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Weber Traveler Review


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.

Spark Grill Review


Max Good

Everyone is talking about the sexy new Spark Grill. It catches your eye and draws you in, then throws roadblocks in the way. We wonder if Spark's uncommon effort to improve on the simple, tried and true, beloved charcoal grill will come to fruition. Read our review to learn why we don't currently recommend it.

Tappecue Touch and Airprobe2 Bundle Review


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.

Yummly Wireless Meat Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the Yummly Wireless Meat Thermometer, a fully wireless "smart" thermometer that simultaneously measures food and ambient temperatures and communicates this info to your smart phone.

MeatStick X Wireless Food Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the MeatStick X, a fully wireless "smart" thermometer that simultaneously measures food and ambient temperatures and communicates this info to your smart phone.

SnS Grills SnS-100 Instant Read Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

The SNS Grills SNS-100 instant read thermometer is a full-featured hand-held food thermometer that displays good accuracy, quick response time, an ambidextrous readout, and a backlight in a waterproof package. Check out our full product review.

Burch Barrel Review


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.

ThermoPro TP-15H Instant Read Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

Read our review of the ThermoPro TP-15H, a fast instant-read food thermometer that had excellent accuracy and is built to allow rinsing under running water

ThermoPro TP-27B Wireless Meat Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

Read our review of the ThermoPro TP-27B four-channel wireless remote food thermometer. This well-made unit has all the features you're likely to need at a low price.

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review


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.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2-Burner Review


Clint Cantwell

Part of the Everdure Grills by Heston Blumenthal collection of smokers and grills, the FORCE is a 48-inch, 2-burner propane gas grill that comes with a stand. There is no arguing that the FORCE looks cool, but our review shows the grill falls short in several areas, especially given its approximately $900 price tag.

Oklahoma Joe’s Rider DLX Pellet Grill Review


Max Good

Oklahoma Joe's Rider DLX Pellet Grill has some very unique and clever features: a lever that shifts from smoke to sear and the best pellet hopper clean out system we've seen. During our testing and review we found a lot to like about OKJ's Rider DLX, but some serious flaws prevent us from recommending it at this time.

Maverick PT-51 Instant Read Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

Read our comprehensive review of the Maverick PT-51 instant read food thermometer that garnered excellent accuracy scores at a very reasonable price.

Green Mountain Grills Wood Fired Pizza Attachment Review


Dave Joachim

Want to get more from your pellet smoker? How about wood-fired pizza? The Green Mountain Grills Wood Fired Pizza Attachment expands the capabilities of your pellet cooker far beyond low and slow smoking. Read our review to see just how hot this inexpensive attachment gets and to see the gorgeous pizzas we baked on it.

GreenPan Valencia Pro Nonstick Pan Review



The new breed of nonstick ceramic pots and pans are by far the best of any nonsticks, and GreenPan is at the top of the pack. As slippery as a pickpocket, this pan allows eggs to slide out like a downhill skier. Check out our review of GreenPan nonstick pans, which have several advantages over Teflon.

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

Napoleon’s NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here’s A Great Buy!

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!
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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.
Click here to read our detailed review

If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow ‘N’ Sear

The Slow ‘N’ Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.
Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool