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Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

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Max Good

Self described as “small but mighty” the new PKGO is beautiful, elegant, clever, effective, and versatile, yet a little pricey for a small, portable charcoal grill. Nonetheless, with PKGO, you get what you pay for, and that means top quality. We say, “Go Man Go”, to PKGO and award it our top, Platinum Medal.

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.

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

CanCooker Original Review

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Max Good

Read our review about this upgraded riff on the old practice of slow cooking meat and veggies in a cream can. CanCooker receives our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The CanCooker Original has a four gallon capacity and is said to feed up to 20. Great for hunters, campers and tailgaters. Just throw it right on an open wood fire and start cooking!

Weber Performer Deluxe 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

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

Published On: 1/6/2021 Last Modified: 4/20/2021


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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker

The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

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

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you’re using oven mitts at the grill, it’s time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder’s gloves. They’re heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily rmoved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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