Barbecue Gift Guide

Barbecue gift guide

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After a gift for the pitmaster who seems to have it all? You are at the right place.

Or maybe you’re just sick of getting socks in which case we suggest leaving this page open on your computer for your family to see…

This guide is more about helping you find exciting or unusual barbecue products. From cheap stocking-stuffers to quality bbq gear, there’s something for everyone here.

If you are looking to get something for a total beginner, then you might want to also check out our basic bbq accessories guide, or our best beginner smoker guide.

Barbecue and Grilling Tools

Thermoworks Smoke

Smoke WiFi Thermometer

This is a thermometer aimed at competition level barbecue teams. But it’s still perfect for home use.

Why It’s Special:

The Smoke is basically the perfect dual probe thermometer.

The casing is hard wearing and splash proof, which is no gimmick when slopping sauces, marinades and spritzes around.

Two probes allow you to monitor the meat and the the pit temperature simultaneously.

The build quality is outstanding, the probes are super accurate and you can count on wireless visibility up to 300 feet within line of site. Check out our in-depth review here.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

The serious pitmaster who cooks for a crowd or a competition barbecue team.

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Red Dragon Heavy Duty Propane Vapor Torch Kit

Red Dragon VT 3-30 C 500,000 BTU Heavy Duty Propane Vapor Torch Kit

What It Does:

Incinerates. This is a 500 000 BTU/hour vapor torch.

While this is primarily marketed to those who want to torch weeds, we are most interested in its ability to do two jobs. Light charcoal super fast and remove grease and oil from metal – because who truly enjoys scrubbing the barbecue?

It can also melt snow, thaw frozen pipes, sterilize metal objects and remove paint from metal.

Why It’s Special:

Made in the USA, this torch is powerful and hard wearing, made of solid steel. It comes with everything you need to get started minus the propane tank itself.

This torch is consistently one of the most popular vapor torches sold in the US.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Anyone who isn’t satisfied waiting 15-20 minutes for their chimney starter to light.

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A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker

A-MAZE-N AMNPS Maze Pellet Smoker, Hot or Cold Smoking, 5 x 8 Inch

Get smoky flavor into your food even when you use a gas barbecue.

Fill the tray with pellets or chips, light them up and let them burn for up to 12 hours, which is plenty of time even if you are cooking low and slow.

Why It’s Special:

Pellet smoker trays and tubes are an amazing invention in general, but a pellet smoker tray which burns so long is a fantastic cheap tool to help turn your gas grill into a decent smoker.

Even dedicated gas and electric smokers can benefit from the additional smoke the A-MAZE-N Pellet smoker can produce.

These trays also work for cold smoking.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Anyone who loves smoky flavored food, but doesn’t have a dedicated smoker.

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GrillGrates

GrillGrate Set of Two 13.75' (Interlocking) + Grate Tool

Will turn a gas grill into an infrared grill (well, almost), without shelling out for the real thing.

GrillGrates eliminate flare ups, even out heat distribution, vaporise juices and deliver great sear marks on your meat.

Why They Are Special:

These innovative grates deliver just about all of the benefits of infrared grilling at a fraction of the cost.

Who They Are Best Suited To:

The keen backyard barbecuer who does not have the budget to upgrade, but is serious about grilling.

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Barbecue Grill Light:

Sirius 1.0 Barbecue Grill Light - 10 Super Bright LED Lights, Durable, Weather & Heat Resistant, Best LED BBQ Light for Any Gas/Charcoal/Electric Grill, Black

Neon glass fibre barbecue light with 10 ultra bright LED lights, allowing you to grill at night and properly see what you are doing.

Why It Is Special:

Most barbecue torches are flimsy and dull. This torch is not only super bright, but can also withstand sub zero temperatures, and heat up to 365°F.

The screw clamp is adjustable and will fit any barbecue. The light swivels and rotates so you can point it wherever you need it.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Anyone who has a flaky light (or no light) on their barbecue, or doesn’t have a patio decked out with lights. Also great for camping.

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BearMoo Kabob Skewers

BearMoo Kabob Skewers 17' Stainless Steel BBQ Barbecue Skewers 7/20' Flat Metal Grilling Skewers Set, Reusable BBQ Sticks (Set of 10 +1 X Handy Storage)

17 inch kabob skewers with ergonomically designed handles for easy use. They are also flat, meaning they won’t roll or spin.

Why They Are Special:

Let’s be honest, a skewer is a skewer, but there are some little differences that make these a lot easier to use.

They are designed so that the handle hangs out of the grill, meaning you can turn them without needing to fully open the lid and lose heat.

The flat design saves a lot of frustration when it comes to keeping the kabobs sitting in place, they come in a handy pouch, and they are priced very reasonably.

Who They Are Best Suited To:

Kabob fans!

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Pink Butcher Paper Craft Role

Pink Butcher Paper Kraft Roll 24' x 150' (1800') | FDA Approved | USA Made | Best Peach Paper for BBQ Briskets, Smoking & Wrapping Meats | All Natural | Unbleached Unwaxed Uncoated | Texas Style

FDA approved paper which can be used to wrap, store and cook food. Not to mention line trays, tables and storage containers.

Why It’s Special:

Free of wax, plastic coating or bleach, this paper is completely safe to use for food preparation, storing and cooking with no chance of nasty chemicals or flavors seeping into your food.

And for those who are interested, wrapping your brisket in this breathable heat and moisture resistant paper will result in the perfect bark every time.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Perfect for anyone who fits the breaded hipster “Aaron Franklin is God” bbq stereotype

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The SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector Gun

The SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector Gun (with 2 needles)

If rubs and marinades don’t deliver enough flavor, inject flavor straight into you meat up to 5.5 inches in, with this US made meat injector gun.

Why It’s Special:

You can adjust the flow on this 2 ounce capacity gun from 1 to 5 ml per shot.

The gun comes with two needles, one with a slanted opening in the tip for injecting marinades, and the other with small holes up the shaft for injecting liquids.

Two additional needles are available at extra cost for the injection of larger particles, or to inject into smaller cuts.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Anyone who is getting serious about barbecue, and likes to experiment with flavors.

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Slow ‘N Sear Plus – Version 2.0

Adrenaline Barbecue Company Slow 'N Sear Plus - Version 2.0

Turns kettle grills into smokers.

The water reservoir also allows for 2 zone cooking.

The patented tray design means the coals burn up to 50% more efficiently, and hold steady temperatures.

Why It’s Special:

With the addition of the slow ‘n sear, a basic kettle grill can smoke for up to 8 hours on one load of charcoal.

An additional advantage is that clean up of unused coals is easy as they all sit in the one spot. Ash production is reduced which is another plus when it comes to clean up.

These are made in the US.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Fans of their old kettle grill who would like to get the most out of it. Also great for those with a limited budget or little space who would like a versatile barbecue.

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iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer

Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer

Thermometer with 4 prong capacity. Heat resistant up to 716°F.

Why It’s Special:

Weber has packed plenty of features into this affordable thermometer. Bluetooth connectivity, 200 hour battery life, LED display, ability to preset and monitor temperatures, and an app to tie it all together.

A word from experience, there have been some concerns raised about the reliability of the bluetooth connectivity on this thermometer. We have found that it works fine. Apparently some earlier models had some bugs, but Weber seems to have addressed these problems.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Barbecue enthusiasts who like to have the latest tech gadgets. If you’ve ever wanted to graph the temperature inside your smoker (or of your meat) this is the thermometer for you.  

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Stocking Stuffers and Unique Gifts

Meat Claws

Pulled Pork Shredder Claws - Strongest BBQ Meat Forks - Shredding Handling & Carving Food - Claw Handler Set for Pulling Brisket from Grill Smoker or Slow Cooker - BPA Free Barbecue Paws

These things look terrifying, but will shred and pull any slow cooked meat with ease. They can also be used instead of a fork to stabilize your meat while you carve it.

Also, use them to carry your piping hot roast from oven to table with no accidents.

Why They Are Special:

These claws are bear shaped for ultimate grip and shredding power.

They are BPA free, won’t melt or warp at high heat, and are non slip.

They are also very reasonably priced.

Who They Are Best Suited To:

Anyone who loves pulled pork (or Wolverine).

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Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs

Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs with Sounds - Barbecue Like a Jedi (22' Long)

Pick up your food. Whilst looking like a lightsaber. And sounding like one.

Yep, they have sound effects.

Why They Are Special:

Enough said, really.

But on a serious note, the tongs are metal and have a heat resistant plastic handle.

And they are a legit licensed Starwars product, if you’re collecting.

Who They Are Best Suited To:

Geeks

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Grillaholics Stuffed BBQ Press

Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press and Recipe eBook - Extended Warranty - Hamburger Patty Maker for Grilling - BBQ Grill Accessories

These presses are designed specifically to create “stuffed” patties. Flatten the patty, add the patty filling, then finish off with the top layer of mince.

Why It’s Special:

The creators of this stuffed BBQ press have put thought into the design. The well for the stuffing is the perfect size for a decent amount of ingredients.

The burger is removed from the press by means of a plate that pushes up from the underside of the press, meaning your burger is not destroyed as you try and remove it from the mold.

The press is made from durable BPA free plastic.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Burger fanciers (and who isn’t?)

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Jalapeno Grill Rack

Jalapeno Grill Rack & Pepper Corer Tool - LARGE 24 CAPACITY ROASTER - Holder Also For Cooking Chili or Chicken Legs & Wings Roasting on BBQ Smoker or Oven - Dishwasher Safe Stainless Steel Accessories

This stainless steel rack holds 24 large jalapenos, or 24 drumsticks. Sit them in the grill to evenly cook them through with no need for turning and no fear of burning.

The rack comes with a jalapeno coring device which makes stuffing your jalapenos with cream cheese a breeze.

Why It’s Special:

The rack holds enough jalapenos (or drumsticks) to feed a crowd.

The rack is dishwasher safe, and the legs of the rack lock in place so it will not tip or collapse.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Anyone who regularly likes to get the barbecue out to feed a crowd.

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Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

A critically acclaimed book written by Meathead Goldwyn, the founder of AmazingRibs.com (which happens to be the most popular barbecue website out there).

Learn about the science behind barbecue, the methods and equipment needed to create a great barbecue, and try out the 100 tested recipes included in the book.

Why It’s Special:

Understanding the ‘why’ behind different techniques and tricks when barbecuing is sure to make your cookups a raging success.

Having a reliable reference on hand is a sure way to keep improving on your barbecue skills.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Barbecue enthusiasts, both beginners and experienced.

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Breville Smoking Gun

Breville BSM600SILUSC Smoking Gun Food Smoker, Silver/Black

Not to be confused with a piece of evidence in a crime novel, this incredibly handy kitchen tool creates smoke to coat your food with flavor.

The smoke is delivered to the food via a silicon tube.

Why It’s Special:

Let’s get something out of the way. This tool shouldn’t be used to replace any kind of smoker. There’s no way you could use it to properly create barbecue.

The smoke produced by this tool is cold, so it will not ruin delicate foods. This gives you the chance to experiment with smoking butters, creams and cheeses without them melting.

You can also create an amazing smoked whiskey.

The gun is small, and easy to clean and store.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Those who like to get seriously experimental in the kitchen.

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Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]

Written by award winning pitmaster and restaurant owner, Aaron Franklin, this book is hailed by many to be the definitive guide to Texas barbecue.

Why It’s Special:

Rather than dictate how you should cook your meat, Aaron Franklin explains the entire barbecuing process from how to set up your smoker down to how to source the best meat.

This book is designed to help those who want to develop their own signature barbecue, not just follow recipes step by step.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Devotes of Texas style barbecue.

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BBQ Rub Gift Set

Smokehouse Favorites ~ BBQ Rub and Spices Gift Set ~ High Plains Spice Company Gift Set ~ Gourmet Meat Spice Blends & Rubs For Beef, Chicken & All Recipes ~ Spice Blends Handcrafted In Colorado

A set of spice blends for all of the most loved barbecue recipes.

Why It’s Special:

These spice blends are not found on supermarket shelves as they have been sourced and mixed exclusively.

The spice mixes are gluten, MSG and GMO free.

Packaged in glass jars, and in small quantities to maintain freshness, these spices mixes are created and produced by a family owned and run business in Colorado, US.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Those who care about authenticity and quality. These spice mixes are the real deal.

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#10 Stainless Steel Clamp-On Hand Grinder

LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder

Make delicious meat products at home such as sausages and burgers with this hand powered mincer.

Why It’s Special:

The body of this meat grinder is stainless steel, and as such is sturdy and long lasting. The cutting plate (the part where the meat comes out) is not stainless steel, so does need to be cleaned and dried after each use.

The clamp opens wide, meaning it can be attached to just about any countertop.

It also comes with 3 different sized stuffing tubes, and 2 plates allowing for both fine and coarse mince.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Those who like making their meat products from scratch.

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The Grillfather Mens Grilling Apron

BBQ Apron Funny Grill Aprons for Men The Grillfather Men’s Grilling Gifts Black

An apron for those grillers out who are likely to break out into random Godfather quotes/impersonations.

Why It’s Special:

Because everyone loves a funny apron. Especially after a couple of beers.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Self-professed Grillfathers seeking validation.

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Smoke em If You Got em T-Shirt

Funny BBQ Grilling T Shirt for Men Meat Smoker Lover Foodies Smoke Em If You Got Em Cow Pig Chicken Stack

Another wearable dad-joke in the form of a T-shirt, referencing the meats that are loved by most tong wielding pitmasters.

Why It’s Special:

Because it would be the perfect way to top off an outfit consisting of the Grillfather apron, the lightsaber tongs mentioned earlier, and a pair of flip flops.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Lovers of briskets and novelty fashion.

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Grillbot Robotic Barbecue Grill Cleaner:

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot with Brass Brushes - BBQ Grill Cleaner - Grill Brush - Grill Scraper - BBQ Accessories - Red

A robotic grill cleaner, along the same lines as a robotic vacuum.

A heads up – if you want your grill grates really clean there are better tools out there to get that done for less cost.

Why It’s Special:

So, you rightly ask, why is this on the list if it doesn’t do a thorough job?

Firstly, it does remove flaky, loose residue from the grates. So for quick maintenance clean it could be handy. Alternatively, it might be just the trick to loosen the residue ready for the proper clean.

And, practicality aside, the concept itself is pretty impressive. And that’s enough to make it the perfect gift for the technology obsessed grilling fan in your life.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Those who love having all the latest tricks up their sleeve, and who love nothing more than showing off their latest gadgets to their friends.

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Outdoor and Entertaining

Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron With Tool Pockets

Hudson Durable Goods - Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron with Tool Pockets (Black), Cross-Back Straps & Adjustable M to XXL

A seriously durable apron which is water resistant, with double stitched seams, plenty of pockets and adjustable cross back straps to suit every frame.

Why It’s Special:

If you are buying for someone who does some serious barbecuing, an apron that actually protects your clothes, withstands the elements, and is designed with pockets where you need them is invaluable.

This apron has a professional design, and is sturdy enough that it could be used in many different settings such as woodworking, brewing or metalworking.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Someone who is likely to get quite dirty over the barbecue, or the lathe for that matter.

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YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler White

A hard-to-destroy cooler with enough capacity to hold 26 cans (including the ice needed to keep them cool).

Why It’s Special:

These ice chests are “certified bear-resistant”, and thanks to 3 inches of permafrost insulation in the walls, your ice won’t be melting in a hurry.

But it’s not all about keeping your beer ice cold. A cooler makes the perfect device to keep your brisket warm for several hours. Just wrap your brisket in a few layers of foil and a few towles and place it in the cooler.

The lid latches on the Yety are made of super heavy duty rubber. The latch design is so clever it is patented. The manufacturers promise that with this design, broken latches are a thing of the past.

Whether the person you are buying for wants it for their backyard or for their next adventure in the wilderness, this ice chest will last the distance.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Those who love the outdoors, and a cold beer.

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Bug-A-Salt 2.0

BUG-A-SALT 2.0 from Skell, Yellow

A “gun” you load with salt to kill bugs. Who’d a thought?

Why It’s Special:

Aside from the obvious novelty value, flies are a serious pest, especially when barbecuing. So the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone (or two flies with one grain of salt) is a win win.

As far as the product itself, it can shoot 80 times with one load of salt, is capable of killing bigger bugs like spiders and cockroaches, has a range of about 3 feet, and doesn’t require batteries.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Anyone over 18. We think most people would get a kick out of this one.

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Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth 360 Speaker

Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker (with 360 Wireless Surround Sound), Triple Black

A wireless bluetooth speaker with a range up to 30 feet.

Why It’s Special:

When you see this speaker in person there’s no way you could imagine how good it sounds. It doesn’t look like much, and it’s not the largest speaker.

But through some magic Bose have managed to create a bulletproof Bluetooth speaker than pumps sound out in 360°.

The speakers are splash resistant, have up to 12 hours battery life, and can take voice prompts via Siri or Google Now.

This is the perfect speaker to keep the party going and the hungry crowd happy while you fight through a long stall.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Outdoor entertainers, music lovers, camping enthusiasts, gadget appreciators.

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Wood Reversible Cutting Board with Juice Groove and Pan

John Boos Block PM18180225-P Newton Prep Master Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board with Juice Groove and Pan, 18 Inches x 18 Inches x 2.25 Inches

A wooden cutting board which can be flipped.

Use the flat side for regular chopping, and the other side for juicier foods – there is a moat to catch the juice and a removable pan which sits inside the board to save the juice running all over the bench.

Why It’s Special:

The moat saves a whole lot of mess, especially when your working space is limited.

The board is wood, meaning it won’t blunt your knives as quickly as other surfaces. Wood also doesn’t breed bacteria like plastic can.

Cleanup and care is easy, simply hand wash and oil occasionally to keep it in top condition. The recipient can hope to have this cutting board for years if not decades to come.

Who It’s best Suited To:

Those who love to cook and find plastic cutting boards a bit icky.

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Landmann USA Bromley Fire Pit

Landmann USA 21860 Bromley Fire Pit, Black

A 25.8 diameter lightweight, portable fire pit.

Why It’s Special:

Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire? Yet a fire pit can be a messy proposition. However this well constructed fire pit means you can set it up anywhere, and clean up with ease.

Thanks to its lightweight construction, storage isn’t an issue either if you have limited space.

The fire pit comes with a spark screen and a poker.

There is no lead used in the construction of the pit, so you can cook marshmallows over the flames without a worry.

All this at a really reasonable price point too.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

Those who are short on space, tend to move around, or can’t make a permanent fire pit in their yard.

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Messermeister Oliva Elite Stealth Chef’s Knife:

Messermeister Oliva Elité Stealth Chef's Knife, Italian Olive Wood Handle, 10-Inch

A versatile, German made, high quality chef’s knife.

Why It’s Special:

Of course you can buy cheaper knives that will do the job just fine, but this knife is so beautiful and stays sharp so well that you’ll actually want to go out of your way to use it.

Seriously, when I bought this knife I kept asking my wife if she needed anything chopped for dinner. It’s that much fun to use.

This knife comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing faults. No wonder, as these knives are handcrafted.

The knife line is one piece, hot dropped hammer forged. In other words, it’s the strongest blade you can get.

The blade has been made thinner than Messermeister’s usual chef’s knife, meaning it slices through food with incredible ease.

All in all, this knife is a pleasure to use, and if you have ever tried cooking with a bad knife, you know just how much joy a really good knife can bring.

Who It’s Best Suited For:

Anyone who loves to cook.

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Victorinox 12 inch Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife with Granton Blade

Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife, Granton Blade, 12-Inch

A Swiss made slicing knife. This is the knife you reach for when it comes time to slice meat. Especially brisket where the length of the handle will allow you to slice through even large packer briskets with ease.

Why It’s Special:

Victorinox have been making knives since 1884, and have earned a reputation amongst home cooks and professionals alike as a maker of quality knives.

The Granton blade (dimples along the length of the blade) means that whatever you are slicing will not stick to the knife.

The knife edge itself is straight, so it will not tear what you are slicing. When slicing meat this means you get uniform, neat cuts.

Who It’s Best Suited To:

If you know someone who is handy behind the barbecue, a good slicing knife might just encourage them to cook your favorite cut these holidays.

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BBQ Boat

Gather up your 9 besties and float around aimlessly in a rubber donut for a couple of hours while eating and drinking.

Just to be clear, you will need to take the hire company up on the on the offer of a captain if you plan to drink alcohol. Safety first.

Why It’s Special:

I’ll be honest, we were being smart when we included this on the list. But I’m going to make an admission, I think I want one.

Who’s It Best Suited To:

You and your 9 most tragic friends.

Find out how you can book the bbq boat!

Last update on 2019-11-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Joe Clements

Joe Clements

As the son of a vegeterian, I grew up dreaming about meat. Now as the founder and editor in chief of Smoked Barbecue Source I get to grill, barbecue and write about meat for a living! I'm sharing everything I learn along the way on my journey from amateur to pitmaster.

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