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Here we have a vast collection of buying guides and reviews for almost every piece of grilling and BBQ equipment you can imagine.

We are highly experienced outdoor cooks here at FoodFireFriends, and own a vast collection of equipment between us. This means we can draw on our experience to seek out the best equipment in many categories, know what to look for — and what to avoid – when researching and recommending products.

Many of our reviews are hands-on, of equipment we actually own and use daily. If we don’t own an item, we spend hours researching customer feedback, other review sites, and more, to get a good feel for what’s hot and what’s not.

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Thermometers

8 Best Instant-Read Thermometers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Being able to check the internal temperature of your food is the only way to ensure correct doneness. For that, you need one of the best instant-read meat thermometers from this guide. We review the top models, discuss their pros and cons, and ultimately help you make the right pick.

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Thermometers

ChefsTemp FinalTouch X10 Instant-Read Meat Thermometer Review

Seriously? Another instant read thermometer? They keep making them, and I keep reviewing them. So join me for a hands-on review of this top-of-the-line unit. It isn’t cheap, but it just might be the last instant read thermometer you ever need to buy.

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Grills

Weber Go Anywhere Charcoal Review — Hands on Testing Results

The weber go anywhere is my favorite grill for taking fishing and camping. It gets a lot of use, so yes, I highly recommend it. Find out why in my hands-on review that discusses build quality, grilling ability, smoking ability, quality of food produced, and more.

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Grills

Biolite Firepit+ Review – A Smoke Less Fire Pit and Grill Combo

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But where there’s fire, there isn’t always smoke! Intrigued? So was I when I first heard about the BioLite FirePit+. Who knew that burning wood needed a tech upgrade? If you’re sick of trying to stay upwind of the campfire smoke, you’re going to love this review.

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Thermometers

Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo Review — A Top Instant Read Thermometer

The Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo is an easy-to-use, accurate, durable, affordable instant-read thermometer that anybody should consider in the market for one. It’s not a premium model with a premium price tag, but it does have premium features. Find out why we love it here.

Charcoal and gas grill photos side by side.
Grills

Charcoal vs Gas Grill: Which is Right for Your Needs?

Here we look at and compare the relative pros and cons of charcoal and gas grills. Comparing factors such as flavor, cost, ease of use, versatility, and more, we pit the grill types against each other, so you can make the right decision of which is best suited to you.

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Grills

The Different Types of Grills, and Choosing the Best One for You!

Learn all about the many types of grills, from different sizes and shapes to the different fuels they use. Also, how they work differently, their advantages and drawbacks, how they compare to one another, the skill level required to use them, and which factors to consider when choosing the best type for you.

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Smokers

Types of Smokers: A Guide to Choosing the Right One for Your Needs

This is your ultimate guide to the different types of smokers. How each type works, their pros and cons, and how they compare, with photos and detailed descriptions so that you can learn about them all in one place, then be able to choose the correct size and type for you!

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Equipment

Ooni Karu 16 Review: I Love it and am Sure You Will Too!

Depending on your point of view, pizza either combines all the food groups into one perfect meal, or it IS a food group all its own. And pizza cooked with a wood-fired open flame — that’s a step above! Let’s check out what might just be a pizza-lover dream come true and see if it can deliver the perfect pizza.

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Grills

BioLite CampStove Complete Cook Kit Review

Because God forbid we ever go anywhere without our cell phones, now there’s a way to recharge yours with fire while you grill a burger or make a pot of coffee. OK, I’m tech-nerdy enough to need to know. What’s up with this new package from BioLite?

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Accessories

Looft Lighter X Review — A Portable Cordless Electric Fire Starter

When your first product is one of the most innovative and straight-up coolest gadgets on the market, what do you do for an encore? That’s the problem Looft faced after the launch of the Looftlighter — now called the Looft Lighter I. How does the new Looft on the block measure up? We’ve got the answer below.

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Thermometers

Meater Block Review — I love it, But it’s Not Without Issues

The MEATER Block multiplies everything great about the single probe version by four! Well, the number of probes, at least. It’s wireless — truly no wires at all — Bluetooth enabled, Wi-Fi enabled, beautiful looking, and guides you through cooks effortlessly from an app.

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Gifts & Books

50 of the Best Grilling Gifts and BBQ Gift Ideas for Meat Smokers in 2024

Any of your loved ones or relatives who like to cook outdoors would LOVE an item or three from this list of the best gifts for BBQ and grilling addicts. Be it Christmas, a birthday, Fathers or Mother's Day, whatever the event, if your special someone loves grilling, they’ll love what you find below.

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Gifts & Books

10 BBQ Gift Basket Ideas — For Christmas, Birthday, Father’s Day…

Who doesn’t love a gift basket? And who wouldn’t love one full of BBQ rubs, sauces, and outdoor cooking paraphernalia? Check out some of the best BBQ gift ideas for the deserving pitmaster in your life that are perfect presents for a birthday, Christmas, or any occasion.

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Gifts & Books

The Best Grilling & BBQ Cookbooks Every Home Pitmaster Should Own

There’s a lot of free information on the web, but the experts still put their best knowledge into books. So if you want to master something and get the best-kept secrets, books are still where it’s at. Here are some of the best cookbooks on BBQ and grilling.

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Accessories

17 Best Grilling, BBQ, and Smoker Accessories in 2024

There are quite literally thousands of accessories marketed toward helping us with our grilling, BBQ, and smoking. But which are any good, and are we happy to recommend? Below we list a massive seventeen items that make outdoor cooking easier and more fun. Go grab a few!

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Grills

10 Best Tailgate Grills of 2024 — Reviews and Buying Guide

In this guide, we research the very best grills for tailgating. Charcoal grills, gas grills, large ones, small ones, some you can smoke on. There’s something for everyone. We review the top 8 contenders and deep dive into what you should consider when choosing, so you end up with the right pick.

Weber go anywhere tabletop grill on a stainless steel table.
Grills

8 Best Tabletop Grills of 2024 — Gas, Electric and Charcoal

Discover nine of the best tabletop grills that are small yet stable, will not damage the table beneath, perform brilliantly, and are highly recommended by us. We review grills running on charcoal, gas and electricity, detailing their features, their pros and cons, and help you choose the right one for you.

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Grills

13 Best Charcoal Grills of 2024 for all Needs and Budgets

This guide reviews the best charcoal grills with different price points, sizes, and features to find the top picks to suit most people. From Kettles and Kamados to portable grills and some capable of smoking, read on to explore our top picks.

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Smokers

The Best Charcoal Smokers of 2024 — Buying Guide and Reviews

These are some of the very best charcoal smokers if you crave the authentic taste of charcoal with your BBQ. We’ve picked and reviewed these great models from all that exist for their great mix of performance and affordability, giving you what we like, what we don’t, and or overall verdicts.

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Thermometers

8 Best Bluetooth Thermometers of 2024 for BBQ and Grilling

Bluetooth thermometers allow you to monitor your cooks remotely using an app on your smartphone. This leaves you able to mingle with guests or monitor the cook with your feet up in front of the TV. Cool, huh? Check out the best ones on the market in our guide.

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Smokers

10 Best Offset Smokers of 2024 — Buying Guide and Reviews

In this guide, we look at and review some of the best low to mid-range, affordable offset smokers available on the market today. We also cover what you should look for when choosing one, what to avoid, and a warning on what sometimes look like bargains!

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Smokers

The Best Electric Smokers of 2024 — Reviews and Buying Guide

If you're looking for an affordable, push-button simple to use smoker, you can't go wrong with electric. If you can use your kitchen oven, you can use an electric smoker. Check out some of the best on the market with our reviews and buying guide.

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Thermometers

Best Smoker Thermometers of 2024 — Tested and Reviewed

Here are the best smoker thermometers available in 2022. A mix of digital, wireless, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled — and even one you can use during rotisserie cooking! There’s something here to suit everybody, with the best in a few categories for all your grilling and BBQ needs.

Bavette steak, crevettes, and broccoli being cooked on a kamado grill and smoker.
Smokers

11 Best Kamado Grills of 2024 — Expert Reviews and Buying Guide

Take a look at the best ceramic kamado grills on the market in our helpful guide full of reviews that looks at 8 different offerings at different price points and sizes. These grills are the Swiss army knives of outdoor cooking, can grill, bake, sear, roast, and more. You’re going to love ‘em!

A weber portable gas grill with side tables and lid open on a grass field.
Grills

The Best Portable Gas Grills and Travel Propane Barbecues for 2024

To enjoy fast lighting grilling on the go, without the mess of charcoal to deal with, choose one of the best portable gas grills in this guide. Below, we have the results from researching the top models on the market and recommend the top picks in a few categories to match different needs.

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Smokers

Best Smokers of 2024, According to Experts and Enthusiasts

A roundup and review of the best smokers you can buy in 2022. We look at the top models in different styles and categories, at various price points, reviewing the top models available today. Could your next smoker be on this list?

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Thermometers

9 Best Wireless Meat Thermometers for Grills and BBQs in 2024

In this guide, we compare and review various wireless meat thermometers, looking at all the pros and cons, and value versus performance to find the best, and help you make the right choice for buying a thermometer for you. We even look at a truly wireless model perfect for rotisserie cooking!

Man lifting lid on a camp chef pellet smoker, inspecting his BBQ brisket.
Smokers

Best Pellet Grills and Smokers of 2024, at All Price Points

With so many on the market, choosing the right pellet smoker is no easy task. From budget to available space, and essential features to the ‘nice to haves’, there’s much to consider. So in this helpful guide, we review the best models, so you can get exactly what you need.

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Grills

12 Best Camping Grills of 2024 — Gas, Charcoal and Wood Burning Options

The best camping grills are small, portable, pack away easily, but must have ample grilling space and be built to last and perform well. Here are our top choices from the dozens available today, with options for different fuels from gas, charcoal, and wood. Your next grill is almost certainly on this page!

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Accessories

Best Charcoal Briquettes — Buying Guide and 7 Top Products for 2024

If you’re looking for the best charcoal briquettes, then this helpful, unbiased buying guide will steer you in the right direction to get the right ones for you. We look at the most popular and highest quality brands, as used by ourselves, experts, professionals, and the keenest amateurs alike.

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Equipment

Best Mail Order Steaks and Online Delivery Services in 2024

With the closing of shops for the pandemic, we had to find alternative ways to load up on the necessities of life. Speaking of which, did you know you can order steaks online? To help you get the best value and the best steaks, let’s take an exhaustive look at the best available mail-order steak services for every niche.

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Equipment

Snake River Farms Review — Updated for 2024, are They Still King?

Thinking about ordering meat online for delivery but not sure who to choose? We’ve got this. This article is one in a series of reviews of major online meat sellers. Today, the spotlight is on Snake River Farms, perhaps THE source for the highest quality USA beef.

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Accessories

The Best Grill Brushes and Cleaning Tools in 2024

Check out the best grill brushes, scrapers, and cleaning tools in our helpful buying guide packed full of advice and product reviews, so you get the right tool for your needs. Not all products are best for all grill or grate types, so read our buying guide for the correct advice!

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Accessories

Fire Me Up: Buying Guide to the Best Charcoal Chimney Starters 2024

A charcoal chimney starter is one of the best, most efficient ways to quickly get a charcoal grill up to cooking temp. Here we review the top models available, discuss their features, their pros and cons, and what you should look for when picking the right model for you.