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What’s New On AmazingRibs.com

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.


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Is MSG Bad For You?

By:

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.
Milk Street magazine cover

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

By:

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 Review

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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

By:

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

By:

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.

PK300 Sneak Peek Review

By:

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.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

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Meathead

The cooking website Epicurious.com, is not publishing any new recipes using beef out of concern for sustainability. This is bullpoop. Find out why.
Brooke Orrison Lewis at the grill

AmazingRibs.com Has A Powerful New Engine!

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Dave Joachim

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.

Weber Traveler Review

By:

Max Good

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.

Spark Grill Review

By:

Max Good

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.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2-Burner Review

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Burch Barrel Review

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

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.

Char-Griller Flavor Pro Review

By:

Max Good

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.

MeatStick X Wireless Food Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the MeatStick X, a fully wireless "smart" thermometer that simultaneously measures food and ambient temperatures and communicates this info to your smart phone.

Tappecue Touch and Airprobe2 Bundle Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the updated Airprobe2 for use with the Tappecue Touch that exhibits excellent accuracy in a wireless "smart" thermometer probe.

SnS Grills SnS-100 Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

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.

Yummly Wireless Meat Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

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.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill And Smoker E-Book

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.
Pork tenderloin with green peppercorn sauce

Give Grilled Pork Tenderloin The Steak Treatment With Green Peppercorn Sauce

By:

Dave Joachim

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.
pork Brunswick stew

Enjoy Your Barbecue With A Side Of Brunswick Stew

By:

Dave Joachim

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 cooker

The Science Of Slow Cookers

By:

Dave Joachim

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.
BBQ Legend Mike Mills

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

By:

Meathead

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.

ThermoPro TP-27B Wireless Meat Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our review of the ThermoPro TP-27B four-channel wireless remote food thermometer. This well-made unit has all the features you're likely to need at a low price.

ThermoPro TP-15H Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our review of the ThermoPro TP-15H, a fast instant-read food thermometer that had excellent accuracy and is built to allow rinsing under running water

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

By:

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.

An Introduction To The Art Of Steak Cookoff Competitions

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Published On: 2/15/2019 Last Modified: 9/15/2021


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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.

Click here to read our complete review



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.

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The Undisputed Champion!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


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 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.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


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.

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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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