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Best BBQ Gifts $201 to $500

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Need a great gift for the BBQ lover in your life? Here are several options ranging in price from $201 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.

Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Low cost gas grills are the instrument of choice for most residential outdoor cooks. We're always on the lookout to review models that deliver a lot of bang for the buck. Grillin' Pro earns our Platinum Medal for exceptional performance under $200. Not built to last, but it will out sear any comparably priced gasser.

Slow ‘N Sear Kettle Grill

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Max Good

The Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill is mighty nice, but very similar to the Weber Performer, which is not a bad thing. If you're in the market for a new charcoal kettle grill, read our review because this one may be for you. It's definitely worth consideration. We award the Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Pit Boss 5-Series Wood Pellet Vertical Smoker

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Pit Boss 5-Series Vertical Cabinet Smoker is a good unit for this price point. It's easy to use and maintain, produces great results on a variety of meats and has a small footprint coupled with a large cooking capacity. Read our review to learn why we give the Pit Boss 5-Series our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Pit Barrel Junior Review

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Max Good

Pit Barrel Junior is a smaller version of the popular Pit Barrel Cooker charcoal smoker. Both are designed to produce a cooking environment in which one temperature fits all. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winning smoker is one of the more impressive products we've tested and reviewed.

Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker Review

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Max Good

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 and reviewed their large XL model and award ThermoTemp our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco Drum Smoker Review

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Jerod Broussard

Oklahoma Joe's Bronco is a low cost barrel smoker with hinged lid, gasket, side shelf, wheels, grilling capabilities, adjustable dampers, and ability to smoke low and slow up to 12 hours on one load of charcoal. What’s not to love? Read our review for the details on why we award this relatively low cost phenom our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal!

Weber Traveler Review

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Max Good

If you need a large portable gasser for camping, tailgating or just grilling around town on the weekend, Traveler is a very good choice. There are both less expensive and more expensive cart models, placing Traveler somewhere in a mid-price range. Quality construction and Weber's excellent customer service merit every penny. REad our review to find out why we give Traveler our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

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Max Good

Self described as "small but mighty" the new PKGO is beautiful, elegant, clever, effective, and versatile, yet a little pricey for a small, portable charcoal grill. Nonetheless, with PKGO, you get what you pay for, and that means top quality. We say, "Go Man Go", to PKGO and award it our top, Platinum Medal.

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to find out why PK Grill owners have been in love since 1952. We tested this classic AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning grill. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king. It has thick aluminum construction that retains and radiates heat, tight fitting hinged lid and the twin dampers in both the top and bottom.

Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center Review

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Paul Sidoriak

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.

Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 600 Review

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Max Good

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. Read our review to learn why Flat Tops earn our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Meathead

The Ooni Koda is a superb portable pizza oven capable of making restaurant quality pies in 2 to 3 minutes. Completely redesigned from the ground up, Koda outperforms its predecessor, Ooni 3, in every way. It requires no assembly and is ready to cook right out of the box. We reviewed Koda and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal!

Fireboard 2 Drive FBX2D

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Bill McGrath

FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

ThermoWorks Signals Review

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Bill McGrath

Read our review of the new ThermoWorks Signals, a four-channel Bluetooth/Wi-Fi-enabled remote thermometer with four probes, a Gold Medal Winner.

Tappecue Touch and Airprobe2 Bundle Review

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Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the updated Airprobe2 for use with the Tappecue Touch that exhibits excellent accuracy in a wireless "smart" thermometer probe.

SmartFire Pro 5 Thermostatic Controller Review

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Bill McGrath

Read our review of the latest offerings from SmartFire, an Australian company that makes innovative products aimed at the outdoor smoker user.

Kong 50 Quart Cooler Review

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

This in-depth review showcases the high quality Kong 50-quart cooler. A relatively new player in the cooler field, Elkhart Products only began making and distributing Kong rotomolded coolers in early summer 2017. Elkhart, one of America’s largest custom rotational molding companies has over 30 years’ experience.

A Blender That Pulverizes The Competition

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Clint Cantwell

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.

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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.

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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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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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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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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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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

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Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

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