Homemade BBQ Gifts For The Holidays

It's holiday time! This year give them a delicious homemade gift.

There's something special about receiving a handmade gift. Anyone can order something off the internet, but a homemade treat says that you care. And it doesn't have to be time-consuming. It only takes a minute or two mix up a special BBQ rub or a nut mix then put it in a jar with some ribbon on it.

Below are some of our favorite recipes that make tasty treats around the holidays. Almost everything here is shelf stable so you can just put the food in a good-looking package then parcel it up for gifting to everyone on your list.

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Roasted and smoked nuts are some of the most delicious snacks to make. Just soak them in water so they pick up more smoke, salt them or sprinkle on your favorite seasoning, then stick them on the smoker. Done. Get all the details in our complete guide to making roasted and smoked party nuts. Then dig into some of our all-time favorite flavor combos like Smoked Almonds with Memphis Dust, Roasted Rosemary Cashews, and Beefy Beer Nuts.

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If you're a fan of Nat King Cole, we even have a recipe for classic Chestnuts Roasted On An Open Fire.

Once your nuts are roasted or smoked they way you like them, put them in a glass jar or clear bag and tie it up with some ribbon. Or mix the nuts with dried fruit, chocolate chips, and chopped beef jerky using our Homemade Trail Mix recipe. Then they're ready for gifting to your favorite BBQ-loving snacker.

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Want something even easier? A killer spice rub makes a fantastic gift for BBQ fans. Just stir together a few seasonings then put the mix in a glass jar with a bow on top. Seasonings Greetings! Read our article on the science of BBQ rubs then mix up a few blends for the grill jockeys on your gift list. We're partial to Meathead's Memphis Dust because it's good on just about everything, but so is the Simon & Garfunkel Rub, and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Crust, and the Close to Katz's Pastrami Rub. So many good choices...

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Got a dessert person on your list? Check out our recipe for Cold Smoked Chocolate Chips. The secret to making them is a pan of ice in your grill. That allows you to smoke the chocolate without melting it. Once smoked, the chocolate chips keep well at room temperature and they lend a delicious kiss of smoke to anything from chocolate chip cookies to chocolate puddings to our Homemade Trail Mix!

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For the real chocoholics, mix up some Lusty Chocolate Truffles. They look stunning in a simple box and truffles are one of the most rewarding desserts to make because they're so darn easy. For smoky truffles, make them with our cold smoked chocolate chips! Once the truffles are rolled into balls and dusted, they can be stored in the fridge until you need them. They do keep at room temp for a few hours, but in a hot room, they will start to melt, so give truffles to friends, neighbors or co-workers soon after you take them out of the fridge.

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If you're looking to ship a gift to a dessert person across the country, go with our Pecan Tassies. These irresistible treats keep for a week at room temp and can be shipped anywhere. Just package them up in a gift box then secure them in a bigger shipping box.

No matter who's on your holiday list this year, everyone will appreciate a delicious gift that you made yourself. It's all in the packaging. Just get a few nice jars or boxes, tie up your homemade BBQ gifts with ribbon or a bow, and you're good to go. Happy Holidays!

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This recipe for grill roasted nuts is an instant party pleaser. A splash of Worcestershire, black pepper, garlic, cumin, and hot sauce give these nuts a bold, beefy flavor. Serve them at any tailgating party or backyard BBQ and grilling party. You can also roasted these in the oven if you don't have a grill. read more
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Everything you need to know about chestnuts, how to buy them and cook them. Warm fresh chestnuts are soft, fleshy, sensuous, creamy, and sweet. They are best served plain with a glass of port or a mug of hot glögg and, on the bearskin rug, in front of the fireplace, with Nat King Cole in the background. read more
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Say goodbye to store bought roasted pecans forever thanks to this fragrant home made version. Cinnamon, clove, and allspice are welcome additions to roasted pecans and make them the perfect snack for tailgating or a cookout. If you don't have a grill, you can easily make these in your indoor oven. read more
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Take your desserts over the top with this recipe for smoking chocolate chips at home. Cold smoking is the key to this recipe and creates just enough smoke to add a subtle touch of BBQ to the chocolate. Once smoked, the chocolate chips can be stored in an airtight container in order to mellow the smoke flavor. read more
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Candied pecans are always a hit as a snack and this recipe takes them over the top by roasting them on the grill. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Chocolate truffles are elegant, seductive and surprisingly easy to make! They start with a simple mixture of melted chocolate and cream (called ganache). The mixture is chilled, rolled into balls, and coated with your choice of finishing flavors from cocoa powder and coconut to crushed nuts or spices. Have fun with it! read more
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Real maple syrup and ginger powder are an unexpectedly delicious addition to grill roasted candied pecans. This addictive little snack won't stick around long. Try it on salads and over ice cream too! read more
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Canned smoked almonds are alright but smoking them yourself on the grill truly makes them extraordinary. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Smoked to perfection on the grill and seasoned just right with AmazingRibs.com's popular Simon & Garfunkel rub, these almonds are a crowd favorite. Serve them on their own, use them in salads, or so much more. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Smoking almonds at home couldn't be easier and the addition of Meathead's Memphis Dust BBQ rub takes them to a new level. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Fans of Thai satay with peanut dipping sauce are sure to love this recipe for grill roasted satay peanuts. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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If you like cashews (and really who doesn't?), this flavorful recipe takes them over the top by roasting them on the grill. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Rosemary adds an unexpectedly fresh and fragrant touch to these homemade grill roasted cashews. These grill smoked candied cashews are perfect as a bar snack or served at any backyard BBQ and grilling party. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Five spice powder adds an Asian flair to homemade grill roasted cashews. This flavorful recipe is perfect for any BBQ party. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
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Curry and lime elevate homemade roasted cashews to new levels of deliciousness. Cashews are tossed in a flavorful mixture before being smoked on the grill. They are an amazing snack for backyard BBQ parties or tailgating adventures. Don't worry if you don't have a grill; they can also be roasted in the oven. read more

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