Enough with the bad neckties and the clothes that we all know won't fit. Give the gift of not having to wait in a return line this year and get them the grilling gifts they really want.
Whether you're buying a new grill for that special someone or a cool new bbq gadget, know that you're getting the best of the best with our guide to the best in bbq.
Give Grilling Gifts This Christmas!
Enough with the bad neckties and the clothes that we all know won't fit. Give the gift of not having to wait in a return line this year and get them the grilling gifts they really want.
Whether you're buying a new grill for that special someone or a cool new bbq gadget, know that you're getting the best of the best with our guide to the best in bbq.
Can a person really have too many grills? Encourage that special someone to get their behind out in the back yard and cook once in awhile using their brand spanking new grill. There are great options for charcoal, pellet, gas and smoker grills that'll leave them speechless when they unwrap the paper.
Weber Original Kettle
It doesn't get any more iconic than the original Weber Kettle charcoal grill. If your outdoor cook doesn't yet have a Weber kettle, you've found the gift to give.
This grill can do everything from grill to smoke, and at a price that's achievable for everyone, it's the perfect grill to make anyone's day.
Don't forget a bag or two of charcaol so they can fire it up that evening for dinner. You may even want to have a couple of Tomahawk steaks on hand as a follow-up gift to reward yourself as well on a gift well given.
PK Grills PK360
The PK360 grill is the standard by which all other charcoal grills are measured. This is the king of the charcoal grill as far as we're concerned, and it offers unbelievable capability in a compact unit.
You'll find the PK360 all over the place at national steak competitions, that just how good it is of a grill.
What does it for us is the air intake valves on the bottom of the unit. You can allow air into the bottom of the grill and really light up those coals for high heat grilling with incredible charcoal flavor.
Weber Spirit II E-210
Growing up with a small gas grill, I remember the days looking up on my tip-toes trying to see what was for dinner.
The Weber Spirit II E-210 is a great gas grill to handle moderate to high heat grilling situations. Success in a smaller grill like the Weber Spirit comes from even heating across the grate and instant vaporizing of drippings using the provided burner shields.
If I were going to buy a 2 burner gas grill, I wouldn't look any further than a Weber Spirit.
Weber Spirit II E-310
Since I like the Weber Spirit for a 2 burner gas grill, I love it even more in the 3 burner variety. For a family of 4, this is more than enough grill to handle the average family dinner as well as entertain guests every now and then.
I love the drip pan that's located on the bottom of the grill to make cleanup easy. Keeping your grill clean is a challenge, and Weber makes it easier in the Spirit models.
The frame is sturdy, and the wheels are well sized to be able to move the grill around as needed. The e-310 by Weber is a lock for the best 3 burner grill in our experience.
Napoleon Prestige 500
The Napoleon brand of gas grills are like none other on the market. With grill grates that have a gentle "wave" to them, they're unmistakable when compared to the competition.
We love the Napoleon Prestige 500 as an entry level grill into the Napoleon brand. With grills costing well into the $2,000 - $3,000 range, this grill allows your favorite pitmaster to get into a premium brand of grills that'll last a really long time.
Constructed of stainless steel throughout, this grill was designed to combat the elements and be ready to go in any kind of weather.
Traeger Pro 780
If you haven't yet been introduced to the world of pellet cooking, consider this a shot across the bow. Pellet grills are outdoor grills that function like indoor ovens powered by wood.
It's the smoky goodness of wood fired cooking combined with the set it and forget it of choosing a temperature setting and letting the grill do the work.
We use our pellet grills 3 or more times a week, and we can't imagine dinner planning without them.
The Traeger Pro 780 is a unit with all the bells and whistles, and is our go-to pick for the pellet grill that does it all.
If you're looking to get out on the campsite and grilling over a campfire isn't your thing, the Weber Q1200 is a portable gas grill you should own.
You can take the grill anywhere with a small propane canister and grill just like you would on your backyard grill while standing in the middle of the wilderness.
Simply chuck it in the trunk and head to the campsite or to the parking lot for gameday, and you've brought the party to your... party.
Country Smokers Traveler
Who knew they made pellet grills that were this portable? The Country Smokers Traveler is a portable pellet grill that is made for on the go.
This tabletop unit can smoke everything from a pork butt to high heat grilling of steaks and brats, and it's all infused with wonderful wood flavor.
If you're into tailgating, stick this grill under your arm and head to the game. It's pellet grill cooking that fits into every car from the Mini Cooper to the Corvette.
All you need is a power converter and this portable pellet grill is ready to get started.
Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
If charcoal smoking is more your thing, a fabulous gift is the Weber Smokey Mountain. This grill comes in varying sizes, but for taking with you to the campsite and the big game, the 14" is the perfect size.
If you're into RV-ing and are looking for something slightly bigger, the 18" model is also very portable and ready to hit the road.
The Weber Smokey Mountain is designed to make the best use of small fires for maximum impact.
It doesn't take alot of charcoal of smoker wood to run a Smokey Mountain for hours on end. Add to that multiple levels of cooking surface, and you have a smoking machine designed to turn out delectable meals.
When you're cooking with wood or charcoal, a perfect grilling gift is a reliable way to start each cooking fire. Whether it's a new charcoal chimney or a new bbq gadget, I'm always thrilled to get bbq gifts wrapped up and handed to me. If the barbecue enthusiast in your life is still lighting their fire with wadded up newspaper, it's time to introduce them to their new best friends.
BBQ Dragon Chimney
The BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity is rightfully named as such.
If you've ever used a traditional charcoal chimney to light your coals, this chimney is insane when paired with the BBQ Dragon fan.
The round port in the bottom of the chimney is designed to allow air to rush in and light charcoal faster than any method available today.
This thing is a great gift for bbq lovers that they will always remember.
BBQ Dragon Chimney Fan
What does a fan have to do with lighting charcoal? By forcing air into the bottom of a charcoal chimney, coals are lit 5x-10x faster than with just a chimney alone.
We all dread the wait of being able to get the coals to temperature so we can get to grilling, but the BBQ Dragon fan and the Chimney of Insanity take the wait out of traditional charcoal cooking.
If it's been awhile since you've seen your bbq enthusiast act like a kid in a candy store, the BBQ Dragon will get you the reaction you're looking for when they unwrap the goodness inside.
Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
If the bbq pitmaster in your house is still using newspaper to light charcoal before a cook, it's time to introduce them to the classic charcoal chimney.
No gadgets on this chimney, just good clean air vents throughout the unit to take newspaper lighting to another level.
If your bbq-head is already well versed in the chimney lighting method, that means it's about time for a new chimney that isn't all rusty and the future reason they'll need a tetanus shot!
I can already see that new chimney glow out in the backyard as captain bbq gets ready to take your tastebuds to flavortown.
Weber Lighter Cubes
I absolutely love the Weber lighter cubes for starting my charcoal chimney. It's a pack of 24 cubes, and they're so easy to just pop out of the package when it's time to light the grill.
I'll use these in the kamado and the offset smoker, so they're not just for the charcoal chimney. It's so easy to have a reliable fire starter with these, I don't even mess with newspaper anymore.
I always have 3 or so boxes of Weber lighter cubes on hand, and when I'm down to my last box, I'm placing an order to restock. They're that integral to cooking sessions here at The Barbecue Lab.
Tumbleweed Fire Starters
Tumbleweed fire starters are wax and straw starters that are designed to give you a reliable and hot fire to get your grill or charcoal started.
All I ever need is one tumbleweed, and I can get any grill started. When sometimes it will take 2 Weber starter cubes to get a fire going, the tumbleweed gets the job done with just 1.
I love that they come in a bag of 36 fire starters, and I know that I'll get 36 fires lit before I run out.
This is a gift that I love to get, and I know your pitmaster will feel the same way.
Rockwood Lump Charcoal
There's alot of lump charcoal out there on the market, but there's nothing like the Rockwood brand.
I was told by an old pitmaster that I needed to give Rockwood a try, and the taste blew away the competition.
I knew that there was a difference, but I wasn't sure if the family would notice, but when I changed brands, even the kids asked what changed and why it wasn't as good as usual.
Rockwood is more expensive than the cheap stuff you can get al Walmart, but this stuff is fantastic and well worth it in my opinion.
Premium charcoal makes a great gift for the pitmaster that would never buy it themself.
Pit Boss Competition Blend Pellets
It doesn't matter what kind of pellet grill the pit boss in your house has, they're going to need an endless supply of pellets to keep the fire going.
There are certainly pellets that are better for certain cooks than others, but when it comes down to it, you need an all around pellet blend you can rely on for general cooking.
For us, it's the Pit Boss Competition blend of pellets that we use for a good amount of our cooks.
A bag or two of competition pellets makes a great gift for any occasion.
Jack Daniels Oak Pellets
There are some recipes that just call for something special, and on the pellet grill, there's nothing more special than using Jack Daniels pellets to smoke your next meal.
Made of Oak woods and Jack Daniels mellowing charcoal used to create Old No.7 Tennessee Whiskey, these pellets have a flavor you won't forget.
Most outdoor cooks won't buy this for themselves, so it makes a perfect gift for that pellethead who's tough to buy for.
Traeger Hickory Wood Pellets
If there's a flavor that is synonymous with competition barbecue here in America, it's hickory.
When it comes to Hickory pellets, we really enjoy the flavor of the Traeger Hickory wood pellets when we want that classic bbq flavor infused into our meats.
If you want to help your resident pellet pitmaster rediscover their traditional bbq roots, a bag of traeger hickory pellets is always a welcome gift.
Great barbecue comes down to good meat, a great recipe, the right time and the perfect temperature. Most pitmasters would say that gauging your temperature is the most critical aspect of barbecue. Yet most backyard chefs don't have the simple tools to ensure that they're producing the best bbq each and every time. Enter the perfect grilling gift of a great thermometer.
I think Malcolm Reed said it best when he said the most important tool in his bbq arsenel was a Thermoworks Thermapen.
If you've done any bbq'in at all, you know how important it is to know the exact temperature your meat is at any point in your cook. This is where the Thermapen excels.
Just extend the thermometer arm and stick it into whatever you're cooking, and within 2 seconds you'll know exactly the temperature your meal is running.
If you want to make a pitmaster squeal like the pig he's planning on cooking, give them a Thermapen.
A wireless thermometer is a must for any grillmaster who likes to be mobile while they're cooking.
A wireless thermometer is good, but a bluetooth enabled wireless thermometer is the gold standard.
Simply connect the thermometer to your phone or mobile device, and they'll always be in the know with what's happening on the grill while they're watching the big game.
With an alarm that sounds both on the BlueDOT and on your mobile device, you won't miss a critical alarm.
Just about any pitmaster would be thrilled to unwrap this beauty.
If your neighborhood grilling expert is anything like us, he always wants to know the temperature of both the pit and the meat at the same time.
Most of the thermometers on the market just focus on the meat temp, but the Thermoworks Smoke has a dedicated line just for grill or pit temperature.
Better yet, with a digital screen that you can wear around your neck, you'll always be in tune with what's happening out at the pit no matter where you are in the house.
This is a perfect gift for any occasion.
When you're cooking for a crowd, a single probe for your pit and one for your meat just doesn't cut it.
The Thermoworks Signals is a 4 channel thermometer that is designed so that you know everything that's happening inside your smoker.
Use one probe for a pit temp gauge and the other three to temp meats, and you can sit back and let your phone keep you informed on the goings-on outside.
I don't know a single pitmaster who wouldn't be thrilled to open one of these babies any day of the year.
When you're playing with fire, hand protection is an absolute must. Many pitmasters like to roll the dice and just assume that they won't get burned or a coal won't roll out of the firebox and contact their skin. That's just dumb. Protection isn't expensive, and you can do so much more with a great pair of gloves than you can without, so give them something that they need. These are the best of the best in protection from heat and fire.
G & F Leather Gloves
Not only are these gloves pretty to look at, they're highly functional too. The palms are made of leather suede to keep dexterity high when working with delicate bbq tasks. The remainder of the gloves are made of shiny grain leather, which looks great while keeping you safe.
The gloves are 14.5in. long, so they'll cover a good portion of the forearm as well, which is perfect for reaching into the firebox to replace a log or add charcoal.
We can't recommend these gloves highly enough, and at under $20 a pair, they're a perfect gift for any season.
West Chester Cotton Gloves
When it comes time for pulling hot meat off of a smoker, cotton glove liners are your new best friend.
It's long been a practice for pitmasters to wear nitrile gloves to keep their hands clean during prep, but that doesn't do anything for heat protection.
A simple pair of cotton glove liners to go under your nitrile gloves gives the protection they need to handle transferring meat back and forth from grill to cutting board.
We have easily a dozen cotton glove liner pairs here at The Barbecue Lab, and we could always use more, so any pitmaster would be happy to receive these beauties as a gift.
NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves
When we're prepping in the kitchen, we've been known to nick ourselves with a knife. We've also been known to need a trip to the hospital unexpectedly when a cutting board slips while prepping food for the grill.
Enter a pair of cut resistant gloves. We use these gloves on the daily underneath a pair of nitrile gloves when we're prepping any large piece of meat for the grill.
They've saved our fingertips a couple of times already, and we love the peace of mind we have when sharp knives are in use.
Glove Plus Nitrile Disposable Gloves
I don't know what I used to do in the kitchen before I learned about nitrile gloves. The mess of prep meant that I was washing my hands all the time, but with a pair of nitrile gloves, it's mess free on and off with these disposable gloves, and I love it.
Combined with either cut resistant gloves or cotton glove liners, these are our go-to gloves for everything bbq.
We always keep a couple of boxes on hand in both my size and the missus' size to keep things easy during prep, cooking, slicing and serving.
Artisan Griller 14" BBQ Pit Gloves
When I'm running back and forth from the grill during a long low and slow cook, I don't always keep the nitrile gloves on for 12 hours.
I do keep a pair of high heat rubberized gloves out by my bbq pits which are easy to slip on and handle things on the grill.
These gloves have better dexterity than the bulkier kevlar gloves and can wash easily just like you'd wash your hands.
We love these gloves for everything from putting raw meat on the grill to pulling off finished briskets and pork butts. (of course we wash them in between.)
A good pair of high heat rubberized gloves is something that no pitmaster should be without, and they make a great gift.
Grill Armor Oven Gloves
These are the gloves that I wear every time I'm working with charcoal, a chimney of charcoal or a raging fire in our offset smoker.
With a temperature rating of safe up to 1400°+ these are the gloves that I can pick up a raging hot piece of charcoal with and add it back to the fire.
It's not uncommon when adding a chimney of charcoal to have a briquette or two end up on the ground, and with these gloves I can just pick them up and add them back in.
No pitmaster should be without a pair of these, and at less than $15, they're a perfect gift.
Aaron Leather Utility Apron
I can't tell you the amount of times that I've ruined a good shirt because I wasn't wearing a bbq apron while managing the fire.
Sparks fly while doing bbq, it's inevitable that one of two of them are going to find their way to a shirt or pants, and that's not ideal.
A simple (and oh so cool) leather utility apron is so great to have when you don't want to change into bbq clothes just to fire up the grill.
Your favorite grillmaster will love the protection and the extra pockets to keep everything handy while creating meals to delight friends and family.
These gadgets are a fun way to show that bbq lover in your life that you appreciate them. I've always enjoyed getting gadgets for Christmas and birthdays, and these are some of our favorite grilling gifts.
ZXZ Meat Tenderizer
Known in culinary circles as a "jicard" this meat tenderizer can help you take less expensive cuts of meat and turn them into delicious eats.
While I've never used this on a filet of beef, I've used this on plenty of grocery store steaks that didn't have quite enough marbling to be as tender as I wanted them to be.
This little device allows you to break up the fibers that make meat chewy before ever putting dinner on the grill. It's a great gift for anyone with a grill.
Bellemain Burger Press
We grill burgers all the time, and I admit that my burgers look alot more like the state of Texas than they do an even or round circle.
Enter the burger press. I love this burger press at our house, and I really like that it can be set to multiple thickness levels for different burger sizes.
This press makes everything from 1/4lb to 3/4lb burgers. It's a great gift for the burger maker in your life.
Chef Pomodoro Pizza Paddle
I don’t care how big your hamburger spatula is, there’s nothing like a pizza paddle for doing pizzas on the grill.
Getting the pizza on and off the grill is the real challenge, and we try to find work arounds and muddle our way through when the perfect tool exists for this task.
We love this pizza paddle because it’s 12”x14” with a sturdy metal and wood construction. I don’t know any griller who would fight getting one of these for a gift to expand their grilling options.
VeBO Gravy and Fat Separator
Whether you’re cooking a turkey, brisket or pork butt, those drippings that are left in the drip pan are too good to waste.
The key is having the ability to pull the fat out so that you can use the drippings to add moisture to your meat or create delicious gravy.
We went for years without having a fat separator, and we didn’t realize how bad we needed one until we put one to use.
Our pulled pork got more moist and our gravy became out of this world. Help your favorite pitmaster save the good stuff with a gift of a fat separator.
RWM Basting Brush
When it comes to basting and glazing meat that’s on the grill or smoker, a great brush is indispensable.
Contrary to popular belief, most of the time we’re not going to be using these brushes as actual brushes.
We’re going to be using them to drizzle juices and glaze on top of the meat we’re cooking without messing up the bark or look that we’ve been spending hours to achieve.
This set of basting brushes gets the job done in style, and is a perfect gift for bbq lovers.
Checkered Chef Cooling Racks
Call them pork racks or chicken racks or cooling racks, it doesn’t matter. Every person with a smoker grill needs a fleet of these bad boys to work with.
We use them for pork butts, french fries, chicken wings, candy bacon chicken bites and more. Anything that’s prone to fall apart after a long smoke session is perfect for these racks.
Put the meat on the rack at the beginning of the cook, and then simply move the rack around instead of the delicate meat.
Same goes for smaller items in the smoker. Put your food on a rack that lets the smoke in all around and makes for easy maneuvering. Makes a great gift!
Ofargo Stainless Steel Meat Injector
We use this stainless steel meat injector for everything from turkey on Thanksgiving to beef brisket in competitions.
Having a good injector means that you can add flavor to any meat that you’re cooking.
If your favorite pitmaster is wanting to increase the moisture in their food or kick up the flavor a couple of notches, an injector is the ticket to succulent bbq.
Not everything that a pitmaster cooks can be done directly on the grill grate. From cheesy smoked dips to chili and everything in between, a good piece of cookware will last your family a lifetime if you take care of it. From inside to outdoor use, cast iron cookware is a perfect grilling gift for any outdoor cooking enthusiast.
Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
We have 4 different sizes of cast iron skillets here at The Barbecue Lab, and each one gets used on the regular.
The size that gets used the most is our 10” skillet, and it even fits in our Kamado grills! That’s hard to do with larger cast iron cookware that has a handle, but this skillet is perfect for outdoor cooking.
Give the gift of an expanded cooking arsenal with a cast iron skillet. They’ll love it!
Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Grilling chili and soup has become a regular occurrence here at the house, and it’s primarily because of the addition of a cast iron dutch oven to our cooking equipment.
Before the dutch oven, we wouldn’t want to bring our pots and pans out to the grill and get them all messy by cooking our standard fare on the grill.
With the cast iron dutch oven, it’s become our chili making machine.
We always smoke our chili now, and your favorite chilihead can do the same with a gift of a cast iron dutch oven. It’s always a winner!
Amazon Basics Cast Iron Pizza Pan
We were gifted our first cast iron pizza pan, and we didn’t know what we were missing before we started cooking pizza’s on the grill.
Even the kids noticed the difference between a grilled pizza and an oven baked pizza, and they started asking if we could grill them more often.
Even the cheap frozen pizzas from the supermarket are better on the grill, and we put our cast iron pizza pan to work these days.
If the grill master in your family doesn’t have a pizza pan for the grill, here’s the perfect gift for the occasion.
Lodge Dual Handle Cast Iron Pan
Why did a cast iron skillet and a dual handle cast iron skillet make our best of list? It’s all about managing the cooking space on your smoker or grill.
A dual handle cast iron pan is perfect for Kamado grills or other types of grills that have a multi-tiered cooking rack.
These grills traditionally don’t have room for a cast iron pan with a long handle, so these dual handle cast iron pans are perfect for those with space limitations to still utilize cast iron in their menu planning.
A dual handle pan is a great gift for anyone with a Kamado, Weber Smokey Mountain or other horizontally space limited grill.
Outset Non-Stick Grill skillet
Why do I want to give a skillet as a gift that’s full of holes you might ask?
Because there are plenty of great foods that should be grilled that traditionally fall right through the grates of the grill. (I’m looking at you asparagus.)
Everything from grilled veggies to fajitas are perfect for this “holy”skillet. It allows the flame and flavor that comes with grilled food while keeping things in a pan where they won’t fall through to the bottom of the grill.
It’s a wonderful little gadget that I wish I knew about years before I got one. This is a great gift for any grill master to expand their cooking horizons.
Even the best pitmasters need tools at their disposal, because hands can only do so much. Help your favorite griller accessorize with grilling gifts they'll put to use and reap yummy rewards.
GrillGrate Set of Two 13.75"
No matter the grill at your house, there are better grates for you to cook on.
Most grills come with stainless steel or cast iron grates, and they’re okay, but they’re not going to win you any trophies. Enter the GrillGrate.
These aluminum grates sit on top of your existing grates and deliver perfect sear marks every time. GrillGrates run about 150° hotter than existing grates, which means that they’re going to create gorgeous and flavorful meat and veggies every trip outside.
GrillGrates are the perfect gift for that hard to buy for grillmaster.
Alpha Grillers BBQ Grilling Tools Set
It’s not just one accessory that helps your grill-daddy be successful, it’s a fleet of tools that allow them to get the job done.
The Alpha Grillers BBQ grilling tool set is 4 of the most used tools in bbq all in 1 convenient set. Forget trying to piece together a set of tools, Alpha Grillers has done the work for you.
Constructed of brushed stainless steel, these tools are in it for the long haul. I love getting bbq gifts, and I really love when I know they’re going to last.
Stainless steel accessories are always great grilling gifts, no matter the season.
Oklahoma Joe's Blacksmith Hawg Lifter
If your resident pitmaster is into cooking the big meats like pork butt and brisket, here’s the perfect gift.
It’s a spatula basically the size of the planet Saturn (with its rings.) Called the “Hawg Lifter” it’s designed to be able to lift and move around the largest of bbq meats.
We admit that it’s a problem to move around big pieces of bbq without using great gloves and handling it that way, and this spatula (see: shovel) is perfect for the job.
Cook Time Safe Grill Brush
If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all lately, you’ve learned that traditional grill brushes can kill you.
Bristles falling off and getting stuck in the grill grate, transferred into unsuspecting food and ingested by your loved ones.
It’s time for the old grill brush to go away, and the new grill brush to take its place. Meet the bristleless grill brush.
A brush made of woven steel instead of metal bristles that’s safe to use. Help your favorite grill master ditch the old and make way for the new with a gift of a safe grill brush.
Weber 7649 Charcoal Grill Rake
Trying to pile up charcoal once it’s lit is like playing Jenga with a tower of molten rock.
It’s a necessary task though, as it’s important to be able to move your coals around to create hot and cool zones for cooking.
The tool for the job is called a charcoal grill rake, and hardly any backyard bbq enthusiasts have one.
It makes for the perfect grilling gift for anyone who likes to play with fire. It’s an incredibly handy tool to have when cleaning out your charcoal grill or smoker too!
Naiermai Gardening Shovel
When working with an offset grill, pitmasters need a way to move wood and coal around the firebox without setting themselves on fire.
There aren’t many products on the market dedicated to moving coal around an offset smoker, but luckily for us there’s a short handled shovel that’s perfect for the job.
Whether you’re moving coals from one side of the firebox to another or moving a log that’s warming up onto the fire, this shovel has your bbq fanatic covered.
It’s the BBQ gift of better fire management, and your pitmaster will thank you.
Aboniris Coal Shovel and Hearth Brush Set
There are all different sizes of offset smokers out there on the market, and not every offset needs a huge shovel to move coal around.
This coal shovel and hearth brush set is perfect for the grill master with a smaller offset smoker.
The set is also perfect for cleaning out a grill after an offset cooking session.
Most offset cookers can be a pain to clean out fully, and having a shovel and brush that fit your grill can make things 10x easier. It’s a perfect gift for someone who has a dirty job.
Pink Kraft Butcher Paper Roll
If the pit master in your life is a fan of cooking any of the competition meats, butcher paper is always in short supply.
We order our butcher paper in rolls of 100’ or more, and we’re always running out.
Whether it’s wrapping a pork butt or a brisket, this unlined butcher paper is exactly what the doctor ordered for keeping bbq bark crispy and the meat underneath incredibly tender.
I’m always happy to unwrap a new roll of butcher paper, because I know that means delicious bbq is in the near future.
Mr BBQ Mister BBQ Sprayer
Basting meat while it’s cooking on the smoker means having the door open, and the old adage, “if yer lookin’ ya ain’t cookin” comes into play.
The longer you have the door open, the lower the temp gets on the pit and the longer it takes the overall cook you’re investing in.
This is why we love the Mr BBQ mister. It’s a battery operated spray bottle that bastes your meat with a press of a button.
We love that we can leave it next to the grill, leave the bottle on the shelf and just pick up the sprayer and hose and we’re ready to baste. It’s a great gift for the gadget bbq lover in your squad.
Cleaning up anything bbq related is a struggle. Anytime there is charcoal, wood, sauce or basting going on, there’s sure to be a mess.
Awhile back we decided to pick up a small Shop-Vac just for bbq, and we’re loving how much easier it’s made things.
We use this little guy to sweep out our pellet grills and kamado grills, and it we’re ready to grill in no time.
A dedicated vac just for bbq means that our primary Shop-Vac isn’t full of soot and ash, and can be used for the car without spreading bbq sauce and black smears all over everything.
It’s a wonderful gift for anyone who cooks outside.
We’ve owned the Wusthof Grand Prix series of knives for about 19 years now, and I have a hard time imagining a better set of knives for kitchen and bbq use. We built our collection slowly over years of Christmases and birthdays 1 or 2 knives at a time, and we tell everyone we know about how great Wusthof has been. If you’re looking for a set of knives to buy, we want to challenge you to get away from the idea of just buying a pre-packaged set and start buying knives that will last you a lifetime. I don’t know a pre-boxed set of knives that lasts over 5 years and still holds an edge, but these Wusthof are still sharp enough 19 years later to send me to the doctor to get stitches. Treat a Wusthof knife well, and it’ll serve you for life. A single Wusthof is one of the greatest grilling gifts you could give someone who loves cooking or barbecuing.
Wusthof Grand Prix II 8-Inch Cook's Knife
Wusthof Grand Prix II Boning Knife
Wusthof Grand Prix II Fillet Knife
Wusthof Grand Prix II 2 Piece Carving Set
Wusthof 10" Sharpening Steel
Wusthof Grand Prix II 6" Cleaver
Have you taken a second to actually look at these knives? Damascus steel isn’t just beautiful, it’s highly functional too. Coming at a price just a shade under the Wusthof Grand Prix series, these knives will always start a conversation no matter who’s over for bbq. This is yet another series of knives where we recommend giving a single knife a try and then expanding your collection over time to develop a set. You’ll be glad you did. There isn’t a pre-boxed set we’ve seen that can hold a candle to these knives for durability and the ability to hold a razor sharp edge. Give one as a gift, and make it an annual occasion to continue the tradition to help your loved one build a set of knives they’ll never need to replace.
DALSTRONG Shogun Series Chef's Knife
DALSTRONG Shogun Series Boning Knife
DALSTRONG Shogun Series Fillet Knife
DALSTRONG Shogun Series Slicing Carving Knife
DALSTRONG Carving Knife & Fork Set
DALSTRONG 10" Sharpening Steel
DALSTRONG Shogun 7" Cleaver
DALSTRONG Shogun Vegetable Knife
DALSTRONG" The Tanto" Shogun 8"Chef Knife
Every self-respecting pit master should be learning from others who are at the top of their game, and these books are some of the best out there. If you'd like to learn what's building the most successful barbecue restaurants and winning grand championships, these books pull back the curtain on the most well guarded secrets.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Of course this is the first book that we recommend for any respecting bbq lover!
Aaron Franklin is synonymous with amazing bbq, and his book pulls back the curtain on his technique.
Anyone who’s into bbq can learn something from Aaron’s stories, tips, techniques and recipes.
Appropriately titled, “A Meat-Smoking Manifesto” it’s a guide to better barbecue. We can’t recommend this book highly enough and believe it’s a must have for anyone that’s into bbq as a hobby or profession.
Tuffy Stone has been competing on the professional KCBS Barbecue circuit for over a decade, and he’s no stranger to the podium.
I was so excited when I heard that Tuffy was putting out a book, and he doesn’t disappoint with, “The Art of Great Barbecue.”
A 5 time World Champion with surely more to come, this book shows everything from preparation through recipe to final product in a way that will help anyone become better at the craft of great bbq.
Let's be honest, barbecue folks love to let others know that they're bbq folks. The apparel that follows is a tongue in cheek look at how your local bbq expert can express themselves. These are the perfect gifts for BBQ lovers.
I'd Smoke That
Oh yeah, I'd smoke that. All. Day. Long.
At least, that's how it goes around here.
Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Right on. Make it so. You are correct, sir.
Bacon is Meat Candy
Bacon is meat candy. I can't handle any more truth.
Body by Brisket
Ooh, here's a fun one. Do these come in only XL and above?
Smokin' Hot Dad
Do you know a smokin' hot dad? I do.
We can all be friends until you open my grill when I invite you over... #GrillSergeant
Oil Water Resistant Chef Shoes
I'm going to get real with you here for a second. I listened to the BBQ Pit Boys theme song and heard them sing about BBQ shoes and didn't understand when I was a rookie.
Now that I'm a bbq veteran with many years under my belt, there is absolutely a need for bbq shoes.
How many times do I go in and out of the house when I'm smoking a brisket? 95? It seems like 95.
Nobody has time to tie and untie shoes that many times. Get a pair of slip on shoes that you can walk into without them being slippers. Those are your grill shoes. Thank us later.
Realtree Camo Mens Lined Clog
If chef's shoes aren't the bbq shoes for your grill enthusiast, check out these camo clogs. The goal is easy on, easy off for the 999 times you'll be in and out of the house while managing the fire, basting, thermometer-ing, and barbecuing.
Until you know what it's like to have a pair of bbq shoes, you just don't know what you're missing.
Do your pitmaster a favor and show them what they've been missing out on.