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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.

ThermoPro TP-826B Wireless Thermometer Reviewed And Rated


Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-826B is a low cost, two channel wireless remote food thermometer that performs well but may be susceptible to environmental conditions. It gets a Silver Medal for value.

FireBoard Spark Instant Read Thermometer Reviewed And Rated


Bill McGrath

The FireBoard Spark is an innovative product that extends the feature list of capabilities to a new level, earning it a Platinum Medal for product excellence in both workmanship and performance.

Steakhouse Steaks Made Easy: Everything You need To Know To Grill Beef Steaks Like A Pro

By Meathead with David Joachim

Whenever steak is on the menu, it’s a special occasion. 

The most frequent question we get is: How do the great steakhouses do it? How do they cook perfect steaks every time, with sizzling, dark, flavorful crusts, evenly done from edge to edge on the inside, tender and juicy, with big, bold, beefy flavor?

In this […]

Gozney Dome Dual Fuel Oven Review


Dave Joachim

When the Gozney Dome pizza oven went on sale to the public in 2021, it sold out in 8 hours. We tested the dual fuel version (wood or gas) and were blown away by its versatility, performance, and design. Read our complete review of this Platinum Award winner.

Masterbuilt 40-inch Digital Charcoal Smoker Review


Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

Masterbuilt’s 40-inch Digital Charcoal Smoker marries technology, convenience, and affordability without sacrificing authentic charcoal and wood flavor. With a high-capacity vertical orientation, superior temperature control, and hands-off ease of use, it offers a lot of convenience and genuine smoke flavor for your dollar. 

Turkey On The Grill Or Smoker Made Easy : The Best Turkey Of Your Life And Side Dishes For Thanksgiving With More Than 25 Great Tested Recipes Including Authentic Disney Turkey Legs – Version 2

Create the best turkey of your life and side dishes for Thanksgiving (or basically any time of the year) with our downloadable e-book.

Ñuke Puma Review


Dave Joachim

The Ñuke Puma is a Santa Maria style grill made by hand in Argentina. It burns wood or charcoal and the removable V-shaped grill grates are adjustable from 4 to 23 inches above the coals with Puma's signature crank wheel. This stylish entry into the premium Santa Maria and gaucho grill market also has a front door lined with fire brick and comes with a rolling cart, fire poker, shovel, and enameled cast iron griddle. Read our complete review of this Gold Medal winning grill.

Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill Review


Max Good

Just when we thought we’d seen everything in the world of kamados, Kalamazoo unveils their striking Shokunin Kamado Grill. Kalamazoo occupies a rarefied space in the BBQ cosmos with some of the best grills money can buy, and you'll need a lot of money to buy one. They can cost as much as a car! We give this unique, ultra-luxury kamado our Platinum Medal. Read our review to learn why.

Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 Review



The new Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 is an upgraded version of their Gourmet 256. We have never tested and reviewed a finer charcoal grill. Hasty Bake easily earns our Best Value Platinum 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.

Green Mountain Grills Ledge (Formerly Daniel Boone) Prime Pellet Smoker Review


Dave Joachim

The Ledge 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!

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review


Max Good

Iconic Weber Kettles are some of the most popular and respected backyard grills in the world. Those who've mastered a kettle can do everything on it from grill a steak to bake a cake and these Summit Kamados are kettles on steroids. If you like your Weber Kettle, you'll love their Kamados. We give these babies our Best Value Platinum Medals!

ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Instant Read Thermometer Review


Bill McGrath

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is a new instant read thermometer with solid construction, accuracy, response time, and water resistance. Read our complete review.

Weber Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill Review


Max Good

The Weber Genesis II SX-335 three burner with sear burner and side burner is, at its core, a wonderful gas grill. The electronics are disappointing but this grill still cooks like nobody's business. We're giving Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill our Bronze Medal, with qualifications.

Z Grills 450B Review


John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Z Grills 450B is part of their Basic Series and, true to the name, it is a straightforward, no frills, mid-size pellet smoker. This generic model looks like many other value priced pellet smokers and has similar features and performance. It competes with lower priced models from Camp Chef and Pit Boss and is worth a look if you're on a tight budget. Read our review to learn why it gets our Best Value Silver Medal.

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

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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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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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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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

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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