24 Great Gifts for Grillers
Cooking over an open flame goes back ages. In fact, we've done just that for most of human history. So it's no surprise that grilling continues to be a popular way to prepare a meal. From vegetables to savory meats and even fresh fruit, there's just something about the flavor of food cooked over a fire. Here, we take a look at these nearly two dozen gifts to give to your favorite grillers… and maybe you'll be able to taste the results.
Pile It On
This stainless steel O-Yaki Skewer System is the perfect way to cook evenly without having to rotate anything. Just fill up each skewer, insert them into the base and set it on the grill; the food won't touch the grill grates. And, if it's raining when it comes time to grill, simply pop the skewers into the oven or roaster.
Buy it: $37; amazon.com
Just Add Beer
Elevate flavors off the grill by adding a favorite beer to one of these customizable sauce mixes for meats and vegetables. Or, create beer-flavored dips, marinades, and even condiments when added to butter, mayonnaise, or mustard. Mix flavors available are Japanese Miso BBQ, Mexican Tres Chiles, and Szechuan Black Vinegar.
Buy it: $9; justadd.beer
This Ultimate Grilling Pack is filled with butcher-crafted, seasoned premium meats that are ready to cook. Inside, grillers will find premium cuts of beef, pork, and poultry, including one pack each of Zesty Ranch Party Wings; Sweet & Sassy Drumsticks; Shwarma Chicken Thighs; Steak House Premium Sri-Tip; Bacon Wrapped Garlic Peppercorn Juicy Pork Tenderloin; and The O.G. Short Rib, Angus Chuck, and Brisket Burger Patties.
Buy it: $100; eatmeatdistrict.com
Finger Lickin' Chicken
All-natural ingredients are all that you'll find in Somethin' to Cluck About, a citrus herb rub that's perfect for chicken, and enhances turkey, duck, wild game, and starchy veg, too. We're taking sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, smoked salt, lemon peel, juniper berries, orange peel, black pepper, and nutmeg. Let the finger lickin' begin!
Buy it: $8; btleighs.com
Add Some Surf
Grilled seafood is a crowd pleaser, but throw some lobster tails on the grill, and the crowd is wowed. Order up this eight-pack of Maine-fresh lobster tails and they'll be ready to cook upon arrival — skewers and lemon garlic marinade packets are included.
Buy it: $105; lukeslobster.com
Add a Spark
This charcoal grill is not only sleek, but fires up in seconds and features precision temperature control so that food is perfectly cooked at different temps and lengths of time. The ease of a gas grill is combined with the flavors of natural charcoal thanks to wood and charcoal Briqs developed by food and biomass scientists.
Buy it: $999; sparkgrills.com
Spice of Life
Inspired by world travels, this trio of spices feature eco-friendly and natural ingredients sourced from small farms and farmers around the world, resulting in a variety of fair-trade single origin spices and spice blend products. The Launch Collection includes Long-tail Sunset, a blend of tamarind and coconut; Marrakesh Sitar, an aromatic, floral and sweet blend; and Nicaraguan espresso-citrus adobo-inspired Mombacho Café.
Buy it: $25; spicetribe.com
When you’re ready to serve, transfer grilled food to this chopping block made of walnut, mahogany and maple hardwoods to highlight the fruits of your labor on the dining table. Completely crafted by hand, the block is finished with a light coat of food-safe white mineral oil; it’s customizable, too.
Buy it: $79; cadesandbirch.com
Hot Diggity Dog
Bring the taste of summer and New York City home with this five-pack of all-natural hot dogs, six in each pack, 30 dogs in all. Pick your favorite from Classic Beef, Beef & Pork, Pepperoni, Gyro and Buffalo Chicken, or, if you're ravenous, try one of each.
Buy it: $60; brooklynhotdogcompany.com
Take It Inside
Bringing the grill inside may not be such a great idea, but you can do the next best thing with this cute barbeque ornament.
Buy it: $22; amazon.com
Bourbon adds a kick to this bbq sauce that features spicy black pepper, heirloom tomatoes, and sweet honey, too. Try it on ribs, burgers, and pulled chicken sandwiches.
Buy it: $9; beekman1802.com
Rather than trying to juggle five different utensils at the grill, opt instead for the stainless steel The Boss — it's a spatula, fork, knife, meat tenderizer and bottle opener all in one. And when you're done, toss it into the dishwasher for a quick clean-up.
Buy it: $23; amazon.com
Nothing's as frustrating as not being able to light a grill, whether the weather's windy, rainy, or it's just not your day. Enter the Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter that can bend whichever way it needs to to light that fire.
Buy it: $25; amazon.com
Alfalfa honey from Wyoming's Wind River Valley is blended with infused alcohol — Barr Hill Gin from Vermont and Pepper X from Smokin' Ed Currie — to create Hot Ones Nugget Honey, a delicate sweet, slightly floral honey that ramps up any meal. Sweeten up marinades, or drizzle over grilled chicken or pork chops. One griller even likes it over grilled halloumi.
Buy it: $12; heatonist.com
Aged to Perfection
What do Chrissy Teigen, Sammy Hagar, and Joel McHale have in common? They're all fans of Flannery Beef, a prime steak purveyor in the San Francisco Bay area. For your special griller, choose the California Reserve Jorge Ribsteak Gift Box, a bone-in ribsteak dry-aged 30 to 35 days; it serves two to four, depending on appetite.
Buy it: $75; flannerybeef.com
Not everything that's cooked on a grill has to be meat. For a different twist, try these meat-free burgers: you'll find terrific taste and texture, but these burgers are made from fresh plant-based ingredients. They're gluten-free, kosher certified, and 100% vegan, too.
Buy it: $6/2 patties; meatlessfarm.com
This ivory and navy oval platter made of melamine is a terrific vessel to show off grilling skills. The additional bowls and utensils round out the meal. Place the set in the center of the table, and wait for the compliments to roll in. Afterwards, it cleans right up in the dishwasher.
Buy it: $67.50; amazon.com
Why not prepare an entire holiday dinner on the grill? This Holiday Lamb Pack includes a French carving lamb leg, boneless stew meat, and shank ossobuco for a variety of flavors on one grill. And the leftovers (if there are any) can be enjoyed for days.
Buy it: $200; superior-farms.com
Wake Up the Grill
Civilized Coffee Co.'s blend of chilis, brown sugar, sea salt, smoked paprika, mustard, and espresso powder can be used as a dry rub, steak seasoning, and a base for marinades and hot sauces — it's griller's choice!
Buy it: $15; amazon.com
Wipe off barbeque-sauced fingers and mouths with these pretty napkins from hudsonest. Each of the 20 German-made napkins in the package are three-ply for durability and responsibly sourced, yet designed to complement the most elegant of table settings.
Buy it: $15; hudsonest.com
When they're finished aging Tattersall Distilling's Whiskey for more than two years, the 100 percent Minnesota white oak barrels are chopped up and made into wood chips. Put them in the grill's fire to add depth to pulled pork, ribs, steak, and vegetables.
Buy it: $15/four-pound bag; tattersall-distilling.myshopify.com
The next time the grill's fired up, try using avocado oil. The 100% Pure Organic Avocado Oil from Nutiva has a high smoke point that makes it perfect for grilling over hot temperatures, without losing its integrity.
Buy it: $19; amazon.com
Box It Up
If you want to get creative with your gift for the griller in your life, check out Knack's Gift Builder. Select from grilling essentials, spices and sauces, and snacks, and other fun items to create a personalized gift. Or, if the choices are overwhelming, opt instead for an already-made gift box like the Carnivore's Delight Gift Set with a barbeque sauce, grilling planks, kitchen towel, steak rub, and chipotle mustard.
Buy it: $70; knackshops.com
Off the Block
It can be a puzzle trying to figure out which meats are cooking at which temperatures, and when they're ready to take out of the oven or off the grill to avoid over-cooking. Enter MEATER Block, four individual, dual-temperature probes that monitor internal and external temperatures simultaneously. Insert the probes, use the app to select "doneness," start cooking, leave the Block by the cooker, and go about other tasks at hand. The app alerts when the meats are ready.
Buy it: $269; amazon.com