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Here’s what’s new on this site. Below are new tested recipes created by 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the new AmazingRibs.com! Over the past year, our elves have been working diligently behind the scenes to rebuild this entire website. At first glance, AmazingRibs.com may look similar to the way it always has, but under the hood, we have completely rebuilt the engine. It's now faster and easier to navigate.
If you need a large portable gasser for camping, tailgating or just grilling around town on the weekend, Traveler is a very good choice. There are both less expensive and more expensive cart models, placing Traveler somewhere in a mid-price range. Quality construction and Weber's excellent customer service merit every penny. REad our review to find out why we give Traveler our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.
Everyone is talking about the sexy new Spark Grill. It catches your eye and draws you in, then throws roadblocks in the way. We wonder if Spark's uncommon effort to improve on the simple, tried and true, beloved charcoal grill will come to fruition. Read our review to learn why we don't currently recommend it.
Part of the Everdure Grills by Heston Blumenthal collection of smokers and grills, the FORCE is a 48-inch, 2-burner propane gas grill that comes with a stand. There is no arguing that the FORCE looks cool, but our review shows the grill falls short in several areas, especially given its approximately $900 price tag.
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.
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.
The SNS Grills SNS-100 instant read thermometer is a full-featured hand-held food thermometer that displays good accuracy, quick response time, an ambidextrous readout, and a backlight in a waterproof package. Check out our full product review.
Read our complete review of the Yummly Wireless Meat Thermometer, a fully wireless "smart" thermometer that simultaneously measures food and ambient temperatures and communicates this info to your smart phone.
With “Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill & Smoker” by Meathead and Brigit Binns, you can master the art of perfectly grilled and smoked chicken. Say goodbye forever to charred skin, burnt sauce and undercooked meat. Explore chicken recipes, tips, and so much more.
Grilled pork tenderloin comes together fast and takes on classic French flavors in the hands of Georgia's Top Chef Kevin Gillespie. Like classic Steak Diane, the sliced tenderloin is served with a flavorful green peppercorn sauce.
Top Chef Fan Favorite Kevin Gillespie says that barbecue is always served with Brunswick stew in his native Georgia. Squirrel is the traditional meat, but Kevin likes to use beef and pork or even scraps of barbecued pork. His recipe also includes a secret ingredient that amplifies the flavors of everything else.
Slow cookers are not truly “set it and forget it”. If you just throw everything in the crock, turn it on and walk away, you’re likely to get soggy, bland results. A little effort yields much more delicious food. Check out this list of Do's and Don'ts to maximize your cookers strengths and minimize its weaknesses.
Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.
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.
If you’re like me, you likely fancy yourself quite the steak griller. But the true test of one’s talent is entering one of the countless steak cooking contests held each year. If you've ever considered competing in a steak cookoff, here's a first person account of what you can expect to encounter from start to finish.
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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.
Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.
ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE provides an accurate reading in one second or less. The ONE also includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight, rotating display, and water resistant seals. Don’t accept cheap substitutes. Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review
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.
GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.
Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.
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.