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What do you get for the grill master who has everything? Well, it turns out there are still plenty of great gifts for grillers—even if they’re not necessarily made specifically for grilling. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for an experienced grill master or a fun grilling gift for Dad, you’ll find something on this list. From novel grilling gift ideas to grilling tool upgrades, here are the best gifts for grill masters (and the best grilling gifts for dads who consider themselves grill masters).
Best Meat Thermometer: MEATER Plus Wireless Smart Thermometer
A meat thermometer is a necessary tool for any griller or smoker, and this small but mighty wireless version will please both tech nerds and minimalists. A small stainless steel probe syncs with MEATER’s free app to alert the user when the ideal temperature is reached, but it also estimates cook time, tracks the ambient temperature of the grill or smoker, and keeps a detailed log of every cook. A small wooden case works as the charger as well as a Bluetooth signal repeater to help extend the wireless range.
Best Grilling Tools: Cuisinart Deluxe Grilling Tool Set CGS-5020
Grilling utensils get a lot of wear and tear. So whether you're shopping for someone who just got their first grill or an experienced grill master who could use an upgrade, this 20-piece grilling tool set from Cuisinart is a solid bet. Everything—including corn holders, a grill brush, and a digital temperature fork—is packaged in an aluminum carrying case for easy gifting.
Best Grill: Weber Master-Touch Charcoal Grill 22-Inch
This colorful grill from Weber is a great upgrade for the outdoor cook who cares about a pretty patio as much as a perfectly cooked steak. The Master-Touch Charcoal Grill is the same ubiquitous 22-inch kettle grill you know and love, but with a handful of new features including a high-capacity aluminum ash catcher, a warming rack, a lid handle with a heat shield, and a thermometer built into the lid. Even better, it’s available in a variety of colors, including a subtle yet stylish slate blue.
Best BBQ Rubs: Kansas City BBQ Dry Rub Variety Pack
The secret isn't always in the sauce; sometimes it's in the rub—especially if you're cooking on the grill. This sampler pack features four amazing rubs from four distinctly different but equally amazing Kansas City barbecue joints (Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, and Jack Stack) any griller will appreciate. Sweet, spicy, and somewhere in between, this collection will spice up a variety of grilled meat and veggies.
Best Outdoor Speaker: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a great gift for anyone who likes to spend time around the grill. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to eight hours of use, and it charges on an included micro USB cord. Like other Bose devices, this connects to the brand's app, and it can even be used for hands-free calling—especially handy when you're cooking with fire! In addition to both black and white options, it's available in Aquatic Blue, Midnight Blue, Coral Red, and Yellow Citrus.
Best for Cleanup: Panacea Ash Bucket with Shovel 15343
Originally intended for cleaning up indoor fireplace ashes, this handy little bucket provides a safe and stylish way to clean up coals and ash after cooking outdoors, too. Made of heavy-duty, powder-coated steel, it's helpful for any griller, but especially one with kids or pets.
Best for Beer-Loving Grillers: YETI Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator
Sure, grillers can stand the heat—but their beers can’t. This super-durable stainless steel drink insulator from YETI is made to hold a 12-ounce can of beer (or soda) and will keep a cold one frosty, even right next to the grill. It comes in a variety of colors and (even though it’s double-walled), it’s dishwasher safe.
Best Grill Light: KOSIN Grill Light
Grill masters need some kind of light to work their culinary magic in the dark—and the flame from the coals doesn’t cut it. These handy LED lights can be mounted on any surface that can hold a magnet, and the flexible gooseneck means they’ll work with just about any style of grill. The super-bright LED bulbs are powered by AAA batteries, and their uses extend beyond the grill.
Best for Seafood Grill Masters: Wildwood Grilling Grill Planks Sampler Pack
Wooden grill planks prevent fish from drying out, keep the skin from sticking to grill grates, and add a subtle smokiness to the finished dish. And because they can't be reused forever, they’re the perfect present for seafood-loving grillers. This sample pack from Wildwood Grilling includes five different kinds of wood (Western red cedar, alder, maple, cherry, and hickory), and the planks are available in three sizes (8, 11, and 15 inches).
Best Organizer: Superior Trading Co. Steel Caddy
Yes, grilling is fun. But it’s also serious business that often requires sauces, spices, brushes, and tools. Help the griller in your life keep everything organized grillside with this powder-coated steel caddy. It has enough room for a spray bottle, various sauces and spices, and grilling tools, plus a paper towel rack and a hook for hanging tongs or a towel.
Grill Dome RAPID-LITE Xtreme Electric Charcoal Starter
This electric fire starter may not be quite as exciting as it looks (it doesn’t zap the coals or throw flames), but it makes quick and easy work of lighting a charcoal grill. Plug it in, tuck it into the coals, and wait 15 minutes for the perfect fire. For some, this might be a game-changer; for others, it will be handy when they’re in a hurry.
Best Gift Basket: Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Favorites Gift Crate
It's hard to go wrong with Stonewall Kitchen's gourmet spices and sauces, and this gift box combines the best of both for grilling, along with a butcher-themed tea towel and a wood-handled silicone basting brush. Even without the accessories, this set is fit for grillers of all levels with its variety of fabulous flavors: Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce, Roasted Apple Grille Sauce, Bourbon Molasses BBQ Sauce, Maine Seafood Rub, Texas Rub, and Carolina's Rub.
Best Tongs: GIR 16-Inch Grill Tongs
When you're cooking over an open fire, any old tongs won't do. Grill masters need a long handle to protect their hands from the heat and flames, and these 16-inch stainless steel tongs from GIR are safe and sleek. They also have a special mechanism that lets the cook lock and unlock them with a quick squeeze—another feature grillers of all levels will appreciate.
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Emily Farris is a food and lifestyle writer as well as a recipe developer, who has written about grilling for Bon Appetit. She obsesses over kitchen design and is married to a four-seasons griller. She’s also embarrassingly good at buying expensive things online and can see straight through a fake review.