Best BBQ Gifts $500+

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Looking for a very special gift for your favorite BBQer and griller? Here is a guide to our favorite smokers, grills, and accessories over $500. Each reviewed product has received either an AmazingRibs.com gold and platinum medal review and we have provided links as to where to buy them.

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The Delta by Ñuke is an Argentinian grill that burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This affordable and stylish entry into the gaucho grill market also comes with a warming drawer, a lid, a fire poker, shovel, carbon steel griddle, and a rain cover. It earned our Gold Medal. read more
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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
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Grilla Grills’ Silverbac pellet cookers are solid, well-built and well thought out pieces of BBQ equipment with solid, heavy-duty construction. Silverbac offers a few extra perks beyond the competition at a price point below most in this league. We give this cooker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal. read more
We always liked Grilla, but the original price seemed steep. We felt a premium was being placed on the cool cosmetics. In 2016 Grilla Grills made a substantial price cut. That drew us off the fence and earned Grills our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal. read more
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The Daniel Boone Prime from Green Mountain Grills might be the pellet cooker to show you the pleasures of these machines. It's their most popular model, a mid-size, mid-priced smoker with WiFi, a robust smartphone app, solid all-around performance, and more extras than most in its price range. Read our full review! read more
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Traeger's Timberline is a technologically advanced wood pellet smoker with a sturdy design and a muscular look and feel unlike anything in their extensive catalog. We tested Timberline. You quickly get spoiled using the intuitive smartphone app to control and monitor this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner.. read more
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The Good-One Heritage Oven is designed as an Outdoor Kitchen Insert. It looks like their large Marshall smoker that has an upper cabinet oven with three adjustable height racks, but is more related to their popular Open Range model and has an identical firebox. We award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to Heritage. read more
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This Napoleon Prestige 4-Burner Gas Grill is a sweet looking cooker, built solid with a few nice extras thrown in. We tested this quality gasser and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Stainless steel cook box, cart, doors and side shelves with a heavy gauge steel lid competitive with Weber's Summit. read more
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This mid-sized pellet smoker is comparable in capacity to Traeger's popular Lil' Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. It's one of the few pellet smokers we've seen with an ash removal system. We tested this innovative smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. read more
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A backyard pellet smoker designed by award winning competition BBQ Pit Master, Fast Eddy. Aspiring pitmasters dream about Fast Eddy's pellet smokers when waking at 3 a.m. to throw logs on the fire. Set the temperature, go to sleep and wake up to smoked brisket. We tested PG500 and gave our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. read more
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This Napoleon Rogue gas grill is a smaller, slightly stripped down, lower cost version of one of our favorites in Napoleon's more expensive Prestige line. This quality gas grill receives our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. We love the infrared sear burner mounted on the left side shelf. read more
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Here's a comprehensive, hands-on gold medal review of the Smokin Brothers Premier 30 pellet grill, the best selling model for this family owned and operated smoker and grill company. The “made in the USA” Premier 30 is a high quality pellet cooker featuring a total cooking surface of 792 square inches. read more
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Easy to use, easy to clean and backed up by the best warranty and customer service in the business. Find out more about why this popular, tried and true, work horse of a grill continues to win our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award. read more
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PK360 takes all the great elements of the classic 1952 PK, improves the design, beefs up construction and delivers one beautiful charcoal grill. We tested this classic, versatile charcoal grill and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king. read more
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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

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