Best Gifts for Meat Smokers & Grillers

by Top Geek  

Last Updated: November 15, 2023

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Finding the perfect gift for that special someone in your life who loves to grill or smoke meat can be challenging. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best grilling gifts for guys who smoke meat, or if you need gift ideas for dads who love to grill. Maybe you’re wondering, “What’s the best gift for a man who smokes meat?” or “What are some great gifts for people who love to BBQ?”

No matter their setup, the pitmaster in your life is sure to appreciate a gift to support their hobby. The only problem? There are a lot of tools to choose from. Do they really need those seven-in-one gadgets for flipping and scraping and who knows what else? What about ridiculously long tongs? In short, the answer is no: A practical, non-novelty accessory will be much better appreciated. — New York Magazine – The Strategist

Our gift guide is designed to help you discover smoker and grill gift ideas prefect for any meat lover. If you know someone who is always grilling and smoking meat, or is new to the world of BBQ, this is the ultimate gifts for meat smoker archive. Here at Smoking Meat Geeks, we’ve tested and used all the suggested items on our list, ensuring they’re not just cool, but practical and useful for all your grilling and smoking needs.

For the meat smoker, our must have gift idea is the Fireboard 2 – a WI-FI smart temperature monitor with the option for pit temperature control. Never worry about temperature spikes or overcooking again. If you’re specifically after the best grill gift idea, then you’re going to love gifting the Anova Sous Vide Cooker, and they’ll love transforming even the cheapest steak into a steakhouse masterpiece. If your after a fun gift lighthearted gift for Dad, check out the Bug-A-Salt. No matter who you’re shopping for, if he loves to eat, smoke, or grill you’re sure to find the gift to make their Christmas!

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Our gift guide includes affordable accessories starting at $20 to our favorite value smokers and grills. Handpicked by our team, these products are collaborated from the winners of our many test reviews. From tools, addons, upgrades, smoker accessories, to a new grill or smoker. Pass on buying the typical grilling kit with the cheap spatula, grill brush and those nonsensical corn on the cob holders. With this gift ideas list you can create your own practical meat smoking kit, or just pick the accessory or two that will complement the way your MeatGeek cooks.

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Fireboard 2 WI-FI Thermometer

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Fireboard has taken the BBQ industry by storm. Starting out as a Kickstarer project in 2015 it has quickly proven itself as the #1 wireless thermometer on the market and must have for any meat smoker.

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.

Any barbecue enthusiast needs some type of thermometer they can monitor over their smart phone, and Fireboard 2, is the best money can buy.

And here’s the kicker, you can purchase the addon blower for this thermometer and control the internal temperature of your grill. This means you’re not only able to monitor the temperature of your food from your smart phone, but you’re able to control the internal temperature of your grill or smoker. This grilling tool is atop of our gift list because any grill master’s arsenal would be incomplete without it.

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Mercer Culinary Granton Slicer

brisket slicer

You’ve never owned a real knife until you get your hands on a Mercer Culinary Granton Edge Slicer. While this isn’t your typical smoker accessories, it’s a key tool that any BBQ lover should own.

This unique knife makes all other knives look like spoons. You can pay upwards of $100 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, and it will be your go-to brisket knife from here on out.

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. When it comes to slicing that pork shoulder or carving up the turkey this tool is the grilling gift that will get the job done. See more about knives ideal for MeatGeeks here.

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Master of the Grill


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 charcoal 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 of great tasting barbecue. Giving the grill gift of knowledge is always priceless. Which makes it a great gift for him or any grilling meat smoking enthusiast.

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

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thermoworks pop

The ThermoPop is our favorite stocking stuffer and our value pick for the best instant read meat thermometer. 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. A must have item for any griller or just to have around the kitchen.

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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.

This is a practical grilling tool but it’s also a fun grilling gift idea for any guy. Starting coals in less than a minute or two, charcoal grilling just got convenient. This one doubles as a great smoker accessory or grill accessory alike. Never fight with starting your BBQ grill or smoker again with this sure fire charcoal starter. Only drawback, it has to be plugged in so don’t plan on taking it camping.


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Specialty BBQ Rub Set by Spice Lab

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This four pack of pre-made rubs offers a wide range of flavors, from sweet and savory to spicy and exotic. Each rub has been formulated with a blend of fresh aromatic spices and herbs.

This set is also a good choice for the experienced griller because it’s a effortless way to quickly apply a quality rub with a combination of herbs and spices that yield competition worthy BBQ. And for the novice, each rub comes with instructions on how to use them for optimum flavor and results. The packaging also makes it a great smoking meat gift for friends, family, and/or a ideal Father’s Day gift.

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If you think the person you’re purchasing a gift for is more of the DIY type, then I recommend going with the ‘Spice Lab’s Organic Spices and Seasoning’ which includes an entire pack of 30 all-natural spices and herbs. It’s an ideal grilling gift set all on it’s own. These fresh herbs and seasonings allow for creation of new and exciting spice rub combinations that that you can’t get with typical seasonings purchased at the local grocery store.

Grilling Tool Set by OXO

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You can still have your favorite apron that says “Kiss the Cook” but when it comes to having the right BBQ tools, the OXO Good Grips Grilling set is all your need. Most grilling tool sets come with lots of cheep tools that you’ll never use, but this set only includes the two most commonly used grilling tools; tongs and a turner. The set also includes a handy heat resistant silicone pad where you can place your tongs or tuner while grilling.

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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.

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 griller your shopping for owns a kettle grill.

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Drum Barrel Smoker Gift (A.K.A. UDS)


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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. There is no doubt any one who enjoys smoking meat will love this drum style smoker! 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! If the budget allows, this meat smoker gift will yield great tasting BBQ for years to come.

There’s not a better gift on this list if you’re looking to see their face light up when they unwrap this bad boy.

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wireless probeBecause grilling shouldn’t involve a ton of wires. Here’s a single thermometer probe that will monitor the temperature of the meat as well as the internal grill’s temperature – and report the data to your phone.

Meater’s application may be the best part. Complete with simple step-by-step menu options to select the type of meat your cooking, the specific cut and desired temperature; then the Estimator will go to work to estimate when dinner is done. Gone are the days of babysitting the grill.

For more details on range, application features, and performance of the Meater, you can check our complete testing and review of these types of wireless probes. This is certainly a grilling or meat smoking gift that will get used time and time again.

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Tel-Tru BBQ Thermometer

temp gauge for bbq

This meat thermometer is a perfect charcoal griller gift for anyone who relies on the bi-dial thermometer that came stock with a grill or smoker. Those stock bi-dial metal temperature gauges aren’t reliable. When it comes to meat smoking it is imperative to know what the internal ambient temperature is throughout the cooking session. Unlike grilling, smoking meat is best done low-and-slow, maintaining an ambient temperature of 225 – 250°F throughout. This heavy-duty, high-quality thermometer from Tel-Tru is made in the USA from durable stainless steel. It measures anywhere form 100-500°F with +/- 1-degree accuracy, making it top-of-the-line and ideal for charcoal grill lovers and meat smokers alike.

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Pepper Grinder by HexClad

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The HexClad Professional Grade Pepper Grinder is a good gift for the cook or grilling enthusiast alike. The knob on top of the grinder allows for easy adjustment of coarseness grind size. The innovative hexagonal surface pattern helps to evenly crush and grind whole peppercorns more efficiently than traditional grinders with smooth surfaces. The grinder can produce up to 1/4 cup of finely-ground pepper in one minute.

We liked this model over the trending Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon because it was almost as good, but comes in at half the price. The HexClad gets the job done when it comes to yielding tons of pepper with ease. You’ll find this will become one of your favorite practical kitchen tools.

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Smoking Gun

polyscience bbq gift We’re all about the process of smoking food, but sometimes you just want simplicity with smoke 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 a game changer. This is certainly a gift that keeps on giving, and perfiect for that meat smoker who has everything. Lastly, this is about the most inexpensive device sold by PolyScience Culinary who is known for their commercial grade equipment.

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Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker

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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. We did a complete review on this grill where we compare it to the more expensive well-known Traeger smoker. The pellet smoker 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 extremely light, but remains portable enough to throw in the back of a truck for camping, tailgating or any other occasion that calls for BBQ. 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. The price is right for anyone looking to get started with a pellet grill.

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Best of all, the Davy Crocket Grill includes a meat probe and Sense-Mate, which allows you to monitor and control the grill’s internal temperature, all from your phone.

Brazilian Steakhouse Steak Knife Set

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The Professional Brazilian Steakhouse Knife Set is the barbecue gift for anyone, not just meat smokers. 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 and the price is affordable to boot.

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Ken Onion Knife Sharpener

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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 tool 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 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. If you’re looking to save a few bucks you can buy the standard model and skip on the Ken Onion Edition. This is not just a barbeque tool but a great gift for anyone who relies on tools with sharp edges.

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Cast Iron Reversible Grill

Cast iron reversible grill

Craving some perfectly seared steak 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. This is a great gift idea for any grill master who enjoys the qualities of a good sear.

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Weber Spirit II – Gas Grill

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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 gas grill 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.

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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.

UPDATE 5/24/21: 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 priced under $500, however, the 310 features an additional burner, 75 extra square inches, and about 4,000 extra BTUs.

Portable Infrared Grill

inferred portable grill

Of all the grilling gifts, this one is designed for the griller on the go. 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.

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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 your tailgating grill.


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Here’s a fun grilling gift idea. 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…and nothing draws flies like firing up the smoker – now you’ll be ready.


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American Wagyu Black Grade Brisket


brisket bbq giftWelcome meat smokers to the American Wagyu brisket, the cream of the crop when it comes to brisket. 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 sign of quality BBQ. The marble siren of Wagyu is the key to counteracting the dryness problem most of us face with traditional briskets.

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. Shipping not included.

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John Boos Butcher Block w/ Pan

john boss butcher blockJohn 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.

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Himalayan Salt Block by UMAID

salt block for grilling

We all know that salting meats and foods can make all the difference when you’re prepping them on your chopping board. How about getting the best of both worlds with the UMAID Himalayan Salt Block Cooking Plate? This handy block goes everywhere you like to prepare and grill foods. When grilling the crystalline structure of the salt block helps to evenly distribute heat throughout the meat, resulting in perfectly cooked proteins with a wonderful smoky flavor. Salt naturally enhances the taste of your grilled veggies and meats by infusing it with minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium. As the minerals get heated they add a mild and tasty flavor you just can’t get from everyday table salt.

You have to experience how grilling with a salt block will transform your meats, veggies, seafood, and much more. I like to think of this like the novelty handmade soap gift idea for women but for guys. Cleanup is just as simple and wipes down with a clean cloth until you use it again. Since it’s antibacterial, you don’t need to worry about germs or bacteria. Grab a handful of these as great grilling gifts for the meat smoker or even the non-meat eater in your life.

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Anova Culinary Sous Vide Cooker


Anova cookerEvery wonder what the key is to perfectly cooked steakhouse meat?

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 a pork chop again, it’s basically magic. This is our top luxurious grilling gift idea because combining sous vide cooking with grilling is a match made in grill 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. A practical gift for any aspiring grill master.

Home cooking just got awesome.

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aluminum grill grate top

Give the gift of perfect grilling with GrillGrates, the world’s greatest grilling surface. What makes GrillGrates the best grilling gifts 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 only downside (and why this grill accessory is not ranked hire on our list), they are a little pricy as you have to purchase more than one to cover an entire grill surface.

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 grill grates that are rusted out or ruined making them more than just a grilling tool. 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.

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Ooni Fyra 12 Pizza Oven

pizza oven gift

Bring out the artisan in you with this easy to use wood fired pizza oven. Actual wood pellets crank this unit well over 900 degrees in about 15 minutes. That’s enough heat to cook a classic thin crust in as little as 60 seconds. Even better, you can take this jewel on the road with you. At less than 25 pounds the Ooni is designed for easy break down, set up, and travel.

All that and it looks good too. The sleek design will enhance any outdoor kitchen…which will no longer matter once you taste the quality of pizza you can make right there at home. Bring out the pizza chef in anyone and make your pies exactly the way you like them.

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Mesa Firepit By Solo Stove

small portable firepit on table

They say good things come in small packages and when that moment hits, we’ve got something for you. The Solo Stove Tabletop Fire Pit is exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to creating outdoor cooking ambiance. While you likely won’t be grilling steaks, its great for roasting marshmallows. This little powerhouse uses wood chips or pellets for maximum combustion. The design is uniquely created to maximize air flow and utilizes an oxygenated air-flow that travels over the top of the flames, creating a “secondary burn”. The fire pit is set up for dual fuel sources, allowing it to be used with either wood or pellets. Wood needs to be cut down to five-inch pieces in order for it to fit in the tiny fire pit, while pre-packaged mini oak firewood can also be purchased from Solo Stove.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy tableside s’mores or use it as a mini firepit it’s portable enough to take it wherever you happen to go. This ingenious design also prevents ash or sparks from getting out and is easy to clean once all your wood fuel has burned up.

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About the author Top Geek

I have always been a believer: “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. I’ve been lucky enough to use my professional experience in the meat industry over the past 20 years to create a business where I love to go to work.

Smoking Meat Geeks is all about bringing people together that enjoy food as much as I do. We provide a place for everyone to share thoughts, ideas, and recipes; to be a go-to spot for cooking inspiration. Feel free to leave a comment, say hello, or provide any tips. There is no right or wrong input, as long as you’re engaging, you’re a Meat Geek!

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