Unveils 2018 Pitmaster Awards for Best Value BBQ Grills and Smokers

Brookfield, IL, April 23, 2018 --( Just in time for barbecue and grilling season,, a leading outdoor cooking resource, has announced the “2018 Pitmaster Awards for Best Value Grills & Smokers.”

Now in their 6th year, the Pitmaster Awards (previously called Top Ten Awards) are compiled by Max Good, the only person in the world whose full time job is testing, researching, reviewing, and rating grills and smokers. For his reviews, Good measures temperatures, slams lids, turns dials, studies warranties, kicks casters, cooks a lot of food, and considers look, feel, functionality, durability, and price. Suppliers are never charged to have products reviewed.

This year’s selections are made from more than 500 cookers from 190 manufacturers in the world’s largest database of outdoor cooker ratings and reviews that Good maintains. The following are the winners in five key categories, arranged from lowest price point to highest. For more information on each grill, visit

Best Value Charcoal Grills
· Weber Premium 22" Charcoal Grill, ARV $159
· Napoleon NK22CK-L Charcoal Kettle Grill, ARV $189
· Portable Kitchen Grill (a.k.a. PK Grill), ARV $369 with shipping included
· Napoleon NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill, ARV $399
· Dancook 1900 Charcoal Grill, ARV $450
· Weber Performer Deluxe 22" Charcoal Grill, ARV $499
· Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker, ARV $870
· Napoleon Mirage PRO605CSS Charcoal Grill, ARV $1,299
Best Value Gas Grills
· Broil-Mate 165154 LP Gas Grill, ARV $199
· Broil King Signet 320, ARV $399
· Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3-Burner Gas Grill, ARV $399
· Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner, ARV $599
· Napoleon Rogue R425SIB, ARV $899
· Saber 500 Cast Black, ARV $999
· Modern Home Products WNK4, ARV $1,044
· Napoleon Prestige P500RSIB, ARV $1,400
Best Value Backyard Smokers
· Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smoker, ARV $200
· Pit Barrel Cooker, ARV $299
· Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24", ARV $344
· Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 18", ARV $349
· Vision Professional S Series Kamado, ARV $799
· Backwoods Smoker Chubby, ARV $1,099
· Kamado Joe Classic II 18", ARV $1,200
· Karubecue C-60 Pit, ARV $1,450
· MAK 1 Star General Pellet Grill, ARV $1,500
· Yoder Loaded Wichita 20" Smoker, ARV $1,894
Best Value Portable Grills
· Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills, ARV $35 to $45
· Can Cooker Original, ARV $90
· Char-Broil Grill2Go X200, ARV $150
· Blackstone 36" Griddle Cooking System, ARV $300
· Pellet Smoker, ARV $399
· Napoleon TravelQ 285X Portable Gas Grill with Cart, ARV $399
· Meadow Creek BBQ26 Charcoal Grill, ARV $435
· Broil King Keg 5000, ARV $899
Best Value Combo Cookers
· Meadow Creek PR36, ARV $755
· Primo Oval Junior, ARV $832
· Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Smoker With Sear Box, ARV $899
· The Good-One Open Range, ARV $1,099
· Hasty-Bake Gourmet 256 Dual Finish Charcoal Grill, ARV $1,399
· Lang 36" Hybrid Patio Model, ARV $1,595
· Weber Summit Charcoal Grill, ARV $1,699
· M Grill M1 Charcoal Grill and Smoker, ARV $1,995

Commenting on this year’s list,’s Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame Max Good stated, “Choosing a smoker or grill can be a daunting task for any backyard cooking enthusiast as they try to weed through the countless options available to them. At, our goal is to help simplify the process by providing hundreds of unbiased reviews, including our newly unveiled selections for 2018’s best value smokers and grills.”

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