More About Outdoor Cooking Pros

Steakhouse-quality meat on a hot summer evening...burgers at a backyard BBQ party...grilled dishes all year round… Sounds mouthwatering, right? If you enjoy juicy steaks and smoked food, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re a newbie griller or a pitmaster, we at Outdoor Cooking Pros work to bring you the best grills, smokers, and BBQ accessories on the market to help you create the most savory dishes for your next cookout. It doesn’t matter if it’s a backyard or beach BBQ, a tailgate party, a camping trip, or just a nice home-cooked dinner. We are taking the guesswork out of choosing the best grill for you, whatever the budget, space, and purpose.

Meet the Team




Jon is a culinary enthusiast and pitmaster. He has 15 years of experience in the food industry, working as an expert consultant and operations manager for some of the most renowned brands. 




Kyle is a trained chef, recipe developer, and lover of all things BBQ. He is the chief tester for all the grills, smokers, and BBQ accessories on Outdoor Cooking Pros.



Editorial Director

With 8 years of experience directing culinary content, Matt is the main person behind our editorial activities. He is a home cook, writer, and he has worked as a creative director in the food industry. 


Content Manager

Donna plans and manages all the content we produce on Outdoor Cooking Pros. She’s a trained food writer, product tester, and video producer. Donna also has 3 years of experience as a grill chef up her sleeve.


Senior Product Manager 

George has 10 years of experience as a product manager. He is responsible for managing our grill tests, reviewing products with the team, and connecting with customers to ensure satisfaction and determine areas for growth.




Marketing Specialist

With an MBA degree in marketing, Peggy is in charge of brainstorming and executing our marketing plans. To further her culinary endeavors, she has also attended dozens of recreational cooking classes.




Blog Writer

Kaley is a food writer, culinary enthusiast,and experienced product tester with a decade of experience. She graduated with a BA in Journalism and has been a grill fanatic since her teenage years.


Why Trust Us?

Our team works together through the process of planning, product testing, writing, and editing before we release every review on our site. We don’t just rely on what the manufacturers say; everything is a result of rigorous research and review to ensure that you only get accurate and reliable information.

How We Do It

Firstly, we conduct initial research on a number of products. After consulting with our co-founders, editorial director, and senior product manager, we acquire the chosen products and get them in the testing zone.

Then, our team of grilling pros spends hours conducting relevant tests to evaluate the features, assess the performance, and ensure the veracity of the manufacturer’s claims on every item. Furthermore, our editorial team also analyzes what the market says through reviews, expert comments, and other verified sources. 

grilling tests

With this in-depth evaluation, we are able to provide the best recommendations across all budgets and customer requirements.

Aside from product reviews, we also publish helpful how-to’s for grilling and smoking different types of meat. Our chefs, home cooks, and recipe developers work together to formulate the perfect process that yields the best results. Through their combined experiences in the food industry, we are able to deliver tried-and-tested information to you.

What information is included in our articles?

We at Outdoor Cooking Pros know that you want to get quality information fast, and that’s what we strive to do in every article we publish. 

If you’re looking for a specific type of grill, we have tons of product reviews on gas, charcoal, pellet, kamado, electric, and tabletop types. We also review grills that fit a certain budget, brand-specific grills, meat delivery services, and other grilling tools.

We know you don’t like reading lengthy reviews, so we remove the fluff and get straight to the point. Our product reviews discuss the essential features, performance, as well as pros and cons of each product. Plus, we include a buying guide at the end to explain what you need to look for before you purchase.

Besides product assessments, we also work with our culinary experts for our how-to articles. So even if you already have a grill at home and are just looking for some cooking tips, we can help you grill the perfect meat, seafood, and veggies that will impress your family and friends at the next cookout.


Independent Testing

Although we study customer reviews and online sources, we actually spend tens of hours testing every product to verify if its functions and performance match what the manufacturer says. If a product doesn’t meet the set expectations, it simply doesn’t make the cut and we don’t recommend it — even if other online reviews say it’s an amazing item. Our team of grill masters and culinary experts works hard to provide authentic, unbiased ratings.

Insights from the Pros

Each member of our team has years of experience in the food industry -- chefs, grill masters, culinary managers, food writers, and product testers. Our product assessments are spearheaded by these experts, and we also consult other professionals such as food production managers, restaurant cooks, electricians, and camping enthusiasts.

Besides their involvement in the actual testing, we also consult these professionals from planning to publishing.

Customer Feedback

While we conduct a full assessment of the products that make it to our list, we also consider the feedback provided by verified customers. We carefully study the positive and negative aspects said about every product to ensure that we’re getting the full picture.

Of course, we also weed out the obviously bogus reviews that are likely made through the many fake review generators online. 

Do grill manufacturers and business owners pay us for our reviews?

No, we are not paid by manufacturers or business owners for the reviews we publish. Each recommendation comes from our own independent testing with our own team of experts. 

Outdoor Cooking Pros is a participant of the Amazon Services Associates Program. It means that we get a small commission on certain items, but we have complete freedom to conduct our own research and evaluations, thus recommending only the best products based on our findings. 

Didn’t find what you were looking for?

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question or a suggestion for us! Whether you want a specific product review or you need some tips on cooking or grill maintenance, our team of experts is just one message away.