Grilling is an art form we inherited from our primitive ancestors, who dug holes in the ground and rubbed sticks together so they could enjoy mesquite-tinged woolly mammoth. Contemporary grillers, in general, are more sophisticated and usually have matches on hand. They also have many products, tools, and devices that turn amateur grillers into stunning chefs who can tame backyards full of hungry guests. Here are ten can’t-miss items for the grillmaster on your gift list.
Burn Baby Burn | BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger Fan
Just like human beings and land-dwelling animals, the flaming fuel source in your barbecue needs oxygen to thrive. That’s exactly what the Dragon Fire Supercharger Fan delivers in droves. Clip it onto the rim of your grill, adjust the fan so it points directly at your lit coals, and let the fan blow at your choice of adjustable speeds. It brings your barbecue to perfect grilling temperature within mere minutes, without any stinky charcoal lighter fluid or drawn-out negotiations.
Raise Your Hands | Artisan Griller BBQ Heat Resistant Insulated Gloves
Ordinary kitchen gloves can’t deal with the awesome fury of an open-flame barbecue. The Artisan Griller BBQ Heat Gloves are not ordinary kitchen gloves. They’re 17 inches of heat-mocking protection, coated with neoprene rubber, reinforced with insulation and anti-slipping elements. Put them on and feel confident as you thrust your hands into the fire, picking up large chunks of hot meat without feeling so much as a tingle in your extremities. It even keeps your hands safe in boiling water if that’s something you’re into.
Respect the Goat | This Little Goat Cooking Sauces
This gift pack for the discriminating pit master includes five bottles of sauce and/or marinade created by James Beard Award-winning chef Stephanie Izard. Inspired by the cuisine of Asia and Mexico, the This Little Goat 5-pack brings the sweet, salty, tangy, spicy flavors of the world straight to your sizzling rig, without you having to obtain a passport or smooth-talk customs officials. Use these sauces in conjunction with the recipes on This Little Goat’s Pinterest page for most lip-smacking results.
We Did Start the Fire | Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter
Most lighters are stiffer and more inflexible than Buckingham Palace guards. It’s hard to get a lighter where it needs to go in a mound full of charcoal at the bottom of your kettle. Zippo turns that problem into mincemeat with this premium lighter with a bendable neck, as you see in some desk lamps. Fill this lightning rod full of butane, twist the neck so it fits in those troublesome gaps and crannies, and hit the switch. Soon your world will be in flames.
Hot or Not | MEATER Block WiFi Meat Thermometers
This groundbreaking barbecue set will never allow you to undercook meat on your grill ever again. Just stick one or all of the four probes straight into the food on your grill. They connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Open up an app, and you’ll get full reports on the going temperature of each food item and estimates on when they’ll be done. Should you not wish to hunker over your smartphone, the app can also send push notifications when everything’s hunky-dory.
Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em | Weber Stainless Steel Smoker Box
Smoke is more than just a vapor. When deployed in a grilling situation, wood smoke adds a whole new layer of flavor to any meat it brushes up again. But you can’t just saw down an apple tree and stick it in your gas grill. You need a smoker box, like this one. Fill it with damp wood chips, place it atop one of the burners, and set your food down. Within a few moments, smoke will pour out of it and surround your food with freshly charred goodness.
Tool for All Seasons | TNK Stingray 7 in 1 BBQ Grill Multitool
No more grabbing around for the right barbecue implement like a lunatic. The TNK Stingray is a combination of seven different, very necessary grilling tools all in one stainless steel contraption. It’s a double-pronged fork. It’s a spatula. It’s a flipper. It’s a pair of tongs, one of which has teeth. It’s a releasing mechanism. And just to show off, it’s also a bottle opener. Pick up the Stingray and throw away every other barbecue implement you have or melt them down to make an attractive bracelet.
Grill by the Book | How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques
Even the world’s master grillers started off burning chickens and accidentally setting doghouses on fire. But if they had this award-winning how-to guide and cookbook by Steven Raichlen, perhaps they could have mastered their craft even sooner. It’s got easy, step-by-step instructions for those brand new to the flame game, along with tons of mouth-watering recipes for grilling virtually every item under the sun, from meat, fish, and poultry to vegetables and desserts. If you get only one awe-inspiring grilling bible, make it this one.
Build Your Brand | Personalized Miniature Steak Branding Iron
What’s the good in having a signature dish if you can’t actually sign it? This personalized branding iron gives every item you grill your own stamp — literally. It comes personalized with three letters of your choice (we suggest your initials). Hold this iron in your fire as your food nears completion. When it’s hot enough, sear your initials onto the surface of the food. Then there can be no mistake about who made dinner.
Fire in the Coal | HOMENOTE Rapid Charcoal Chimney Starter Set
If you’ve been dousing your charcoal with noxious lighter fluid all these years, stop that nonsense right now and get yourself a charcoal chimney. It lights up a column of charcoal in minutes with none of the rank odor or taste of chemical fuel. This amazing gift set includes a chimney, some fire starters, heat-resistant mitts, and a portable air fan if you want to get nasty. You will never eat another burger that tastes like diesel gas ever again.