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

Our searchable database has over 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 AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Grills & Smokers as well as the AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Awards for Luxury 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.

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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
Wolf Claws
Here are our favorite holiday gifts under $50. All are Gold Medal winners and make thoughtful gifts for the grill gurus and BBQ lovers in your life. Follow the links to read our reviews and check prices. read more
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
Wolf Claws
Here are our favorite holiday gifts under $50. All are Gold Medal winners and make thoughtful gifts for the grill gurus and BBQ lovers in your life. Follow the links to read our reviews and check prices. 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
bear paws for pulling pork
Here are some cool tools and toys that will make you a better outdoor cook. There are 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 jumping into the fire and much more. read more
2018 Pitmaster Awards
A good digital thermometer is a cook's most important tool. Our electrical engineer has tested more than 150. There is nothing like it in the world. You can use the search options at left. Below are the best, our Pitmaster Award winners. Get the unbiased results for each product. read more

Articles

King of the grill
Here are our top ten grill and BBQ gifts for Father’s Day in a range of prices. We scoured our hundreds of barbecue product reviews and picked our best award winners. Don’t just go buy him another tie this year. Give Dad something he really wants, and help make his barbecue dreams come true. read more
AmazingRibs Best Value Gold Medal
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
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
eight coolers stacked for testing and review
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
pizza
Here are the tools necessary for making great pizza at home. read more
tailgater
Reviews of Tailgate, Camping, Small, Lightweight and Portable Grills for the balcony, beach, tailgate party, hiking, cattle drive, Winnebago, or yacht. read more
rib rack
Reviews and ratings of essential barbecue tools, equipment, gadgets, and toys that can make you a better cook. read more
Inside a pizza oven
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. read more

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