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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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GrillGrates Take You To
The Infrared Zone


Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces.

The Smokenator:
A Necessity For All Weber Kettles

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Gold BBQ Award If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here to read more.

The Pit Barrel Cooker

pit barrel c ooker bbqAbsolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world.

This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).

Gold BBQ AwardBest of all, it is only $289 delivered to your door!

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

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

Gold BBQ AwardMade of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.

Amp Up The Smoke

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Gold BBQ AwardMo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen that gets in so the wood smokes and never bursts into flame. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals, or stand it on edge at the back of your grill. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Mine has survived mor than 50 cooks. Click for more info.

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

Gold BBQ AwardThe same knives used at Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, and Morton's. Machine washable, high-carbon stainless steel, hardwood handle. And now they have the AmazingRibs.com imprimatur. Click for more info.

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Thermometers. The thermometer on your grill is lying to you.

Best BBQ accessories & gadgets. Tools and toys that make you a better outdoor cook.

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The AmazingRibs.com Top 10 Value Gas Grills, Charcoal Grills, and Smokers - NEW 4/4/2014

If you are shopping for a new grill or smoker, start with our Top 10 Value lists. We think these are the 30 best values on the market this year in a wide range of prices. Don't see what you want? Use the search box to the left and you should also read the articles below to make sure you get what you need.

What fuel is right for you? Pros and cons of logs, wood pellets, charcoal, gas, and electric.

Charcoal grills vs. gas grills. Let's settle this once and for all.

How to buy a grill. A checklist of things to look for before you buy.

How to buy a smoker. A checklist of things to look for before you buy.

Charcoal grills. Still the versatility champ, and still the best way to sear a steak.

Gas grills. Nothing beats gas for convenience.

Electric grills. They're really just glorified electric frying pans.

Charcoal and wood smokers. Tip top flavors, some are super easy to use, and others are a pain.

Egg, ceramic, and other kamado-style grill/smokers. Heavily insulated, these are very efficient smokers. Not ideal for steaks.

Pellet grill/smokers. Thermostat control, and you're cooking with wood. Amazing tools, but not good for searing.

Gas smokers. No messy charcoal, steady temps, good flavor, and cheap.

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Electric smokers. Set it and forget it. Alas, flavor is inferior.

Stovetop smokers. Smoke indoors or on camping trips.

Small portable grills. For the balcony, beach, boat, and tailgating.

Pig, lamb, goat roasters. For the party animal in you.

Large capacity, trailers, and commercial smokers. Ready to start catering, competing, or open a restaurant?

Pizza ovens. For the best pizzas, rustic breads, and more.

Stainless steel. Is it a good choice?

Designing an outdoor kitchen. How to plan an outdoor living space.

Grills gone wild. Need a laugh?

homer hates his grillYou need more than a grill and a smoker

Thermometer guide. Cooking without good digital thermometers is like driving at night without headlights. Dial thermometers are technology from the 1800s and they are often waaaay off. Don't be making excuses for overcooked meat, or apologies in the hospital.

Best BBQ accessories & gadgets. Here are the cool tools and toys that will make you a better outdoor cook.

Required kitchen accessories & gadgets. What every kitchen needs.

Grill grates. What's best, what's worst. And it's not cast iron.

Grate cleaning tools. The best way to get rid of the gunk.

Charcoal starters. One method is best, one method is worst, the others, meh.

Our favorite regional BBQ sauces. There are so many great sauces. Here are some that we think represent the style of their region.

Cookbooks, books, and mags. Our favorite reading.

Tunes for barbecue. Make your own mix tape of barbecue, food, and drink music.

Extension cords for pellet smokers, electric smokers, and electric grills.  Let's not start a fire.

Aprons, T-shirts, more. Fun things to wear and more.

Parts to repair, modify, and upgrade your cooker. Revive the old warhorse.

Injectors. Quit brining, start injecting.

Bar necessities. What you need to serve drinks in style.

All about corkscrews. They do not have to be torture devices.

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