We’ve put together our best gifts for the grill master in your life. From beginners to old pros, must-have accessories, tech, spices, and more; here are our 50 best grilling gifts.
When it comes to gift-giving, shopping for BBQ enthusiasts can be hard (mainly cuz, it usually seems they have gone ahead and bought whatever it was they may have needed). So, we’ve put together our most loved and used grills, tools, accessories, and even some fun bonuses to fill the stocking for all levels of grill lovers.
Best Grills for Gifting
There’s a grill for every style of pitmaster these days. From camping and overlanding junkies to pizza making, and the indispensable tried and true for the grill collector. Not included in the list are staples like a classic kettle or 4 burner gas grill, but those are quintessential before expanding into the list below.
- Pit Barrel Cooker. This barrel style cooker doesn’t come pack with frills. There’s no built in wifi or fancy tech. It’s a barrel cooker. And my most used grill for smoking ribs. For anyone who appreciates a simple clean grill, this is it. It’s also established by a veteran and family owned.
- Ooni Portable Pizza Oven. For anyone who wants a fun pizza to take to every back yard bbq from now until forever, and loves to cook for friends, the Ooni portable pizza oven is just plane fun. If you have someone who already has one of every kind of grill, this is a great addition to the collection.
- Masterbuilt Gravity Series Grill. This offset smoker takes the ease of pellet smoker plug and program and merges it with the flavor you can only get from charcoal. It’s a programmable charcoal grill that lights easily and burns for hours with both a smoke and sear option. Dreamy. It comes in 3 sizes, so make sure you do a little research before choosing.
- Ikamper Disco Series. Have an overlander in your life (aka: someone who loves to trick out their vehicle for serious car camping)? Then they know the iKamper, the rooftop tent. While that’s a pretty specific gift, (and they would’ve needed to cement their name on Santas nice list) their Disco cooking system that they just debuted this year is a fun, more approachable gift to help kit out their adventures.
- Breeo smokeless fire pit. Whether you want a statement peice for the backyard or actually want to throw down with some serious live fire grilling, the Breeo is a great addition to the collection. Also, made in America. If you don’t have little kids running around, splurge for the sear plate. It’s a rim of flat steel on sitting on the edge of the fire pit where you can sear (and I mean sear) meats or throw down on some super quick naan breads. Already have the Breeo? Their adjustable grill grate is a must to maximuze your use.
GirlCarnivore Pro Tip: Grilling products have been hard to find this year (along with pretty much everything), so give yourself some time to source, order, and receive your gifts.
Gifts for the Novice Griller
When it comes to bbq 101, these are my essential tools for anyone who’s just starting out. They are essential and will be used for years to come.
- Cast Iron Pan. Whether your an expert camp chef or just starting, a cast iron pan is as essential as fire. The classic Lodge cast iron pan is a perfect first and lifetime pan for any level of cook.
- Charcoal Chimney. My favorite way to light my coals, the charcoal chimney. Never use lighter fluid again as the chimney works to light the coals evenly in about 20 minutes. Sadly, I have yet to find one that doesn’t have to be replaced every year. Bonus, you know you can pick one of these up for your grill fanatic every year and it will be appreciated.
- Charcoal Pellets. Pellets don’t produce the same flavor as grilling over charcaol. Until you discover charcoal pellets. And not just any charcoal pellets. Jack Daniel’s charcoal pellets. Who wouldn’t want to get coal for Christmas?
- Boning Knife & Pairing Knife. When I first started, I was given two knives as essentials. A boning knife, with a flexible tip and a pairing knife. When you work t trim meat these two knives are indepsencilbe in the arsenal and are worth a little splurge. Pro tip, if you gift them to someone, please don’t ever let them see you opening boxes with them. Just sayin.
- Smoker Box or Pellet tube. These two tools are super useful when adding smoke flavor onto traditional gas grills but are mostly interchangeable (you don’t need both). You can blend a variety of wood chips or pellets and let the smoke roll. Bonus, you can also add these to pellet smokers for an added layer of smoke flavor.
Grilling Gifts for Men
These are outlandish gifts that are absolutely not needed but incredibly fun for guys and dads who are avid grillers.
- Whiskey Glasses. Possibly the only thing on my list that’s not directly related to grilling. But, a set of quality whisky glasses pair with barbeuce as well as home made sauce. And since every chef I know would love to add these to the collection, they made my list. From scientific etched glasses for your Alton or ones that map famous peaks for the adventurer, you can’t go wrong.
- Looflighter. This one is just fun. Looflighter is a tool that blows air into your coals. Scientifically, it helps kick start your coals so they catch faster with superheated air. From a purely playful side, it’s just fun to watch these in action.
- Overland Eats Messermeister Knife. This ones will have a very narrow audience, but for those who know an overlanding enthusiast and loves to cook, they should follow Overland Eats, who came out with his own knife this year and its just a rad item to add to the collection along with some maxtraxs.
- Wing Rack, Super Skewers, or Trompo Skewer Pan. When it comes to epic grilling, OvertheFireCooking owns it, and any fan will notice the tools he frequently uses and want to play with them too.
- 6 Pack Beer Infused Spice Rubs. OvertheFireCooking is at it again with his beer infused spice rubs. This set stands out, not just for it’s hoppy flavor pairings, but it comes in a fun 6 pack of beer cans (with resealable lids).
Grilling Gifts for Women
Memo: the ladies are taking over the grilling scene. These gifts highlight and celebrate a few of the female-led grilling brands.
- Girls Can Grill Hat. These trucker style baseball caps from rising pitmaster Christie Vanover are a favorite in my rotation for keeping my hair back while manning the grill. They are super comfy for hours of wear.
- Girl Carnivore Hook Up Collection. My signature blend of all purpose spices. From an herbacious citrus everything blend, the hearty beefy umami blend, and a balanced poultry blend, this collection of 3 spice blends can be used on a myriad of foods to really give them a boost.
- Grill Girl Magazine. Started by Grill Girl Robyn Lindars, this magazine has reviews, resources, and recipes. And you’re supporting an individual doing something rad.
- Hey Grill Hey Shirt. Food Network Fan? Then you’ve probably spotted Susie of Hey Grill Hey as a judge on a variety of shows. Now you can sport her branded shirt and those who know, will know.
- OrWhateveryouDo Remove At Magnet – Super helpful magnet with easily read graphics for when temp to remove your meat from the grill by OrWhateverYouDo pellet smoking junkies. Pro tip, join their facebook group for daily pellet smoker inspiration.
It should be noted that all the things on the guys list also work for the ladies, and vise versa. Personally, I’d be thrilled to unwrap any of them!
Best Grilling Cookbooks
When it comes to books on grilling, 2021 was a great year. We saw the first books from many famous grilling chefs as well as some new chapters from the masters, each one a cornerstone in their own niche and a must-have for those who still love the feel of a real cookbook.
- Food X Fire by Derek Wolf of OvertheFireCooking. Live fire cooking has made a huge comeback and whether you are just starting out as a griller or an experienced pro, you can admire the skill and recipes collected in the debut cookbook from Derek. With millions of fans across the internet, this book has topped the Amazon bestseller list since its publication in May 2021.
- Weeknight Smoking on Your Traeger and Other Pellet Grills by Adam McKenzie of JewCanQue.com. Adam specializes in pellet smoking and has a site dedicated to Traeger and pellet smoker recipes. Which makes this a must-have book for anyone who loves their pellet smoker.
- Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ. If you’ve ever spent time diving into regional barbecue styles, or traveling through the east coast, then whole hog and Rodney Scott are two things you should be familiar with. This book from James Beard award-winning chef published in 2021 is perfect for those appreciate the soul of great southern barbecue.
- How to Grill Vegetables by Steven Raichlen. When it comes to essential cookbooks, the ‘Barbecue Bibles’ by Raichlen are well, gospel. And this 336-page tomb is nothing short of required reading for the chef who wants to cook more than meat well.
- Cool Smoke by Tuffy Stone. There’s a name synonymous with championship barbecue and it’s Tuffy. Possibly one of the most down-to-earth pitmasters, Tuffy translates his expertise in an approachable guide loaded with tips for mastering the art of grilling. (See what we did there?)
Must-Have Grilling Tools
When it comes to great gifts, sometimes it’s the essentials that really go a long way. These tools will be used daily and for everything on this list, I own multiples for those busy days.
- Thermapen instant read digital thermometer. This is the be-all-end-all instant digital thermometer for chefs (if you’re a fan of the Great British Baking show, you’ll see them use it constantly. Just felt like tossing that little fun fact for you). With a variety of choices from instant read to Thermapen One (a one second instant read thermometer) theres a thermometer for whatever level of pit master you’re shoping for. Not sure which one to pick, the classic Thermapen MK4 is a great starting point, and you can choose their favorite color too. Pro tip: Thermapen does NOT sell on Amazon. Order this one directly through there site.
- Grilling Tongs. If you didn’t double click your tongs, did you even grill? Meat nerds on social media get this joke. But, as far as a utensil you can’t have too many of, great grilling tongs in a variety of sizes are a must.
- Grilling Gloves. I know a guy who every time he grills burns his hand. He’s getting two pairs of these for Christmas. I like having heavy duty leather gloves (look for welding gloves) and a pair of fabric heat resistant gloves that I can throw in the washing machine near my grill set up for safety at all times.
- Ambient Temp Probe. If the foodie your shopping for already has a great instant read thermometer and really wants to take their smoking to the next level, then an ambient temperature thermometer is a must. This one keeps an internal temp of the meat and an ambient temp of the grill to make sure youre set up for success.
- Grill Brush. Not the most exciting gift, but clean grilling grates are a must for making sure the food doesnt stick when you flip it. So, a solid grill brush is essential in any pitmaster tool kit. Bonus points, you get to figure out how to creatively wrap this one.
Unique Grilling Gifts
When they literally have everything you could possibly think of and don’t need another spatula or grill, these unique gifts show thoughtfulness and sincerity and promise tasty returns.
- Grill Grates. If perfecting those grill marks has ever been a goal, check out these grill grates. Used in the Steak Championships, they are the tool to get that signature diamond look on meat.
- Online BBQ School. Aaron Franklin, famous pitmaster of Franklin BBQ in Austin Texas known for the line wrapped around the building before opening, and published cookbook author hosts an online masterclass dedicated to Texas style BBQ. No matter what region of barbecue you enjoy, you can learn something great from this online course.
- Jack Daniel’s grilling products (briquets, smoking chunks, and spices). That’s right, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey barrels that are broken down and converted to charcoal briquets, wood chunks for smoking, and wood chips. The subtle sweet flavor is perfect for barbecue and is a great way to infuse another American tradition into your food. Oh, and their steak rub is pretty legit too.
- Rotisserie Attachment. The rotisserie attachment takes roasts and chickens to a whole new level. I’m currently testing the OneGrill Heavy Duty Stainless Steel version. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit a variety of grills. Make sure to measure before ordering.
- Customized Apron – Start with a high quality apron, these were introduced to me by a chef and I am currently crushing on them. Then, have it embrodered with your receiveres name, slogan or instagram account for a personalized grilling gift.
Fun Grilling Stocking Stuffers
Ok, now the fun part! These quirky useful and incredibly thoughtful stocking stuffers are perfect for whatever level of grill enthusiast you’re shopping for.
- Award Winning Spices – Spice profiles have come a long way and Spiceology is the name of the game when it comes to quality that chefs choose for their resturants. Try GirlsCanGrill championship BBQ collection, including her Chicken, Pork, and Brisket rub. GirlCarnivore HookUp Collection with Over Easy, an herb based everything blend, Ooomami, my umami powder to beef up flavors, or Chick Fest, an all-purpose whole30 conscious chicken blend. Or explore the entire spiceology catelog for somer seriously amazing options for any pallet. I have an entire pantry of these. It’s like a Pokemon collection for chefs. If you need help picking one, go ahead and ask and I can help narrow down the choices. (PS, check out these guides and recipes for how to use all of the Spiceology spices.)
- Knife Aid Gift Card. We’re not fans of ‘gift cards’ but this is an amazing gift for any level of cook. Knife Aid is a mail order knife sharpening service. A dull knife is the most dangerous thing in the kitchen andmany people arent having their knives sharpened often enough. With Knife Aid, you mail in your knives and they are expertly sharpened and returned to you quickly. We’d suggest making this an annual gift.
- Truff Holiday Gift Pack. When it comes to hot sauce, Truff takes it up a notch with their gourmet truffle infused hot sauce. Pretty much as swanky as hot sauce can get with Original, White Truffle Edition, and Black Truffle Oil. And when it comes to flavors, these are all to die for! Taste test them on oysters for NYE, you won’t be dissapointed.
- Bees Knees Spicy Honey. Another infused condiment, this spicy honey is perfect on fried chicken and waffles, drizzled over potato galettes, or just fun to have on hand whenever you need to add a little bonus of sweet heat to a dish.
- Firestarters. It’s getting harder to find news paper to wad up to start your fire, so these all nature fire starters are my go to now for under my charcoal chimney or while Im out camping to light my goals and wood without any chemicals.
- Meat Shredders. There are tons of meat claws on the market, and trust us, after you’ve shredded a few pork shoulders with forks, you come to admire the ease that meat shredders help with. We love the shape of these Oxo claws with long handles that are different from most. We found them easier on the wrist if you are shredding a lot of meat.
- Chiristmas Ornaments. This one’s a gimmie, but we all love personalized gifts and no matter what type of grill your special someone has, there’s an ornament out there for them. From cheeseburgers or tacos (not that Im biased) to simple Seasons Grillings, these are a cute simple gift that’s sure to earn a chuckle.
- Wifi Boosters. Odd thing on a cooking gift list, I know. But a lot of grills now have apps or blutooth connectability. Having strong wifi when you’re out at the grill is a must and a couple of wifi boosters around the house will help make sure the backyard is also connected.
- Light up Gloves. Cheesy, you bet. But we had these on a family camp trip this year and they ended up being a lot of fun. From traversing the backyard at night building a fire at camp, these gloves are perfect for that quirky person who doesn’t ‘need’ anything.
- Top Quality Meat. This one would be hard to wrap and keep under the tree, but check out gift cards from Porter Road or Black Hawk Farms American wagyu for top quality meat. Both of these ship direct and have a variety of options to pick from updated daily. If ordering from Porter Road, be sure to try their sausages and from Black Hawk, check out theri bavette steaks.
As you shop for your pitmaster and home chef, any or all of these make great gifts. Make sure you pay attention to the type of grill they use the most, or what they already own to confirm attachments will work properly.