Barbecue gifts never go out of style. Whether you’re on the east coast snowed in during the holidays or on the west coast in a perpetual summer, BBQ gifts remind us of the joys of summer feasting no matter time of the year it is. Here are some of the greatest gift ideas your brother, uncle, dad – or whoever the barbecue master in your life – will love.
- Digital Meat Thermometer
Even grill masters can occasionally serve up overdone steaks or underdone chicken. That’s why one of the best gifts you can give is a digital meat thermometer. It will quickly and effortlessly tell the chef when meat is ready to move off of the grill and onto your plate.
- Custom T-Shirt
There’s no official uniform for the barbecue expert, but a custom T-shirt creation can quickly become part of the weekend afternoon outfit. If you’ve got an inside joke, plaster that right across the shirt. Through design programs like Canva, you can even make your own designs and have it printed onto a casual T-shirt.
- Stainless Steel Kabob Skewers
Every once in a while, it’s nice to upgrade the grill experience and make veggie skewers or tasty chicken kabobs. The only downside is remembering to soak wooden skewers so they don’t catch on fire on the grill. Stainless steel kabob skewers are much easier to use and they are all reusable for multiple backyard parties.
- Barbecue Branding Iron
If your favorite BBQ fanatic a little bit of a cowboy at heart? One of the most unique bbq gift ideas out there is a personalized branding iron. This lets the recipient sear his steaks with his initials!
- Bad Ass Cooking Gear
BBQ chef aprons protect you from burns, and it also protects your clothing from charcoal stains and barbecue sauce spills. A classic brushed denim chef’s apron also sets you apart from the casual grillers and showcases your commitment to the craft of barbecue.
- Wooden Grilling Planks
Some of the most popular foods for barbecuing, such as shrimp and salmon, shouldn’t always be placed directly on the grill. A wooden grill plank made from cedar or maple can protect delicate foods from burning and also impart a delicious flavor.
- Heavy Duty Cooler
What goes better with an afternoon barbecue than a cold beer? Ensure your grill master always has a cold beer at hand by gifting them a heavy duty cooler that can hold upwards of a six pack and some ice.
- Grill Cookbooks
Every grill expert has a few tried and true recipes. To expand his culinary knowledge, however, invest in a few barbecue cookbooks. The recipient might learn some new techniques or flavor combinations to make every barbecue just a little bit better.
- Tiki Torches
Two of the most common complaints during a barbecue are bugs and waning daylight. That’s especially true as fall approaches. Tiki torches illuminate the backyard, and you can even add citronella to them to chase away bugs like mosquitoes.
- New Rubs and Spice Sets
Struggling to think of a gift for the barbecue king who already seems to have everything? A fantastic idea is to splurge on some new barbecue rubs or spices. Invest in some unusual flavor combinations like a lime and chili rub or a sweet and spicy steak spice. These flavorsome accessories are tasty and practical at the same time.
- First Aid Kit
With all the fun of barbecue season, no one likes to think about the safety hazards of the grill. The good news is that investing in a simple first aid kit can keep your barbecue master safe. Look for a portable first aid kit that can be stashed outside or right on the bottom shelf of the grill so that it is always within reach when you need it most.
- Portable Outdoor Speaker
Turn an ordinary Saturday afternoon in front of the grill into a party with an outdoor speaker. Look for something waterproof and portable so that whoever is in charge of the barbecue and pick their favorite tunes and move the speaker around as needed.
- Meat Shredder Claws
When a big hunk of meat comes out of the smoker, there’s only one thing left to do: Shred it up! A pair of meat shredder claws is a fun and whimsical way to achieve an important step in the process, and it’s a nod to the primal aspects of cooking up a bunch of hearty food.
Each of these gift ideas can bring joy to the grill master in your life. They can help anyone get the most out of the last summer barbecue sessions, and they can also be something to look forward to next spring. Make sure to have fun and be safe on your next grilling adventure.