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Best BBQ And Grilling Gifts Ideas For Less Than $50

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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 below to read our reviews and check prices.

Give The Gift Of Membership With The AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club Gift Card

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Dave Joachim

We can up your game! The Pitmaster Club is a real barbecue community, a place to learn, make friends, and have fun. Membership is only $34.95 a year. Give someone the gift of membership and they'll receive a gift that keeps on giving!

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

With 400 pages and more than 400 of my photographs plus color illustrations, there is new material and new recipes not on this website, and the whole thing is organized so that you can sit down in an easy chair and flow from start to finish.
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Kick Up The Flavor With Meathead’s Amazing Rubs And Sauce

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Take your outdoor cooking of new levels of flavor thanks to Meathead's Amazing line of red meat, poultry, and pork rubs and KC BBQ sauce.

GrillGrates: The Perfect Temperature Control Tool For Grills

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills Review

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of one of the greatest inventions in history: the iconic charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. It weighs 18 pounds and has a "Tuck and Carry Lid Holder" for easy transport.

Maverick PT-51 Instant Read Thermometer Review

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Bill McGrath

Read our comprehensive review of the Maverick PT-51 instant read food thermometer that garnered excellent accuracy scores at a very reasonable price.

ThermoWorks ThermoPop (TX-3100-XX) Review

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoPop is an inexpensive, high-performance, rapid-read handheld thermometer for food usage. It has a rotating display that makes it easy to read from any angle. It gives precise readings in under four seconds. We tested it thoroughly and gave it a top rating for its performance and build quality.

Pitmaker High Heat Meat Handling Gloves Reviewed

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

The synthetic Pitmaker High Heat Meat Handling Gloves come in one large size and are said to be safe to 450 degrees F. While intended for handling food, we have also seen them used to move charcoal and burning logs (briefly). The cotton lining on these gloves feels very comfortable and they are slip resistant.

Beat the Heat With Weber Long Handled Tongs And Spatula Set

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

A quality set of spatula and tongs are essential for good grilling. We recommend those with long handles such as the Weber Original 2-Piece Stainless Steel Grilling Tool Set as they keep you as far from the heat as possible. The set is dishwasher safe, while the soft touch handles offer comfortable non-slip grip.

We Discover The Best Burger Flippers Ever

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

These double spatulas, or oversize tongs if you prefer, made from sturdy stainless steel, are the best thing to happen to burgers since buns and fish filets since tartar sauce. Slip it under the burger or filet, clamp down, flip and gently slide back onto the grates. No more broken burgers or filets.

The Rapala Fillet Knife Is Cheap, Sharp And Versatile

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

This cheapo knife has a thin flexible blade with a dangerously sharp edge and a wicked sharp tip. It's good for just about everything except cutting through bone. And it costs less than $15.

LED Concepts BBQ Grill Light With Magnetic Base And Clamp

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

The weather resistant LED Concepts' BBQ Grill Light features super bright LED lights, a 22-inch flexible gooseneck that rotates 360 degrees, a magnetic base, and a clamp for grills with non-magnetic surfaces such as stainless steel. All of that for approximately $20! The only downside? The LED bulbs aren't replaceable.

Big Poppa BBQ Mats Are the Best Way to Smoke Small Things Like Nuts

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Big Poppa BBQ Mats are a sturdy wire mesh screens with a non-stick coating capable of resisting grill temperatures, and they are easy to clean. Use them to grill jalapeno poppers, onion rings, potato slices, mushrooms, bacon, and biscuits, and to dehydrate tomatoes and smoke nuts.

Keep Sauces Warm Longer With A Quality Thermos

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

A quality thermos is key to keeping sauces warm longer. Whether you are serving it at a backyard cookout or are a competitor wanting to keep sauce piping hot for turn-in boxes, a thermos like my favorite, the 64-ounce Yeti Rambler, is the perfect solution. It's also great for traveling with homemade Thanksgiving gravy!

Turkey On The Grill Or Smoker Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Brigit Binns

Create the best turkey of your life and side dishes for Thanksgiving (or basically any time of the year) with this downloadable e-book containing countless recipes, tips, and techniques.

Sous Vide Que Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

By marriage of water and fire, sous vide with the grill and smoker, we can achieve extraordinary results, in some cases, better than with either cooking method on its own. You can get extraordinarily tender, juicy, safe, and flavorful foods. With this exclusive book you will learn all the basics of sous vide que.

Amazing Ribs Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Discover everything you need to know for preparing America's favorite food, pork ribs, with this comprehensive book. In it you'll find several tasty recipes, a glossary of rib terminology, a guide to prepping ribs including how to remove the membrane and trim them, recommended smokers and grills, and so much more.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Brigit Binns

With “Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill & Smoker” by Meathead and Brigit Binns, you can master the art of perfectly grilled and smoked chicken. Say goodbye forever to charred skin, burnt sauce and undercooked meat. Explore chicken recipes, tips, and so much more.

Steakhouse Steaks Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Dave Joachim

Whenever steak is on the menu, it’s a special occasion. But why spend a fortune eating at a steakhouse when you can make them better at home? In this e-book, we cover everything you need to know to do them right!

An Electric Hand Mixer Whips Sauce, Batters, And More In a Jif

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

An electric hand mixer whips up batters lickety split. Plus, if you don't make doughs and batters often, it's much cheaper than a stand mixer.

ThermoWorks RT600C Super-Fast Digital Thermometer Review

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Bill McGrath

Read the complete review of the ThermoWorks RT600C Digital Thermometer that has a temperature range wide enough for most food usages and very rapid response times. Gold Medal for performance and low price.

Smokist Stainless Steel Mesh Smoking Pouch Adds Smoke To Your Gas Grill

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

In recent years there have been perhaps a dozen new products brought on the market to hold wood and add smoke to the cooker. I have played with a number of them, and the one that impresses me the most is the cleverly designed fine mesh stainless steel Smokist Smoking Pouch, especially for use with gas grills.

Mercer Culinary Granton Edge Slicer Makes Slicing Brisket a Breeze

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Create perfect slices of brisket, tenderloin, or roast with the Mercer Culinary M23011 Millennia 11-Inch Granton Edge Slicer, an inexpensive workhorse used by countless professional kitchens. Its 11-inch length makes slicing large cuts of meat a breeze while the scalloped edge ensures the meat won't stick to the blade.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display Review

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

I don't know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. If you ever mix up anything with flour, weigh it instead of measuring it with cups. It's so much more accurate.

BBQ Dragon Spin Grate Makes Charcoal Grilling Easier

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Paul Sidoriak

The BBQ Dragon Spin Grate rotates 360 degrees, making cooking on round kettle grills much simpler. Spin it to avoid flareups or easily switch between direct and indirect heat. The grate is hinged so you can easily add wood or charcoal, or adjust your fire without removing the grill grate. Read our full review.

Weber’s Grill Pan Sears and Lets Some Smoke Through

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

The Weber Style Grill Pan has plenty of slots for smoke to travel through, and plenty of surface to brown things like salmon cakes. Handles make it easy to position on the grill and to carry food from your prep area to the grill and back.

CharGon Grill Grate Cleaner Works Better Than a Brush

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

CharGon is a solidly build grill grate cleaner with a U-shaped tip that makes it easy to scrape the tops, sides, and bottoms of round grill grates with no risk of rogue bristles and the health hazard they present.

G & F 8115 Premium Grain Leather Gloves Reviewed And Rated

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Made from genuine grain cowhide and suede with a cotton lining, The G and F Premium Grain Leather Gloves are an excellent option when seeking high heat gloves though prolonged contact with direct flame is not advised. The gloves have 14.5 inch sleeves to protect your forearms and can be washed with soap and water.

The Best Funny Barbecue Aprons

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Add a touch of humor to your cookout with these fun chef aprons. I have designed a range of aprons with pockets, T-shirts, mugs, and more with scores of humorous sayings from "BBQ God", "Got Ribs?", "Eat Me", "Chef is Prime and Well Aged", "Nice Rack" and many more!

Original Bear Paws

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Shredding BBQ has never been simpler. These bear paws are ergonomically designed with ample spacing between the claws to allow plenty of clearance for the meat as you are shredding.

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Published On: 5/16/2019 Last Modified: 11/28/2022

 

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