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Best BBQ Gifts Under $50

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.

Sous Vide Que Made Easy: How To Deliciously Marry Sous Vide With The Grill And Smoker

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: Everything You Need To Know About Pork Ribs

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.

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

By:

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 $23.95 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

By:

Meathead

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.

ThermoWorks ThermoPop (TX-3100-XX) Review

By:

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.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill And Smoker E-Book

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.

We Discover The Best Burger Flippers Ever

By:

Meathead

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

By:

Meathead

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.

Maverick PT-51 Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

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.

Aircraft Aluminum GrillGrates (TM) Are the Best Thing to Happen to Gas Grills Since Sear Burners

By:

Meathead

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.

Beat the Heat With Weber Long Handled Tongs And Spatula Set

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills Review

By:

Max Good

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.

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

By:

Meathead

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.

LED Concepts BBQ Grill Light With Magnetic Base And Clamp

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Pitmaker High Heat Meat Handling Gloves Reviewed

By:

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.

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

By:

Meathead

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

By:

Clint Cantwell

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!

ThermoWorks RT600C Super-Fast Digital Thermometer Review

By:

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

By:

Meathead

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

By:

Clint Cantwell

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

By:

Meathead

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

By:

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

By:

Meathead

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

By:

Meathead

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

By:

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

By:

Meathead

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

By:

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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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


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Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
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