Best Grilling Gifts for Your BBQ Enthusiast

Wondering what to get for your friend who loves BBQ or loves to grill? You don't want to miss out on these essentials and wish list items for every grill lover!

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A lot of "best gift" lists are totally impractical or feature novelty items that will never actually get used.

As someone who does a lot of grilling myself, I promise that these items will impress the recipient with your thoughtfulness and practicality.

Essential tools & accessories

A few things that no grill enthusiast should be without. 


Professional grade chef apron — Protect your clothes and keep essentials at the ready! Made from heavyweight cotton and featuring durable rivets, double-stitched hems and 4 pockets (and a towel loop!), this handsome apron will help any backyard griller perform like a pro!

Extra extra large bamboo cutting board — 100% natural and organic bamboo material, which means no worries about BPA or other chemicals from plastic cutting boards. The extra-large size can accommodate a turkey, brisket, or whole rack of ribs! 

11-inch stainless steel carving knife — A fantastic-sized knife for carving through brisket, pork loins, turkey, ham, smoked salmon and roast. It can also be used to slice fruits and vegetables. Very comfortable to grip. Great quality for a non-professional line of tools.

6-inch curved boning knife — One-piece high-carbon, stain-resistant Japanese steel maintains a great sharpness. The handle of this knife is very comfortable, and the curved blade allows for great maneuverability when trimming any cut of meat to prep for the grill.

Digital meat thermometer — Waterproof, ambidextrous, and motion-sensing to conserve battery life. What more could you ask for in a digital thermometer? How about quick and accurate temperature readings! This thermometer is great at the grill or in the kitchen for meats, candy, or anything else.

Heat-resistant BBQ grill gloves — Besides being heat-resistant up to 1472 degrees Fahrenheit, these gloves are universally-sized, cut-resistant, and slip-resistant. They also come packaged in a nice box, perfect for gift-giving!

Charcoal rake — Stop using your BBQ tongs to spread out your hot coals! This genuine Weber stainless steel charcoal rake is 21" long and is designed to safely and easily distribute your charcoal across the bottom grill grate. You'll wonder why you ever grilled without one!

Wide-head spatula — At more than 7" wide, this spatula is great for turning fish and large items easily. The ergonomic grip handle offers a comfortable grip, and the angled neck reaches over the edge of kettle grills at a nice angle.

Stainless steel "flipper" spatula — This long spatula has a beveled edge that slides under foods easily and allows you to flip two burgers with no fumbling. Also great for fish fillets or stacks of grilled veggies. The long, sturdy handle keeps your hands clear of the heat.

Locking grill tongs — With one side that is flat and one side that has rounded teeth, this set of tongs slides easily under the food with the flat spatula side while gripping it with the tooth side. The heavy-duty construction holds up to heavier cuts of meat. This model also has a sturdy locking mechanism and hanging hook.

Chimney charcoal starter — An excellent way to heat up your coals before grilling, this 7.5" diameter, 13" high chimney starter is very durable and gets your coals started quickly. (Read why to use a chimney charcoal starter.)

Welding gloves — Although this might seem like a strange grill-related gift at first, any frequent griller will appreciate having a dedicated pair of gloves that can easily handle the tasks of removing a hot grill grate or maneuvering the grill itself. The gauntlet-style design protects forearms as well as hands.

Neoprene-coated heat-resistant gloves — Ideal for handling wet or greasy foods, these textured gloves are terrific for pulling pork that's still steaming hot off the smoker. The soft cotton lining and 14-inch length make them very comfortable to wear for extended periods.

Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen — More than 500 grilling-related recipes from expert Raichlen (star of Barbecue University on PBS), who has travelled the world experiencing grilled food in dozens of countries and all over the U.S. This will quickly become a go-to cookbook for many favorites.

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling — This fascinating book is the definitive guide to the concepts, methods, equipment, and accessories of barbecue and grilling. With the help of physicist and food scientist Prof. Greg Blonder, grill master Meathead Goldwyn applies the latest research to backyard cooking with more than 100 thoroughly tested recipes.

Grill cookware

Cast iron skillet set — Set of three skillets: 6", 8", and 10" diameters. Cast iron offers great heat distribution and can be used for frying, baking, grilling, broiling, braising, and sautéing. This set comes with heat-resistant handle covers and a one-year money-back guarantee.

Flexible stainless steel skewers — Unlike traditional bamboo or wood skewers, this steel variety allows you to marinate your food while it's already on the skewers, and the cooked food slides off easily without sticking! Besides that, the flexible cable lets you bend your kabob however fits best on your grill. 

Open-style veggie grill basket — At 13.7” x 11.8,” this steel grilling basket is large enough to cook a few servings at once. It is dishwasher-safe and has wide, curved handles that are very convenient for lifting on and off the grill. Perforations in the steel allow the heat and smoke to penetrate your food easily.

Gourmet BBQ System pizza stone — Although it is specially designed to fit in the Weber Gourmet BBQ grill grate, this pizza stone can also sit on top of any grill grate and is rated for extremely hot temperatures. A pizza stone is also great for baking bread.

Grilling planks gift set — 5 different types of grilling planks to sample (Cedar, Alder, Cherry, Hickory, and Maple) plus 2 packages of smoking chips (1 in Hickory and 1 in Cherry wood). Each wooden board has a distinct smoke flavor with different food flavor pairings, so you get to try them all!

The extras — Stepping it up

Steel moveable dining cart table — Not essential for the grilling experience, but certainly helpful! This black flattop is a terrific extra workspace and rolling shelf/storage for your grill tools. It is very sturdy and comes with three multifunctional hooks.

Wireless remote digital thermometer — Leave these metal probes in your meat and monitor the internal cooking temperature from up to 300 feet away (500 feet model also available) so that you don't have to keep opening the lid or walking away from your guests. The receiver will also beep and flash once your food reaches a preset temperature.

Traeger Pro Series wood pellet grill and smoker — When your grilling enthusiast is ready to step up a notch, a wood pellet grill and smoker is a real treat. Get the convenience of "set it and forget it" temperature control along with great smoke penetration and tenderness. (Read more about wood pellet cooking.)

Kamado Joe Classic II grill — A ceramic grill is a significant investment that will be treasured by the grill lover in your life. The excellent heat retention of the ceramic material makes them very versatile and great for grilling, smoking, and even baking. (Read more about ceramic grill cooking.)