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Celebrate Mother’s Day With The Smoker Or Grill Of Her Dreams

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Why settle for the same old bouquet when you can surprise her with a gift that keeps giving — a smoker or grill!

The days of dad ruling over the grill are long gone, as is apparent by the numerous high-profile female pitmasters ruling the airwaves, cookbook aisle, and competition BBQ circuit. Leaders in the space include Melissa Cookston, Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, Robin Medlin Lindars, Danielle “Diva Q” Bennett, Elizabeth Karmel, and many others.

And why should mom’s culinary creations be limited to the kitchen when the addition of live fire and smoke allows her to take food to new levels of flavor? But when it comes to selecting the perfect smoker or grill for her, the sheer number of brands, models, and price points can make it impossible to make a decision.

Fortunately, has on its team Max Good, the only person in the world whose sole job is to do hands-on reviews of the latest smokers and grills. Max has delved into his various platinum or gold medal reviews and selected options priced under $500 in the charcoal grill, gas grill, smoker, and pellet cooker categories.


Weber Kettle Premium Original 22″

You can’t go wrong with the original Weber kettle, a charcoal grill that is built to last from one generation to the next. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $219.00 (plus free shipping) here.

SNS Grills Slow ‘N Sear Kettle

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. Read our full gold medal review here and purchase it for approximately $399.99 here.


Kenmore PG-A40409S0LB-2 4 Burner Copper

Kenmore 4-Burner Gas Grill With Searing Side Burner

This moderately priced 4-burner gas grill is a good option for someone looking for value and functionality. Check out our full gold medal review here and purchase for approximately $499.00 here.


Masterbuilt 40 Inch Digital Charcoal Cabinet Smoker

Masterbuilt 40-Inch Digital Charcoal Smoker

With a high-capacity vertical orientation, superior temperature control, and hands-off ease of use, Masterbuilt Digital Charcoal Smoker offers a lot of conveniences and genuine smoke flavor for your dollar.  full gold medal review here and purchase for approximately $349.00 here.


Green Mountain Grills TREK

While this grill is widely used for tailgating or for apartment patios, it is also great for anyone interested in a high-quality, entry-level pellet cooker. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $499.00 here.


Solo Pi Prime Pizza Oven

Solo Pi Prime Pizza Oven

From the makers of highly popular fire pits comes an innovative entry into the outdoor pizza oven market — The Solo Pi Prime pizza oven. Read our complete platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $349.00 here.


Weber Griddle

Weber 28-Inch Griddle

Weber has long recognized griller’s love of griddles and steadily provided a variety of add-on griddles over the years, plus the recent addition of stand-alone griddles. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $449.00 here.

Published On: 4/27/2022 Last Modified: 5/5/2024

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