This year I have compiled a list of my favorite gadgets for the home cook.  I will also list the best advertised Black Friday prices that I can find for them too.  This list will be updated as the ads start rolling out so check back often.

6. Crock Pot 6 Quart Programmable – $31 on Amazon

Crock Pot

A decent size Crock Pot is an essential during the holiday season.  Right now at Amazon they have the 6 quart Programmable Crock Pot for $31 normally $59.99.  You can beat that price.  Plus the 6 quart capacity is large enough for a roast, but not too large to make some nice warm queso for a party.

5. Chef Alarm – $48 Black Friday Only

Chef Alarm

A remote oven thermometer is the only way to cook a roast or turkey.  You place the probe in the meat before you start and it monitors the entire time.  When the meat reaches temperature it gives you an alert!  The meat is perfect every time.  No more bad meals.

4. Oxo – Silicon Tongs – $13.99

Oxo Silicon Tongs

If you have non-stick pans or scratchable servers, you need a good pair of silicon tipped tongs.  My favorite are the ones by OXO.  They are sturdy, reliable and easy to use.

3. A super fast Thermapen – $72 Black Friday check out this link starting 11/27/19


When you are cooking it best to know when your food is done.  The best way to do that is to use a thermometer.  The Thermapen is a super fast and super accurate meat thermometer.  Getting this will take the guessing game out of barbecuing.  On a side note – it works great for roasting meats too.  Try it next year when you are cooking your turkey.

2. Tramontina – 12in Nonstick Pan – $34.71 

Tramontin 12Everyone needs a great non-stick pan that will not break the bank.  This pan is great.  I have a ton of them.  I love that the rivets are not covered in non-stick.  The rivets are the first part of a pan that always loses the non-stick coating.  Plus the rubberized handle is removable so that you can place the pan in the oven (up to 400F).  This pan is affordable, therefore if you scratch it bad, you can always replace it. It is my favorite non-stick pan.

1. 5qt KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer – $229 starting Thursday 11/28

Kitchen Aid Professional

My favorite home appliance is my trusty Kitchen Aid mixer.  It is versatile with it’s attachments and it makes the best bread and pizza dough around.  I can not get through the holiday season without it.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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