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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.

A brisket slicing knife sat between a halved and sliced brisket on pink butcher paper.
Equipment

Best Knife For Slicing Brisket — Nice Slice, no Hacking, no Tearing!

This guide looks at the best knives for slicing for brisket that will not snag, need hacking, or ruin the presentation. The perfect brisket is very tender and can be hard to slice perfectly without it falling apart. You need the right tool for the job, one of the knives we review below.

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Smokers

Z Grills Multitasker 11002B Pellet Grill With Wi-Fi Review

If I had a dollar (or peso or pound or florin) for every “game-changer” on the market, I wouldn’t be at my keyboard on a Saturday! Here’s a review of another so-called game-changing piece of kit — Z Grills’s first pellet grill with Wi-Fi. Hmmm… you know what? This one may live up to the hype!

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Grills

Weber Spirit EPX-325S GBS Review From a Real Owner

Is there such a thing as too many accessories? That’s just one of the questions we’ll answer in our in-depth review of the Weber Spirit EPX-325S GBS, a remarkable new grill that seeks to redefine “fully featured” in the gas barbecue segment.

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Thermometers

Thermoworks Signals with Billows Review – Hands on Testing and Results

It’s a great day when I get my hands on some new grilling gear! I’m excited to try out my new ThermoWorks Signals BBQ Alarm Thermometer and put it through its paces. And I’ll share my results with you, so you know whether this is worth your money or if there’s a better choice for you.

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Thermometers

FireBoard 2 Review — With Drive Blower Temperature Controller

It’s not so scary picking up a low-cost bit of grilling gear on spec and trying it out. What are you out if it’s not so hot? When the MSRP is well into 3 figures, however (all of them left of the decimal point!), it’s less easy to talk yourself into it. No worries — I took the plunge for you and bought a brand new FireBoard 2 Drive with Blower. Here’s my no holds barred review.

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Thermometers

Weber iGrill 3 Review – Could This be the Right Thermometer for You?

Repping (as the kids say) your favorite brands can sometimes go too far. Like wearing designer underwear. This extends to barbecue, too; who out there owns a hat emblazoned with a grill logo? I’m not immune to it, either — witness my purchase of the Weber iGrill 3. Useless as designer boxers or a must-have accessory? All will be revealed. Except my undies.

inkbird ibt-4xs isolated on black.
Thermometers

Inkbird IBT-4XS Review — Bluetooth Smoker and Grill Thermometer

Looking for a 4-probe, Bluetooth-enabled wireless thermometer? In the following review, find out what we like, what could be improved, and our overall thoughts and feelings on the Inkbird IBT-4XS. Bottom line up front: It’s great value for the money, though there are better ones out there for extra money.

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Thermometers

ThermoPro TP826 Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer Review

Can’t figure out which wireless thermometer is right for you? Not even sure if you need a wireless thermometer? Here’s an unbiased, hands-on review of the ThermoPro TP826 to help you decide. And spoiler alert: You do need one if you want repeatable success on your grill!

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Thermometers

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE Review: Worth it or Not?

You ever buy a fancy do-dad and wonder if you’re just “paying for the name”? I often get that feeling when I drop some money on a big-name grilling gadget that at least a dozen other companies sell their version of for less. So, I’m putting one of my latest to the test to see if it’s worthy of the budget-bending price tag attached.

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Grills

Weber Master Touch Review

Because you can never have too many grills, I picked up a new Weber Master-Touch 22” charcoal grill to review and test, and – hopefully – enjoy some great food to boot. Let’s check it out together and see whether or not you need one in your life.

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Smokers

Camp Chef Woodwind Review — Wi-Fi 36 Pellet Grill With Sidekick

In this Camp Chef Woodwind review, you’ll learn how this fully-featured, technologically advanced pellet grill can level up your grilling game and help you smoke glorious food with minimum effort. We dive into all of its features, pros and cons, and end with our overall verdict on whether it’s worth your money.

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Thermometers

Weber iGrill 2 Review, a Bluetooth Dual Probe Thermometer for Your Grill

If you’re looking for a new thermometer, and are already invested in the Weber brand with your grills, perhaps you are considering the iGrill 2 Bluetooth enabled, four-probe offering? It’s well-rated, so it is worthy of all the hype? How will it perform in our hands-on tests? Read on to find out.

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Thermometers

Maverick PT-75 Temp & Time Instant Read Thermometer Review

Review time! We’re going hands-on with the Maverick PT-75 to see how well it performs and what it does that makes it worth considering as your next digital instant-read thermometer. Maverick is an industry-standard company in capable and affordable grill and smoker thermometers, have they continued in the same vein with this product?

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Grills

Napoleon TravelQ Pro285 Review

Who said barbecuing was limited to huge grills parked in your backyard? Not me! I grill wherever I go, and I’m always looking for the best cooker to join me and the fam on our adventures. Is this the ideal camping cookout companion? Let’s find out together!

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Smokers

My Review of the Kamado Joe Jr After 2 Years of Ownership

I already owned a pair of Kamado Joe grills before buying the Jr and starting this review. I promise you, though, I’m no blindly allegiant fanboy! I love my barbecued food too much to put up with junky gear. So how does the Kamado Joe Junior measure up? Let’s find out together!

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Thermometers

GrillEye Max Wireless Digital Barbecue Thermometer Review

Time is money — but temperature is the key to perfect grilling and smoking! That’s why I’m reviewing the GrillEye Max digital barbecue and smoker thermometer, a device that tests my theory that you can’t have too many probe ports. Read on to see if the Dr. Octopus of thermometers is right for you.

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Thermometers

ThermoPro TP620 Instant Read Meat Thermometer Review

To paraphrase the classic slacker film Clerks, there’s a million fine looking thermometers in the world, dude. But, they don’t all have an auto-rotating display. I’m testing out the ThermoPro TP620 to see if it’s a keeper or just flashy eye candy that looks good but lets you down in the end.

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Thermometers

BBQ Guru UltraQ Temperature Controller Review

A virtual BBQ assistant that monitors the temperature of my cooker and my food, and automatically adjusts the cooker’s temperature for optimal results? Bring it! This may be the next best thing to a robot grillmaster. Read on to learn all about the BBQ Guru UltraQ temperature controller.

The Z Grills 700D pellet grill sitting on a patio next to a kamado grill.
Smokers

Z Grills 700D Wood Pellet Grill Review — Hands On, With Cook Results

So, you couldn’t hold out any longer; after seeing so many videos and blogs, you decided you HAVE to own a pellet grill. I’m not here to talk you out of it. Far from it — I want to introduce you to the Z Grills 700D wood pellet grill. It could be exactly what you’re after.

Small meats and vegetables being grilled on a grill mat.
Accessories

Are Grill Mats Safe? Fear of Toxic Fumes and Chemicals

We've noticed many people questioning the safety of grill mat use, stating that they give off toxic fumes. So we decided to dig into the details in a search for the truth and give ourselves the confidence to keep on using them. Which we have and will do!

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Accessories

Kettle Grill Cart Plans, and Detailed Steps on How to Build it

These grill cart plans show you step-by-step how to make your own grill cart with storage and work surfaces for a 22-inch kettle grill. With exact dimensions, materials list, tools required, and step-by-step illustrated diagrams and images to help you every step of the way.

A flame boss 500 and a BBQGuru UltraQ side by side in two separate photos.
Thermometers

Flame Boss vs BBQ Guru — Here We Compare Their Top Models

Automatic temperature controllers can add a set-it-and-forget-it feature to most charcoal smokers, so you can chill with guests while knowing everything is still under control without constant attention. Two of the best and most popular manufacturers are BBQ guru and Flame Boss. How do they compare? Which are best? Let’s find out.

A gas grill with frying pan, bratwurst and steaks cooking.
Grills

Propane Vs Natural Gas Grills — Why Choose One Over the Other?

What are the differences between propane and natural gas grills? Besides the fuel supply, of course, there are some meaningful distinctions, and pros and cons of each. We look at those here to help you decide which you should buy and why because the answer isn’t the same for everyone.

Mark Jenner leaning on a Masterbuilt 30 electric smoker, brand-new still in its box.
Smokers

Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker Review — Recommended, or Not?

Is the Masterbuilt 30 worth buying? Do we recommend it? Find out in our helpful hands-on review that looks into this model in-depth, discussing its pros and cons, what we like and don’t, plus its real-world cooking performance, to see if it’s right for you.

a camp chef woodwind classic pellet grill on a paved patio.
Smokers

What is a Pellet Grill? How do They Work? A Quick Overview

This guide breaks down what a pellet smoker is and how they work. We look at all the major components, such as the hopper, auger, fire pot, and digital controller, and detail how they work together to create an easy-to-use, highly capable and controllable BBQ smoker.

moinks and wings inside a Z grills 700D pellet smoker.
Smokers

Should You Buy a Pellet Smoker? — Pros and Cons of Pellet Grills

This guide looks at the pros and cons of pellet grills compared to other types of smokers, so you can decide if they are right for you. We look at and discuss their ease of use, the quality of food they produce, how much cleaning and maintenance is required, and more.

An electric smoker on a wooden balcony, door open and stuffed with food to smoke.
Smokers

Are Electric Smokers Any Good? — Top 7 Reasons to Buy One

What makes electric smokers so easy-to-use, great for beginners and pros alike, and why might you want to own one? Here are our top reasons why you might want to buy one and why we think electric smokers are actually pretty good.

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Equipment

Types of Knife Sharpeners — Cutting Edge Advice on all Options

There are 4 main different types of knife sharpeners, and knowing which one is best suited to you may not be immediately apparent. That is, unless you read our guide. Join us as we detail and compare electric, handheld manual, sharpening systems and whetstone sharpeners.

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Grills

Weber Original Kettle 22 Inch Charcoal Grill Review

The grill that started a grilling revolution, the original kettle from Weber. Barely changed from its initial design in many decades, and for good reason. See why we — and everyone else — loves it in our hands on review of this charcoal grilling classic. Do we still think its value for money?

weber smokey joe on a stainless steel table.
Grills

Weber Smokey Joe Review — 14″ Portable Charcoal Grill

Is the weber smokey Joe a capable, portable charcoal grill? Or is your money better spent elsewhere? Find out in our hands-on review covering build quality, usability, performance, pros and cons, and value for money. You will also want to read my essential advice on model selection!

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Smokers

Weber Smokey Mountain Review — an All-Time Best First Smoker

The Weber Smokey Mountain is the most popular beginner charcoal smoker on the market. It is consistently recommended to beginners yet still used and loved by many competition pros because it’s that good! Learn all about its features, performance, pros and cons, in my hands-on review after years of use.

Maverick ET732 thermometer receiver isolated on black.
Thermometers

Maverick ET 732 Review — Long Range, Dual Probe Meat Thermometer

The Maverick ET732 is a very popular digital remote wireless meat thermometer used for many years by countless outdoor cooks to help them grill and smoke accurately. Discover what’s good and bad about it, and whether we are happy to recommend it in our hands-on review.

Contents of Thermopro tp20 thermometer box laid out on a chopping board.
Thermometers

Thermopro TP20 Review — Is it a Good Thermometer Worth Your Money?

Is the ThermoPro TP20 with its extra features worth considering over the more affordable TP08? How does it compare to its competitors? Is it reliable? Is it worth dropping your hard-earned money on? Check out our thoughts in this helpful, unbiased, hands-on review.

Thermopro TP08 in use with a red kamado Joe classic.
Thermometers

ThermoPro TP-08 Review — Wireless, Dual Probe BBQ Thermometer

The ThermoPro TP08 is an affordable, reliable, durable wireless thermometer I have in my tool kit that gets constant use. In this hands-on review, learn its features, pros and cons, how it measures up against the competition, and why I am happy to use and recommend it.

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Accessories

Kick Ash Basket Review — What is it, and Why Do You Need One?

The kick ash basket promises to increase airflow, allowing for a hotter fire when desired, as well as greater control at lower temperatures. It also enables you to separate out and reuse unburned fuel with a simple shake at the end of a cook. Here are our thoughts in our hands-on review.

Meater+ thermometer in its charging block on a wooden table.
Thermometers

Meater and Meater Plus Wireless Thermometer Review and Testing

The Meater is the first — and only — truly wireless thermometer, with not a single wire in sight! Essential for rotisserie cooking with no wires that can tangle on the rotating spit, but an excellent all-rounder for all grilling and smoking too. Check it out in our hands-on review.

The end of a Looftlighter shown blowing flames on lit charcoal.
Accessories

Looftlighter Review — an Electric BBQ Fire Starter So Hot, It’s Cool

An electric Fire starter that looks a little like a lightsaber, gets a charcoal grill going quickly, and saves money over regularly buying firelighters. What’s not to like? In this review, I take a detailed look at the Looftlighter, what it is, how it’s used, its pros and cons, and more.

Close up of Flame boss 500 controlling a Kamado Joe Big Joe 3.
Thermometers

Flame Boss 500 Review, A Hands-On look at this Wi-Fi Smoker Controller

My flame boss 500 gets used at least weekly, which should tell you something about my overall opinion on this product. But discover my exact thoughts on it, with a discussion of the good and the bad, and whether I think it’s worth your money, in my unbiased, hands-on review.

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Grills

Weber Genesis II E-310 Review — is This the Gas Grill for You?

The Genesis is one of Weber's premium lines of grills, well-built, feature-rich, and made for those who want the very best and are willing to pay for it. Have they hit the mark? Find out in our review where we put it through its paces and compare it to the rest of the field.

gas vs charcoal smoker, written above one photo of each side by side.
Smokers

Gas vs Charcoal Smoker — Which is Best, or Better, FOR YOU?!

What do we consider best between gas and charcoal smokers? Charcoal...but why? And we also say this with caveats because what’s best for us is not best for everyone. So find out in our latest comparison style article, looking at all the pros and cons, which type will be best for you.