Grill and Smoker Reviews
The Traeger Flatrock griddle is more expensive than most residential griddles, but unique features and a hefty build quality set it a few paces ahead of many competitors’ models available at the time of this writing. Is the Flatrock worth its equally hefty price point? Read our review to find out.
Weber aims to capitalize on the rising popularity of backyard griddling with their new, stand-alone griddles, griddle inserts and suite of griddle accessories. In recent years Weber had a couple high profile roll outs that, uncharacteristically, seemed forced into the market before ready. And boy did they take a shellacking on the internet. These griddles are bulletproof. Click here to learn why.
We always advise our readers to stay away from cheap offset smokers and jump straight to high-quality, heavy metal models. But Char-Griller’s Grand Champ provides an intermediate alternative; not cheap as the $200 tin can models, but way less than classic quarter-inch steel competition smokers.
Interested in making restaurant-quality pizzas at home? Ooni’s Karu 16 burns charcoal or wood and they offer an optional gas burner which we highly recommend. Although we have a few criticisms, Karu 16 still gets our thumbs up!
Weber’s popular Genesis Gas Grills are a perfect option for those who have grown tired of constantly replacing cheap entry-level gassers and want better quality, performance, and durability. Weber’s 2022 models are, in many ways, the best Genesis lineup yet!
Slow ‘N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a portable 18″ charcoal grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Weber’s iconic kettle grill, the manufacturer has introduced a limited edition version of their 22″ charcoal grill! Learn more about what makes it so unique by reading our full platinum medal review of the anniversary kettle grill.
Pit Barrel Cookers’ original 18.5″ upright barrel smoker is a perennial favorite among our readers. In 2017, they introduced a smaller, 14″ model called Pit Barrel Junior. Now they go big with the 55-gallon 22.5″ PBX for larger cooks. This affordable barrel smoker excels in capacity, flavor, and ease of use.
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.
The Green Mountain Grills TREK Prime 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 AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.
An outstanding backyard pizza oven at a reasonable price
Gozney makes a range of rock-solid commercial pizza ovens, and this backyard version has been highly anticipated among home cooks. When it went on sale to the public in 2021, the Dome sold out in 8 hours. We were lucky enough to test drive the dual fuel […]
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 AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Read our review to learn why.
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 AmazingRibs.com 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.
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 AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medals!
Big commercial smokers like the Ole Hickory EL-EDX are made for the high output needs of restaurants and caterers. Pitmasters around the country swear by them. Read our review to find out why.
Published On: 9/2/2020
Last Modified: 11/16/2022