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
Weber Genesis II E-335 Gas Grill
The 2019 Weber Genesis II E-335 three burner with sear burner is one nice gas grill! We were disappointed in the 2017 Genesis II line, but Weber fans may now breathe a sigh of relief as Genesis returns in fine form with a second try. We're calling it Genesis II 2.0 and awarding our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal! 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 Adrenaline Barbecue Company'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
black cabinet smoker with front door open showing food on cooking racks.
Vertical gas smokers are to easy to use. With Masterbuilt's ThermoTemp line, smoking on gas just got easier. Masterbuilt successfully offers groundbreaking use of thermostatic control on a gas smoker at an affordable price. We tested their large XL model and award ThermoTemp our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. 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
Blackstone Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer
With its ample cooking area, solid performance, and versatility for both griddle grilling and deep frying large amounts of food outdoors, the Blackstone Range Top Combo with Bonus Fryer easily earns a Platinum Medal. 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

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