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We are always forging ahead at AmazingRibs.com to bring you fresh information about outdoor cooking, barbecue culture, grilling and smoking techniques, food science, and the latest in outdoor cooking tools and technology. Here are the latest tested recipes from our team of chefs, new articles by our staff, and new hands-on reviews by our team of experts on the latest grills, smokers, thermometers, and accessories.


Gozney Dome Dual Fuel Oven Review

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Dave Joachim

When the Gozney Dome pizza oven went on sale to the public in 2021, it sold out in 8 hours. We tested the dual fuel version (wood or gas) and were blown away by its versatility, performance, and design. Read our complete review of this Platinum Award winner.
Ribs at Rendezvous

A History of Memphis Barbecue

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Robert F. Moss, Editor & BBQ Historian

Memphis is one of the few American cities that can boast of a barbecue style that's all its own‚ with pork shoulder and ribs the signature barbecue cuts, charcoal the fuel of choice for the city's brick pits, and a sweet, tangy blend of tomato and molasses for the sauce. Barbecue historian Robert F. Moss digs into the story of how Memphis got its signature style, with roots going back more than a century

AmazingRibs.com Deep Dive Guides Make It Easy

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Meathead

Since 2005, AmazingRibs.com has worked hard to make outdoor cooking easy. Recently, we stepped up our efforts by collecting all our knowledge and expertise on our most popular recipes into deep dive guides published electronically. These books bring all our tips and techniques into one comprehensive look at each topic, such as ribs, barbecue chicken, […]

Best New BBQ & Grilling Products Of 2021

By:

Dave Joachim

Looking for the best new BBQ and grilling equipment? At the end of every year, we pick the top new gas and charcoal grills, smokers, thermometers, and tools that we have tested, rated and reviewed the previous year. Our BBQ experts know their stuff, so it's an honor to be chosen. Here's the best new stuff for 2021!

Ñuke Puma Review

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Dave Joachim

The Ñuke Puma is a Santa Maria style grill made by hand in Argentina. It burns wood or charcoal and the removable V-shaped grill grates are adjustable from 4 to 23 inches above the coals with Puma's signature crank wheel. This stylish entry into the premium Santa Maria and gaucho grill market also has a front door lined with fire brick and comes with a rolling cart, fire poker, shovel, and enameled cast iron griddle. Read our complete review of this Gold Medal winning grill.
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Deep Fried Turkey Makes A Fast Thanksgiving Feast

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Meathead

Thanksgiving dinner just got faster! Deep fried turkey delivers crisp skin and moist meat in record time. Just follow our safety precautions.

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.
satay spice

Satay Spice Rub Tastes Great On Chicken, Peanuts, And More

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Meathead

Satay spice rub is heavy on ground turmeric. That's how chicken satay gets its golden color. Try the rub on grill roasted peanuts too!

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.

Green Mountain Grills Ledge (Formerly Daniel Boone) Prime Pellet Smoker Review

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Dave Joachim

The Ledge Prime from Green Mountain Grills might be the pellet cooker to show you the pleasures of these machines. It's their most popular model, a mid-size, mid-priced smoker with WiFi, a robust smartphone app, solid all-around performance, and more extras than most in its price range. Read our full review!

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Iconic 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!
parmigiano-reggiano

Is MSG Bad For You?

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Meathead

Many people think MSG is bad for you. The truth is that scientists have not found a connection between MSG and ill health. In fact, I recommend using MSG. It is an effective flavor enhancer.

ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is a new instant read thermometer with solid construction, accuracy, response time, and water resistance. Read our complete review.
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Farm to Table

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Christopher Kimball

Farm to table is a buzzword phrase these days. Check out food writer Christopher Kimball's unique take on the term, with the emphasis on farm.

Weber Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill Review

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Max Good

The Weber Genesis II SX-335 three burner with sear burner and side burner is, at its core, a wonderful gas grill. The electronics are disappointing but this grill still cooks like nobody's business. We're giving Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill our Bronze Medal, with qualifications.

Z Grills 450B Pellet Grill Reviewed And Rated

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Z Grills 450B is part of their Basic Series and, true to the name, it is a straightforward, no frills, mid-size pellet smoker. This generic model looks like many other value priced pellet smokers and has similar features and performance. It competes with lower priced models from Camp Chef and Pit Boss and is worth a look if you're on a tight budget. Read our review to learn why it gets our Best Value Silver Medal.
lamb barbacoa tacos with salsa picante

This Whole Head, Pit Cooked Barbacoa Keeps Texas Traditions Alive

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Adrian Davila

This technique of slow-smoking a beef or lamb head wrapped in maguey leaves in a traditional underground pit has been used in many cultures for thousands of years. I grew up eating this kind of whole-head barbacoa with tortillas on my family's ranch in Texas.
lamb barbacoa tacos with salsa picante

Mama Davila’s Salsa Picante

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Adrian Davila

This salsa picante is the table sauce that's served at any and every meal in Texas. Enjoy it with fresh tortilla chips, over tacos or eggs, or with other savory dishes and meats.

ThermoPro TP-620 Instant Read Food Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our full review of the new ThermoPro TP-620 instant read thermometer that has all the bells and whistles to make a cook's job easier.
pork tenderloin lollipops with dipping sauce

Pork Tenderloin Lollipops, A Meaty Treat For All Ages

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Clint Cantwell

Here's the ultimate grab-and-go appetizer. Pork tenderloin is cut into medallions that are then skewered with lollipop sticks before being grilled and served with a soy-ginger dipping sauce.
yakitori ribs

Japanese Yakitori Ribs Will Make Your Mouth Happy

By:

Meathead

Japanese yakitori sauce is usually painted on chunks of grilled meat. But the sweet and salty combo makes fantastic yakitori ribs.
grilled sea bass in wasabi crust

Get A Taste Of Japan With This Whole Sea Bass Grilled In Wasabi Crust

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Dave Joachim

Slashing a whole sea bass helps it grill more evenly and gets the seasoning closer to the meat. Here, those slashes deliver the bracing Japanese flavors of wasabi, lemon zest, garlic, and ginger.

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.
mustard sage pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta

Grill A Better Weeknight Dinner With Mustard Sage Pork Tenderloin Wrapped In Pancetta

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Dave Joachim

You often see pork tenderloin brined, but this faster recipe wraps the pork in herbed mustard and pancetta to keep it moist and flavorful.

Portable Kitchen PK300 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.

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the newest Thermapen - the Thermapen ONE - with a one second response time, improved accuracy, and a brighter backlight.

SNS-500 Wireless Remote Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The new SNS-500 four-channel, long range food thermometer performs well, is solidly built, and earned our Gold Medal Award. Check out our complete review.

Cuisinart Griddler Five Review

By:

Max Good

Cuisinart's Griddler Five is an electric indoor griddle/grill that upgrades their previous version with a sleek modern look, LCD display, digital controls, and a sear function. If you're shopping for a small indoor electric, Cuisinart's Griddler Five deserves a look. It's versatile, easy to clean, and light and small enough to store out of the way in an upper kitchen cabinet. We award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.
2021 BBQ Hall of Fame

Meathead Makes The Barbecue Hall Of Fame!

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Clint Cantwell

On May 26, 2021, we were informed that Meathead, the owner of AmazingRibs.com, made the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Wow! This is quite an honor. The other two living inductees honored this year are Ollie Gates of Gates BBQ in Kansas City, and Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston. “Legacy” (deceased) inductees this year include Arthur Bryant of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City and Lyttle Bridges Cabaniss of Bridges Barbecue in Shelby NC. Meathead is the second inductee from the Chicago area, the other being James Lemons, founder of Lem’s Bar-B-Que.
chart of AmazingRibs.com page views

The Most Popular BBQ And Grilling Websites: Debunking A Recent Report

When it comes to determining the most popular BBQ and grilling websites, the only true reporting tool is Google Analytics. When seeking your "go to" outdoor cooking resource, it is hard to dispute AmazingRibs.com's reach with more than 25 million page views annually, coupled with its 17,000 member strong Pitmaster Club subdomain.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

Click here to read our detailed review


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.

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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.
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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

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