame can be custom configured and finished to mount any Pitmaker gear with your choice of color. We reviewed it and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to these well made trailer units. Plenty of options available from grills to storage to sound systems. 15 foot length with 15 inch wheels.

MSRP:$6500.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Klose 30″ by 6 ft. Mobile Smoker Review

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Max Good

Not many brands get respect on the competition circuit like Klose. We reviewed this big 30 inch diameter x 6 foot long and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. The model pictured in our review is loaded with options like over size tires, chrome Mags and counterweights for the doors.

MSRP:$6750.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Horizon 30″ Double Door Smoker Trailer Review

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Max Good

Bigger is better! Horizon feels their 30″ offsets distribute and hold heat more evenly than junior models. We reviewed this big boy with a 72″ horizontal cooking chamber and is mounted on a large trailer. Horizon classic 1/4″ pits receive our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

MSRP:$7200.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Backwoods Smoker Competitor Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We testing and reviewed Chubby and gave it our Gold Medal Award. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Backwoods Competitor is a big boy capable of handling 32 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$3,550.00

Published On: 4/4/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Stump’s Junior Review

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Max Good

The Stump’s Junior is their mid-size gravity feed charcoal smoker. Read our review. Built solid and well insulated, Junior can smoke 15 slabs of baby backs, or 9-12 butts, or 24-30 chickens at once.. Thick 1800° insulation is enclosed in a double walled, 16 gauge welded housing. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to Junior.

MSRP:$3600.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Grillworks The Infierno Review

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Max Good

Designed to knock out both the cook and client, Infierno is a massive, wood fired cooker intended for cutting edge restaurants that want to enflame their guest’s dining experience. Read our review to find why all Grillwork’s beautiful, high quality products receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Awards.

MSRP:$24600.00

Published On: 3/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Backwoods Smoker Party Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. Read our review of the Backwoods Party Smoker which earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Don’t be fooled by the small size, Backwoods Smoker Chubby can handle 18 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$1600.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

West of Memphis Ironman 3 Review

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Max Good

West of Memphis Ironman 3 is a grill with an offset firebox attached. We reviewed this unique, modular component design which allows you to slide out the three burner gas system and replace it with a charcoal firebox insert. In addition to The AmazingRibs Best Value Gold Medal, West of Memphis won the 2012 Vesta Award.

MSRP:$2559.00

Published On: 2/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pitmaker MVP Tailgater BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Portable charcoal/wood grill mounted on a trailer hitch. Based on Pitmaker’s cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber on top. We give our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this tough little cooker. The relatively large cook chamber has plenty of headroom for big cuts, like pork shoulders.

MSRP:$795.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pitmaker 48″ Grill-Meister! BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker 48” Grill-Meister! BBQ Grills are residential versions of Pitmaker’s large capacity competition cabinet smokers with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. We reviewed these well made, well designed smokers and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2595.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pitmaker 30″ Grill-Meister! BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker 30” Grill-Meister! BBQ Grills are residential versions of Pitmaker’s large capacity competition cabinet smokers with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. We reviewed these well made, well designed smokers and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2195.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Meadow Creek SQ36 Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Meadow Creek’s SQ36. Although it can handle a small hog, it does much more. This versatile cooker has a deep trough and a tall lid with a solid strong hinge and an offset firebox for wood smoking. Thoughtful design coupled with quality construction and craftsmanship earns the SQ36 our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1813

Published On: 2/14/2013 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Hasty Bake Continental 83 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold 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.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 8/31/2021

Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers 2000 Series Stahlkammer 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 and a lid for roasting. This versatile multi-function cooker was tested and reviewed and received our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. It’s a Santa Maria Grill with a unique design.

MSRP:$4702.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Komodo Kamado 23″ OTB Gen 2.6 Review

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Meathead

Pay attention all you Eggheads; AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winners, Komodo Kamado, makes some of the most striking ceramic cookers in the world, with superb craftsmanship and innovative design. We tested and reviewed this big beauty that weighs a whopping 534 pounds.

MSRP:$4260.00

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

BBQube Kamado Go 275

By:

Bill McGrath

The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired smoker/grill that will appeal to tailgaters and backyard chefs who want a dual-purpose cooker that can operate off the grid. Read our review. Kamado Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 5/12/2020 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker Review

By:

Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

Masterbuilt’s Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker is a one-of-a-kind machine. It marries the ease of thermostatic control with smoky charcoal flavor. We haven’t seen anything quite like the Gravity Series. Read our review to learn why we love it in spite of a couple significant flaws.

MSRP:$500.00

Published On: 5/11/2020 Last Modified: 3/18/2021

Char-Broil Kamander Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The high sticker price of popular kamados prevents many consumers from jumping into the kamado ring. Char-Broil’s Kamander changes all that with a list price of $349.99 making Kamader one of the lowest cost kamados on the market. We tested and reviewed Kamander and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$350.00

Published On: 11/17/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Monolith BBQ Guru Edition Classic Review

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Max Good

After successfully establishing Monolith in Europe, this German company is now working with BBQ Guru to bring its kamados to the US market. The special BBQ Guru Edition kamados sweeten Monolith’s package deal by adding integrated BBQ Guru temperature controllers. We give this model our AmazingRibs.com Silver Award.

MSRP:$1399.00

Published On: 10/25/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Red Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed Red Box and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. A similar version of this portable charcoal smoker was previously offered by the venerable Backwoods Smokers as their Patio model. Since the 1980s Backwoods has made top quality smokers for home, catering and competition.

MSRP:$425.00

Published On: 10/1/2016 Last Modified: 2/25/2021

Char-Broil Kettleman TRU-Infrared 22.5″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Forget about hot spots and flare-ups with Char-Broil’s Kettleman Charcoal Grill. Read our review about how you can grill a load of greasy burgers and never see a lick of flame. Kettleman also makes a fare smoker without the need for add-on devices. We tested this contender and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 12/15/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cabela’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker Review

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Max Good

Cabelas’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker is made by Masterbuilt and is identical to Masterbuilt’s 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$200.00

Published On: 12/5/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Cooker with Cart Review

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Max Good

By replacing the heavy ceramic used for thousands of years with modern lightweight materials, Char-Griller appears to have created a cooker that performs pretty close to traditional Kamados at a fraction of the cost earning our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal Award. This model comes with a small cart.

MSRP:$330.00

Published On: 11/24/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Masterbuilt Dual Fuel Smoker Review

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Max Good

Masterbuilt’s Dual Fuel Smoker has a “Flame Disc Bowl” located above the gas burner and under the water bowl. It can be used for wood chunks when smoking with gas or, alternatively, filled with charcoal. Hence the Dual Fuel moniker. We reviewed this model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$220.00

Published On: 11/24/2014 Last Modified: 6/11/2021

Primo Large Round Kamado Review

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Max Good

Primo’s Large Round Kamado is a high quality ceramic cooker. Read our review. Their unique reversible cooking grates have a clever design. They are two sided. One side places the cook surface up high, flip it over and the surface drops down 2” closer to the coal. This model gets our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$832.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Vision Classic B Series Kamado Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Vision’s Classic B Series which is slightly larger than standard, 18″ large round kamados and has some unique and interesting features. Vision kamados are rather well made, especially considering the modest price which is often reduced dramatically for promos. We give them our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 9/22/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Smoker/Grill Review

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Max Good

Oklahoma Joe’s is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, as the brand gains autonomy from Char-Broil and produces more models that are grabbing our attention. Read our review of Longhorn. It offers a step up from cheap offset smokers for a little more money than the tin can junker brands and earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal..

MSRP:$700

Published On: 4/29/2014 Last Modified: 11/9/2021

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 14″ Review

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Max Good

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 14″ is a small version of their popular 18″ charcoal smoker. Read our review. WSMs are high quality, AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. They are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition.

MSRP:$219.00

Published On: 4/21/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Smokenator Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed Smokenator. It is not a cooker, but it is such an effective and economical accessory, we decided to include it in our searchable data base and award it our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal for folks who want to grill and smoke, but don’t have the budget for two dedicated cookers.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 5/7/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 22″ Review

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Meathead

We tested and reviewed The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 22″, a large version of their popular 18″ charcoal smoker. WSMs are high quality, AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. They are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition.

MSRP:$499.00

Published On: 3/25/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Texas Pit Crafters PM 500S BBQ Pit/Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of the Texas Pit Crafters PM 500S; constructed with top quality 304 stainless steel and heavy gauge carbon steel. You don’t see many shiny stainless steel pits outside of the Texas Pit Crafters catalog. We award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal to this BBQ beauty.

MSRP:$2695.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Orion Cooker Review

By:

Meathead

We tested and reviewed this clever and unusual design. Well, maybe it isn’t that unusual. It is really a hi-tech variation on the cowboy method of cooking in a Dutch oven where the pot sits on coals and coals sit on top of the pot. Orion excels at keeping meat moist and cooking fast., earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$169.00

Published On: 3/19/2013 Last Modified: 4/29/2021

Big Poppa’s Drum Smoker Kit Review

By:

Meathead

We tested and reviewed Big Poppa’s Ugly Drum Smoker kit that you can buy from for $140 and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. This kit reduces the cost, effort and probability for error when doing it yourself. Really. Much better than a cheap offset smoker, and just as cool looking.

MSRP:$140.00

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series XL Review

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Max Good

Grill Dome’s XL is a big, 24 kamado made with their proprietary ceramic called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic. Grill Dome is known for their beautiful enamel finishes in a variety of colors. We reviewed this big model and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1250.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series Large Review

By:

Max Good

The ceramic is Grill Dome’s own creation, called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic and can withstand much higher temperatures. Grill Dome is known for their beautiful enamel finishes in a variety of colors. We reviewed Grill Dome and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$950.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series Small Review

By:

Max Good

Grill Dome is known for their beautiful kamados offered in a variety of colors. We reviewed Grill Dome and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The ceramic is Grill Dome’s own creation, called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic and retains the finish over time.

MSRP:$600.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg XLarge Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

This 24 incher puts the BIG in Big Green Egg. Big Green Egg is often viewed as the industry standard. Good as they are many new comers to the kamado market are trying harder and offering more innovation. We reviewed this model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Large Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

For many, the Big Green Egg is the Weber of Kamados. They introduced Kamado cookers to the USA and are often viewed as the industry standard. We tested and reviewed the BGE Large and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are trying harder and offering more innovation.

MSRP:$849.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Medium Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

For many, the Big Green Egg is the Weber of Kamados. They introduced Kamado cookers to the USA and are often viewed as the industry standard. We reviewed this BGE model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are trying harder and offering more innovation.

MSRP:$659.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Small Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

For many, the Big Green Egg is the Weber of Kamados. They popularized Kamados in the USA and are often viewed as the industry standard. We reviewed Big Green Egg’s small model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They’re good, but many new comers to the kamado market are trying hard to earn market share.

MSRP:$559.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Mini Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

As the name indicates, Big Green Egg’s Mini Kamado is their smallest model. Big Green Egg popularized kamado cookers in the USA. We reviewed Big Green Egg and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are giving them stiff competition.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Grill Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this popular, economically priced kamado. By replacing the heavy ceramic used for thousands of years with modern lightweight materials, Char-Griller appears to have created a cooker that performs pretty close to traditional Kamados at a fraction of the cost earning our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal Award.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 1/25/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Texas Pit Crafters PM 400S Review

By:

Max Good

Texas Pit Crafter’s PM 400S displays rugged Texan luxury! Read our review of this six foot long BBQ beauty that wins our Silver Medal.

MSRP:$6895.00

Published On: 8/13/2012 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Char-Griller Flavor Pro Review

By:

Max Good

Can’t decide between a charcoal, wood, or gas grill? Char-Griller’s Flavor Pro Multi-Fuel Grill allows you to use all three thanks to a unique design first seen with Kalamazoo’s much costlier hybrid grill. While our review revealed some issues, this grill should be appealing to someone who wants multiple fuel options.

MSRP:$499.00

Published On: 10/8/2020 Last Modified: 4/19/2021

Pit Boss PB K24 Review

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Max Good

The Pit Boss PB K24 is a low cost kamado from Dansons, makers of Louisiana Pellet Smokers. We reviewed this big kamado. Some owners complain of chipped ceramic and wobbly misaligned lids, others are pleased with the great deal they got, and great deals on all Pit Boss models are available. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 6/30/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill, as the name indicates, can be used as a bullet style water smoker, or converted to a “lock and go” portable grill. We reviewed this clever design which allows you to place the lid on the base and turn clockwise until it locks. We give it our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$80.00

Published On: 12/3/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021

Smoke Hollow Charcoal/Gas Grill Model 1800CGS Review

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Max Good

We don’t recommend most side by side smoker grills. Read our review to learn why. Charcoal/Gas combo grills like this Smoke Hollow model are offered by a lot of manufacturers. For about the same cost, two separate grills are a better option. Even Weber kettle charcoal grill can sell for under a hundred dollars and you trip over all the low cost gassers every time you walk Lowes or Home Depot.

MSRP:$400.00

Published On: 11/19/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker Deluxe 700 Series Review

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Max Good

Just say no to cheap offset smokers like American Gourmet. Read our review to find out why. You definitely get what you pay for. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks so tough and cool, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually learn to make halfway decent stuff.

MSRP:$210.00

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker 300 Series Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why we do not like or recommend cheap offset smokers like American Gourmet. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks like your BBQ dream come true, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually get one to work OK.

MSRP:$110.00

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Meathead

The Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill is a unique, versatile, stainless steel cooker that claims to do it all. Weighing just 8 pounds and needing only 8 charcoal briquettes to cook for 3 hours, Cobb Premier can grill, smoke, boil, fry or bake. Read our review, however, to learn why we don’t recommend it.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Char-Griller Smokin’ Pro Review

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Max Good

Read our review to find out why the only good thing we can say about the Char-Griller Smokin’ Pro is the price is unbeatable. Many wide-eyed first time smokers thought it made sense to buy this tin can as a starter model. The problem with the Smokin’ Pro and many other cheap offset smokers is they are hard to use.

MSRP:$279.99

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Char-Broil Silver Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why we do not like or recommend cheap offset smokers like Char-Broil Silver. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks like your BBQ dream come true, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually get one to work OK.

MSRP:$189.00

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

PK300 Sneak Peek Review

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Max Good

At the time of this writing, the new PK300 wasn’t available yet. However, we were treated to a compelling pre-launch presentation and based on what we’ve seen so far, it sure looks promising. Stay tuned. We’ll do a detailed review when the new models roll out. Meanwhile, we felt PK300 was worthy of a Sneak Peek Review.

MSRP:$449

Published On: 6/30/2021

Blowin’ Smoke Cookers Gameday

By:

Max Good

Blowin’ Smoke’s Gameday is a big trailer smoker for pitmasters with big aspirations. Read our review of this big boy. The 60 inch long smoke box is separated into two sections and the large section is big enough for a whole hog. Blowin’ Smoke adds a charcoal grill on the front and a gas burner on the back for a fry pot.

MSRP:$3775.00

Published On: 6/4/2020 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Barrel House Cooker Review

By:

Max Good

The Barrel House Cooker makes an 18 inch diameter UDS that very closely resembles Pit Barrel Cooker, a company we admire very much. Indeed, Pit Barrel took legal action against Barrel House. Read our review. In a settlement, the owners of Pit Barrel received a lump sum and acquired Barrel House.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 1/19/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Humphrey’s BBQ Battle Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this mid-size, charcoal vertical cabinet cooker which is gaining popularity for home and competition use. Although crafted from heavy steel and 1200° insulation with locking latches that clamp the firebox and smokebox doors shut, it is not air tight and leaks smoke in certain areas by design.

MSRP:$2295

Published On: 9/22/2015 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Texas Original Pits Luling Offset Smoker 20″ x 32″ x 18″ Review

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Max Good

Texas Original Pits Luling Offset Smoker 20″ x 32″ x 18″ is their most popular model. We reviewed this heavy metal classic offset. Yes it looks like those cheap offsets sold in big box stores, but this is the real deal: a classic, no-frills, 1/4″ thick steel Texas Pit named after the Luling Oil Field northwest of Luling, TX.

MSRP:$2400

Published On: 8/28/2015 Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Gateway Drum Smokers Review

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Max Good

Gateway Drum Smokers make colorful, hot and fast, award winning drum smokers. Gateway competition teams formed a club called The Insane Can Posse. Read our review about their unusual air control system which consists of two intake pipes welded to the bottom of the drum to feed air into the firebox.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 5/21/2015 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Dyna-Glo Vertical Charcoal Offset Smoker Review

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Max Good

Dyna-Glo’s Vertical Charcoal Offset Smoker is one of the few low-cost Vertical Offsets we’ve reviewed. We advise readers to avoid purchasing cheap horizontal barrel offsets, but this inexpensive vertical smoker should mitigate one of the primary flaws of horizontal offsets: heat travels upward not sideways.

MSRP:$220.00

Published On: 11/26/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Charcoal Grill looks good on paper, but we are skeptical of the quality from this manufacturer. The good news in our review is that it has two, independently adjustable charcoal trays, a unique feature which could be useful, and a removable firebox divider to isolate the two zones.

MSRP:$420.00

Published On: 11/25/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Arizona BBQ Outfitters Scottsdale Cooker Review

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Max Good

Arizona BBQ Outfitter’s Scottsdale Cooker is a clever design that melds an adjustable height charcoal grill with a Santa Maria, vertical lift grill. Read our review of this unique cooker. Most vertical lift grills have no hood, which limits their capability to some degree. Scottsdale employs a removable hood and back windbreak.

MSRP:$2461.00

Published On: 10/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

American Barbecue Systems Judge 4 Ft. Review

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Max Good

Read our review of this unique commercial cooker. American Barbecue System’s Judge 4 ft. is a large capacity smoker suitable for commercial and competition use. It has an electric rotisserie that rotates meats on eight stainless steel shelves. As the rotisserie racks move in a carousel path, juices drip to the racks below to self-baste.

MSRP:$6500.00

Published On: 10/8/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

American Barbecue Systems Pit-Boss Review

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Max Good

American Barbecue System’s Pit–Boss is a large capacity smoker suitable for residential and commercial use. Read our review of this unique design. It has an electric rotisserie that rotates meats on eight stainless steel shelves. As the rotisserie racks move in a carousel path, juices drip to the racks below to self-baste.

MSRP:$3000.00

Published On: 10/8/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

American Barbecue Systems Bar-Be-Cube Review

By:

Max Good

American Barbecue Systems Bar-Be-Cube is a charcoal cabinet or vertical smoker with a couple neat design twists. Read our review. Four of the five stainless steel shelves inside the smoke box may be accessed by the front door, while the fifth sits on top under a hinged hood like a regular charcoal grill.

MSRP:$1500.00

Published On: 10/8/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

Big Poppa’s Stainless Drum Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Big Poppa’s Drum Smoker Kit is gaining popularity. We reviewed this kit which includes everything you need to make an Ugly Drum Smoker, aka UDS, including a high quality stainless steel barrel.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 6/4/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

J&R Oyler 700 Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of this commercial smoker. Eighteen racks, said to handle up to 1000 pounds, move slowly on a rotary carousel. The rotary motion promotes even heat and allows meats to self-baste as drippings are recirculated to the racks below. When the front doors are opened, dampers operate automatically to hold smoke in and prevent it from billowing out.

MSRP:$25500.00

Published On: 11/27/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Pitt’s & Spitt’s Combo 18″ X 30″ Smoker Pit Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review. Although Pitt’s & Spitt’s Combo 18″ X 30″ Smoker Pit is one of their smallest models, with 810 square inches of cook surface it’s large for residential use. We like residential offset smokers with the firebox underneath rather than on the side because heat naturally travels upward, not sideways.

MSRP:$1900.00

Published On: 9/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Bubba Grills 250 Reverse Flow Smoker/Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review. Bubba Grills 250 Reverse Flow Smoker/Grills and trailers have many options and range in price from $2600 to $4400. The loaded models have two 61″ x 21.5″ top cooking racks, a 61″ x 25.5″ bottom rack and four 24″ x 28″ racks in the rib box. All models come standard with 15″ wheels.

MSRP:$4400.00

Published On: 4/5/2013 Last Modified: 4/16/2021

American Barbecue Systems All-Star Review

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Max Good

American Barbecue Systems All-Star Grill and Smoker is effectively two cookers in one. We reviewed this unique device with an offset firebox that runs along the back of the cookbox and three stainless steel grates that may be placed at low, middle and high positions for smoking.

MSRP:$1195.00

Published On: 3/5/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Cajun Grill Review

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Max Good

Cajun Grill makes six variations of this heavy duty cooker. We reviewed the Cajun Grill is their smallest with 468 square inches of cooking surface. It can grill, and, because it is long and narrow, it can be easily set up for indirect cooking and smoke roasting. It has a V shaped trough in which the charcoal grate sits.

MSRP:$936.00

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Saffire Grill and Smoker Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Saffire. It’s similar in design and concept to the other egg shaped kamados, the most unique feature of the Saffire is an optional slot in the front to feed wood chips. It is available in several baked enamel colors and a table is available in several beautiful woods.

MSRP:$999.95

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Bayou Classic Ceramic Cypress Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this pretty kamado. From a distance, the Cypress Grill has an attractive, rustic look reminiscent of hand painted Japanese ceramics. Up close, one begins to notice where corners have been cut. Not as cheaply made as Char-Griller’s Acorn Kamado, but not in the same league as competitors like Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg.

MSRP:$789.95

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Review

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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.

MSRP:$1699.00

Published On: 4/5/2016 Last Modified: 9/21/2021

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.

MSRP:$1599.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center Review

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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 AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2299.00

Published On: 4/29/2016 Last Modified: 9/21/2021

Smoke E Z Review

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Meathead

The Smoke E Z is not a smoker, but an effective accessory that turns your inexpensive Charcoal Kettle into a smoker and doubles cooking capacity. We tested this clever device and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$220.00

Published On: 8/1/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Tremore Breeze Review

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Max Good

The hardest part of cooking with charcoal is holding steady cooking temperatures. Nathan Moore, a mechanical engineer, has designed a unique fuel feed system for Tremor Breeze that allows even novice smokers to hit and easily maintain smoking temps over a long duration and earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal..

MSRP:$5499.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Backwoods Smoker Chubby Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We testing chubby and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Award. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Don’t be fooled by the small size, Backwoods Smoker Chubby can handle 12 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$1030.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Napoleon Apollo AS200K Review

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Meathead

If this smoker looks familiar, there is a reason. It is an English/Canadian knockoff of the venerable Weber Smokey Mountain. We reviewed Apollo and found that unlike most knockoffs, this unit has a couple of clever design innovations and improvements over the original earning our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$309.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 4/30/2021

Napoleon Apollo AS300K Review

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Meathead

Read our review of Napoleon’s Apollo smokers that are English/Canadian knockoffs of the classic Weber Smokey Mountain. But unlike most knockoffs, this unit is well made with a couple of clever design innovations and improvements over the original Weber, earning our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 4/30/2021

Kamado Joe ClassicJoe Review

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Max Good

Kamado Joe BigJoe is a well crafted, red ceramic cooker that presents strong competition to other 24″ models in the premium priced market. Elegance and innovation are hallmarks of Kamado Joe. we give this big boy our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Broil King Keg Review

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Max Good

We tested 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 Gold Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport the BKK.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Trailmaster 57″ Vertical Smoker Review

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Max Good

We advise readers to avoid cheap horizontal barrel offsets, but this inexpensive vertical smoker mitigates the basic design flaw of horizontal offsets: heat travels upward not sideways. The vertical smokebox allows heat go where it naturally wants to go: UP! We give this model our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 8/9/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Masterbuilt 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill Review

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Max Good

You gotta love the versatility and price of Masterbuilt’s M7P 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use either gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$180.00

Published On: 3/28/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Roadmaster Review

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Max Good

The Brinkmann Roadmaster is their Dual Function Charcoal/Gas Smoker and Grill on wheels. We don’t care for these combo side-by-side grills. That said, if you want a grill on a trailer, you’ll be hard pressed to find a package like this for $1000. We give this our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$1000.00

Published On: 4/5/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition Review

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Max Good

For about a hundred bucks more than Char-Griller or Smoke ‘N Pit cheap offset smokers you got an all-around upgrade: heavier construction, better wheels, handles and shelves; everything is a bit more sturdy. Trailmaster earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Master Forge Charcoal Smoker/Griller Review

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Max Good

The Master Forge Charcoal Smoker/Griller, like the notorious El Cheapo Brinkmann line, is a low cost bullet smoker aka water smoker. We don’t recommend this model.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 12/2/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Smoke “N Pit Review

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Max Good

Cheap Offset Smokers like this Brinkmann can ruin your day, party and marriage. Don’t buy them! We have a lengthy dissertation explaining why. In short: they are hard to use and don’t produce the best results. This one is just like a Char-Broil offset and we suspect they are made at the same Chinese factory.

MSRP:$179.00

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Charcoal Bullet Smokers aka ECBs Review

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Max Good

Brinkmann Charcoal Bullet Smokers are also known as El Cheapo Brinkmanns or ECBs for short. They come in a few different styles: Gourmet, Smoke ‘N Grill, Sportsman and Cook’N Ca’Jun II. The El Cheapo price makes them very popular, but we can’t recommend any ECBs.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 3/29/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann All-In-One Gas & Charcoal Smoker, Grill & Fryer Review

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Meathead

The Brinkmann All-In-One Gas & Charcoal Smoker, Grill & Fryer is a cheapo versatile bullet, but we don’t recommend this model. .The newer Masterbuilt 7-in-One is modeled on this unit and is a lot better for just little more money.

MSRP:$189.00

Published On: 3/25/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Smoke Hollow 40″ Barrel Smoker Review

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Max Good

The Smoke Hollow 40″ Barrel Smoker seems very similar to the Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe and the Brinkmann Trailmaster. But it costs twice as much. We caution our readers to stay away from cheap offset smokers, because they are, well….cheap. And hard to use. But if you must have one, why pay more?

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 2/16/2021

Smoke Hollow Charcoal/Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Many BBQ manufacturers make Charcoal/Gas combo grills like this Smoke Hollow model. We don’t recommend them. For about the same price, two separate grills are a better option. You can get a great charcoal grill for under a hundred dollars and you trip over all the low cost gassers every time you walk into Home Depot.

MSRP:$799.99

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Kamado Grills aka Kamado.com – OUT OF BUSINESS Review

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Max Good

This troubled company has been sold and the new owner claims he started over with a new name and completely redesigned product line.

MSRP:$0.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/13/2021

EcoQue Wood Burning Pizza Oven and Smoker Review

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Max Good

EcoQue’s Wood Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker design is based on Fontana Forni’s dual chamber pizza ovens that are made in Italy. The fire is built in the lower chamber and your food is baked and cooked in the upper chamber. EcoQue adds a second cook chamber which can be used for smoking and roasting.

MSRP:$1900.00

Published On: 12/24/2014 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

The Grill Tender Review

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Max Good

The Grill Tender is a computer controlled cooker that regulates user set cooking temps by mechanically opening and closing vents. We’ve seen only a few motorized vent control designs. One wonders how these Rube Goldburgesque solutions stack up against popular air controllers like BBQ Guru.

MSRP:$1295.00

Published On: 9/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Viking 30″ Gravity Feed Charcoal Smoker Review

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Meathead

Viking has an excellent reputation and it appears this smoker is well built. We believe it is built by a third party for Viking, and in the past Viking has put its label on Stump Smokers. But that relationship ended badly, so who knows how stable this relationship is?

MSRP:$2799.00

Published On: 3/24/2013 Last Modified: 1/25/2021

Onyx Oven Review

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Max Good

This cabinet style smoker can low and slow smoke, either with a water pan or without, and also be used for direct heat grilling or roasting.

MSRP:$1095.00

Published On: 3/21/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Big Drum Smokers Medium Smoker Review

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Max Good

The Big Drum Smokers Medium Smoker is 27″ diameter by 39″ tall. Made from 16 gauge steel, it comes with one 25″ cooking rack with 8″ clearance. It fits 6 large pork butts, or two 14 pound whole briskets, or two- 20 pound turkeys.

MSRP:$725.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 2/17/2021

Vidalia Grill Model 628 Review

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Max Good

It’s actually a grill and roaster/smoker in one with 314 square inches of cook surface on each side. Grill on the left, slow roast on the right. You can put small amounts of wood or charcoal over the left side flavor bars. Slide the water pan from right to the left/gas burner side and steam, boil or fry in it.

MSRP:$2450.00

Published On: 12/13/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021


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.

MSRP:$6495

Published On: 10/15/2021 Last Modified: 10/25/2021

Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 Review

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Meathead

The new Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 is an upgraded version of their Gourmet 256. We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. There is nothing you can’t do with this grill and it deserves a place in the back yard of every serious outdoor cook. It is the Swiss Army knife of grills.

MSRP:$1899

Published On: 9/30/2021 Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

sIconic Weber Kettles are some of the most popular and respected backyard grills in the world. Those who’ve mastered a kettle can do everything on it from grill a steak to bake a cake and these Summit Kamados are kettles on steroids. If you like your Weber Kettle, you’ll love their Kamados. We give these babies our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medals!

MSRP:$1149

Published On: 9/20/2021 Last Modified: 11/23/2021

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.

MSRP:$3600.00

Published On: 2/23/2020 Last Modified: 8/31/2021

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco Drum Smoker Review

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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!

MSRP:$350

Published On: 7/10/2019 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

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.

MSRP:$1399.00

Published On: 2/23/2019 Last Modified: 2/27/2021

The Slow ‘N Sear 2.0 Hands On Review

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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.

MSRP:$99.95

Published On: 11/15/2018 Last Modified: 3/19/2021

Kamado Joe Classic II 18″ Review

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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.

MSRP:$1200.00

Published On: 2/2/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Pit Barrel Junior Review

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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.

MSRP:$250.00

Published On: 12/21/2017 Last Modified: 10/4/2021

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

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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.

MSRP:$900

Published On: 3/26/2017 Last Modified: 9/15/2021

Kalamazoo Charcoal Smoker Cabinet Review

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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,

MSRP:$14795.00

Published On: 3/19/2017 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

M Grills M1 Review

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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.

MSRP:$4995

Published On: 4/19/2016 Last Modified: 11/9/2021

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.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/15/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

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.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 11/24/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021

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.

MSRP:$9100.00

Published On: 7/21/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

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.

MSRP:$2797

Published On: 7/11/2014 Last Modified: 10/10/2021

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.

MSRP:$350.00

Published On: 6/13/2013 Last Modified: 10/4/2021

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.

MSRP:$5910.00

Published On: 4/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

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.

MSRP:$2729

Published On: 3/25/2013 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

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.

MSRP:$350

Published On: 3/24/2013 Last Modified: 11/8/2021

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.

MSRP:$1825.00

Published On: 3/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

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.

MSRP:$1150.00

Published On: 3/21/2013 Last Modified: 6/4/2021

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.

MSRP:$1695

Published On: 2/15/2013 Last Modified: 6/13/2021

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.

MSRP:$1134

Published On: 2/14/2013 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

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.

MSRP:$2826.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

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.

MSRP:$1407.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

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.

MSRP:$870.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Ole Hickory EL-EDX Commercial Smoker Review

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Max Good

Big commercial smokers like the Ole Hickory EL-EDX are made for the high output needs of restaurants and caterers. Pitmasters around the country swear by them. Read our review to find out why.

MSRP:$25276

Published On: 7/29/2021

Burch Barrel Review

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

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

MSRP:$985

Published On: 1/11/2021 Last Modified: 11/11/2021

Slow ‘N Sear Kettle Grill

By:

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.

MSRP:$325.00

Published On: 8/24/2020 Last Modified: 3/1/2021

Cuisinart Woodcreek 4-in-1 Pellet Grill

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why Cuisinart has once again won us over with their bounty of useful extras that make their Woodcreek an appealing package deal. The charcoal insert provides sear power, and if you haven’t used a griddle outdoors, you will after trying theirs. Both items expand Woodcreek’s versatility and merit our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 6/25/2020 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Hunsaker Vortex Smoker Review

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Max Good

Hunsaker makes Upright Barrel Smokers for competition teams. Clever and useful features such as big competition-grade wheels, a floating lid hinge, wind resistant air intake and the unique Vortex Charcoal Basket differentiate Hunsaker from other brands. We tested and reviewed Hunsaker and award it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 12/18/2018 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Myron Mixon H2O 48 Water Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Fully welded with solid construction, H2O 48 incorporates Mixon’s signature water pan design with a clever auto fill feature. It’s fully insulated with double walled construction and filled with “military grade insulation”.

MSRP:$4995.00

Published On: 10/24/2017 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Myron Mixon G33 Gravity Feed Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. With 33 square feet of cooking capacity, the Myron Mixon G33 Gravity Feed Smoker is a large smoker meant for commercial use. “The first gravity feed I ever saw was made by Tom Dominey in Orlando in the 1990s, “says Mixon.

MSRP:$5395.00

Published On: 7/14/2017 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Vision Signature Series Plaza Kamado Review

By:

Max Good

Vision’s Signature Series has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Get the details in our review. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. Vision Signature Series models with ProZone earn our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 7/16/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Vision Professional C-Series Kamado Review

By:

Max Good

Vision’s Professional C Series has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Find details in our review. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. Vision C Series with ProZpne earn our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 7/15/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

The Good-One Heritage Oven Review

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Max Good

The Good-One Heritage Oven is designed as an Outdoor Kitchen Insert. It looks like their large Marshall smoker that has an upper cabinet oven with three adjustable height racks, but is more related to their popular Open Range model and has an identical firebox. We reviewed Heritage and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1700.00

Published On: 9/15/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Myron Mixon Trailers Review

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Max Good

Myron Mixon Trailers come in small, medium and large sizes and can be ordered with any Mixon smoker(s) and a variety of options like grills, coolers, burners, storage, log baskets and sinks. We reviewed MMS trailers and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to Pitmaster Mixon’s stick burners on wheels.

MSRP:$19500.00

Published On: 9/8/2015 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Myron Mixon 750 Rotisserie Smoker Review

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Max Good

Myron Mixon’s 750 is his mid-size rotisserie smoker. Not for home use, this 3000 pound, We reviewed this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winner. It is made for high capacity commercial cooking. Rotisserie or carousel smokers are very popular with BBQ restaurants as the multiple racks hold a lot of meat and don’t need to be fussed over.

MSRP:$23750.00

Published On: 8/27/2015 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Myron Mixon G20 Gravity Feed Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the larger version of this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Fully welded with solid construction, G20 is built to withstand the rigors of commercial and competitive cooking, while providing ease of use for the aspiring backyard pit master.

MSRP:$4195.00

Published On: 8/27/2015 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Kamado Joe Big Joe Review

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Max Good

Kamado Joe BigJoe is a well crafted, red 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 reviewed this model an awarded our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1999.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Stump’s XL Stretch Review

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Max Good

Stump’s XL Stretch is a large, commercial capacity gravity fed charcoal smoker suitable for commercial use. Read our review of this classic smoker. Built solid and well insulated with a 18.5″ width x 25″ height x 22″ depth internal cooking area and thick 1800° insulation. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to XL Stretch.

MSRP:$5850.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Stump’s Baby XL Review

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Max Good

As the name indicates, Stump’s Baby XL is slightly larger than their popular Baby gravity feed charcoal smoker. We reviewed this smoker with a fun name. Built solid and well insulated with a 18.5″ width x 25″ height x 22″ depth internal cooking area and thick 1800° insulation. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to Baby XL.

MSRP:$2750.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

Stump’s Baby Review

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Max Good

The Stump’s Baby is their smallest gravity feed charcoal smoker. Read our review. Built solid and well insulated with a 17.5″ width x 14.5″ height x 18.5″ depth internal cooking area. Thick 1800° insulation is enclosed in a double walled, 16 gauge welded housing. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to this Baby.

MSRP:$1950.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

The Good-One Marshall Review

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Max Good

The Good-One Marshall is a big combo grill and smoker recommended for hunting clubs, tailgating, competitions, or light commercial use. We reviewed this cleverly designed charcoal unit that uses the same concepts of an offset smoker, but works better. The Good-One lives up to its’ name and receives our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2300.00

Published On: 9/29/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

The Good-One Patio Junior Review

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Max Good

A charcoal grill with a smoker spliced on top. The Good-One’s Patio Junior is a mini version of their popular Open Range. Read our review of this cleverly designed charcoal unit that uses the same concepts of an offset smoker, but it works better. The Good-One lives up to its’ name and receives our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 9/29/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Ole Hickory Ace BP Review

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Max Good

One of Ole Hickory’s smaller BBQ smokers made exclusively for Big Poppa Smokers. We reviewed this model. Unlike Ole Hickory’s large smokers with rotating carousel shelves, the Ace BP has three slide out, 26.5″ x 26.5″ nickel-chrome cooking racks. We like Ole Hickory and Big Poppa so this gets our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$5539.00

Published On: 9/29/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Peoria Custom Cookers Meat Monster Review

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Max Good

A heavily insulated competition smoker with unique design features. It comes in two basic configurations: the Internal Firebox and the Meat Monster Offset Firebox We reviewed Meat Monster and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Placing a firebox inside the smoker is very interesting.

MSRP:$5000.00

Published On: 9/22/2014 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Southern Pride MLR-150 Review

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Max Good

The wood burning Southern Pride MLR-150 is one of their smaller wood smokers meant for catering and competition. We reviewed this beauty and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. SP claims it can handle 16 butts, 24 slabs of Saint Louis Cut Ribs (120 with 12 rib racks), 48 chickens or 8 beef briskets.

MSRP:$15111.00

Published On: 9/12/2014 Last Modified: 7/26/2021

Klose 20″ x 36″ Heavy Duty Pipe Smoker Review

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Max Good

Our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to The Klose 20″ x 30″ residential offset smoker. Read our review. With 720 square inches of primary cook surface the 20″ x 36″ Heavy Duty Pipe Smoker can handle 12 to 20 people. BBQ Pits by Klose has made some of the most highly regarded pits since 1986. Many top competitors use Klose pits.

MSRP:$1695.00

Published On: 7/23/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Klose 30″ by 8ft Upright Slow Smoker Ultimate Cook Off and Catering Rig Review

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Max Good

Klose Pits has made some of the most highly regarded BBQ smokers since 1986. Read our review of this 30 inch x 6 foot competition pit that has all the bells and whistles and earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. The model pictured in our review is loaded with options like over size tires, chrome Mags and counterweights for the doors.

MSRP:$10525.00

Published On: 7/22/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Jambo Pits J-5 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 Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$12000.00

Published On: 7/21/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Pitmaker BBQ Safe Smoker Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker BBQ Safe Smoker is a scaled down version of their popular Vault Smoker. Like all Pitmaker cookers we have reviewed, the Safe has heavy insulation, durable construction and plenty of colorful options for the exterior. These well made, well designed smokers get our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$2850.00

Published On: 7/17/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Pitmaker BBQ Vault Smoker Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker’s popular BBQ Vault cabinet smoker has big capacity. Each shelf is designed to hold two standard catering pans. We reviewed these solid, heavily insulated cookers which are known for durability, superb performance and colorful finishes. These well made, well designed smokers get our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$3250.00

Published On: 7/17/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Lang 36″ Original Patio Model Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed this model. Like all Lang smokers, the 36″ Original has their signature reverse flow design which some believe provides more even air and heat flow than traditional offsets. We award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this model which is Lang’s most popular for residential use.

MSRP:$1295.00

Published On: 7/11/2014 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Backwoods Smoker G2 Party Review

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Meathead

We reviewed this party size charcoal smoker which fits nicely in any backyard and can perform with the pros in BBQ competitions. Wherever award winning BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. The G2 Party earns our Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$2745.00

Published On: 4/30/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Backwoods Smoker G2 Chubby Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We reviewed the G2 Chubby and award our Gold Medal. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Backwoods Smoker Chubby can run for 6 hours on 10 lbs. of charcoal.

MSRP:$1415.00

Published On: 4/30/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Meadow Creek BX50 Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

Read our review of BX50. Solid and super insulated with a unique and clever gravity fed water system that looks like a water cooler. Thoughtful design coupled with quality construction and craftsmanship earns Meadow Creek’s BX 50 our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$3875

Published On: 1/29/2014 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Myron Mixon H2O 36 Water Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the larger version of this big, beautifully designed smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. Fully welded with solid construction, H2O 36 incorporates Mixon’s signature water pan design with a clever auto fill feature. H2O 36 holds 16 slabs of baby back ribs and is big enough for a small pig.

MSRP:$3995.00

Published On: 11/8/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Jambo Pits Economy 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. Quality construction and thoughtful design features make Jambo the choice of many award winning competitive teams and earn our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$5500.00

Published On: 9/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Jambo Junior Review

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Max Good

Backyard Pitmasters read this review. Junior lacks the size and pizazz of Jambo’s big, colorful competition rigs, but shares the same quality construction and thoughtful design features that make Jambo the choice of many award winning competitive teams and earn our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$1895.00

Published On: 8/8/2013 Last Modified: 2/19/2021

Backwoods Smoker Fatboy Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We testing and reviewed chubby and gave it our Gold Medal Award. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Don’t be fooled by the small size, Backwoods Smoker Fatboy can handle 20 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$2295.00

Published On: 4/26/2013 Last Modified: 2/18/2021

Southern Pride SPK-500 Review

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Max Good

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.

MSRP:$17962.00

Published On: 4/10/2013 Last Modified: 7/26/2021

Meadow Creek TS250 Review

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Meathead

Elegant in its thoughtful, straightforward design and built to last, this versatile cooker is the second largest trailer mounted smoker in the TS line. We reviewed this model and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. The trailer has 15″ highway wheels, a heavy duty wheel jack, trailer lights (4 prong flat), and safety chains.

MSRP:$7195.00

Published On: 4/9/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Lang 84″ Original Model Review

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Max Good

Like all Lang smokers, the 36″ Original has their signature reverse flow design which some believe provides more even air and heat flow than traditional offsets. We reviewed this model and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this model which is Lang’s most popular for large capacity mobile model on a trailer.

MSRP:$6995

Published On: 4/9/2013 Last Modified: 10/10/2021

Yoder Frontiersman II 30″ Trailer 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 Yoder Frontiersman II 30″ Trailer which is a heavy duty traditional BBQ offset smoker offered in three sizes. This is the real deal folks and we give it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$6895

Published On: 4/8/2013 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

Pitmaker LT Trailer Frame Mounted with Sniper Review

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Max Good

The modular trailer frame can be custom configured and finished to mount any Pitmaker gear with your choice of color. We reviewed it and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to these well made trailer units. Plenty of options available from grills to storage to sound systems. 15 foot length with 15 inch wheels.

MSRP:$6500.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Klose 30″ by 6 ft. Mobile Smoker Review

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Max Good

Not many brands get respect on the competition circuit like Klose. We reviewed this big 30 inch diameter x 6 foot long and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. The model pictured in our review is loaded with options like over size tires, chrome Mags and counterweights for the doors.

MSRP:$6750.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Horizon 30″ Double Door Smoker Trailer Review

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Max Good

Bigger is better! Horizon feels their 30″ offsets distribute and hold heat more evenly than junior models. We reviewed this big boy with a 72″ horizontal cooking chamber and is mounted on a large trailer. Horizon classic 1/4″ pits receive our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

MSRP:$7200.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Backwoods Smoker Competitor Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We testing and reviewed Chubby and gave it our Gold Medal Award. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Backwoods Competitor is a big boy capable of handling 32 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$3,550.00

Published On: 4/4/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Stump’s Junior Review

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Max Good

The Stump’s Junior is their mid-size gravity feed charcoal smoker. Read our review. Built solid and well insulated, Junior can smoke 15 slabs of baby backs, or 9-12 butts, or 24-30 chickens at once.. Thick 1800° insulation is enclosed in a double walled, 16 gauge welded housing. An AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal goes to Junior.

MSRP:$3600.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Grillworks The Infierno Review

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Max Good

Designed to knock out both the cook and client, Infierno is a massive, wood fired cooker intended for cutting edge restaurants that want to enflame their guest’s dining experience. Read our review to find why all Grillwork’s beautiful, high quality products receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Awards.

MSRP:$24600.00

Published On: 3/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Backwoods Smoker Party Review

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Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. Read our review of the Backwoods Party Smoker which earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Don’t be fooled by the small size, Backwoods Smoker Chubby can handle 18 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$1600.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

West of Memphis Ironman 3 Review

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Max Good

West of Memphis Ironman 3 is a grill with an offset firebox attached. We reviewed this unique, modular component design which allows you to slide out the three burner gas system and replace it with a charcoal firebox insert. In addition to The AmazingRibs Best Value Gold Medal, West of Memphis won the 2012 Vesta Award.

MSRP:$2559.00

Published On: 2/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pitmaker MVP Tailgater BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Portable charcoal/wood grill mounted on a trailer hitch. Based on Pitmaker’s cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber on top. We give our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this tough little cooker. The relatively large cook chamber has plenty of headroom for big cuts, like pork shoulders.

MSRP:$795.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pitmaker 48″ Grill-Meister! BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker 48” Grill-Meister! BBQ Grills are residential versions of Pitmaker’s large capacity competition cabinet smokers with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. We reviewed these well made, well designed smokers and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2595.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pitmaker 30″ Grill-Meister! BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Pitmaker 30” Grill-Meister! BBQ Grills are residential versions of Pitmaker’s large capacity competition cabinet smokers with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. We reviewed these well made, well designed smokers and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2195.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Meadow Creek SQ36 Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Meadow Creek’s SQ36. Although it can handle a small hog, it does much more. This versatile cooker has a deep trough and a tall lid with a solid strong hinge and an offset firebox for wood smoking. Thoughtful design coupled with quality construction and craftsmanship earns the SQ36 our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1813

Published On: 2/14/2013 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Hasty Bake Continental 83 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold 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.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 8/31/2021

Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers 2000 Series Stahlkammer 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 and a lid for roasting. This versatile multi-function cooker was tested and reviewed and received our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. It’s a Santa Maria Grill with a unique design.

MSRP:$4702.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Komodo Kamado 23″ OTB Gen 2.6 Review

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Meathead

Pay attention all you Eggheads; AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winners, Komodo Kamado, makes some of the most striking ceramic cookers in the world, with superb craftsmanship and innovative design. We tested and reviewed this big beauty that weighs a whopping 534 pounds.

MSRP:$4260.00

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

BBQube Kamado Go 275

By:

Bill McGrath

The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired smoker/grill that will appeal to tailgaters and backyard chefs who want a dual-purpose cooker that can operate off the grid. Read our review. Kamado Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 5/12/2020 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker Review

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Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

Masterbuilt’s Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker is a one-of-a-kind machine. It marries the ease of thermostatic control with smoky charcoal flavor. We haven’t seen anything quite like the Gravity Series. Read our review to learn why we love it in spite of a couple significant flaws.

MSRP:$500.00

Published On: 5/11/2020 Last Modified: 3/18/2021

Char-Broil Kamander Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The high sticker price of popular kamados prevents many consumers from jumping into the kamado ring. Char-Broil’s Kamander changes all that with a list price of $349.99 making Kamader one of the lowest cost kamados on the market. We tested and reviewed Kamander and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$350.00

Published On: 11/17/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Monolith BBQ Guru Edition Classic Review

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Max Good

After successfully establishing Monolith in Europe, this German company is now working with BBQ Guru to bring its kamados to the US market. The special BBQ Guru Edition kamados sweeten Monolith’s package deal by adding integrated BBQ Guru temperature controllers. We give this model our AmazingRibs.com Silver Award.

MSRP:$1399.00

Published On: 10/25/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Red Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed Red Box and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. A similar version of this portable charcoal smoker was previously offered by the venerable Backwoods Smokers as their Patio model. Since the 1980s Backwoods has made top quality smokers for home, catering and competition.

MSRP:$425.00

Published On: 10/1/2016 Last Modified: 2/25/2021

Char-Broil Kettleman TRU-Infrared 22.5″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Forget about hot spots and flare-ups with Char-Broil’s Kettleman Charcoal Grill. Read our review about how you can grill a load of greasy burgers and never see a lick of flame. Kettleman also makes a fare smoker without the need for add-on devices. We tested this contender and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 12/15/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cabela’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker Review

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Max Good

Cabelas’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker is made by Masterbuilt and is identical to Masterbuilt’s 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$200.00

Published On: 12/5/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Cooker with Cart Review

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Max Good

By replacing the heavy ceramic used for thousands of years with modern lightweight materials, Char-Griller appears to have created a cooker that performs pretty close to traditional Kamados at a fraction of the cost earning our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal Award. This model comes with a small cart.

MSRP:$330.00

Published On: 11/24/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Masterbuilt Dual Fuel Smoker Review

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Max Good

Masterbuilt’s Dual Fuel Smoker has a “Flame Disc Bowl” located above the gas burner and under the water bowl. It can be used for wood chunks when smoking with gas or, alternatively, filled with charcoal. Hence the Dual Fuel moniker. We reviewed this model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$220.00

Published On: 11/24/2014 Last Modified: 6/11/2021

Primo Large Round Kamado Review

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Max Good

Primo’s Large Round Kamado is a high quality ceramic cooker. Read our review. Their unique reversible cooking grates have a clever design. They are two sided. One side places the cook surface up high, flip it over and the surface drops down 2” closer to the coal. This model gets our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$832.00

Published On: 10/7/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Vision Classic B Series Kamado Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Vision’s Classic B Series which is slightly larger than standard, 18″ large round kamados and has some unique and interesting features. Vision kamados are rather well made, especially considering the modest price which is often reduced dramatically for promos. We give them our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 9/22/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Smoker/Grill Review

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Max Good

Oklahoma Joe’s is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, as the brand gains autonomy from Char-Broil and produces more models that are grabbing our attention. Read our review of Longhorn. It offers a step up from cheap offset smokers for a little more money than the tin can junker brands and earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal..

MSRP:$700

Published On: 4/29/2014 Last Modified: 11/9/2021

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 14″ Review

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Max Good

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 14″ is a small version of their popular 18″ charcoal smoker. Read our review. WSMs are high quality, AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. They are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition.

MSRP:$219.00

Published On: 4/21/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Smokenator Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed Smokenator. It is not a cooker, but it is such an effective and economical accessory, we decided to include it in our searchable data base and award it our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal for folks who want to grill and smoke, but don’t have the budget for two dedicated cookers.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 5/7/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 22″ Review

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Meathead

We tested and reviewed The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 22″, a large version of their popular 18″ charcoal smoker. WSMs are high quality, AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. They are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition.

MSRP:$499.00

Published On: 3/25/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Texas Pit Crafters PM 500S BBQ Pit/Smoker Review

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Max Good

Read our review of the Texas Pit Crafters PM 500S; constructed with top quality 304 stainless steel and heavy gauge carbon steel. You don’t see many shiny stainless steel pits outside of the Texas Pit Crafters catalog. We award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal to this BBQ beauty.

MSRP:$2695.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Orion Cooker Review

By:

Meathead

We tested and reviewed this clever and unusual design. Well, maybe it isn’t that unusual. It is really a hi-tech variation on the cowboy method of cooking in a Dutch oven where the pot sits on coals and coals sit on top of the pot. Orion excels at keeping meat moist and cooking fast., earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$169.00

Published On: 3/19/2013 Last Modified: 4/29/2021

Big Poppa’s Drum Smoker Kit Review

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Meathead

We tested and reviewed Big Poppa’s Ugly Drum Smoker kit that you can buy from for $140 and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. This kit reduces the cost, effort and probability for error when doing it yourself. Really. Much better than a cheap offset smoker, and just as cool looking.

MSRP:$140.00

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series XL Review

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Max Good

Grill Dome’s XL is a big, 24 kamado made with their proprietary ceramic called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic. Grill Dome is known for their beautiful enamel finishes in a variety of colors. We reviewed this big model and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1250.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series Large Review

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Max Good

The ceramic is Grill Dome’s own creation, called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic and can withstand much higher temperatures. Grill Dome is known for their beautiful enamel finishes in a variety of colors. We reviewed Grill Dome and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$950.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series Small Review

By:

Max Good

Grill Dome is known for their beautiful kamados offered in a variety of colors. We reviewed Grill Dome and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The ceramic is Grill Dome’s own creation, called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic and retains the finish over time.

MSRP:$600.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg XLarge Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

This 24 incher puts the BIG in Big Green Egg. Big Green Egg is often viewed as the industry standard. Good as they are many new comers to the kamado market are trying harder and offering more innovation. We reviewed this model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Large Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

For many, the Big Green Egg is the Weber of Kamados. They introduced Kamado cookers to the USA and are often viewed as the industry standard. We tested and reviewed the BGE Large and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are trying harder and offering more innovation.

MSRP:$849.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Medium Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

For many, the Big Green Egg is the Weber of Kamados. They introduced Kamado cookers to the USA and are often viewed as the industry standard. We reviewed this BGE model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are trying harder and offering more innovation.

MSRP:$659.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Small Ceramic Cooker Review

By:

Max Good

For many, the Big Green Egg is the Weber of Kamados. They popularized Kamados in the USA and are often viewed as the industry standard. We reviewed Big Green Egg’s small model and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They’re good, but many new comers to the kamado market are trying hard to earn market share.

MSRP:$559.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Mini Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

As the name indicates, Big Green Egg’s Mini Kamado is their smallest model. Big Green Egg popularized kamado cookers in the USA. We reviewed Big Green Egg and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are giving them stiff competition.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this popular, economically priced kamado. By replacing the heavy ceramic used for thousands of years with modern lightweight materials, Char-Griller appears to have created a cooker that performs pretty close to traditional Kamados at a fraction of the cost earning our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal Award.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 1/25/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Texas Pit Crafters PM 400S Review

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Max Good

Texas Pit Crafter’s PM 400S displays rugged Texan luxury! Read our review of this six foot long BBQ beauty that wins our Silver Medal.

MSRP:$6895.00

Published On: 8/13/2012 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Char-Griller Flavor Pro Review

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Max Good

Can’t decide between a charcoal, wood, or gas grill? Char-Griller’s Flavor Pro Multi-Fuel Grill allows you to use all three thanks to a unique design first seen with Kalamazoo’s much costlier hybrid grill. While our review revealed some issues, this grill should be appealing to someone who wants multiple fuel options.

MSRP:$499.00

Published On: 10/8/2020 Last Modified: 4/19/2021

Pit Boss PB K24 Review

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Max Good

The Pit Boss PB K24 is a low cost kamado from Dansons, makers of Louisiana Pellet Smokers. We reviewed this big kamado. Some owners complain of chipped ceramic and wobbly misaligned lids, others are pleased with the great deal they got, and great deals on all Pit Boss models are available. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 6/30/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill, as the name indicates, can be used as a bullet style water smoker, or converted to a “lock and go” portable grill. We reviewed this clever design which allows you to place the lid on the base and turn clockwise until it locks. We give it our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$80.00

Published On: 12/3/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021

Smoke Hollow Charcoal/Gas Grill Model 1800CGS Review

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Max Good

We don’t recommend most side by side smoker grills. Read our review to learn why. Charcoal/Gas combo grills like this Smoke Hollow model are offered by a lot of manufacturers. For about the same cost, two separate grills are a better option. Even Weber kettle charcoal grill can sell for under a hundred dollars and you trip over all the low cost gassers every time you walk Lowes or Home Depot.

MSRP:$400.00

Published On: 11/19/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker Deluxe 700 Series Review

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Max Good

Just say no to cheap offset smokers like American Gourmet. Read our review to find out why. You definitely get what you pay for. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks so tough and cool, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually learn to make halfway decent stuff.

MSRP:$210.00

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker 300 Series Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why we do not like or recommend cheap offset smokers like American Gourmet. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks like your BBQ dream come true, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually get one to work OK.

MSRP:$110.00

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Meathead

The Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill is a unique, versatile, stainless steel cooker that claims to do it all. Weighing just 8 pounds and needing only 8 charcoal briquettes to cook for 3 hours, Cobb Premier can grill, smoke, boil, fry or bake. Read our review, however, to learn why we don’t recommend it.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Char-Griller Smokin’ Pro Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to find out why the only good thing we can say about the Char-Griller Smokin’ Pro is the price is unbeatable. Many wide-eyed first time smokers thought it made sense to buy this tin can as a starter model. The problem with the Smokin’ Pro and many other cheap offset smokers is they are hard to use.

MSRP:$279.99

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Char-Broil Silver Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why we do not like or recommend cheap offset smokers like Char-Broil Silver. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks like your BBQ dream come true, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually get one to work OK.

MSRP:$189.00

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

PK300 Sneak Peek Review

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Max Good

At the time of this writing, the new PK300 wasn’t available yet. However, we were treated to a compelling pre-launch presentation and based on what we’ve seen so far, it sure looks promising. Stay tuned. We’ll do a detailed review when the new models roll out. Meanwhile, we felt PK300 was worthy of a Sneak Peek Review.

MSRP:$449

Published On: 6/30/2021

Blowin’ Smoke Cookers Gameday

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Max Good

Blowin’ Smoke’s Gameday is a big trailer smoker for pitmasters with big aspirations. Read our review of this big boy. The 60 inch long smoke box is separated into two sections and the large section is big enough for a whole hog. Blowin’ Smoke adds a charcoal grill on the front and a gas burner on the back for a fry pot.

MSRP:$3775.00

Published On: 6/4/2020 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Barrel House Cooker Review

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Max Good

The Barrel House Cooker makes an 18 inch diameter UDS that very closely resembles Pit Barrel Cooker, a company we admire very much. Indeed, Pit Barrel took legal action against Barrel House. Read our review. In a settlement, the owners of Pit Barrel received a lump sum and acquired Barrel House.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 1/19/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Humphrey’s BBQ Battle Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this mid-size, charcoal vertical cabinet cooker which is gaining popularity for home and competition use. Although crafted from heavy steel and 1200° insulation with locking latches that clamp the firebox and smokebox doors shut, it is not air tight and leaks smoke in certain areas by design.

MSRP:$2295

Published On: 9/22/2015 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Texas Original Pits Luling Offset Smoker 20″ x 32″ x 18″ Review

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Max Good

Texas Original Pits Luling Offset Smoker 20″ x 32″ x 18″ is their most popular model. We reviewed this heavy metal classic offset. Yes it looks like those cheap offsets sold in big box stores, but this is the real deal: a classic, no-frills, 1/4″ thick steel Texas Pit named after the Luling Oil Field northwest of Luling, TX.

MSRP:$2400

Published On: 8/28/2015 Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Gateway Drum Smokers Review

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Max Good

Gateway Drum Smokers make colorful, hot and fast, award winning drum smokers. Gateway competition teams formed a club called The Insane Can Posse. Read our review about their unusual air control system which consists of two intake pipes welded to the bottom of the drum to feed air into the firebox.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 5/21/2015 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Dyna-Glo Vertical Charcoal Offset Smoker Review

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Max Good

Dyna-Glo’s Vertical Charcoal Offset Smoker is one of the few low-cost Vertical Offsets we’ve reviewed. We advise readers to avoid purchasing cheap horizontal barrel offsets, but this inexpensive vertical smoker should mitigate one of the primary flaws of horizontal offsets: heat travels upward not sideways.

MSRP:$220.00

Published On: 11/26/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Charcoal Grill looks good on paper, but we are skeptical of the quality from this manufacturer. The good news in our review is that it has two, independently adjustable charcoal trays, a unique feature which could be useful, and a removable firebox divider to isolate the two zones.

MSRP:$420.00

Published On: 11/25/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Arizona BBQ Outfitters Scottsdale Cooker Review

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Max Good

Arizona BBQ Outfitter’s Scottsdale Cooker is a clever design that melds an adjustable height charcoal grill with a Santa Maria, vertical lift grill. Read our review of this unique cooker. Most vertical lift grills have no hood, which limits their capability to some degree. Scottsdale employs a removable hood and back windbreak.

MSRP:$2461.00

Published On: 10/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

American Barbecue Systems Judge 4 Ft. Review

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Max Good

Read our review of this unique commercial cooker. American Barbecue System’s Judge 4 ft. is a large capacity smoker suitable for commercial and competition use. It has an electric rotisserie that rotates meats on eight stainless steel shelves. As the rotisserie racks move in a carousel path, juices drip to the racks below to self-baste.

MSRP:$6500.00

Published On: 10/8/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

American Barbecue Systems Pit-Boss Review

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Max Good

American Barbecue System’s Pit–Boss is a large capacity smoker suitable for residential and commercial use. Read our review of this unique design. It has an electric rotisserie that rotates meats on eight stainless steel shelves. As the rotisserie racks move in a carousel path, juices drip to the racks below to self-baste.

MSRP:$3000.00

Published On: 10/8/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

American Barbecue Systems Bar-Be-Cube Review

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Max Good

American Barbecue Systems Bar-Be-Cube is a charcoal cabinet or vertical smoker with a couple neat design twists. Read our review. Four of the five stainless steel shelves inside the smoke box may be accessed by the front door, while the fifth sits on top under a hinged hood like a regular charcoal grill.

MSRP:$1500.00

Published On: 10/8/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

Big Poppa’s Stainless Drum Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Big Poppa’s Drum Smoker Kit is gaining popularity. We reviewed this kit which includes everything you need to make an Ugly Drum Smoker, aka UDS, including a high quality stainless steel barrel.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 6/4/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

J&R Oyler 700 Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of this commercial smoker. Eighteen racks, said to handle up to 1000 pounds, move slowly on a rotary carousel. The rotary motion promotes even heat and allows meats to self-baste as drippings are recirculated to the racks below. When the front doors are opened, dampers operate automatically to hold smoke in and prevent it from billowing out.

MSRP:$25500.00

Published On: 11/27/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Pitt’s & Spitt’s Combo 18″ X 30″ Smoker Pit Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review. Although Pitt’s & Spitt’s Combo 18″ X 30″ Smoker Pit is one of their smallest models, with 810 square inches of cook surface it’s large for residential use. We like residential offset smokers with the firebox underneath rather than on the side because heat naturally travels upward, not sideways.

MSRP:$1900.00

Published On: 9/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Bubba Grills 250 Reverse Flow Smoker/Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review. Bubba Grills 250 Reverse Flow Smoker/Grills and trailers have many options and range in price from $2600 to $4400. The loaded models have two 61″ x 21.5″ top cooking racks, a 61″ x 25.5″ bottom rack and four 24″ x 28″ racks in the rib box. All models come standard with 15″ wheels.

MSRP:$4400.00

Published On: 4/5/2013 Last Modified: 4/16/2021

American Barbecue Systems All-Star Review

By:

Max Good

American Barbecue Systems All-Star Grill and Smoker is effectively two cookers in one. We reviewed this unique device with an offset firebox that runs along the back of the cookbox and three stainless steel grates that may be placed at low, middle and high positions for smoking.

MSRP:$1195.00

Published On: 3/5/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Cajun Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Cajun Grill makes six variations of this heavy duty cooker. We reviewed the Cajun Grill is their smallest with 468 square inches of cooking surface. It can grill, and, because it is long and narrow, it can be easily set up for indirect cooking and smoke roasting. It has a V shaped trough in which the charcoal grate sits.

MSRP:$936.00

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Saffire Grill and Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed Saffire. It’s similar in design and concept to the other egg shaped kamados, the most unique feature of the Saffire is an optional slot in the front to feed wood chips. It is available in several baked enamel colors and a table is available in several beautiful woods.

MSRP:$999.95

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Bayou Classic Ceramic Cypress Grill Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this pretty kamado. From a distance, the Cypress Grill has an attractive, rustic look reminiscent of hand painted Japanese ceramics. Up close, one begins to notice where corners have been cut. Not as cheaply made as Char-Griller’s Acorn Kamado, but not in the same league as competitors like Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg.

MSRP:$789.95

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

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.

MSRP:$1699.00

Published On: 4/5/2016 Last Modified: 9/21/2021

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.

MSRP:$1599.00

Published On: 2/13/2013 Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center 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 AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2299.00

Published On: 4/29/2016 Last Modified: 9/21/2021

Smoke E Z Review

By:

Meathead

The Smoke E Z is not a smoker, but an effective accessory that turns your inexpensive Charcoal Kettle into a smoker and doubles cooking capacity. We tested this clever device and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$220.00

Published On: 8/1/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Tremore Breeze Review

By:

Max Good

The hardest part of cooking with charcoal is holding steady cooking temperatures. Nathan Moore, a mechanical engineer, has designed a unique fuel feed system for Tremor Breeze that allows even novice smokers to hit and easily maintain smoking temps over a long duration and earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal..

MSRP:$5499.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Backwoods Smoker Chubby Review

By:

Meathead

Wherever BBQ teams are competing, it’s a good bet you’ll find Backwoods Smokers. We testing chubby and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Award. This charcoal smoker is at home in the backyard or competition field. Don’t be fooled by the small size, Backwoods Smoker Chubby can handle 12 slabs of baby back ribs!

MSRP:$1030.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Napoleon Apollo AS200K Review

By:

Meathead

If this smoker looks familiar, there is a reason. It is an English/Canadian knockoff of the venerable Weber Smokey Mountain. We reviewed Apollo and found that unlike most knockoffs, this unit has a couple of clever design innovations and improvements over the original earning our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$309.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 4/30/2021

Napoleon Apollo AS300K Review

By:

Meathead

Read our review of Napoleon’s Apollo smokers that are English/Canadian knockoffs of the classic Weber Smokey Mountain. But unlike most knockoffs, this unit is well made with a couple of clever design innovations and improvements over the original Weber, earning our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 4/30/2021

Kamado Joe ClassicJoe Review

By:

Max Good

Kamado Joe BigJoe is a well crafted, red ceramic cooker that presents strong competition to other 24″ models in the premium priced market. Elegance and innovation are hallmarks of Kamado Joe. we give this big boy our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Broil King Keg Review

By:

Max Good

We tested 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 Gold Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport the BKK.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Trailmaster 57″ Vertical Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We advise readers to avoid cheap horizontal barrel offsets, but this inexpensive vertical smoker mitigates the basic design flaw of horizontal offsets: heat travels upward not sideways. The vertical smokebox allows heat go where it naturally wants to go: UP! We give this model our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 8/9/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Masterbuilt 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill Review

By:

Max Good

You gotta love the versatility and price of Masterbuilt’s M7P 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use either gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$180.00

Published On: 3/28/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Roadmaster Review

By:

Max Good

The Brinkmann Roadmaster is their Dual Function Charcoal/Gas Smoker and Grill on wheels. We don’t care for these combo side-by-side grills. That said, if you want a grill on a trailer, you’ll be hard pressed to find a package like this for $1000. We give this our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$1000.00

Published On: 4/5/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition Review

By:

Max Good

For about a hundred bucks more than Char-Griller or Smoke ‘N Pit cheap offset smokers you got an all-around upgrade: heavier construction, better wheels, handles and shelves; everything is a bit more sturdy. Trailmaster earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 3/11/2013 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Master Forge Charcoal Smoker/Griller Review

By:

Max Good

The Master Forge Charcoal Smoker/Griller, like the notorious El Cheapo Brinkmann line, is a low cost bullet smoker aka water smoker. We don’t recommend this model.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 12/2/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Smoke “N Pit Review

By:

Max Good

Cheap Offset Smokers like this Brinkmann can ruin your day, party and marriage. Don’t buy them! We have a lengthy dissertation explaining why. In short: they are hard to use and don’t produce the best results. This one is just like a Char-Broil offset and we suspect they are made at the same Chinese factory.

MSRP:$179.00

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Charcoal Bullet Smokers aka ECBs Review

By:

Max Good

Brinkmann Charcoal Bullet Smokers are also known as El Cheapo Brinkmanns or ECBs for short. They come in a few different styles: Gourmet, Smoke ‘N Grill, Sportsman and Cook’N Ca’Jun II. The El Cheapo price makes them very popular, but we can’t recommend any ECBs.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 3/29/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann All-In-One Gas & Charcoal Smoker, Grill & Fryer Review

By:

Meathead

The Brinkmann All-In-One Gas & Charcoal Smoker, Grill & Fryer is a cheapo versatile bullet, but we don’t recommend this model. .The newer Masterbuilt 7-in-One is modeled on this unit and is a lot better for just little more money.

MSRP:$189.00

Published On: 3/25/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Smoke Hollow 40″ Barrel Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Smoke Hollow 40″ Barrel Smoker seems very similar to the Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe and the Brinkmann Trailmaster. But it costs twice as much. We caution our readers to stay away from cheap offset smokers, because they are, well….cheap. And hard to use. But if you must have one, why pay more?

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 3/23/2013 Last Modified: 2/16/2021

Smoke Hollow Charcoal/Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Many BBQ manufacturers make Charcoal/Gas combo grills like this Smoke Hollow model. We don’t recommend them. For about the same price, two separate grills are a better option. You can get a great charcoal grill for under a hundred dollars and you trip over all the low cost gassers every time you walk into Home Depot.

MSRP:$799.99

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Kamado Grills aka Kamado.com – OUT OF BUSINESS Review

By:

Max Good

This troubled company has been sold and the new owner claims he started over with a new name and completely redesigned product line.

MSRP:$0.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/13/2021

EcoQue Wood Burning Pizza Oven and Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

EcoQue’s Wood Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker design is based on Fontana Forni’s dual chamber pizza ovens that are made in Italy. The fire is built in the lower chamber and your food is baked and cooked in the upper chamber. EcoQue adds a second cook chamber which can be used for smoking and roasting.

MSRP:$1900.00

Published On: 12/24/2014 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

The Grill Tender Review

By:

Max Good

The Grill Tender is a computer controlled cooker that regulates user set cooking temps by mechanically opening and closing vents. We’ve seen only a few motorized vent control designs. One wonders how these Rube Goldburgesque solutions stack up against popular air controllers like BBQ Guru.

MSRP:$1295.00

Published On: 9/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Viking 30″ Gravity Feed Charcoal Smoker Review

By:

Meathead

Viking has an excellent reputation and it appears this smoker is well built. We believe it is built by a third party for Viking, and in the past Viking has put its label on Stump Smokers. But that relationship ended badly, so who knows how stable this relationship is?

MSRP:$2799.00

Published On: 3/24/2013 Last Modified: 1/25/2021

Onyx Oven Review

By:

Max Good

This cabinet style smoker can low and slow smoke, either with a water pan or without, and also be used for direct heat grilling or roasting.

MSRP:$1095.00

Published On: 3/21/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Big Drum Smokers Medium Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Big Drum Smokers Medium Smoker is 27″ diameter by 39″ tall. Made from 16 gauge steel, it comes with one 25″ cooking rack with 8″ clearance. It fits 6 large pork butts, or two 14 pound whole briskets, or two- 20 pound turkeys.

MSRP:$725.00

Published On: 3/6/2013 Last Modified: 2/17/2021

Vidalia Grill Model 628 Review

By:

Max Good

It’s actually a grill and roaster/smoker in one with 314 square inches of cook surface on each side. Grill on the left, slow roast on the right. You can put small amounts of wood or charcoal over the left side flavor bars. Slide the water pan from right to the left/gas burner side and steam, boil or fry in it.

MSRP:$2450.00

Published On: 12/13/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

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