Dads love good tools and good food. We scoured our hundreds of barbecue and grill product reviews for the best of both. All of them are award winners. 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. Click the links to read our full reviews. Or just scan the list for our top ten Father’s Day gifts in a range of prices—from a $15 pair of heavy-duty, heat-resistant grill gloves all the way up to a $500 griddle cooking system. Don’t just go buy him another tie this year. Give Dad something he really wants, and help make his barbecue dreams come true.
If your Dad is using oven mitts at the grill, give the man an upgrade. These suede welders gloves are heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves will even let Pops reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs around without burning his arm hair.
Psst. Here’s a secret: Do you know how competition BBQ teams get those perfectly even slices of brisket? Many use electric knives. Get Dad in on the pro action with this simple, functional knife from Black & Decker. It won our Gold Medal Award and makes it easy-peasy to cut brisket, ribs, bread, and even the Thanksgiving turkey. Plus, it costs less than $20.
Unless you have a SuperDad with thermodynamic superpowers, he needs a reliable digital thermometer. There is simply no other way to tell whether chicken and other foods have been cooked to safe internal temperatures. Among easy-to-use, hand-hand, rapid-read thermometers, the lightning fast ThermoPop by ThermoWorks is one of our favorites. Best of all, it costs less than 30 bucks.
With a baking stone on the grill, Dad can churn out restaurant quality pizzas from the backyard (and breads in the home oven!). There are lots of options, but we’re partial to this Pizzacraft stone. It measures a generous 15” square for nice big pizzas and breads, it’s thermal shock resistant to prevent cracking, and it’s made of 100% all-natural materials approved by the FDA for food safety.
Weber’s Smokey Mountain “bullet” is among the most popular smokers out there. But it can present Dad with a couple challenges. First and foremost is getting a good, airtight seal on the lid to help maintain a steady temperature in the cooker. Second is where to put the lid when he’s checking the food or slathering it with sauce. This hinge and gasket kit solves both problems, making it a cinch to open, close, and tightly seal the lid. It will even give Dad a free hand for holding a cold beverage or high-fiving the fam at the next barbecue.
Dads know that salmon is one of the most satisfying fish to grill and smoke. And wild salmon is the cream of the crop. This year for Father’s Day, give him a gift he will truly enjoy: line-caught wild seafood straight from Alaska. Alaska Gold Seafood catches some of the finest wild salmon, halibut, sablefish and albacore tuna money can buy. For this holiday, they’re offering AmazingRibs.com readers $15.00 off all orders. Just use the coupon code Amazing$almon at checkout.
Among the many awesome add-ons available for your kettle grill, Slow 'N Sear is one of our favorites. It allows you to create true 2-zone cooking inside of your kettle, doubling its functionality. If Dad wants a smoker but already has a kettle grill, this little add-on will allow him to smoke and grill at a fraction of the cost.
Tech savvy Dads will love the FireBoard FBX11. This digital thermometer system can record everything he is cooking with up to six temperature probes at once. It is cloud connected so he can watch the temperatures rise from his mobile device, and it logs data, so he can track and tweak cooking times and temperatures on the fly based on specific preferences. The free companion app lets him name and date each cooking session and enter notes on the cook. Even the temperature probes can be named (point or flat for example) or they can be hidden, and the device shows the min/max temperature for each probe. Dad can set an alarm to be notified when any of the probes hits its target temp, and the FireBoard can even send him a text or email. Genius.
When we tested this super cooler, it kept ice frozen for 16 days. We’re guessing that’s long enough for Dad’s next outdoor adventure. Say goodbye to soggy food, and hello to ice cold beverages! Even if Dad’s headed into bear country, he can sleep comfortably at night knowing that his cooler has been certified against grizzly bear destruction by the IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee). Yes, there really exists such an organization.
Most Dads make a mean breakfast. Give him the tools to turn out breakfast for a crowd with the Blackstone Griddle Cooking System. This baby aint just for bacon and pancakes, either. The flat, cast-iron surface gets rip-roaring hot so he can cook everything from steaks and fajitas to fish and vegetables. There are no grill grates, so nothing will fall through the cracks. The Blackstone Griddle comes in various sizes from 17" to 36" so it can fit on the patio and be portable enough to take camping and tailgating. Use the promo code “amazingribs” for 10% off all purchases on the Blackstone Products website.