2019 AmazingRibs.com Best New Products

"The most respected and comprehensive reviewers of grills and smokers in the world"Larry Olmsted, Senior Contributor, Forbes

Every year the innovative people who love to cook invent clever new devices for us from big grills to tiny thermometers. All year long our team of BBQ experts tests, rates, and reviews scores of products so you can buy the best, and so you won't waste your money on things that look good on paper but just don't work in practice. Our reviews are as unbiased as humanly possible. We don't do sponsored articles, writers never know who is buying ads, and suppliers are never charged to have products reviewed. Rest assured, our Best New Products were selected because we really like them, not because someone paid us to say so.

Max Good, AmazingRibs.com's Keeper of the Flame, is the only person in the world whose full-time job is testing, researching, reviewing, and rating grills and smokers. Good measures temperatures, slams lids, turns dials, studies warranties, kicks casters, cooks a lot of food, and considers look, feel, functionality, durability, and price. Good maintains the world’s largest searchable database of more than 500 outdoor cooker ratings and reviews and this year's Best New Products were selected from it.

Similarly, Bill McGrath, an electrical engineer, uses sophisticated lab equipment to test and rate dozens of thermometers every year. McGrath's Best New Products were chosen from more than 150 handheld, wired, and wireless remote thermometers that were lab tested and reviewed, and are now searchable in his database.

And Clint Cantwell, winner of the Travel Channel's "American Grilled" national cooking contest, along with other BBQ experts, conducts experiments to rate and review the best and worst among grill gloves, tongs, spatulas, and other BBQ tools and accessories. Cantwell's Best New Products were selected from an ever-expanding database of more than 100 reviews of outdoor tools and kitchen accessories.

Black horizontal barrel grill with two small chimneys, mounted on a stand with four legs and two wheels.
Low cost gas grills are the instrument of choice for most residential outdoor cooks. We're always on the lookout for models that deliver a lot of bang for the buck. Grillin' Pro earns our Platinum Medal for exceptional performance under $200. Not built to last, but it will out sear any comparably priced gasser. read more
ThermoWorks Thermapen IR
The ThermoWorks Thermapen IR has both an instant-read temperature probe and an infrared sensor in one package. It features a rotating display to enable easy reading in any orientation. It is well constructed, as is usual for ThermoWorks products and exhibits excellent performance. A solid top rating! read more
Hestan Outdoor 36 Gas Grill
The Hestan GMBR36-LP is one of the best gas grills we have tested. Period. And we've cooked on a multitude of gassers. There is so much right about this innovative design we struggle to find something to criticize. Hestan easily wins our AmaziingRibs.com Platinum Medal. read more
GoBQ Grill
Constructed of flame resistant, silicone coated, fiberglass fabric, GoBQ rolls up and fits in a backpack or over your shoulder on a carrying strap. It's not for everyone, but if you value extreme mobility, you may be willing to work around its shortcomings. GoBQ earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. read more
Egg shaped ceramic object on shiny four legged stand with a shelf on each side.
Most kamados can't be set up for 2-zone cooking with a hot direct zone and moderate indirect zone. Not the new Slow 'N Sear Deluxe. Built around SnS Grill's patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle insert, It is a kamado grill that has true 2-zone cooking and wins our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. read more
Maverick XR-50 Remote Four-Probe Thermometer Review
The Maverick XR-50 is an extended-range, four-channel wireless remote food and cooker thermometer. It ships with two straight 6" probes and two straight 3" probes. It is well constructed with a robust case and heavy-duty probes, so it should stand up well. Wins a solid top rating for performance and construction. read more
Hunsaker Vortex Smoker
Hunsaker makes Upright Barrel Smokers for competition teams. Clever and useful features such as big competition-grade wheels, a floating lid hinge, wind resistant air intake and the unique Vortex Charcoal Basket differentiate Hunsaker from other brands. We tested Hunsaker and award it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. read more
Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 pellet grill
The Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 pellet grill is their most popular mid-size model and rivals the best thermostatically controlled cookers in the business. This premium set-it-and-forget-it pellet smoker does not disappoint, although all cookers have their little quirks, and Pitts & Spitts is no different. read more
ThermoPro TP-15 Instant Read
The ThermoPro TP-15 is an excellent handheld instant read thermometer with a remarkably low price (under $20), a great warranty, and accurate readings within 4 seconds. It has features that many more expensive units lack. Highly recommended with a Platinum Medal. read more
Cave Tools short-handled meat rake
Shred smoked pork butts, chuck roasts, chicken, and more with ease thanks to our highly rated Cave Tools Stainless Steel Pulled Pork Shredders and BBQ Meat Rake. Unlike plastic shredders, these are made from 430-grade stainless steel and feature comfortable polybutylene succinate (PBS) plastic handles. read more

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Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

Max Good

As AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, Max Good is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max loves barbecue so much that he took his barbecue sauce recipes, had them bottled, and now sells them around the country.

Clint Cantwell

Clint Cantwell is AmazingRibs.com's Senior Vice President, charged with creating recipes, writing articles, shooting photos, and a little bit of everything else. Cantwell was was named one of the "10 Faces of Memphis Barbecue" by Memphis Magazine and was the winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled: Memphis".

Dave Joachim

AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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