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Best Holiday Gifts for BBQ and Grilling

Welcome to the AmazingRibs.com Gift Guide. Here are the tools and toys that avid grillers and pitmasters want most this year. Our reviewers have kicked the tires on hundreds of products from the most expensive grills to the least expensive tongs, and we’ve whittled it down to the following items. This is the stuff our expert staff loves most.

AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award seal AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award seal All are Best Value Gold Medal winners, and some have earned a Platinum Medal, our highest annual award given to the most outstanding products. Click here to read the criteria for our Best Value Awards. Remember our reviews and ratings are unbiased because we don’t sell anything (other than memberships in our Pitmaster Club), and our advertising is sold by third parties, so we are free to be brutally honest. 

All of these items make fantastic gifts for the food-obsessed people in your life, and we’ve organized them in price categories from under $50 to over $2,000. You’ll find plenty of grills, smokers, and BBQ tools, as well as a few surprise items like a reliable, user-friendly knife sharpener. Click the links below to read our full reviews and find the latest pricing with online retailers.

Best BBQ Gifts Under $50

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Dave Joachim

The Secret Santa. The stocking stuffer. The wayward uncle. Sometimes you just need an inexpensive gift. Here are our favorite grilling gifts under $50. All are Platinum or Gold Medal winners and make thoughtful gifts for the BBQ lovers in your life. Just click the links to read our reviews and check prices.

Best BBQ Gifts $51 to $200

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Dave Joachim

Here are plenty of gifts for BBQ lovers ranging in price from $51 to $200. These are all Platinum or Gold Medal winners, including everything from inexpensive charcoal grill accessories to a full-size gas grill at an incredible price. Just click the links to read our full reviews and check prices.

Best BBQ Gifts $201 to $500

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Dave Joachim

Need a great gift for the outdoor cook in your life? Here are lots of options ranging in price from $201 to $500. These are all Platinum or Gold Medal winners, including some great choices like a reliable propane smoker and superhot pizza oven. Click the links to read our full reviews and check prices.

Best BBQ Gifts $500+

By:

Dave Joachim

Looking for a very special gift for your favorite BBQer and griller? Here is a guide to our favorite smokers, grills, and accessories over $500. Each reviewed product has received either an AmazingRibs.com gold and platinum medal review and we have provided links as to where to buy them.

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Published On: 5/15/2019 Last Modified: 10/21/2021


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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

 

Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

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