Ratings, Reviews, And Buying Guides

Read these truly unbiased reviews and ratings before you buy. For the best deals, pay attention to our "The AmazingRibs.com Best Value Medals", especially the Gold Medals. Medals are based on (1) features, (2) construction quality, and (3) value. Rarely will a $400 Gold Medal be in the same quality league as an $800 Gold Medal or a $1,200 Gold Medal, so it is important that you read the reviews to see what we say about the construction quality and features. Click here for more info about our medals and how we rate and review.

  • Pitmaster Award. An annual award for the best values in a category of grills and smokers. Pitmaster Award.
  • Gold Medal. Among the best of its type in its price category. A strong buy recommendation.
  • Silver Medal. A fine product among the best in its price category with only minor shortcomings. Recommended for purchase if a Gold Medal is not available.
  • Bronze Medal. A good product, better than average, but may be lacking compared to higher rated products. Worth considering if you cannot find or afford a Gold or Silver Medal.
  • Not Recommended. A product that we think is a poor choice.
  • Not Judged Yet. A product that may be award caliber, but we do not know enough about it yet to give it an award.

 


gifts

Gold Medal Gift Guide

Some of our favorite Best Value Gold Medal winners, perfect for gifts for the grillmaster or pitmaster. No ugly ties here!

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grills and smokers

Ratings & Reviews Of 500 Grills, Smokers, Pizza Ovens, Hog Roasters, And More

Max Good has the coolest job. He works full time for us kicking the tires on grills and smokers and researching user experiences with them. This makes him the world's leading authority on the subject. Our searchable database of his ratings and reviews has more than 500 cookers, many with reader comments, and many with links to suppliers. Start with our Top 10 Lists and pay attention to our Best Value Awards. We also have several in-depth articles to help you decide which type of grill or smoker is right for you and what to look for when you are shopping.

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thermometers

Ratings & Reviews Of 100+ Thermometers For Food, Grills, Smokers, Ovens as Well As Thermostatic Controllers

This may be the single most important page on this entire website because you cannot be a good cook if you cannot control temperature. Unfortunately, with today's food supply, undercooking dinner can do more than ruin your meal, it can kill you. And overcooking can ruin pretty expensive meat. A good digital thermometer is an essential tool that every kitchen or backyard barbecue should have on hand. You will be amazed at how having good digital thermometers can improve your cooking. Dial thermometers are technology from the 1800s and they are often waaaay off. Cooking without good digital thermometers is like driving at night without headlights. Our electrical engineer has tested more than 100 with precision instruments and used them in real life situations. Don't be making excuses for overcooked expensive meat, or apologies in the hospital.

Click here to see our thermometer reviews and ratings


accessories

Best Tools, Accessories, And Gadgets

Here are the cool tools and toys that will make you a better outdoor cook. There are attachments that will turn your trusty old Weber Kettle into a serious smoker, gadgets that you can toss onto a gas grill and make it belch tasty smoke, a cutting board that collects all the juices, pork pullers, grill toppers that will keep the veggies from committing suicide and jumping into the fire, tongs for flipping fish, bright LED lights for the grill handle, a spot and grease remover that will absolutely remove sauce stains from your shirts, and much more.

Click here to check out our favorite BBQ accessories and gadgets

"We have the tools, and we have the talent."

Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters
AmazingRibs.com pitmaster award winning grills and smokers
Looking for a new grill? Dreaming of a better smoker? Check out our top picks for best grills and smokers of the year in all price categories, as chosen by our full time grill and smoker tester, Max Good. read more
PK grill
Pit Barrel Smoker
A good dedicated smoker will make ribs, brisket and pulled pork that rivals most restaurants. There are many choices: gas, charcoal, wood and wood pellets. Before you go shopping click here and print out our article on How To Buy a Smoker. read more
Primo Kamado
The dream machine is the one that can do it all, high temperature searing and low and slow smoke roasting. The fact is that you can pretty easily adapt any grill for smoking and many smokers can grill and sear, but sadly few do both as well as the monotaskers. read more
consumer reports on chicken safety
Our database contains more than 140 thermometers. There is nothing like it in the world. You can use the search options at left or scroll down to see some of our favorites. Get the unbiased results for each product. read more

Articles

all four medals
The AmazingRibs.com Best Value Medal Winners are highly recommended products that we have tested personally or that have been tested by our reliable sources. read more
Charcoal Grill
Charcoal or Gas? It's a heated debate. If you love charcoal, click here for the 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Charcoal Grills. Still trying to decide which fuel? Check out our related articles such as Charcoal Grills vs. Gas Grills. All you need to know is just a click away. read more
gift box
Here's a list of great gifts for the barbecue and grilling lover in a wide range of prices. Something for everyone. read more
Gas grill on an outdoor deck on a sunny day. Shelves are attached to each side. A white LP gas tank is attached under the right shelf.
Gas grills are by far the most popular choice for outdoor cooks in the USA because they offer instant heat control, a major plus. There is a mind boggling array of choices, and it pays to look for the best value. Click here to get our best picks for 2018 and find the gas grill that suits your style and budget. read more
top 10 smoker
You can turn out some quality smoked meat on your grill if you follow our tips. But nothing beats the flavor and aroma of BBQ ribs and brisket made on a dedicated smoker. Just beware of the cheapo smokers. They will leave you frustrated. See our 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Backyard Smokers. read more
Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Portable Pellet Smoker
America's two favorite sports? Football and tailgating. There's nothing quite like gathering around the spectacle of fire before gathering around the spectacle of a sporting event! To find the tailgating grill of your dreams, read our 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Portable Grills. read more
electric knives we tested
Electric knives are especially good for turkey and ham. We bought and tested several of the top brands and make our recommendations. read more
M Grill M1 Charcoal Grill and Smoker
A few great grills are also great smokers. Generally, though, we don't recommend the cheap gas grills that are bolted to cheap smokers, despite the fact that they are popular in hardware stores. Nonetheless, a few high quality BBQ cookers rose to the top of our 2018 Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Combo Cookers. read more
Six high performance coolers tested, rated, and reviewed
Check out our detailed tests, reviews and ratings of 6 of the best high performance coolers. Several of these rotomolded super coolers are vacuum insulated to maintain cold or hot temperatures for a maximum length of time, sometimes more than 2 weeks! read more
jambo
Click here if you want the best grills and smokers money can buy. When BBQ is your passion and money is no object, we've got you covered. Our 2018 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Luxury Grills and Smokers start at around $2,000 and go up, up and away! read more

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