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#MeatGeek Approved — Best Gift Ideas for Any Griller or Meat Smoking Lover in Your Life for 2020
These 25 gift ideas are perfect for that meat-loving, grill-wielding, BBQ fanatic you know; or just anyone who enjoys eating. From Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, to the best birthday gift for the guy (or girl) who has everything.
Below you’ll find cool bbq presents for men and woman alike. These items are certain to put a smile on the face of any griller. Handpicked by our team these 15 picks are collaborated from winners of our extensive product reviews. From nifty tools and accessories to make cooking easier, or a new grill setup to take BBQ to the next level.
All these items have been tested and are 100% Meat Geek Approved!
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25 BEST GRILLING GIFTS
With so many cookbooks on the market this one reinvents them. From Cooks Illustrated, 400+ pages of grilling knowledge that only a science test lab could deliver. While all recipes have been developed with technical data and scientific method testing, they are all delivered in a way that’s easy for even a novice griller to understand; if you want to know how the recipe was perfected you can review the case study. Even a “Master of the Grill” can become a student.
“A terrifically accessible and useful guide to grilling in all its forms that sets a new bar for its competitors on the bookshelf.” –Publishers Weekly
Who doesn’t like flamethrowers? Ladies, who doesn’t like a hairdryer? Yup, this has both. A flame throwing hairdryer – maybe it’s not the best composition for a hairdryer, but to light a grill, awesome.
Starting coals in less than a minute or two, charcoal grilling just got convenient. Only drawback, it has to be plugged in so don’t plan on taking it camping.
The ThermoPop is our favorite stocking stuffer. It comes with a clever pen-like cover, that great for the BBQ nerd in all of us, that makes it easy and safe to store in your pocket.
Loaded with more features than you can shake a stick at, its super-fast, reading temperatures accurately in just 3 seconds. The rotating display lets you easily see the readout no matter the angle. It also has large backlit digits for the squinters. The splash-proof design is fail-safe, my son threw mine in the pool, and it still works. Also, my son is up for adoption if you’re interested. The battery lasts forever but can be easily replaced if needed. Finally, it’s compact, with a thin probe, which fits perfectly into any sized stocking.
Only at ThermoWorks.com (don’t trust the cheap knockoffs sold on Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, etc.).
Ready to take your BBQ game to the next level? Nothing feels quite like shredding pork with your own hands or grabbing it right off the grill with your own hands. But if you’re going to do that, you’re going to need this silicone set to keep your hands safe.
The silicone gloves are food grade, waterproof, stainproof and odor proof, so you can handle all kinds of juicy meat and food completely safely, even handling them while they’re still piping hot. The silicone shredder claws make shredding pulled pork and brisket superbly easy, and let you grab hot food directly from the grill. And the heat-resistant basting brush serves well to baste and brush meat with sauces without melting or leaving bristles all over the place.
The whole set makes cleaning dead simple, too. The shredder claws are dishwasher-safe, the gloves can simply be washed just like you’re washing your hands, and the basting brush detaches from the handle for easy cleaning. Add these gloves to your BBQ lover’s toolset, and you’ll be playing in the BBQ big leagues. For more on finding the perfect pair of kitchen gloves check out our complete guide on gloves.
This is a must for anyone who doesn’t own a smoker. A conversion kit for your kettle (Weber) grill to transform it into a smoking machine. Using this will yield better smoked ribs, pork and brisket than most electric smokers and even some designed smokers such as char-grillers. But that’s not all, this device also makes indirect cooking a breeze, effectively searing steaks then allowing for a perfect cool zone for them to finish cooking. Did I mention it bakes effectively too? There’s not much the Slow ‘N Sear doesn’t do. This is like the infomercial product that actually does what it says it can do. The Slow N’ Sear will work with most any style grill.
Who hates pizza? That’s right, nobody. We’re normally not one for grill modifications most of them are gimmicks. While pizza-stones are effective in making pizza on the grill (or oven), the KettlePizza works better to obtain a real firebrick oven crust. Not only is it effective in its functionality, there’s something about sliding the peel in and pulling out a perfect looking brick oven pizza.
The reason we prefer this to a pizza-stone comes down to the design. Inside, there is space on the sides for heat to transfer up around the pizza. In the back, a space for wood chunks or logs – just like a brick oven. The heavy duty steel reflector which sits above the pizza transfers heat back down onto the top of the pizza; this is really what fixes the homemade pizza problem: crust cooks, but toppings don’t get that pro finish.
A good homemade pizza is all about high fast high heat, nothing on the market does a better job using existing equipment.
This works with kettle style grills that are 18.5” or 25.5” (this covers all Webers and most other kettle style grills). Our second best gadget for homemade pizza is the Baker Stone; you may want to consider this if you’re unsure if the person you are shopping for owns a kettle grill.
The Pit Barrel Cooker Co. has developed a kit — to deliver to your doorstep — the most effective smoker money can buy for under $300; in fact, it took our top spot in our best smoker under $500. It includes everything you need to quickly throw together your own Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS). Okay okay, it’s cheating – if you want the step-by-step walkthrough of what goes into truly building your own UDS smoker you can see our walkthrough here. However, the Pit Barrel Cooker Co. has collaborated all the parts (including the barrel) so you can enjoy the fun of assembling a UDS and have the right to say, “I built it myself”, all without the need for chasing down the parts and breaking out the tools. The design of the UDS is perfect for maintaining consistent temperature for 8 to 10 hours without the need for babysitting – prepare for the prefect brisket!
No longer do you have to sit around babysitting the grill. You are now free to mingle with your guest, go to the store or even leave the house for the day while smoking that delicious brisket. Complete with a mobile app you can monitor the internal temperature of your grill and meat all from your smart phone. And here’s the kicker, it even comes with a blower device that will control the internal temperature of your grill. This means you are not only able to monitor the temperature of your food from your smart phone, but you can also manipulate the internal temperature of your grill.
A good barbecue thermometer is a necessity to get your smoker to the temperature it needs to be for perfect grilling and superior smoking. Metal gauges aren’t all created equal. Most, are cheap metal, and shouldn’t be trusted, especially on those cheaper, smaller grills. But not this one. This heavy-duty, high-quality thermometer from Tel-Tru is made in the USA from durable stainless steel. It measures anywhere form 100-500 degrees with +/- 1-degree accuracy, looks sweet, and has a large 3” round face – easy to read and accurate. What else could you ask for in a metal temperature gauge?
While we went back and forth about including this one on our Top 25 gift list, we decided it was deserving. We’re all about the process of smoking food but sometimes you just want simplicity with flavor that tastes like you’ve slaved all day. Additionally, smoking drinks, ice cream, and other unorthodox foods requires no skill. So, while we take our smoking foods seriously we know sometimes it’s not possible. If you live in an apartment or area where you’re not able to own a smoker this is certainly a game changer. Lasty, this is about the most inexpensive device sold by PolyScience Culinary who is known for their commercial grade equipment.
Want to get into pellet grilling, but don’t want to pay the big bucks? The Davy Crockett Grill from Green Mountain Grills is a lean, mean grilling machine that works just as well as the big-name pellet grills you see on TV, at half the price. Wood pellets are automatically fed from the 17-pound hopper into the firebox by an electric auger. The grill is large enough for two racks of ribs or 6 large steaks, or a ton of burgers at once.
At 57 pounds, it’s not exactly, but remains small and portable to throw in the back of a truck for camping, tailgating or any other occasion that calls for smoking hot meat. You can power it with either 12V or 120AC power, plugging it into both your regular outlet and your car’s cigarette lighter when on the go.
Best of all, the Davy Crocket Grill includes a meat probe and Sense-Mate, which monitors the grill’s internal temperature, and is connected to WiFi. Download the Green Mountain Grills app onto your phone, and you can keep an eye on your meat, adjust the temperature, and receive alerts when it’s done, from anywhere. You can even create custom grilling profiles to recreate your favorite grilled recipe again and again.
We stacked this bad boy side-by-side against 5 other top selling gas grills – the Weber Spirit was the #MeatGeek preferred winner.
Here’s what we learned throughout the process:
We had no problem getting a nice sear on steaks and burgers. Almost all the grills we reviewed were able to do this, some more evenly than others. Where the Weber Spirit excelled was in its ability to slow cook. Our racks of ribs came out tender and smoky. It’s sturdy design and quality materials make this a grill that will get the job done and stand the test of time.
The Weber Spirit II is designed with durable and solid cast aluminum, the lid is built of heavy duty steel. The vent on the back is comprised of just a single horizontal slit, verses multiple scattered vents.
As for all the “important” features, BTUs and the amount of burners, really aren’t much of a factor. When it comes to gas grills there’s no substitute for design and a cookbox made with heavy duty metal. Our winner, the Weber Spirit E-210 had among the least BTUs compared to the other grills we tested and only three burners. However, there were five heat bars (flavorizers) which proved to be key in distributing even heat and allowing for fat drippings to turn into luscious smoke flavors.
Additionally, the Weber Spirit E-210 comes in natural or propane gas models.
UPDATE 10/3/19: This grill has been marked down significantly due to the rollout of the Spirit II E-310. The Spirit II 310 maintains the same design features that caused us to select the 210 as our preferred grill under $500, however, the 310 contains an additional burner, 75 extra square inches, and about 4,000 extra BTUs.
The Professional Brazilian Steakhouse Knife Set is the perfect gift for anyone, not just BBQ lovers. There is something about a brawny, heavy-duty steak knife that completes a meal. These knives are made by a Brazilian company that originally crafted machetes for clearing out acres of jungle in South America. Each knife in this box set is made using pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel blades; in other words, just like a machete, they will cut through any type of meat. Whether you are looking at a tender, tough, burnt, or raw piece of meat, you can rest assured that your steak knife can handle anything. They are easy to care for because they are dishwasher safe, and the blade is rust and stain-resistant. The hardwood handle is secured with 3 rivets for a stable bond. You are not going to find a better steak knife anywhere.
You’ve never owned a real knife until you get your hands on a Mercer Culinary Granton Edge Slicer.
It makes all other knives look like spoons. You can pay $300 for a high-end santoku and never get the cutting quality that is equal to the Mercer. It will be the best $20 you’ve ever spent in your life.
The Mercer slicer has a 14-inch Granton edge, which has shallow divets on the face. These divets keep the meat from sticking to the blade. Its razor-sharp edge is easy to maintain and will cut through anything with just the barest amount of pressure. This includes your fingers, so if you don’t want to be known as Nine-Fingered-Fred, then be careful. It has an ergonomic handle, textured finger grips, and is made out of the highest quality Japanese steel, which is resistant to stains, rust, and corrosion.
Every wonder what the key is to perfectly cooked steakhouse meat? You might think you have a great knife sharpener, but you’re wrong. You won’t know how bad you have it until you try the Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener Ken Onion Edition.
This sharpener can make a razor-sharp edge out of anything. Literally, it is not just for kitchen knives. This badass sharpener will hone axes, gut hooks, and even mower blades. Need to cut down a tree, but all you have is a tent stake? Let this tool sharpener turn that stake into a crosscut saw. Misplaced your meat cleaver? Don’t worry, just grab your axe and sharpen it up. This electric sharpener has an angle guide that adjusts from 15 to 30 degrees, with just the turn of a knob. Or you can remove the guide to sharpen up your hatchet or tomahawk.
Craving some perfectly seared meat but don’t feel like firing up the grill? Opt for cast iron, with its natural, even heat retention. This Lodge cast iron griddle has you covered. With a ribbed grill top on one side, a flat griddle on the other side, and pre-seasoned finish that improves with use, this bad boy can create crispy chicken and superior seared steaks right on your gas stove top, and then be put right into the oven to finish it off. Grill marks included. It works with more than just meat, too whipping up fluffy pancakes and home-style eggs to go with your bacon.
To clean, simply hand wash in the sink, and rub in some vegetable to keep the seasoning fresh. The options are endless – bake, broil, grill. Bring out to the campsite for easy grilling and hot breakfast over the fire. And since it is cast-iron, you can expect it to last for decades of cooking. By far, the best, most versatile cast iron griddle set you’re going to find without spending a small fortune.
If you haven’t tried infrared grilling, you’re missing out. This portable, compact griller uses TPU infrared technology to cook juicy meats and delicious grilled vegetables, without the flame and smoke that usually accompany such traditions. An infrared between the propane-powered flame and the grill grates creates smooth, radiant heat, cooking your food more evenly than regular open-flame grilling, and without the flareups, scorching flames and charred meat. And with way less cleanup.
Thus, it is opportune for camping, tailgating and parties, where tons of smoke and greasy messes may not be welcome, and where you probably don’t feel like lugging around a full-size grill, and cleaning up after it later.
The Char-Broil reaches 600 degrees and gets down to a light simmer with a turn of knob, has 200 square inches of cooking space, and weighs about 20 pounds. The hefty cast aluminum build and sturdy legs ensures you take it into the woods and (gently) toss it around the car without damaging it.
Here’s a funny grilling gift. But it’s not all fun and games – okay, it is; but it’s not just for the kids.
Salt + Gun = Dead Flies
The only problem is resisting the temptation to use it indoors – while you can, covering your house in salt may not go over so well with the Mrs. While it doesn’t work on bees or wasps, it works as advertised on flies and also other soft skeletal critters such as spiders and slugs. Flies have never been such a welcomed guest…
American Wagyu brisket is the cream of the crop when it comes to meat. Many of us commoners have a love-hate relationship with brisket because of its tendency to dry out. But Wagyu defies this stereotype.
Wagyu means Japanese cow, and in Japan, these cows were originally used like oxen because of their strength and endurance. All that hard work created a genetic predisposition for intramuscular fat, or as we loving refer to it, marbling. In a Wagyu, you will find a marbling that is consistent and superior in quality.
Usually with brisket, an abundant marbling is rare, but with American Wagyu, you will find a seductively delicious marbling. The marble siren of Wagyu is the key to counteracting the dryness problem most of us face with traditional briskets. Not only does it create more moisture, but it also tastes like heaven. It’s this heavenly flavor that makes it the standard brisket for most BBQ championship.
Wagyu beef is, arguably, the best beef in the world. The high-quality marbling is something you just don’t get with other briskets, and its rich and luxurious flavor makes it worth every penny.
John Boos Co. is one of the pioneers (since 1887) of wooden kitchen tables and butcher blocks. This is the manliest of all cutting boards. 24” by 18” and 2” thick, designed of rock hard maple. Specially created to capture those savory juices and pour them back over the meat before serving; or use them to make a great pan sauce. Reversible to work as a traditional cutting board. Smaller sizes are available, all the way down to 15” x 14” inches. You won’t find a better cutting board. This model is also available without the catch tray if you’re looking to save a few bucks.
You don’t have to be a fancy French chef to try your hand at sous vide, because it’s easier to do than it is to pronounce. Sous vide is like a long luxurious bubble bath for your food. The result is tender, moist, and savory meat.
Soo veed (sous vide) is a cooking technique where you stuff a plastic bag full of meat, then place it in a pot of water. Then using a special heater, the water warms up to a set temperature. Next, the precision cooker regulates the water, maintaining a consistent temperature. Because the regulator ensures the water remains at the set temperature the meat never gets any hotter than the water. This means you will never overcook meat again, it’s basically magic. This is our top luxurious gift idea because combining sous vide cooking with grilling is a match made in meat lovers heaven.
The magic wand you need for this technique is Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker. This device is perfect for the home chef, it is Bluetooth enabled and can be adjusted manually or with the Anova app. It also has an adjustable clamp so it can fit any pot.
Home cooking just got awesome.
Give the gift of perfect grilling with GrillGrates, the world’s greatest grilling surface. What makes GrillGrates the best in the world? Hard anodized aluminum, raised rails, and interlocking panels. Its patented design helps reduce flare-ups while transforming juice drippings into delicious smoke. Because the raised aluminum rails absorb and radiate heat evenly it helps to eliminating temperature spotting.
The raised rails will also give you those restaurant-quality sear marks while transforming drippings into tasty and delicious smoke. They can be used on top of your existing grate. Although they are amazing on any grill, they also work perfectly as a replacement for traditional grates that are rusted out or ruined. Because of the efficacy of which these grate conduct heat, you’ll need to pay a little more attention to the temperature of your grill. The aluminum cast grates can run as much as 150 degrees hotter than the air in the hood, so keep that in mind when you start using these glorious grilling accessories.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year round. A never-ending, delicious supply of wood-fired pizza. As a result, you can delete Dominos from your contacts forever because you’ll never order out again.
Formerly known as Uuni, this Ooni portable pizza oven is the perfect gift for that pizza lover in your life because it makes delicious 13-inch pizzas with a perfectly crispy crust every time.
It fits perfectly in any patio or garden and will cook a pizza to perfection in just a couple of minutes. Using sustainably sourced wood pellets, this oven can heat up to over 900 degrees in under ten minutes, making homemade pizza 3 times faster than carry out. And it’s all conveniently located in your backyard.
Griddles emit heat from the entire cooking surface, cooking food evenly. They also help keep the juices in the food rather than having it drip away through grilling grates. And the best griddle for you is the Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center.
Unlike most griddles, it has a 22 inch round surface, whereas most griddles are rectangular. With two individually controlled burners, you can cook a variety of dishes in one go. Another innovative design that puts the Cuisinart above the competition is its oversized 360-degree grease pan.
The infinity-edge makes tidying up a breeze, put that together with its easily removable grease cup, and you’ll finish the clean up in just a couple of minutes. The Cuisinart also comes with a prep table and stainless steel lid. You can finally make pancakes and bacon side by side.
The G & F 8115 Premium Grain Leather Gloves are puncture-resistant, cut resistant, bite resistant, heat resistant, oil-resistant, and fire-resistant; if you need to resist something, these are the gloves for you.
We love them because they are tough and durable yet easy to care for. Made from 100% cowhide leather with Kevlar stitching, these gloves provide maximum protection. With a cotton lining and 14.5-inch sleeve, your skin will be protected from heat, fire, and apparently a number of wild animal attacks. They can be washed with a simple dunking in soapy water and then hung to dry.
Every BBQ master needs a pair of these.