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Oklahoma Joe’s Bandera Vertical Offset Smoker Reviewed And Rated


Robert F. Moss, Editor & BBQ Historian

Oklahoma Joe’s Bandera is a compact but capacious offset smoker thanks to its unusual upright vertical design. Though there are a few challenges to work around, the versatile unit is well-suited for the cook who wants to get a little more serious about smoking meats, fish, and vegetables over wood but isn’t ready to invest in a high-end offset cooker. Find out more about this entry-level offset cooker with our complete review and rating.

Char-Broil Cruise Gas Grill Reviewed And Rated


Max Good

Char-Broil bills their Cruise thermostatically controlled gas grill as, "the next generation of gas grilling….." For years, cried out for thermostatic control on gas grills to replace vague LOW, MED, and HIGH control knob settings with specific temperatures so we were excited to see if Char-Broil delivers. Read our full review and find out our rating!

Flame King Cylinder Refill Kit Saves Money And The Environment


Big Jim Maivald

The Flame King refill kit offers an easy and affordable means to refill 1 lb. propane cylinders to save money and the environment.

ThermoPro TP-930 Wireless Meat Thermometer Reviewed And Rated


Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-930 is a four-channel wireless thermometer that communicates with Android and Apple phones. It earns a Gold Medal.

ThermoPro TP-910 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer Reviewed And Rated


Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-910 is a two-channel wireless thermometer that communicates with Android and Apple phones. It earns a Silver Medal.

ThermoPro TP-511 Digital Candy Thermometer Reviewed And Rated


Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-511 thermometer is designed for candy making and frying, featuring a long probe. We give it a Gold Medal overall.

ThermoPro TP-450 Dual Laser Infrared Temperature Gun Reviewed And Rated


Bill McGrath

In search of a quality infrared temperature gun? We have thoroughly reviewed the ThermoPro TP-450, featuring a unique two-laser aiming system that can be used to measure the surface temperature of any object.

June Oven Premium Review


Max Good

In the market for the perfect multi-function smart oven? June is versatile, effective, and fun! A few concerns arose in our tests, but whatever reservations we had were eclipsed by our love for the unit during the testing process. We award The June Oven our top Platinum Medal.

Sneak Peek: 2022 Traeger Timberline and Timberline XL Review


Max Good

Some exciting enhancements are underway at Traeger and we got a sneak peek before the official rollout of their new and updated Timberline models on March 30, 2022.

Meat And Seafood Suppliers Who Sell Online And Mail Order

Many of our favorite meat suppliers now ship right to your door. Here are some suppliers of prime rib roasts, aged ribeyes, wagyu brisket, Berkshire pork, and other meats we love.

Great BBQ And Other Food Products Delivered Straight To Your Door

We're always on the lookout for excellent food to recommend. Now, some of our favorite BBQ joints ship ribs, pulled pork and brisket direct to you, as well as countless other restaurants and food brands.

EndGrain: The Cadillac Of Cutting Boards


Clint Cantwell

Selecting the right cutting board isn't always a simple task but the team at EndGrain make it easier with this rated and reviewed collection of premium wood boards.

Texas Brisket Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive



Beef brisket, Texas-style, is the Mt. Everest of barbecue. It is the most challenging of all meats. But, if you let us be your sherpa, we can get you to the top. If you’ve ever wanted to create a smoked brisket at home just as good, if not better, than the top BBQ joints then this brisket Deep Dive Guide is for you!

Hasty Bake Legacy 131 Reviewed And Rated


Max Good

We love Hasty Bake! The clever and unique design features enable you to easily grill, smoke or roast whatever you like. We have never tested and reviewed finer charcoal grills than Hasty Bake, and the Legacy is their most popular model. We award the Hasty Bake Legacy 131 our top Platinum Medal.

Green Mountain Grills TREK Review


Bill McGrath

The Green Mountain Grills TREK is a portable pellet cooker that is small and light enough to use for tailgating but large and sturdy enough for the back patio, too. Well-constructed and with excellent documentation, it is an excellent choice for a portable smoker and earns our Best Value Platinum Medal.


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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.

Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review

Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

3 burner gas grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review

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

kamado grill
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.

Click here for our article on this exciting cooker

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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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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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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