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Looking for the best BBQ tools, toys, and accessories? Our barbecue experts have tested hundreds of tools and rated them in our searchable database. The search options at left give you unbiased results for each product. Below are the best of the best, our Platinum Medal winners. These are the BBQ tools you really need.
Which grill grate is best: stainless steel, cast iron, enamel coated, plated wire, or cast aluminum? The answer may surprise you. This definitive guide explains which grill grates are the most durable, deliver the most heat, and are the easiest to clean and maintain in your grill.
Some grill toppers and racks are essential. A rib rack helps you cook more meat at once, and a grill tray prevents small foods like asparagus from falling into the fire. You can even get a perforated grill wok or saute pan for tossing small foods over the fire. Here's a guide to the best.
Here is the ultimate guide to selecting the best spatula and tongs for your BBQ and grilling adventures. AmazingRibs.com has weeded through the countless options available in order to help you identify what are arguably the most important BBQ and grilling tools, a quality spatula and tongs for moving and turning food.
Often call pork pullers, these sharp hand extenders make light work of pulling or shredding smoked pork. They also make it super-easy to lift large, hot roasts like turkey and roast beef from the grill or from a roasting pan onto a platter. Plus, they toss a big bowl of salad in a jif. Here's a guide to the best.
Create perfect pizza on the grill thanks to these top rated tools. If you're a fan of brick oven pizza then this is the gear that will help you create it directly on your grill, from pizza stones to pizza peels and more. The result is a crust that is crisp, smoky and lightly charred and piping hot toppings.
The best cut resistant gloves are designed to keep you from cutting your hands. They are especially helpful for things like clams, oysters, boning meats, and more. Check out our reviews of the best cut resistant gloves on the market.
Buying a new knife? Wondering what is VG-10 steel? How do you hold a chef's knife? How do you clean one? How do you hone and sharpen a knife? Get incisive answers to these sharp questions and more in our ultimate guide to knives.
At least one good chef's knife is the most essential tool in any kitchen. Does that mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars on an entire set of knives? No. Just a few good quality knives are all you really need.
We test, compare, rate, and review popular electric knives. An electric knife makes quick work of slicing big hunks of meat like turkeys, whole packer briskets, beef tenderloin, prime rib, crown roast of pork, and hams. They are great at making even cuts.
If you're looking for the right cooler to fit your needs, AmazingRibs.com has compiled comprehensive hands-on reviews of some of the top brands and models. We put some of the most expensive and innovative super coolers to the torture tests, including how long they keep food cold or hot, durability, leakage, and more.
Every year there is a new bounty of books stuffed with knowledge and recipes. We read a lot of them and I have more than 100 books on barbecue and grilling alone, and at least 200 other cookbooks. Here are some of our favorite BBQ and grill cookbooks and other food publications.
Skip the big cookware sets and pick up a few good pieces. Cookware manufacturers try to sell you sets of pots of pans in all different sizes. But you really only need a few basics, a frying pan or two, a saucepan or soup pot, and a bigger stock pot or pasta pot. Here's a guide to the pots and pans you'll actually use.
It would be nice to have all kinds of small appliances on hand from a waffle maker to a deep fryer, but no one has unlimited counter and cabinet space. Here's a guide to the most essential small appliances both large and small.
While kettle style charcoal grills like the Weber Original Kettle are amazing on their own, they are taken to new heights thanks to a variety of accessories, tools, and add-ons. AmazingRibs.com has tested reviews of countless enhancements for kettle style grills and you can find them all here.
Here are the tested tools and tips to make the most of your Weber Smokey Mountain, arguably the most popular and best rated bullet style smoker on the market. This comprehensive guide covers everything from seasoning the smoker to proper fire building techniques as well as reviews of the top products for the WSM.
Looking for the best accessories, tools, and toys for enhancing your overall BBQ and grilling experience? AmazingRibs.com has compiled a list of various products designed to make outdoor cooking more efficient, more expansive, and/or more fun. Hand selected by our team, these items are "must haves" for any griller.
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.
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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps
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.
Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.
Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners
The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.
The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period. Click here for our review of this superb smoker
Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker
Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker
Green Mountain’s portable Trek Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Trek from your smart phone or laptop.
The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One
The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.