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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.
The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff
If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.
The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof
Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.
GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and 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 to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.
The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).
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 in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!
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 much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.
The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One
The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. 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.
The Thermoworks Chef Alarm is a leave-in-food or leave-in-oven thermometer with a probe attached to the end of a flexible cable. The display unit would remain outside the oven/grill and provides the current probe temperature, min and max temperatures, upper and lower alarm settings and has a count-down timer function. The probe is designed to operate at oven temperatures, but the display unit should not be left in the oven or smoker. There are several different probes that are available for this unit that expand its capabilities. (See the probe purchasing link below.) You could have two probes in food and a third that measures the oven temperature, and plug one in at a time to monitor the different temperatures. Some probes respond quickly enough to use this unit as an instant-read thermometer.
The unit comes with a right-angle probe, a pot clip to hold the probe, a display unit, a carrying/storage case and instructions. The instructions are clear and complete. The back of the instruction sheet has temperature recommendations for various kinds of food, including candy temps. The display housing is well-made. The hard storage case has handy pockets to store the probe and display units, and zips closed.
When the unit is first turned on, the min/max readings are cleared. The unit remembers whether you're working in F or C, and the alarm settings are retained. The timer is reset on power off. The latter feature allows you to set a cooking time that will trigger an alarm when it reaches zero. It can be set up to 99 hrs and 59 minutes. If set to zero, it will act as a count-up timer. There is also an adjustable-volume audible alarm if the probe should drop below a minimum temperature or above a maximum, both user settable. The alarm function can be turned on and off. A backlight button will turn on the illumination for 20 seconds. There is a magnet on the back of the display to allow attaching it to a steel surface. The unit can also be calibrated to within 1º accuracy.
The manufacturer's contact information - address, web and telephone are on the instruction sheet, which is in English only. There is no certificate of calibration.
We give this unit a Platinum recommendation for its accuracy, reasonable speed, price, quality of construction and ease of use.
Meathead's Notes From the Field:
"The probes are thinner than any thermistor I've seen and read within five seconds so ChefAlarm can be used as an instant read, and best of all, the new Pro-Series silicon coated cables are waterproof and submersible so there is no risk of damaging them with rain or when cleaning, a common problem with the metal braided probes common on other meters."
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