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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.

Gozney Dome Dual Fuel Oven Review

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Dave Joachim

When the Gozney Dome pizza oven went on sale to the public in 2021, it sold out in 8 hours. We tested the dual fuel version (wood or gas) and were blown away by its versatility, performance, and design. Read our complete review of this Platinum Award winner.

Ñuke Puma Review

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Dave Joachim

The Ñuke Puma is a Santa Maria style grill made by hand in Argentina. It burns wood or charcoal and the removable V-shaped grill grates are adjustable from 4 to 23 inches above the coals with Puma's signature crank wheel. This stylish entry into the premium Santa Maria and gaucho grill market also has a front door lined with fire brick and comes with a rolling cart, fire poker, shovel, and enameled cast iron griddle. Read our complete review of this Gold Medal winning grill.

Slow ‘N Sear Deluxe Kamado Review

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Max Good

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. Read our review to learn why. 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.

Grilla Silverbac Alpha Wood Pellet Grill Review

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Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

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 tested and reviewed this cooker and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Grilla Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

We always liked Grilla, but the original price seemed steep. We felt a premium was being placed on the cool cosmetics. Read our review because in 2016 Grilla Grills made a substantial price cut. That drew us off the fence and earned Grilla our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Green Mountain Grills Ledge (Formerly Daniel Boone) Prime Pellet Smoker Review

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Dave Joachim

The Ledge 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!

Traeger Timberline 850 Grill Review

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Max Good

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 and reviewed Timberline. You quickly get spoiled using the intuitive smartphone app to control and monitor this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner.

The Good-One Heritage Oven Review

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Max Good

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 reviewed Heritage and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

Napoleon Prestige P500RSIB Gas Grill Review

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Meathead

This Napoleon Prestige 4-Burner Gas Grill is a sweet looking cooker, built solid with a few nice extras thrown in. We tested and reviewed 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.

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack PG500 Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this 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.

Napoleon Rogue R425SIB Review

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Max Good

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. Read our review of this quality gas grill to learn why it receives our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. We love the infrared sear burner mounted on the left side shelf.

Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Easy to use, easy to clean and backed up by the best warranty and customer service in the business. Read our review to find out more about why this popular, tried and true, work horse of a grill continues to win our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

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Max Good

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 and reviewed this classic, versatile charcoal grill and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king.

Weber Genesis II E-335 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

The 2019 Weber Genesis II E-335 three burner with sear burner is one nice gas grill! Read our review to learn why. 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!

Hasty Bake Continental 83 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. There is nothing you can't do with this grill and it deserves a place in the back yard of every serious outdoor cook. It is the Swiss Army knife of grills.

Kamado Joe Big Joe Review

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Max Good

Kamado Joe BigJoe is a well crafted, red ceramic cooker that presents strong competition to other 18" models in the premium priced market with a number of remarkable upgrades that exemplify the elegance and innovation that are hallmarks of Kamado Joe. We reviewed this model an awarded our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

Karubecue C-60 Pit Review

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Max Good

We testedand reviewed The Karubecue C-60 and found it produces perfect smoke consistently. The results are ambrosia. Those who seek the Holy Grail of Smoke need to know about Karubecue. This brilliant design enables novice BBQ enthusiasts to smoke meat like a wizened Texas pit boss, earning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Burch Barrel Review

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

Our Burch Barrel Review shows it's not your Grandpa's Cowboy Cooker. It blends an open fire camp grill with a vertical lift Argentine style mechanism. It is well-built, versatile, unique and a ton of fun to use. That's why it wins our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Iconic Weber Kettles are some of the most popular and respected backyard grills in the world. Those who've mastered a kettle can do everything on it from grill a steak to bake a cake and these Summit Kamados are kettles on steroids. If you like your Weber Kettle, you'll love their Kamados. We give these babies our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medals!

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Published On: 10/27/2020 Last Modified: 12/13/2021

 

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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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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

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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.

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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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Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

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.

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Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
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