Everybody loves grilled food. That’s why you see many homes firing up the grill as soon as clear weather is afoot. Some people, however, take grilling just a bit more seriously than others, investing not just in proper equipment and tools, but the time and effort necessary to make the best barbecue. Whether they’re professional pitmasters that run a local joint or a backyard amateur who likes to fancy themselves a grill sergeant of sorts, these are some BBQ gift ideas they will probably appreciate.
Charcoal Companion Non-Stick Mesh Grill Bag
If they like grilling, then they probably grill everything, including all sorts of smaller food items like vegetables and shrimp. This heat-resistant mesh bag ensures you can grill smaller food items without risking losing them between the grates, complete with a nonstick coating that ensures easy removal of even the most delicate fish once you’re done. No need to put difficult-to-grill items in a skewer – just throw them all in the bag and you’re set. The best part? You can easily cook each side by simply turning the bag over, making the whole thing even simpler. The bag is dishwasher-safe, too, so you can easily clean it and use it for next time.
Everyone who enjoys grilling inevitably ends up with a little extra time on their hands, which they then proceed to use experimenting with low-and-slow cooking, either barbecuing food for hours or smoking them for even longer. When your recipient reaches that point, they’ve got this handy reference to turn to, which offers step-by-step guides to over 100 smoked-to-perfection recipes. It covers all the essential skills you’ll need, from learning the different fuels and smoking woods to mastering the different techniques, with the recipes running the gamut from staples like smoked brisket, ribs, and pork belly to more unusual fare like smoked cheesecake. Seriously.
This 18-inch BBQ spatula can do quick work of turning burgers and steaks on the grill, all while also functioning as a grill fork, a knife, and a bottle opener. We know, opening bottles with your spatula sounds like a greasy proposition, but you can skip it if you’ve got alternative options. Sure, you’ll still need a pair of tongs for handling more delicate food items, but this is definitely more useful than a plain old spatula.
Is it the best BBQ apron out there? Heck, no. However, with a rugged camouflage print and a ridiculous amount of pockets, it’s definitely one of the most fun. Not only does it have pockets for all your tools and sauces, it comes with a bandolier that can hold beer cans and bottles alike, complete with a hanging bottle opener, so you can enjoy a swig every time you turn the rotisserie chicken.
These gloves are rated to resist temperatures up to 938 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring it will keep your hands safe around the hottest grills, while the rubber construction ensures all those hot juices from your meats won’t end up penetrating straight to your skin. It has a textured surface that ensures you can grip oily food without having them slip, with a neoprene-coated cotton liner keeping things comfortable for your hands. The gloves are available in two sizes.
Want to gift something your barbecue-obsessed recipient will definitely use? Far as we know, no grillmaster can resist a well-curated spice set, especially when it’s tailored specifically for grilling. This collection gives you 20 small bottles, each with different types of spice rubs and seasonings, so they can potentially try to find new ones they like, including staples like Cajun rub, tongue-burners like jalapeno rub, and a few exotic flavors from the Carribean, Jamaica, and more.
Is it still the fastest instant-read food thermometer in the market? We don’t know, but it definitely was when it first came out last year, allowing you to see the readings within a second, instead of having to wait three to 20 seconds like other food thermometers. It performs those instant readings while being highly accurate (+/- 0.5 degree Fahrenhit), too, courtesy of a thermocouple system that’s been developed to balance the faster temperature readings with the delicate electronics. Features include an auto-rotating display, automatic backlighting, and waterproof construction.
Grilled food is great, but even the most avid barbecue faithful can use a pizza break once in a while. This accessory goes on top of your backyard grill and uses heat from it to cook a pizza you set down on the cordierite ceramic surface inside. It has an integrated thermometer that lets you see the how hot it’s gotten inside the oven, which should be very useful when preheating it to pizza-cooking temperatures. You can use it with any gas, charcoal, and pellet grill that has enough room to accommodate its 15.8 x 13.8 x 6.3 inch (depth x width x height) dimensions. Once preheated, cooking a pizza should take around six to nine minutes.
Now on its third generation, this cleaning robot remains the most convenient way to clean the ickiest grill grates. Just turn it on, leave it on top of the grates, close the lid, and let it go to work. The robot’s three electric motors will engage, spinning the integrated brushes that then spur the robot to jump around the grates, with the onboard processor regulating the robot’s speed and direction to ensure it covers the entire area. It comes with nylon brushes, although you can order more robust brass and stainless steel variants if you want something even tougher for cleaning.
Yes, there are plenty of cheaper aprons out there. If you want one that’s been built from the ground up specifically for barbecue maestros, though, you might want to spare the extra cost to pick this up instead. Designed to protect beyond spills and splashes, this rugged denim apron is finished with a flame-resistant treatment that ensures it will never catch flames even when you accidentally come in contact with fire, while built-in insulation keeps out the fiery temperatures, so you stay comfortable on the other side. Features include a wide profile for maximum front coverage, a quilted double layer patch on the belly for added protection, and adjustable straps.
You know those Korean barbecue places where they have literal grills in the middle of the dining table for you to cook your food in? Well, this charcoal grill embraces that idea, coming in a compact size that’s designed to sit right in the middle of your outdoor table while you gather around to feast. It’s designed to facilitate optimal airflow to ensure a sustained burn time without burning whatever surface its set down on. Just make sure not to use it on plastic tabletops and you’ll be fine. The cooking grate measures 15 x 7 inches, which should be big enough to cook up to four burgers, two large steaks, or nine skewers at a time.