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Use this grilling gift guide to find the perfect gift for guys (or gals) who love to grill and barbecue. Looking for a stocking stuffer? Check out our 30 best grilling gifts under $50.
Barbecue and grilling tools
The tools of the trade. Accessories and gadgets for smoking and grilling.
This is a thermometer aimed at competition level barbecue teams. But it’s still perfect for home use and anyone who takes barbecue seriously.
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 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 sight. Check out our in-depth review here.
There are a million and one different barbecue rubs to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with this three pack from Killer Hogs.
This is the rub made by Malcolm Reed of HowToBBQRight YouTube fame.
This is the perfect gift for the pyromaniac in your life.
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.
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.
Perfect for anyone who isn’t satisfied waiting 15-20 minutes to light up their charcoal smoker.
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.
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.
Ideal for anyone who loves smoky flavored food, but doesn’t have a dedicated smoker.
We live our gas griddles here. There’s a huge range of different types of food you can cook from delicious breakfasts to Teppanyaki style.
Neon glass fiber barbecue light with 10 ultra bright LED lights, allowing you to grill at night and properly see what you are doing.
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 356°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.
Ideal for 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.
Not pitmaster should be without their instant-read thermometer. It’s the key to getting your food to precisely the level of the doneness you want.
The Thermoworks ThermoPop is a rugged little probe thermometer with a large backlit display to make it as easy as possible to see the temperature readings. It’s rubber-coated and splashproof, to survive the rigors of the cooking process, and has a massive temperature range of 58 to 572°F.
With a Super-Fast 4-second response time and a rotating display, the ThermoPop will give you speedy and easy to read temperature readings, regardless of what hand it’s in.
17 inch kabob skewers with ergonomically designed handles for easy use. They are also flat, meaning they won’t roll or spin.
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.
FDA approved paper which can be used to wrap, store and cook food. Not to mention line trays, tables, and storage containers.
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.
Perfect for anyone who fits the breaded hipster “Aaron Franklin is God” bbq stereotype.
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. 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.
Ideal for anyone with an old kettle grill who would like to try smoking. Also great for those with a limited budget or little space who would like a versatile barbecue.
If you have a charcoal smoker the FireBoard 2 allows you to monitor up to 6 different temperatures at once on your phone, while also controlling the temp of your smoker via the 12v fan.
As the successor to the super popular original, FireBoard 2 brings a range of enhancements. The fan tech is integrated so you don’t have to buy a separate fan cable
This is a great option for anyone that likes to cook on charcoal but wants to be able to leave the smoker unattended without worrying about crazy temperature fluctuations.
We like to cook outside but sometimes you need to venture into the kitchen.
Make delicious meat products at home such as sausages and burgers with this hand-powered mincer.
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 it 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.
Those who like making their meat products from scratch.
A versatile, German made, high quality chef’s knife.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of knives, a set of good steak knives can also be a great gift idea and we have a whole post reviewing the best options on the market.
A wooden cutting board that 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.
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.
Living that BBQ life means there are always leftovers. Good food isn’t something you should let go to waste, and giving the gift of vacuum sealing this Christmas means you’ll never have to throw freezer burnt or spoiled food away again.
The Foodsaver V4400 makes vacuum sealing easy. It has automatic bag detection, to make getting the best seal as easy as possible, and it also automatically detects moisture, to make sure none gets sucked into the machine itself.
The sealed-up food can then be cooked or reheated straight from frozen in a sous vide.
Speaking of sous vide, this handy little gadget turns any pot in your kitchen into exactly that. It’s got 1100 watts of power to get the water up to temp as fast as possible and keeps that water at a temperature that is accurate to 0.2°F.
To make sous vide cooking as easy as possible, the Joule is Bluetooth and WiFi ready and is even compatible with Amazon Alexa.
So, whether you are cooking a frozen steak right out of the vacuum bag or reheating last night’s ribs, the Joule will let you do it from the comfort of your favorite chair.
The STX Turboforce is a lean, mean, meat-grinding machine. Its 3000 Watts of motor power and 304 Grade Stainless Steel Cutting Blades means it makes short work of just about anything you need minced.
It also comes with a full meat grinding kit, including a kibbe making attachment, two free meat shredding claws, and a burger maker. The build quality of this beast is backed up by a full 3-year warranty.
Meat and grilling experiences
Chances are anyone who takes barbecue seriously will already have all the gear they need. Don’t get people who grill grilling accessories. Get them stuff to grill!
Our favorite purveyor of high-end authentic Japanese Wagyu, Kobe and American Wagyu, Holy Grail Steak Co, have a selection of different packs that make the ultimate gift for any meat lover.
You can’t go wrong with the American Wagyu Steak Flight but if you really want to splash out the is a once in a lifetime experience.
If a well-cooked brisket is the gold standard of barbecue, then it makes sense to use a world-class cut of meat when you are cooking one.
The Snake River Farms Brisket is taken from a mix of Black Angus and American raised Wagyu, giving it a rich beefy taste and intense marbling that gives it unbeatable tenderness.
Each Wagyu brisket is hand-cut by a master butcher and wet-aged to enhance the flavor. Truly an exceptional piece of beef.
If you want to bring your BBQ skills up to the next level, then you need to learn from the best. Thankfully, Mr. Aaron Franklin, king of the Texas barbecue, is looking for students.
The Aaron Franklin Masterclass offers sixteen lessons from the James Beard Award-winning pitmaster that shows you how to prepare and cook a range of barbecue classics, including his world-famous brisket.
The lessons are taught online, so you can access them from anywhere and on any internet-enabled device. You’ll also get a downloadable cookbook of Aaron’s recipes as well as lesson recaps, techniques, and barbecue tips and tricks.
It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from the master himself.
Crowd Cow offer a range of meat gift packs. There’s plenty of different steak packs obviously, but you can also find some tasty seafood, chicken and pork.
I especially like the look of ‘The Perfect Steak-cation‘ which includes 2x New York Strips, 2x Bone-in Ribeyes and 2x Filet Mignon.
There’s plenty more to choose from though so be sure to checkout the full range.
Another subscription box that pairs amazingly with the Crowd Cow Steak Lover’s Subscription, the Grill Masters Club Subscription offers you some of the best barbecue accompaniments that you can imagine.
Each box contains one of Grill Masters curated award-winning BBQ sauces, some of the best rubs on the market, a selection of wood chips, a Chef’s Choice secret item from Grill Masters’ certified BBQ judge, and delicious expertly-crafted recipes for that feature each of the products in the box.
It’s a great way to encounter new and exciting BBQ flavors and accessories on a regular basis.
While it won’t let anyone skip the line at Aaron Franklin’s famous Texas barbecue joint, one of these cards will at least enable the bearer to sample the incredible food inside.
Small enough to slip easily into a card, giving a Franklin Barbecue Physical Gift Card means you are opening up a whole new world of meaty goodness for one lucky person. The cards are good for use on food and merchandise both in the restaurant and on the Franklin Barbecue web store.
Barbecue and grilling books
Books that no self respecting bbq or grilling fanatic would be disappointed to unwrap.
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.
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.
Written by award winning pitmaster and restaurant owner, Aaron Franklin, this book is hailed by many to be the definitive guide to Texas barbecue.
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.
James Beard Award-winning Texas-barbecue legend Aaron Franklin turns his hand to steak in this must-have book for meat lovers.
Not content with just writing New York Times bestselling bible for BBQ, Aaron is back to break down the science and art of cooking the perfect steak. Rather than just a collection of recipes, this is a full steak education, and by the end, you’ll understand everything there is to know about how to cook the perfect steak.
The first cookbook from Iron Chef and restaurateur Michael Symon, probably best known as the co-host of The Chew, this meaty tome is packed with over 70 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, that Micheal opened in his hometown of Cleveland.
This book is an excellent gift for anyone looking to expand their BBQ knowledge and really learn their dry ribs from their wet ribs.
Written by renowned chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart, Pitmaster is full of amazing recipes, from baby back ribs to homemade cornbread.
As well as being a cookbook, Pitmaster is an homage to the BBQ traditions of America.
The recipes are broken down by the area of the country in which they originated and are accompanied by excellent photography of the most beautiful places in the USA.
If you are looking for the perfect gift to get someone who is developing an interest in hunting or fishing, then this is an ideal choice.
Written by the host of the popular podcast MeatEaster, Steven Rinella, this book brings together a host of recipes and cooking tips for all the creatures you might find out in the wild. In its pages, you’ll find the best way to prepare and cook animals from moose to bullfrogs and everything in between.
Tuffy Stone is a five-time Barbecue World Champion, so when he talks about barbecue, you can be sure he knows what he’s talking about.
Cool smoke is an excellent primer to the world of barbecue. Not only does it have over 100 recipes in it, but it also contains a wealth of information on subjects like how to choose the right cooker, how to prepare your own brines, rubs, and sauces, and how to best trim a cut of meat.
If you’re going to take BBQ advice from anyone, it may as well be a multiple world-championship winner!
Finding a book that combines a massive stack of excellent grill recipes with a collection of stories told about a true icon of American cinema written by his son, is a little tricky, and that is precisely what makes this book so unique.
Written by Ethan Wayne, The Official John Wayne Way to Grill mixes over 100 of ‘The Duke’s’ favorite meat-based recipes with an equal amount of rare photos, personal anecdotes, and heartwarming stories.
Ideal for anyone who picked up their love of grilling from old spaghetti westerns.
Written by chef Fergus Henderson, The Complete Nose to Tail brings together two of his well-regarded earlier books, Whole Beast and Beyond Nose to Tail.
Henderson’s London-based restaurant, St. John, has been visited by cooking luminaries such as Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver, and Daniel Boulud, so he must be doing something right.
An excellent work of ‘all parts of the buffalo’ style cooking, The Complete Nose to Tail is a fantastic guide to using otherwise forgotten or discarded ingredients, such as bone marrow and pig’s trotters.
The term Charcuterie comes from a French word meaning ‘cooked meat’ and is a branch of cooking devoted cured meat products, which is precisely what you can expect from this book.
If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves smoking and curing meat, then this is it. The book is rammed full of excellent recipes and techniques for curing everything from salami and chorizo to duck confit, sausages, and cold-smoked salmon.
Outdoor and Entertaining
Ooni have taken over as the go to for affordable, backyard pizza ovens.
Thanks to their clever design which allows them to reach scorching hot temps you can turn out restaurant-quality pizza.
Ooni have a range of different pizza ovens to choose from depending on what fuel you want to use.
A seriously durable apron which is water resistant, with double stitched seams, plenty of pockets and adjustable cross back straps to suit every frame.
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.
A hard-to-destroy cooler with enough capacity to hold 26 cans (including the ice needed to keep them cool).
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.
A wireless Bluetooth speaker with a range up to 30 feet.
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 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.
Those who are short on space, tend to move around, or can’t make a permanent fire pit in their yard.
If you want more options, we have a whole post reviewing the best fire pits where you will also find helpful tips on what to look for when buying one.