30 Best Grilling Gifts Under $50

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Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, and the pitmaster in your life is going to need some new toys to cook those geese properly!

The good news about buying for the grill-obsessed guy or gal in your life is that you don’t have to break the bank. All of the items on this list are under $50, and we guarantee they’ll still be in use long after the tinsel has come down.

If your budget can sneak over $50 you might want to check out our comprehensive barbecue gift guide.

ThermoPop

A good instant-read thermometer is a foundational part of every pitmaster’s toolkit. 

The pintsized ThermoPop gives you an accurate temperature reading within 3 to 4 seconds with a range of -58 to 572°F. It’s splash-proof, has a rugged rubber covering, and its lithium battery is good for around 5,000 hours of use.

Best of all, it can be used in either hand because of its rotating display. This, combined with its large backlit digits, it means no more craning or crooking to see those all-important temperature readings.

Mo’s Smoking Pouch for The Grill

This fine durable stainless steel mesh pouch turns just about any grill into a smoker. Just fill Mo’s Smoking Pouch with your choice of wood chips and place it on the heat. Once it starts to smoke, add your food. It’s as simple as that. 

The fine mesh of the pouch restricts the airflow, making sure the chips only smolder, instead of catching fire. Mo’s Smoking Pouch is portable, simple to use, and best of all, it can be used for cold as well as hot smoking.

GRILL HEAT AID Extreme Heat Resistant Grill/BBQ Gloves

Your hands are the one piece of meat you don’t want coming into contact with your grill’s cooking surface, and, with these gloves, you never have to worry about that again.

Rated up to EN4O7 high-grade heat resistance, these gloves will protect your hands from temperatures up to 932°F. 

Constructed of heat-absorbing aramid fabric layered over comfortable cotton, they are a great way to ensure the only crispy skin around is on your BBQ chicken.

A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker

Actual pellet grills are expensive and difficult to fit in a stocking. The A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker, on the other hand, is inexpensive, compact, and produces full-bodied smoke for up to 12 hours in almost any type of grill.

At just 5″ x 8″ and weighing only 12.6oz, this handy little pellet smoker is super portable. 

It can easily be brought to cookouts, camping, BBQs, or really anywhere you need to turn a standard grill into a multifunction smoking machine.

Barbecue Grill Light

Sometimes, being a dedicated pitmaster means late nights. You might be smoking your first brisket, or babysitting a delicious 15lb cajun-flavored turkey

Checking on your late-night meat feast used to mean using a torch and having one less hand free, but not longer! 

The Sirius 1.0 Barbecue Grill Light fits to just about any grill handle, thanks to its universal adjustable C-clamp clamp, and puts out 105 lumens worth of LED light. 

Best of all, the build quality of this light is exceptional. It can withstand sub-zero temperatures, backwash from your grill of up to 365º F, and it comes with its own waterproof cover.

BearMoo Kabob Skewers 

Sometimes, simple is exactly what you need, and these 10 BearMoo Kabob Skewers are designed with pure practicality in mind. 

The skewers are flat, so your kabobs won’t roll, and it’s much easier to flip them over. The handles are ergonomically designed to make them more comfortable and safer to handle, especially when hot.

At 17” long, the handles stick out of the grill, allowing you to turn your skewers without fully opening the lid and losing heat. All of this handy practicality comes wrapped up in its own canvas fabric pouch for secure storage.

Pink Butcher Paper Craft Role

In recent years, pink butcher paper has become every pitmaster’s best friend. This is thanks, in part, to James Beard Award-winning chef Aaron Franklin’s love of the stuff, but also because it really does work.

So, whether you are using it to wrap meat as a breathable alternative to foil, or to stave off the dreaded BBQ stall, having a roll on hand is always a blessing. 

Oren International Pink Butcher Paper is recommended by Mr. Franklin himself and is all-natural, unwaxed, and, most importantly, USDA food grade. 

It even comes with a complementary ‘Bare Bones of BBQ’ ebook to show you how to use it.

Meat Claws

Everyone loves pulled pork. The actual process of pulling it, well, that’s a different story.

With these heavy-duty, heat-resistant, and BPA-Free meat claws, you’ll be able to shred a reasonably sized chunk of smoked pork butt in under three minutes. Pulled pork for everyone!

The claws are also handy for transporting freshly cooked meat, thanks to their Bearpaw design, and they really round out your ninja Halloween costume.

Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs

The force is strong with these tongs! 

Perfect for the Star Wars obsessed pitmaster, these 22-inch steel, and heat-resistant plastic tongs are a great way to combine beautifully cooked burgers with strong opinions about Jar Jar Binks.

The only come in Sith red, which is ideal if you like your meat a little on the dark side….

Grillaholics Stuffed BBQ Press

The Grillaholics Stuffed BBQ Press makes making your own burgers a doddle. You can choose your individual ingredients, your own custom flavors, and whatever fillings you might want.

The press comes apart into three easy to clean pieces, and it’s even dishwasher safe. Giving this to your favorite pitmaster means less time making burgers and more time eating them.

Jalapeno Grill Rack

Jalapenos are a delicious spicy wonder food, but cooking them on a grill can be a little tricky. 

It only takes a few moments of inattention to burn them in a carbon-coated mess, and it’s hard to keep the filling in when they are horizontal.

The Jalapeno Grill Rack solves all those problems, keeping them vertical to minimize filling loss and holding them above the cooking surface to avoid scorching them. It can also be used to cook the crispiest of chicken drumsticks and comes with its own pepper corer.

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

Meathead Goldwyn, the barbecue whisperer supreme, hands down his wealth of BBQ knowledge to us in this weighty tome. 

Filled with a combination of years of grilling experience and a tight grasp on the science of cooking, this book distills many of the concepts found on the world’s most popular BBQ and grilling website, AmazingRibs.com, and is an excellent way to up your grilling game.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

A Meat-Smoking Manifesto is a New York Times Bestseller from James Beard Award-winning chef and winner of the” Best Barbecue in America” award from Bon Appétit, Aaron Franklin.

Aaron and his wife, Stacy, co-own Franklin Barbecue in Bryan, Texas. The restaurant opened in 2009 and quickly became a highlight of the Texas BBQ scene, being recognized as the “Best Barbecue in Texas” by Texas Monthly.

This book unlocks the secrets behind Franklin’s truly great barbecue and has garnered praise from no less than Anthony Bourdain himself.

BBQ Rub Gift Set

Make your meat explode with flavor using this range of handcrafted spice rubs from the High Plains Spice Company. To keep the ingredients as pure as possible, each of these rubs is free of any artificial colors, preservatives, fillers, anti-caking agents, MSG, and are gluten and GMO-free.

The rubs include a smoky, mesquite-flavored All American BBQ, a slightly spicy paprika packed Memphis Rub, a bark building pepper-heavy Beef Rub, and a BBQ Chicken rub that also works just as well with, veggies, pork, beef, or shrimp.

The Grillfather Men’s Grilling T-Shirt

Does someone in your life love grilling, gangsters, and Francis Ford Coppola? Then this apron is the perfect gift for them. 

This durable silk screen printed novelty apron will allow you to cook while still keeping your clothes clean enough to attend the Don’s daughter’s wedding. 

It’s also durable enough to be worn on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and Saturday!

Smoke Em If You Got Em T-Shirt

Smoking meat isn’t just a great way to take your cooking skills to the next level, it’s also a way of life!

This Hanes soft cotton tagless tee is a great way to allow your mum, dad, or grill-obsessed uncle Joe, let the world know about how much better smoked food is than, well, anything else. 

After all, we only live one, so smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

Snake River Farms Wagyu Ribeye Filet

Wagyu beef is globally recognized as some of the finest beef you can buy, and this richly marbled cut of tender beef perfection is an excellent example of why it has that reputation.

This particular Snake River Farms Wagyu Ribeye Filet is rated SRF Black, so better than USDA prime, and has been wet-aged for at least 21 days to improve its flavor and texture.

A mouthwatering combination of Wagyu crossed with high-quality Angus, this steak has a rich beefy flavor with the buttery smooth texture that makes Wagyu so sought after. 

If You Can Read This Bring Me Some Bacon

There are three things that nearly everyone loves; warm feet, bacon, and not having to do things themselves.

Hit the triple with these cozy cotton-blend socks for the pitmaster, or just general bacon-lover, in your life. Just remember to stock up on bacon and be prepared for them to wildly overused. 

Cedar Grilling Planks

Designed to add a spicy, fragrant flavor to your food, these planks can be used in the grill or in the oven. Simply place the food on them and let the wood do the rest.

While these cedar planks do work well with everything from vegetables to pork, they really shine when imparting a delicate finish to fish, particularly salmon. You don’t have to worry about additives or chemicals, the planks are all-natural, and you even get two free Alder planks!

Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter

The Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter does precisely what it says on the tin. It’s a simple piece of kit that makes starting your coals a simple, quick, and consistent process.

Just fill your Weber Chimney Starter with coals, and place it over two lit firelighters on your grill. In about 20-25 minutes you’ll have perfectly ashed briquettes that you can just pour into your grill.

Get one for the pitmaster in your life, and they’ll wonder how they ever lived without it.

6-Pack Barbecue Seasoning Set 

Packed fresh in the USA, this 6 pack selection of BBQ seasonings has something for everyone. 

  • Black & Bleu contains a mixture of warm Cajun spices and real dehydrated bleu cheese. 
  • Chile Margarita is full of warm chili heat and a touch of citrus. 
  • Cowboy Crust brings the fire with espresso powder, chiles, mustard, and brown sugar.
  • Greek Freak is all about the traditional herb, garlic, and onion blend.
  • Smoky Honey Habanero gives you a crystallized honey crust and habanero punch.
  • Raspberry Chipotle uses real dehydrated raspberry powder mixed with chipotle chile and a hint of brown sugar.

The pleasing presentation of these little glass jars and their faux-periodic table labels makes this a good looking gift.

Outdoor Popcorn Popper

There’s no reason that living that outdoor life should separate you from your favorite movie night snack.

This lightweight aluminum popcorn maker works just as well over campfires, grills, or fireplaces, and its 18-inch extending handle means the popcorn gets hot, but you hands stay cool.

Best used to produce three quarts of flawless popcorn while projecting a post-cookout western onto the side of the house.

Weber Smokey Joe

The Smokey Joe is an excellent portable kettle grill with enough room for five good-sized burgers on it. 

If you’re looking to provide someone with the solution to portable grilling, then the Smokey Joe is a great way to help them bring their cooking skills to picnics, tailgate parties, camping trips, and even beach parties.

With dimensions of just 14.2″ x 14.5″ x 17″ and weighing in at only 9.5 pounds, the Smokey Joe means you can bring the BBQ with you wherever you go.

Funny Pint Beer Glasses Gift Set

It’s no secret that beer and BBQ go together like chocolate and peanut butter. These glasses are an excellent way of holding a cold beer while still expressing your love of all things pork.

The designs are created using a fading-resistant high-quality silk-screened process, and the glasses themselves are 100% dishwasher safe.

I Drink, and I Know Things

If your significant other loves Game of Throne and is always threatening to do a Daenerys when they can’t find their bottle opener, this might be the gift for them.

The glass reminds everyone that, unlike Jon Snow, you do indeed know things. You even get your own Hand of the King bottle opener to reinforce you authority. Best to try and avoid going the way of Ned Stark, though. 

Mercer Culinary Chef’s Knife

This excellent high-carbon, no-stain German cutlery steel chef’s knife is the kind of all-purpose cooking tool that every pitmaster loves.

You don’t need to worry about it rusting or discoloration, and its taper-ground edge means it keeps a sharper edge for longer.

The full tang construction gives this knife great balance, and its ergonomic Santoprene handle means it won’t slip, even if your hands are wet.

Stryve Air Dried 100% Beef Biltong

The weather outside might be too frightful for grilling to be an option over the festive season, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut off from the meat treats. 

Biltong is a South African process of drying and preserving meat that creates a rich flavor that lighter than jerky. If you or the pitmaster in your life are trying to cut down on the calories, this meaty snack has no carbs, no sugar, and is keto and paleo-friendly.

It’s also free of artificial ingredients, colors, preservatives, additives, nitrates, gluten, dairy, and MSG.

OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Grilling Set

Proper grill tools make all the difference to a pitmaster, and this stainless steel turner and tongs set is an excellent example of why.

Durable, rust-resistant and, dishwasher safe, these tools come with extra-long 16″ handles to keep you hands well away from the heat, as well as scalloped heads to make picking up food with the tongs easier and a serrated cutting edge on the turner.

Non-slip handles keep the tools steady in your hands and, when not in use, the locking tabs keep the tongs closed for easy storage. 

GRILLHOGS Professional BBQ Basting Mop

A good grill mop lets you get an even spread on whatever glaze, sauce, marinade, or butter you are smearing across your barbecued meats.

This soft and absorbent mop is great way of soaking up thinner Carolina and Texas-Style BBQ sauces or if you are using a vinegar-based sauce. 

Getting the pitmaster in your life this brush means you can expect an extra measure of flavor to be basted over your holiday BBQ.

Hudson Durable Goods – Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron

Barbeque is a messy business, and there’s a lot of fat, sauce, and ash flying around. Keep your pitmaster presentable with this water-resistant and rugged 16 oz waxed canvas apron.

The cross back strap design takes the weight off the neck, and the large tool pockets on the front are ideal for a full selection of the tools we’ve suggested above.

Rivet reinforcements on pockets, double reinforced stitching on the pockets and straps, and the use of solid brass grommets means this apron can take everything the weather and a hot grill can throw at it without falling apart.

Wrapping it up

Christmas covered!

With our grilling gift guide, you’ll be able to find the grillers in your life the perfect festive stocking stuffer, all for less than $50.

And, between you and me, no-one’s going to blame you if you pick up a few things for yourself at the same time.

Do you have any ideas for seasonal gifts for the grill obsessed? Perhaps you got something last year you now can’t live without? Please do let us know in the comments below.

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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