Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

If you’re looking for a present for the dad who thrives around an outdoor fire, choosing a gift that caters to his hobby is a thoughtful way to express your appreciation for him.

From delicious rubs and spice blends to top-of-the-line tools and accessories, here are some of the best grilling gifts for the backyard cookout king in your life:

All-Clad Stainless Steel Square Grilling Basket ($79.95)

This stainless steel basket is perfect for grilling small veggies, fries and seafood while keeping them from sliding through the grates. The large holes help infuse smoke and flavor to the food while the wide handles make it easy to grip and carry around even when you’re wearing gloves.

Smokey Joe’s Ultimate Rub Pack ($36.21)

Using the right rub helps bring out the best in a cut of meat—turning a simple dish into a gastronomic delight. This variety pack features four artisanal spice rubs that will add flair to any protein—whether you’re grilling, barbecuing or smoking.

BBQ Dragon Fan ($59.99)

If your dad is a charcoal person, you can’t go wrong with this easy-to-use device that can help him get the coals burning fast and even, without any lighter fluid. Simply clip the device to any grill or smoker and adjust the fan speed.

Dearly Beeloved Custom BBQ Board ($31+)

Beautiful and functional, this BBQ board is great for carving up the latest roast or for serving the meal. Available in three options (maple, walnut and cherry), the cutting board can be laser engraved for a personal touch. For an additional cost, you can upgrade the order to include hickory wood chips, stainless steel tongs, a boar brush, a long-armed spatula and a personal gift message—all neatly tied with a double satin ribbon.

Smokehouse Ultimate Grilling Spice Set ($39.99)

This spice set from gourmet brand Smokehouse is the perfect gift for the dad who loves to experiment on the grill. The variety pack includes 20 flavorful BBQ rubs and spices like Black Cajun seasoning that goes well with smoked shrimp, Memphis Spice Rub to give a spicy-sweet kick to ribs, the Caribbean seasoning that can add more depth to barbecued chicken or hot Jamaican Jerk rub to jazz up chicken wings and lamb chops.

WrapIt Personalized BBQ Crate ($22.04)

Help your dad organize all the tools required to be King of the Grill in a seamless way with this customizable solid wood crate. It’s durable and easy to use. Plus, the compact design ensures you can store it even in a small space.

Proud Grill Company Slide & Serve BBQ Skewers ($16.98)

Made with durable stainless steel, these reusable skewers are lined with tines that give proteins and veggies more contact with the grill, allowing them to cook more evenly. In addition, the hooked tips prevent the food from falling off or sticking to the grates. Their unique design also makes the skewers easier to grip and flip on the grill using tongs. Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe. What’s not to like?

ARR Studio Custom Engraved BBQ Grilling Tools Set ($53.90+)

This set of personalized grilling tools makes for a thoughtful present for the BBQ pro in your life. The set includes a knife, basting brush, spatula, tongs and a BBQ fork encased in a sleek and sturdy bamboo box that’s easy to carry.

VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook ($19.95)

If you’re shopping for a BBQ lover who is a bit of a culinary adventurer or trying to eat more plant-based foods, look no further than this cookbook by German food blogger duo Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer. The cookbook includes more than 80 recipes featuring smoky, succulent BBQ fare like peppered tofu steak, eggplant hot dogs and pulled mushroom sandwiches that will make them forget about bland fake meat products. The book also includes an illustrated guide to tools and techniques that takes the guesswork out of things like using a chimney starter, getting the perfect char on your asparagus and tofu, etc.

Camerons Smoking Wood BBQ Pellets (Hickory)—20 lb Pack ($27.95)

Cooking with wood pellets infuses a richer smoky flavor in the meat whether it’s seafood, chops, briskets, wings or ribs. If your dad owns a wood pellet grill, this bag of hickory wood pellets is a safe bet. The medium-intensity wood has a strong flavor profile that goes well with fish, beef, bacon, lamb and wild game.

Big Green Egg MiniMax ($600)

This compact Kamado BBQ from Big Green Egg is the perfect companion for your favorite backyard chef to take on camping trips, picnics, poolside cookouts or tailgating adventures. With a cooking area of 133 square inches, the MiniMax can hold four burgers, two steaks, a whole chicken or one rack of ribs at a time. Plus, the portable grill comes with a sturdy carrier that makes it easy to grip and carry by two people.

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