Ratings Guide: Reviews of the Best Grills, Smokers, Accessories, Sauces, and Rubs

Here’s a running list – with brief descriptions and links to reviews – of all my favorite grills, smokers, cooking equipment, accessories, and barbecue supplies.

Make sure to leave comments with your favorite gear so I can try it out and add it to the list!

Grills and Smokers

 

Weber Smokey Mountain (Walmart)- this is the bread and butter of every backyard cook’s collection. This was the first smoker I bought over a decade ago, and it’s still the one I use most often. It’s super easy to use, produces very consistent results, and has great capacity for the price. There’s also a huge online WSM community where you can find detailed instructions to cook anything, as well as detailed steps on how to mod your cooker. It comes in 14.5″, 18.5″, and 22.5″ options, but for most people, I recommend the 18.5″ version. That will be plenty big enough to smoke two briskets at once (and with a bit of modding, you can easily add a third cooking grate as well). (added 8/30/2019)

BBQ Sauces

“One bite, everyone knows the rules…”

  • Heinz Memphis Style Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce – very good, tastes like a sweet chili sauce – OU FISH – Rating: 7.3 (added 9/2/2019)
  • Heinz Sweet & Smoky Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce – typical BBQ sauce, tasty, not cloyingly sweet – OU FISH – Rating: 6.1 (added 9/2/2019)
  • Sweet Baby Rays Sweet Vidalia Onion – very sweet, ketchupy, small onion bits – Rating: 5.2 (added 8/31/2019)

Essential Grilling Gear

Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves, 5 Mil – I love these disposable gloves. I use the XL size and I wear them on top of cheap glove liners. They are waterproof, and stand up really well to a hot grill. (added 9/1/2019)

 

Liners to go underneath your your disposable gloves. I use these constantly. They let you work with great dexterity, yet they are still thick enough to protect your hands from the hot grill in most situations. (added 9/1/2019)

 

Vacuum Sealer Rolls – we order meat in bulk cases, and then use vacuum sealer rolls to repack it into smaller quantities; also great for sous vide (added 8/30/2019)

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