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Ratings, Reviews, And Buying Guides

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Read these truly unbiased reviews and ratings before you buy. For the best deals, pay attention to “The Best Value Medals”, especially the Platinum and Gold Medals. Medals are based on (1) features, (2) construction quality, and (3) value. Rarely will a $400 Platinum Medal be in the same quality league as an $800 Platinum Medal or a $1,200 Platinum 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.

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Ratings & Reviews Of 600 Grills, Smokers, Pizza Ovens, Hog Roasters, And More

Our searchable database has more than 500 cookers reviewed and rated by the world’s leading authority on the subject, Max Good. Many have comments from owners. Pay attention to our Best Value Awards and start with the Platinum Medals for Best Value Grills & Smokers. We think these are the best of the best on the market in a wide range of prices. Don’t see what you want? Use the search box on the left. You should also read the articles linked below for shopping tips.

Click here to go to our ratings and reviews of grills, smokers, and more


Ratings & Reviews Of 200+ 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


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



Gift Guide: All Top Medal Winners

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

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About Our Medals, Awards, Product Reviews, And Ratings



The Best Value Medal Winners are highly recommended products that we have tested personally or that have been tested by our reliable sources.
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How We Test Grills And Smokers


Max Good

Max Good is the Director of Equipment Reviews and Keeper of the Flame. He is the only person in the world who tests and reviews grills and smoker full time. Click now to discover how he evaluates the hundreds of gas and charcoal grills and smokers crowding the aisles at stores coast to coast.

Ratings And Reviews Of Hundreds Of Grills, Smokers, Hog Roasters, And More



Buying guides to hundreds of grills, smokers, thermometers, BBQ accessories and much more, all tested by our team of experts. Called “The most respected and comprehensive reviewers of grills and smokers in the world” by Forbes

Best Cooking Thermometers, 200+ Lab Tested And Reviewed



A good digital thermometer is a cook's most important tool. Our electrical engineer has tested and rated more than 200 different types of thermometers in a searchable database, making finding the perfect one for your needs a breeze!

BBQ And Kitchen Tools, Toys, And Accessories Rated And Reviewed



Check out our reviews of tools, equipment, gadgets, and toys that can help make you a better cook. We have tested all of these products and we really put them through their paces to see if they are worth using. Our reviews and ratings are honest and unbiased, and you can read about exactly how we test products to learn why we stand by that claim.

Best Holiday Gifts for BBQ and Grilling



Here are the tools and toys that avid grillers and pitmasters want most. Our reviewers kicked the tires on hundreds of grill and BBQ products and wrote detailed reviews. We organized everything in price categories from under $50 to over $2,000 so you can find the perfect BBQ gift for that special someone.

Best New BBQ & Grilling Products Of 2021


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!
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BBQ Gear Guide: The Best Smokers And Grills To Buy Today


Clint Cantwell

Picking the right smoker or grill for your personal needs can be a difficult task, with countless brands, styles, and prices to sort through. To help you find the best smoker grill to buy, we have compiled an elite list of top rated gold and platinum medal winners.

Artisan Food Delivers Homemade Delicacies

We're always on the lookout for excellent food to recommend. Now, some of our favorite BBQ joints ship ribs, pulled pork and brisket direct to you, as well as countless other restaurants and food brands.

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings



Here's how gas grills work and what to look for when you go shopping.

Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings



A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.

What To Look For When Buying Electric Grills



In the market for an electric grill? This comprehensive guide provides you with the tools for selecting the right one, including hands-on reviews and ratings.
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Portable Grills For Camping And Tailgating, Reviewed And Rated



Find the perfect portable grill for your needs with our extensive reviews and ratings These cookers are perfect for balconies, tailgating, camping, and more.
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Gas Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, and Recommendations



Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on how to shop for gas fired barbecue smokers. These are simple smokers that produce good flavor, on a modest budget.
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Charcoal And Wood Burning Smoker Reviews And Ratings



Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for charcoal or wood fired barbecue smokers.
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Buying Guide To Kamado, Ceramic, Egg Smokers And Grills



The kamado, ceramic, egg grill, smoker, and oven is a fast growing category with more and more choices every year. Here are reviews and ratings of them all.

Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews



Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.

Electric Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, And Recommendations



Ratings, reviews, recommendations, and tips on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for electric barbecue smokers.

Large Capacity Smokers For Restaurants, Whole Hog Cooks, And More



Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for large capacity smoker or grill for catering, a restaurant, or competitions. These are also great for cooking large cuts of meat like a whole hog.

Grill-Smoker Combos Such As Kamados And Pellet Burners



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.
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Best Stovetop Smokers



Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for stovetop smokers.

Guide To Pizza Ovens

For the best Italian style pizzas or rustic breads, nothing beats a wood-burning oven/forno. Built for use indoor or out, built-in or portable for caterers.

Outdoor Kitchens: The Ultimate Playground For Any Backyard Cook



Want more than a barbecue or smoker on your patio or deck? How about a fully equipped outdoor kitchen? Here are some great ideas you may want to consider, or at least dream about.
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Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen, Q&A With An Expert



The outdoor kitchen and dining room are great ways to increase the size of your house. Here are things to conder when designing and planning an outdoor kitchen.
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Parts To Repair, Modify, And Upgrade Your Grill Or Smoker



It may be cheap to modify, patch up or upgrade your current smoker. Sometimes you just need to toss it and get a new one. Here are some tools to help you.
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Understanding Stainless Steel


Max Good

Here is what you need to know about stainless steel when buying a grill or smoker, including terms like austenitic, ferritic, 304 steel, and 430 steel. Find out why thickness matters, what is heavy gauge, and how to interpret gauge numbers. Find info on powder coated and enameled steel and how to clean stainless steel.
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Grills Gone Wild



Here are some great grills you won't find at the hardware store.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker

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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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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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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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

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