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

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Meathead

Check out our reviews of tools, toys, gadgets, and equipment that can help make you a better cook as well as those that should be avoided all together.

We have tested all of these products and we really put them through their paces to see if they are worth using. For the best deals, pay attention to our “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 be sure you see what we say about the construction quality, features, and how they perform in the real world.

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Give The Gift Of Membership With The AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club Gift Card

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Dave Joachim

We can up your game! The Pitmaster Club is a real barbecue community, a place to learn, make friends, and have fun. Membership is only $23.95 a year. Give someone the gift of membership and they'll receive a gift that keeps on giving!

A Guide To The Kitchen Tools And Gadgets We Love

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Meathead

There are thousands of kitchen tools and gadgets out there. Here's a sensible guide to the ones you need and the ones you don't.

Platinum Medal Winning BBQ Tools, Toys, And Accessories

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Dave Joachim

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.

The Definitive Guide to the Best Grill Grates

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Meathead

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.

The Grill Toppers and Racks You Need and the Ones You Don’t

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Clint Cantwell

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.

The Best Spatulas And Tongs For BBQ And Grilling

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Clint Cantwell

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.

The Best Meat Shredders For Your Butts Rated and Reviewed

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

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.

The Best Grill Brushes, Scrapers, and Other BBQ Cleaning Tools

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Meathead

Clean grill grates make better grilled food. Here's a buying guide to grill brushes, scrapers, and other BBQ cleaning tools to make sure you're turning out the best tasting food from your cooker.

The Best Charcoal Starters

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Meathead

When it comes to starting charcoal, there are several options out there. In this article, we weigh the pros and cons of each and give our recommendations for products.

The Best Tools And Equipment For Perfect Pizza On The Grill

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Dave Joachim

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.

Testing And Rating Heat-Resistant Gloves

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Gloves are the best way to handle hot pots, pans, grill grates, pizza stones, and food. We tested and rated a bunch of them.

Testing and Rating Cut Resistant Gloves

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Knives

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Dave Joachim

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.

How to Buy the Best Kitchen Knives

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Meathead

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.

Electric Knives That Make The Cut

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

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.

A Guide to The Best Knife Sharpeners

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

It's vital to keep your knives sharp. But not all knife sharpeners do a great job. And they're all built a little differently. Check out our reviews of the best knife sharpeners before you buy.

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Coolers On The Market

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

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.

Cookbooks, Food Books, And Magazine Reviews

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Meathead

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.

Here Are The Pots and Pans You Actually Need

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Dave Joachim

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.

A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances

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Dave Joachim

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.

Must Have Kettle Style Charcoal Grill Accessories And Add-Ons

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Meathead

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.

Top Tips And Accessories For The Weber Smokey Mountain

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Meathead

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.

Other Cool BBQ And Grilling Tools

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Clint Cantwell

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.

Great BBQ And Other Food Products Delivered Straight To Your Door

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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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

Click here to read our detailed review


Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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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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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow ‘N’ Sear


The Slow ‘N’ Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.
Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


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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Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you’re using oven mitts at the grill, it’s time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder’s gloves. They’re heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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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.

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