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Christmas In Summer: Why Wait For The BBQ Gifts You Can Use Now?

The holiday gift giving season is still several months away but why wait until then to get the BBQ and grilling gear that you could use right now?

Treat yourself to Christmas in the summer with one or more of these great gift ideas – from spatulas and tongs to smokers and grills and numerous items in between.

Here are some of our favorite BBQ and grilling gifts (even if you are gifting yourself), whether it is December, April, July, or any time! You can find even more great products on our Amazon “Christmas In July” landing page found here.

Platinum Medal Rated Smokers And Grills

Platinum Medal Grills By Mail

Are you dreaming of owning a new smoker or grill but are unsure which one best suits your needs? To help you navigate through the countless options, we’ve compiled this elite list of Platinum Medal winners. All of the grills and smokers in this guide have received our highest rating, a Platinum Medal, and all can be delivered right to your door.

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Chimney

Skip the lighter fluid and start charcoal cleanly with the Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter (approximately $31.00). To use, simply fill the chimney with unlit briquets, place a light balled up sheet of newspaper or, better yet, a Weber Lighter Cube, under the chimney then allow the charcoal to heat. Read the full review of the Weber chimney starter here.

Grate Brush

3 Sided Grate Brush

Remove excess debris from your grill grate between cooks with this 3-sided brush from Weber (approximately $9.99). Unlike cheaper brushes that can lose bristles and wind up in food (with potentially deadly results), this Y-shaped brush features interwoven bristles. Read the full review here.

GrillGrates High Heat Grill Surface


A perfect addition to virtually any grill, the hard anodized aluminum GrillGrate system (prices vary depending on size) lays directly on your existing grate and allows for more even cooking, flare-up resistance, and exceptional sear marks. The interlocking panels come in a variety of lengths, making it easy to customize a set for virtually any sized grill. Read the complete review of the GrillGrate system here. Pitmaster Club Membership Gift Card

Gift Card

An Pitmaster Club membership giftcard is the gift that will keep on giving! As a member, your friend or loved one will have access to exclusive recipes, an engaging community, monthly virtual happy hours, a sneak peek at Meathead’s next book, and so much more (see all of the perks here). Purchase a gift card valid for a one-year membership here.

Grilling Basket

Grilling Basket

Simplify your vegetable grilling with a stainless steel basket such as the Culina Stainless Steel Vegetable Grilling Basket (approximately $34.95). The metal mesh basket is essential for grilling and smoking small objects such as slices of onion and peppers, nuts, shrimp, sliced sausage, cubed chicken or beef, and so much more. Learn more in the complete review here.

Long Handled Spatula And Tongs

Spatula And Tong Set

A quality spatula and tongs are essential for good grilling. I prefer those with long handles such as the Weber 2-Piece BBQ Tool Set (approximately $31.99) as they keep you as far from the heat as possible. Equally appealing is the nearly flat scalloped edge on the tongs, making it extra easy to slide them under meat, vegetables, and other ingredients on the grill. Check out the full review here.

Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE

Ensure perfectly and safely cooked food every time with the Thermapen ONE (approximately $99.00) which delivers accurate readings in ONE SECOND or less and is available in a variety of colors. Read’s complete review of this and about 200 other thermometers here.

Remote Temperature Gauge

Maverick XR50

Keep constant track of meat and grill temperatures remotely with the extended range, four-channel wireless Maverick XR-50 Remote Four Probe Thermometer (approximately $79.99). The XR-50 comes with four probes, transmitter, receiver, 2 probe clips, instructions, and a one-year limited warranty. Read more about this and other thermometers here.

Heat Resistant Grill Gloves

Pitmaker Gloves

Stay safe when removing grill grates, hot meat, and more with heat resistant gloves such as the Pitmaker High Heat Meat Handling Gloves (approximately $30.00). These one-size-fits-all gloves are USDA approved and are non-porous, making them perfect for handling items up to 450 degrees. You can read the full review here.

Meat Shredding Claws

Meat Claws

In addition to making you look like Wolverine, shredder claws such as the Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws (approximately $12.95) make quick work of shredding pork butts, smoked chicken, smoked chuck roasts and other meats. They are also handy for lifting large cuts of meat off of the grill. Check out the full review for these and other meat shredding tools here.

Cutting Board

Boos Cutting Board

A large heavy duty cutting board such as the John Boos Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board with Juice Groove and Pan (approximately $186.95) is a must when slicing brisket, pork loin, whole chicken and more. This board not only features quality craftsmanship, it also has a groove that captures juices and directs them to a removable pan for serving alongside the sliced meat. Read the complete review here.

Spice Grinder

Krups Coffee Grinder

Making your own dry rubs has never been easier thanks to the Krups Electric Spice, Herbs, and Coffee Grinder (approximately $19.99). Originally created for grinding coffee beans, this inexpensive little beauty is perfect for pulverizing the dried spices in your very own signature spice blend! Read more in the full review found here.

BBQ And Grilling Cookbooks

BBQ And Grilling Books

Cookbooks are a great way to add new recipes and techniques to your BBQ and grilling repertoire. Here are some of our favorites.

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Published On: 7/27/2020 Last Modified: 8/1/2021

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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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.

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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.

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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps 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 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

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.

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