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Grill and Smoker Reviews

Weber 70th Anniversary Edition Kettle Charcoal Grill 22″ Review

By:

Max Good

Are you cuckoo for kettles? Then hold onto your briquets kids, ‘cause I’ve got a doozie for you! Introducing Weber’s 70th Anniversary Edition Kettle Charcoal Grill 22”! Learn more about what makes it so unique by reading our full platinum medal review of the anniversary kettle grill.

Pit Barrel Cooker 22.5” PBX Reviewed

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

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 large backyard cooks, competitions, catering, and even restaurants. This affordable barrel smoker excels in capacity, flavor, and ease of use. Check out our full platinum medal review.

Hasty Bake Legacy 131 Reviewed And Rated

By:

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

By:

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 AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

Gozney Dome Dual Fuel Oven Review

By:

Dave Joachim

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 […]

Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill Review

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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 AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Read our review to learn why.

Hasty Bake Gourmet PRO 258 Review

By:

Meathead

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.

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

sIconic 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!

Ole Hickory EL-EDX Commercial Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

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.

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

By:

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.

MAK Grills 2 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

Meathead

MAK took the pellet world by storm and quickly developed a reputation as a best in class producer largely due to their sophisticated “Pellet Boss” controller. MAK makes some of our favorite pellet smokers that we’ve ever tested and reviewed, easily winning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

Hasty Bake 357 PRO

By:

Meathead

Our new favorite charcoal grill is the Hasty Bake 357 PRO. It is just about the perfect charcoal grill/smoker combo. The core concepts of the design go back to 1948. Since then, Hasty Bake has refined and polished off the rough edges. We tested and reviewed their new 357 PRO which easily earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22″ Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber Kettles enjoy evergreen popularity from one generation to the next. They are durable and you can cook just about anything you want on them. Pile up coal on one side to sear steaks or set up 2-zone roasting, We tested and reviewed these iconic grills. You can’t go wrong with our Platinum Medal winning Weber kettles.

Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco Drum Smoker Review

By:

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!

Blackstone Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer Review

By:

Paul Sidoriak

Read our review of this cool combo cooker. With its ample cooking area, solid performance, and versatility for both griddle grilling and deep frying large amounts of food outdoors, the Blackstone Range Top Combo with Bonus Fryer easily earns a Platinum Medal.

Published On: 9/2/2020 Last Modified: 12/12/2020

 

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart 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 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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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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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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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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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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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

Green Mountain’s portable Trek 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 Trek from your smart phone or laptop.

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