Best BBQ Gifts $500+

bbq gifts over $500

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.

The Delta by Nuke

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Dave Joachim

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. Read our review of this Gold Medal 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 Daniel Boone Prime Pellet Smoker Review

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Dave Joachim

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!

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.

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

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 and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

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.

Smokin Brothers Premier 30 Pellet Grill Review

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Clint Cantwell

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.

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.

Vision Professional S-Series Kamado Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Vision's Professional S-Series which has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Their ProZone System is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. It can also convert to a gas grill! Vision S-Series earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

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.

Saber SS 500 3-Burner Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

The Saber SS 500 is a mid-size stainless steel premium model in the Saber line of gas grills. One could compare it to Weber's Summit grills in quality and price. Saber is a searing machine. We tested and reviewed this model. Saber's unique design earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

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.

Published On: 10/27/2020 Last Modified: 4/23/2021


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