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

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Mother's Day grill guide

This Mother’s Day, why settle for the same old bouquet of flowers when you can surprise her with a gift that keeps on 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 $359.99 here.


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 ThermoTemp XL Propane 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 $399.00 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 $379.75 here.


Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Interested in a home pizza oven? Ooni’s Karu 16 burns charcoal or wood and they offer an optional gas burner which we highly recommend. Although we have a few criticisms, Karu 16 still gets our thumbs up! Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $799.00 here.

Published On: 4/27/2022 Last Modified: 5/4/2023

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