Whether you’re looking for a gift to give or a little something for yourself, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite BBQ gear to make sure you get the good stuff. We have personally used every single item on this list, and when we tell you it’s the stuff we use, it’s because it’s the stuff we actually use here at The Lab. Some of the items on this list are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase you will be supporting our efforts to review and identify the best of the outdoor cooking world. Not everything on this list is an affiliate link, because some of the things we can affiliate simply aren’t the best products, and they don’t make the cut.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Aaron Franklin is synonymous with amazing bbq, and his book pulls back the curtain on his technique.
Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue
Tuffy Stone knows a thing or 2 about barbecue. He shares a lot of great wisdom and recipes in this book.
The Elements of Pizza Cookbook
If you have an outdoor pizza oven (or wish you had an outdoor pizza oven), this is a great resource to have!
Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades
In this cookbook, Steven Raichlen shares a wealth of knowledge when it comes to making your own sauces, rubs, marinades, bastes, butters, and glazes.
Thermoworks Probe Spools
As far as I'm concerned, this is the absolute perfect way to store your temperature probes.
Thermoworks Infrared Gun
Want to know how hot your grates, griddle, or pizza stone is before cooking your food? This guy will get that job done easily.
This BBQ temperature control fan kit works with the Signals to keep your charcoal grill or kamado at just the right temperature.
The Fireboard 2 is one of my favorite thermometers I reviewed this past year. You can track up to 6 different probes in one cook and it sends real-time temperature updates to your smart phone.
Grill Tools and Accessories
Bristle Free Grill Brush
I think by now we've all heard that grill brushes with bristles are dangerous. We've found this to be a great alternative to what we all used to use.
Mini Loaf Pan
This is the pan I use to smoke my competition chicken thighs in. And my wife steals it now and then to make banana bread. Win-win.
Wood Grill Scraper
Wood grill scrapers are another new grill cleaning option that hit the market in the last few years. You customize this scraper for your own grill grates for the most effective cleaning.
17" Cast Iron Pan
We use a lot of cast iron pans around here but my favorite is this huge one! Especially if you like to entertain a lot, this one is fun to have around.
No Cut Gloves
These gloves have saved me several trips to the ER for stitches. For anyone who does a lot of cutting and prep work with sharp knives, this is a necessity!
I am constantly ruining my clothes with ash and grease. This leather apron has been great for protecting my clothes when I'm too lazy to change into my "barbecue clothes".
When cooking with fire, it's usually a good idea to have a place to set your hot food down without burning the surface below. We love these silicone trivets by Thermoworks!
High Heat Rubberized Gloves
I like to keep this pair of high heat rubberized gloves out by my bbq pits which are easy to slip on and handle things on the grill.
Combined with either cut resistant gloves or cotton glove liners, these are our go-to gloves for everything bbq.
Dalstrong Omega Santoku Knife
Besides a chef knife, the santoku style knife has become my go-to when prepping food in the kitchen. And this one from the Dalstrong Omega series is really sharp! (Sharp looking and sharp cutting)
Dalstrong Shogun Nakiri Knife
This is a beautiful knife that is the ultimate tool for cutting and preparing vegetables.
Epicurean Big Block Cutting Board
If you're looking for the ultimate cutting board, there's no need to look any further. Made from a wood and fiber composite material, knives don't dull as fast and the board lasts many times longer than the competition.
Shun Premier Chef Knife
Every kitchen needs to be equipped with a quality 8" chef knife. Not the cheap dull one that came with the knife block you got as a wedding present 18 years ago.
Dalstrong Steak Knives
Even the toughest of steaks will cut like butter using these steak knives. They perform remarkably, they're gorgeous, and they each come with individual sheaths.
Traeger Ironwood 885
The Traeger Ironwood 885 is an incredibly easy-to-use and well-thought-out pellet grill and smoker. It has the potential to change the way you cook, and I believe if you put one of these in the backyard that you’ll find yourself out there much more often.
The Memphis Pro is the pellet grill we chose to install in our outdoor kitchen. With temperatures ranging from 180-650° F and an 18 lb. hopper, this grill is ready to do whatever you want it to.
Solo Stove Grill
This is by far the easiest charcoal grill I’ve used, because there’s no meddling with air intake and fire management. If you want the ease of a gas grill but the flavor of charcoal, then this Solo Stove Grill is worth looking into.
The Pillar Cooker
This cooker has been doing all the heavy lifting in my backyard lately. It's a high end, custom made drum smoker built right here in Indiana.
Kamado Joe Classic 18"
Kamado grills are built to be your high-heat grill and low-and-slow smoker all-in-one. And Kamado Joe is one of the #1 trusted names in the industry.
RCS Ice Maker
Producing up to 44 lbs. of ice per day, this ice maker has been a game changer in our outdoor kitchen.
Ooni Pizza Topping Stations
What a great way to organize your pizza toppings for your next outdoor pizza party.
Dough Proofing Tray
If you're making your own pizza dough, these trays are perfect for proofing your dough balls.
Ooni Perforated Pizza Peel
A perforated peel is our preferred style for launching and retrieving pizzas from our outdoor ovens.
Ooni Grizzler Plate
One side is a flat griddle, but flip it over and you have a sizzler plate with ridges. This is the perfect tool for cooking meats and vegetables in your outdoor pizza oven.
Solo Stove Handle
Depending on the size of your Solo Stove, this handle may come in very handy when it comes to moving around your fire pit and emptying ash.
Woodhaven Firewood Rack
We go through a lot of firewood around here, whether it's for a firepit, pizza oven, or offset smoker. This Woodhaven firewood rack has been perfect for storing and seasoning our firewood.
We joke that our kids are going to fight over these roasting sticks after we die because they'll probably outlast us. By far, the most durable and high-quality roasting sticks we've ever encountered.
Much like the roasting sticks, these firepit tools are high quality. And with the raging hot fires that come from a Solo Stove, you'll want some quality tools to work with.
We're frequently having to cut smaller splits of wood to be kindling for our fire pits and pizza ovens. The Kindling Cracker is by far the best and easiest way to do this chore.
Bacon Scented Wrapping Paper
It's true. This wrapping paper literally smells like bacon.