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 BBQ and grilling gifts in a range of prices—from less than $20 for a pair of heavy-duty, heat-resistant grill gloves all the way up to a $325 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.
G & F Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves (MSRP $18.40)
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.
Black & Decker Electric Knife (MSRP $19.99)
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.
ThermoWorks ThermoPop (MSRP 34.00)
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.
Pizzacraft Pizza and Baking Stone (MSRP $39.99)
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 Smokey Mountain Hinge and Gasket Kit (MSRP $72.26)
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.
Grillgrates (Prices vary depending on style and size)
GrillGrates are an amazing invention featuring reversible interlocking panels that increase the grill surface temperature, reduce flare-ups, and deliver perfect sears. GrillGrates also come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can customize them according to the size of your gas, charcoal, or pellet grill.
Adrenaline BBQ Slow 'N Sear (MSRP $99.95 for Slow 'N Sear 2.0)
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.
FireBoard Digital Probe Thermometer System (MSRP $189.00)
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.
BBQ Stars: Legends of the Fire Online Master Classes (MSRP $297.00)
Take your outdoor cooking to a whole new level with the world’s first all-online, All-Star teaching event! It's all happening Fall 2019...and you don't want to miss it! It's like having 10 top chefs and competitors come hang out with you at your grill and teach you all their secrets. And unlike a $1,000 in-person class, there's no travel hassles or expense. Plus, you can watch and re-watch it until you've really got it down.
Blackstone Griddle Cooking System (MSRP $324.99)
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.