BBQ Gifts Under $500

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Need a great gift for the BBQ lover in your life? Here are several options ranging in price from $200 to $500. These are all Platinum or Gold Medal winners, including everything from a propane smoker to an outdoor pizza oven. Click the links to read our full reviews and check prices.

black cabinet smoker with front door open showing food on cooking racks.
Vertical gas smokers are to easy to use. With Masterbuilt's ThermoTemp line, smoking on gas just got easier. Masterbuilt successfully offers groundbreaking use of thermostatic control on a gas smoker at an affordable price. We tested their large XL model and award ThermoTemp our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. read more
Large outdoor griddle on four legged cart placed on a patio. Four red dials are on the front.
Sometimes you need a big surface area to cook a lot of food at once. Designed to feed a crowd fast and leave 'em smiling, the 600 is the most popular size in Camp Chef's Flat Top Grill line. Remove the griddle top and it becomes a 4-burner gas grill. Flat Tops earn our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal. read more
ooni 3 pizza oven with gas burner
You'll love making pizza outdoors in the Ooni portable pizza oven. The standard model is wood fired with pellets, but we prefer the optional gas fired system and award it our Gold Medal. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust. read more
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You'll be flabbergasted as you create one perfectly smoked delicacy after another with little more effort than preparation. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is $300 delivered to your door. Pop it out of the box and start SMOKIN! Pit Barrel Cooker is one of the more impressive products we've tested. read more
Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center
They say that innovation comes in all shapes and sizes and the Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center immediately speaks to that as outlined in this hands-on AmazingRibs.com review. The 22” griddle sits atop a two burner system that transfers heat from two independently controlled burners to the griddle surface. read more
FireBoard FBX11 Review
FireBoard has set a new standard in food thermometry. It is a remote read, cloud connected, data logger, with connections for up to six probes. It can communicate with a smart phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to monitor the temps of both cooker and food. It received our top rating for its full feature set and performance. read more
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A quality stand mixer is definitely an investment but there is very little that a beast like the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer can't handle, especially with the countless accessories that are offered. If, however, you only need to whisk and blend, a KitchenAid hand blender does a great job and saves a lot of space. read more
Small gray gas grill with shelves on both sides.
Huntington Cast 4200 Gas Grill is a throwback to the first gas grills. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner has a cast aluminum cookbox retains heat and distributes it evenly. Although the casting on this model is much thinner than the heavy duty MHP and PGS, the price is also dramatically less. read more
Vitamix 5200 Blender
If you make a lot of smoothies, sauces, and other blended foods then a high quality blender is in order. While there are several decent economically priced blenders out there, the lifespan of these models tends to be short due to inferior parts and a lack of horsepower, especially compared to a Vitamix or Oster. read more

ooni gas pizza oven

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