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.

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.


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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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.

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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
Grills and smokers
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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


Gold, Silver, Bronze 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
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
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
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
Windblocker Chafing Dish Frame at backyard barbecue
Buffet-style dining is fantastic for a crowd, but if your Sterno blows out, the food gets cold. Here’s a nifty solution: WindBlocker is a portable chafing dish frame that blocks wind while allowing some air under the food and water pans to keep the fuel lit. read more
greasy grill grates
How to clean your grill grates and the best tools for the job. read more
Charcoal Grill
The 10 best value charcoal grills in their price category. read more
top 10 smoker
The 10 best value backyard smokers for their price category. read more
top 10 gas grill
The 10 best gas grills for their price category. read more
top 10 portable
America's two favorite sports? Football and tailgating. Here's our Top 10 Best Value Portable & Tailgate Grills in a wide range of prices. read more


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