The 35 Best Grilling Gifts of 2023

From a long-range Bluetooth thermometer to a package of high-end steaks

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Best Grilling Gifts

The Spruce Eats / Lecia Landis

Whether over propane, charcoal, or wood, there are lots of foods to grill, lots of ways to grill them, and lots of tools to help. That means there are a ton of options for gifts for grillers out there. But what are the best picks? We scoured the internet and our Lab's files of test results to come up with this list of more than three dozen fantastic options. From a set of shiny new tools to the best cooler on the market, a cookbook on grilling meat to, well, actual meat to grill, we've got you covered.

Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth

Meater Plus With Bluetooth Repeater


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 that not only alerts you when a set internal meat temperature is reached, but also estimates cook time, tracks the ambient temperature of the grill or smoker, and keeps a detailed log of every cook for aspiring competitive pitmasters. A small wooden case works as the charger as well as a Bluetooth signal repeater to help extend the wireless range to up to 165 feet.

In tests, we found the app was very easy to use and loved that it tracked the cook and that the results could be saved for future use. Better yet, it was accurate in all of the temperature tests. Because it makes grilling nearly foolproof, we think the price tag is totally justified.

Price at time of publish: $100

A Meater Plus Thermometer is inserted into a seasoned ribeye. A smart phone shows the estimated cooking time.

The Spruce Eats / MK Hoban

Batteries: 1 AAA (included) | Range: 165 feet | Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches

Cuisinart 20-Piece Deluxe BBQ Grill Tool Set



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, skewers, a grill brush, spatula and tongs—is packaged in an aluminum carrying case for easy gifting. There's even a carving fork with a built-in digital thermometer to check doneness.

Price at time of publish: $60

Chef’s spatula, grill tongs, digital temperature fork, silicone basting brush, four pairs of corn holders, five skewers, cleaning brush with extra brush head, aluminum carrying case | Dimensions: 17.3 x 8.3 x 3.2 inches

YETI Tundra 65 Cooler



Say you're throwing a weekend-long bash and want to keep burger patties and hot dogs chilled and at the ready for grilling at all times, along with a supply of ice-cold beer and soda: A Yeti is the cooler for you. By far the top pick in our testing of coolers, the Tundra 65 offers the brand's best balance of size and cost, with enough room for more than 40 cans (with ice) and a total capacity of about 55 quarts. The Yeti design is second-to-none, with insulation that can keep ice frozen for 72 hours or more, plus construction and materials that will last for many years. It's quite an expensive investment, but the cost is worth it in our opinion.

Price at time of publish: $375

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler

The Spruce Eats / Henry Wortock

Dimensions: 30.5 x 17.5 x 16 inches | Weight: 34 pounds (when empty)

Mark & Graham Leather and Suede BBQ Gloves

Leather and Suede BBQ Gloves

Courtesy of Mark & Graham

There's no better way to protect your hands while grilling than with these beautiful gloves. They're crafted from leather and suede, delivering unbeatable pliability, and they're lined with a breathable cotton blend that will keep your hands from getting too sweaty. The best part? You can have the leather laser-engraved with the recipient's initials—in 13 different shapes and styles—for an extra-special personalized touch.

Price at time of publish: $79

Leather, suede, cotton, poly fleece blend | Dimensions: 13.8 x 6.5 inches

John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board

John Boos Block Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Cutting Board

Courtesy of Amazon

You can't get to grilling until the food is prepped, and this sturdy, dependable cutting board is absolutely up to the job of cutting board. It's large, reversible, and solid, and its wooden surface is easier on knife blades than plastic or glass. But the gorgeous wooden boards from John Boos are also extremely Instagrammable. When your whole brisket is done smoking and it's time for presentation, this maple board makes a perfect backdrop for slicing and revealing the pink perfection and juices inside to both your guests and the internet.

We loved how sturdy this cutting board is, as well as its balance between function and fashion. Boos boards come in several different sizes, and this is the largest model, big enough to accommodate basically anything that might fit on a grill. And it's more than an inch thick, durable enough to last decades.

Price at time of publish: $87

John Boos Cutting Board

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Material: Maple | Weight: 10 pounds | Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 1.3 inches

Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Speaker

Bose SoundLink Flex Wireless Waterproof Speaker


Bring your music outside right next to the grill with this rugged Bluetooth speaker. Featuring the high-quality sound Bose is known for, the wireless speaker can connect to your phone, tablet, or laptop from up to 30 feet away, and it's completely waterproof—you can submerge it entirely and it'll keep playing. (It even floats!) The battery can hold enough charge for up to 12 hours, and there's an onboard microphone for hands-free calling while you're wielding the spatula and tongs. You can even pair two SoundLink Flexes together for yard-filling stereo. The stylish speaker is available in black, white, blue, and red.

Price at time of publish: $149

Battery Life:
Up to 12 hours | Weight: 1.3 pounds | Dimensions: 3.6 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill


Not all grills use charcoal or gas. This versatile appliance from George Foreman uses electricity to heat the grill plate. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor cooking, the grill comes with a plug-in temperature probe, which allows the user precise control over the heat. The durable, nonstick plate measures 240 square inches, which is plenty of room to cook for every guest at the party. The sloped surface allows grease and fat to slide off the food and into a convenient drip tray for disposal. You can use this grill on a countertop or table, but it also comes with an easy-to-assemble stand that’s ideal for outdoor cooking (just be sure it’s set up on a flat, level surface). 

We loved the consistency of the grill’s performance during our tests, as well as the defined grill marks, uniform heating, and lack of smoke. Surprisingly enough, it also does a good job of cooking frozen pizza.

Price at time of publish: $100

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Material: Stainless steel | Power: 1,440 watts | Dimensions: 11 x 21 x 20.5 inches

Snake River Farms USDA Prime Sliders, 4 Pack

Snake River Farms USDA Prime sliders

Snake River Farms

Sliders are popular for barbecues because they’re smaller in size and a crowd-pleasing favorite. Snake River Farms has a four-pack of 2-ounce sliders made from a custom blend of USDA Prime cuts. The tasty blend is 60 percent chuck, 20 percent brisket, and 20 percent ribeye. The patties may be on the small side, but they’re certainly mighty in flavor. With your favorite condiments, a side of chips, some cold drinks, and good company, you’ll have the makings of a classic American meal. 

Price at time of publish: $10 for 4 patties

4 (2-ounce) ground beef patties

Smoking isn't just a fun weekend activity—it's a way of life. If you're shopping for someone who's recently gotten into smoking meat, "Project Smoke" is sure to be a welcome gift. This cookbook by Steven Raichlen provides a step-by-step guide to becoming a smoke master—it covers everything from choosing the right smoker and selecting smoking woods to essential techniques like hot-smoking, cold-smoking, rotisserie-smoking and more. Plus, there are 100 delicious recipes that your recipient can dive into...and hopefully share with you.

Price at time of publish: $25

336 | Published: 2016 | Formats: Paperback, hard cover, spiral-bound

Männkitchen Pepper Cannon

MANNKITCHEN Pepper Cannon High Output Pepper Mill


That's not a typo; this is a $200 pepper mill. But pepper is a spice that goes into basically every dish, and this mill is something you'll be using daily—especially if you like to grill. The Pepper Cannon claims to put out 10 times as much pepper as other grinders. It's also adjustable to a far wider range of textures than most mills, from an almost powdery grind that can disappear into soups and stews, to a coarse crushed texture perfect for seasoning a thick grilled steak. The Spruce Eats food editor Kristin Stangl (who was sent a sample unit to review) says it's worth the splurge: "When you see the ease with which you can grind large quantities of pepper, and at various settings, all in a sleek and heavy tool, you will understand what all the hype is about."

Price at time of publish: $200

Männkitchen Pepper Cannon

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Capacity: 2.3 ounces | Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.3 inches | Weight: 1.1 pounds

Evo 18-Ounce Reusable Oil Sprayer

Evo 18-Ounce Reusable Oil Sprayer


Cooking oil is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, however, it can be easy to spill or use too much. This reusable oil sprayer from Evo makes it easy to coat cooking pans or food with even spritzes of oil. It lets you control the amount used while keeping things nice and neat. This particular Evo sprayer holds 18 ounces of cooking oil and sprays it in a fine fan-like mist—either vertically or horizontally, whichever you prefer. Simply twist the nozzle to lock it in place and avoid accidentally spraying. When it runs low, add more of your favorite oil with the included funnel. 

Our writer Allison Wignall cannot sing the praises of this device louder: "The Evo oil sprayer may just be my favorite cooking utensil ever. Before, I’d always accidentally pour way too much olive oil into my frying pan or drown chicken in it. Now, with just a few squeezes, I’ve got an even and controlled spread."

Price at time of publish: $20

An Evo oil sprayer sits next to a tray of oiled and seasoned potato wedges on a stovetop.

The Spruce Eats / Allison Wignall

Material: Plastic | Capacity: 18 ounces | Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.5 x 9 inches

GoodVibesMetal Personalized BBQ Grill Sign

Grill Sign

Courtesy of Etsy

Every serious grill master needs their own grill identity, and this personalized sign is a fun way to turn a patio or backyard into your own personal restaurant. The crossed spatula and meat fork design can incorporate up to 50 characters of your choice. The handmade signs are available in 14 different sizes and more than 30 colors for a truly astounding range of options. No matter what you choose, with this sign on the wall, everyone will know who rules the grill.

Price at time of publish: $36-$403

14-42 inches | Material: 14-gauge American steel, powder coat color

Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator

YETI Black Rambler Colster Can Insulator, 1 EA


Sure, grillers can stand the heat—but their beers can’t. This super-durable stainless steel drink cooler from the insulation experts at 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.

Price at time of publish: $25

: Stainless steel | Capacity: 12-ounce cans | Insulation: Double-wall vacuum insulation

Hedley & Bennet Denver Brown Essential Apron

Denver Essential Apron

Hedley and Bennett

Every griller needs a sturdy apron to wear while they're tending the food, and this one from Hedley & Bennett is both stylish and highly functional. It's made from heavy-duty cotton canvas with a waterproof wax coating, and durable straps keep it in place around the neck and behind the back. There are lots of pockets to hold tools and recipes, and a clever "utility loop" on which you can hang tongs or a side towel. The Denver style, with golden-brown fabric and navy-blue strap accents, is one of the brand's best sellers, but there are dozens and dozens of other Hedley & Bennet aprons in many colors, fabrics, and configurations.

Price at time of publish: $85

Material: 100 percent cotton canvas | Pockets: 2 waist, 1 chest 

The Smokist Stainless Steel Smoking Pouch

The Smokist stainless steel smoking pouch

Ace Hardware

Aficionados of grilling over wood will tell you that a gas grill can't produce the same kind of smoky flavors. The Smokist is here to prove them wrong, It's a reusable stainless steel pouch you fill with wood chips and lay right on the grill grates. The chips will smolder but not burn, producing a long-lasting supply of smoke. Just add food, close the lid, and wait. 

Price at time of publish: $25

Stainless steel | Capacity: 1.5 cups of wood chips | Dimensions: 6.5 x 11.5 inches

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Uncommon Goods

As delicious as kebabs are, they can be a hassle to make. Wooden skewers aren’t fireproof, after all, and even with metal skewers, it’s easy for ingredients to fall off. Luckily, these long, skinny baskets are designed just for skewer-free kebab cooking. This set of four steel wire baskets has long wooden handles for easy flipping, and can accommodate veggies, meat, mushrooms, or anything else you can fit inside.

Price at time of publish: $20

Steel, hardwood | Includes: 4 kabob baskets | Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 1.5 inches

Weber Deluxe Stainless Steel Grill Basket



Most grills have wide gaps between the grates, allowing flames and heat plenty of room to rise and cook the food. However, that makes it tricky to grill smaller items, like green beans, shrimp, fingerling potatoes, or anything chopped into pieces. Weber has the solution with this basket, which can hold smaller items secure while cooking them evenly, with small slots to allow fat and liquid to drain. It's made of stainless steel with handles for easy transport, and works with gas or charcoal grills. (There is also a smaller model available if this one won't fit on your grill.)  

Price at time of publish: $33

Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 13.8 x 11.8 x 2.5 inches

Jaccard Pigtail Food Flipper

Jaccard Pig Tail food flipper

Knife Country USA

Why fumble between fork, tongs, and spatula to turn your grilling meats when you can use one tool? Jaccard’s pigtail flipper uses a sharp hook that pierces food to secure a solid grip. The small hole this flipper makes damages the meat less than a fork, and it does a better job at pulling a stuck steak or chop off the grate without tearing it than tongs or a spatula can. A leather loop is attached to the end of the hardwood handle for easy hanging storage. This particular set comes with two differently sized flippers, though the longer 19-inch one is available on its own. Want to bring the gift to the next level? Jaccard also has a set that comes in a nice wooden storage box

Our writer Allison Wignall says her family has been using a set of Jaccard's pigtail flippers for over 20 years. "It’s great for flipping heavy meats, delicate veggies, and even picking up hot grill pan lids. Thanks to the long handle, your hands stay away from the intense heat, too.”

Price at time of publish: $27

Stainless steel, hardwood, leather | Includes: 13.8-inch and 19.3-inch flippers

Le Creuset Serving Platter

Le Creuset Serving Platter


Le Creuset is an iconic name in bakeware like Dutch ovens, with its colorful glazed stoneware found in many a foodie's kitchen. But this handled platter lets you bring the Le Creuset look out to the grill. Available in four different colors, it's a grand way to present food from off the grill. But it's also oven- and broiler-safe up to 500 degrees, which means you can actually put it on the grill itself to keep one course warm while another finishes. (It's not a good idea to put this dish over high grill heat, but for low heat—or even slow-smoking—it's fine.)

Price at time of publish: $75

16.5 x 14 x 1.5 inches | Weight: 4.6 pounds

Schaller & Weber Summer Grill Pack for 6

Schaller and Weber summer grill pack for 6

Schaller & Weber

Sausages are quintessential summertime grilling foods, and this grill pack from artisanal New York City butcher Schaller & Weber is sure to make any lover of encased meats happy. It includes four-packs of cheddar bratwurst, smoked sausages, beer bratwurst (made with beer from world-renowned brewery Mikkeller), and snags (an Australian-style pork sausage with garlic, paprika, and sage). In addition to the sausages, you'll also get a jar of sauerkraut, two beer koozies, and a keychain bottle opener. All you have to provide is buns, beer, grill, and friends. 

Price at time of publish: $85

4 (12-ounce) packages of sausage, 16-ounce jar sauerkraut, 2 beer koozies, bottle opener

Thoughtfully Barbecue Rubs To Go: Grill Edition Gift Set

Thoughtfully Barbecue Rubs to Go

Whether it's a whole rack of ribs or sliced vegetables, anything you put on the grill needs some seasoning. The bold flavors of these rubs are intended to work with just about any type of meat or vegetable, and the cutely packaged set includes five varieties. Each uses the signature herbs and spices from a different cuisine that does a lot of grilling: Memphis-style barbecue, Cajun, Caribbean, Mexican, and Southwest. Season as much or as little as you want to enhance the taste of your next grilled meal. 

Price at time of publish: $15

5 spice rubs, 1-1.3 ounces each

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

Panini Press by Cuisinart Sandwich Maker


A compact, multifunctional portable grill is a great gifts for people who love to cook at tailgates, campsites, or outdoor parties. Not only does this model from Cuisinart serve as a grill, griddle, and panini press (and waffle maker if you want to splurge on some extra cooking plates), but it is also completely smokeless. The plates are all nonstick, so much so that we noticed that burned cheese slid right off during our test. It excelled with each task we threw at it, from sandwiches to sausages. Each grill style has a temperature control knob for precise heating. A hidden drip tray hides the liquid runoff out of sight, keeping things nice and neat. 

Price at time of publish: $100

Cuisinart Griddler

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Material: Brushed stainless steel | Power: 350 watts | Dimensions: 13.5 x 11.5 x 7.1 inches

Kona 360 Clean Grill Brush

Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush


Once the grilling is done, the cleaning begins. To scrub away any char or burned bits, you’ll need a good, sturdy grill brush. This wire-bristle brush from Kona makes the task go much faster with its triple-head feature. Not only does it scrub the surface clean, the 360 brushes even clean between and underneath the grill slats. Dip it in water and use the power of steam for an extra-deep clean. We found that the brush has a comfy handle that’s long enough to keep your hands away from the heat of the grill. It works on most grill types, including porcelain, ceramic, infrared, char broil, and more. We liked that you can use the brush sideways, as well.

Price at time of publish: $22

The Kona 360 Grill Brush

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Brush Material: Stainless steel | Weight: 12 ounces | Dimensions: 18 x 4 x 10 inches

Wildwood Grilling Grill Planks Sampler Pack

Wildwood Grilling Grill Planks Sampler Pack

Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

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. They're an affordable luxury most people—even grill fanatics—don't tend to keep on hand, which makes them a perfect gift. 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).

Price at time of publish: $20-$30

5 planks (western red cedar, alder, maple, cherry, hickory)

Bear Paws Meat Shredder Claws



Shredded chicken tacos and pulled pork sandwiches are delicious, but the act of shredding the meat can be time-consuming and frustrating, especially when it comes to larger cuts. Instead of using the double-fork method, these shredder claws make short work of any meat they go up against, whether it's a single chicken breast or an entire slow-smoked brisket. They also work great for holding large foods in place while carving—a whole turkey, or a 20-pound watermelon, for example. Made of sturdy nylon, the claws are heat-resistant; they’re perfect for shredding food right after it comes off the grill.

Price at time of publish: $15

Nylon | Weight: 4.4 ounces | Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 1 inches

RONXS Lighter

RONXS Candle Lighter, Lighter Electric Lighter, Rechargeable USB Lighters Arc Lighter with LED Battery Display, Flameless Long Lighters for Candles Grill...


Say goodbye to shaking and clicking a butane lighter over and over, or striking matches and dropping them onto the burner or charcoal and hoping it'll light; this lighter uses a rechargeable battery to create a steady electrical arc with the click of a button that's completely wind- and splash-proof. The flexible neck can also reach between grill grates or into a deep lantern or fire pit to get the flames going anywhere. This model's battery can last for up to 600 uses, and it's rechargeable via a USB cable. You'll never need to buy a new lighter again.

Price at time of publish: $10

Power Source:
Lithium ion battery, USB charger | Weight: 1.9 ounces | Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches

Le Creuset Silicone Craft Series Basting Brush

Le Creuset Silicone Craft Series Basting Brush, 10 1/2" x 2 1/8", Oyster


Traditional basting brushes use stiff boar bristles, which are great at picking up and applying sauce but are flammable, aren't the easiest to clean, and can detach from the brush and end up on your food. The bristles on Le Creuset's brush are conical, which helps them pick up and hold sauce, but they're made of dishwasher-safe silicone that can handle up to 500 degrees without melting. The long, flared handle is also comfortable to hold and keeps your hands away from the heat. Plus, there are 10 different bristle colors available to match any griller's color scheme.

Price at time of publish: $14

Wood, silicone | Weight: 2.5 ounces | Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 10.5 inches

DoTakeItPersonally Funny Grill Towels

DoTakeItPersonally funny grill towels


In most families, the person in charge of the grill is also the person who loves corny jokes. Well, these towels combine both, with a series of cute prints and grill-themed puns. The towels themselves are high-quality, too, large in size, and made of durable and super-absorbent microfiber that's machine-washable—and even bleachable without damaging the print when they get seriously stained. There are eight different designs to choose from, and you can order any number and combination you like.

Price at time of publish: $21 for 2 towels

Woven polyester, polyamide blend microfiber | Dimensions: 16 x 24 inches

OnlyGiftsDotCom Custom 2–3 Letter Branding Iron

OnlyGiftsDotCom Custom 2–3 Letter Branding Iron

Courtesy of Etsy

There's no better way to mark your grilled meats as your own than by literally branding them with your initials. For the grill master who has (almost) everything, this novelty is a fun and useful gift. Made of rust-resistant stainless steel with a 15-inch handle, wood grip, and leather strap, it's designed to be heated over the flames and then pressed into food for a personalized touch on steaks, buns, and more. This branding iron is customizable with either two or three characters of your choice, which could be a monogram or area code, but can also include an ampersand or heart for a grill-loving couple. In addition to the iron by itself, there are several sets available that include a matching gift box, hanging plank, or carving board.

Price at time of publish: $45+

Stainless steel, wood, leather | Dimensions: 15 x 1 x 2.8 inches

Uncommon Goods Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank

Uncommon Goods salt bbq plank

Uncommon Goods

Himalayan salt is well-known for its striking pink hue, in granulated form for seasoning and in larger blocks like this one that can be used to cook or serve food. Salt is an incredibly versatile mineral. In fact, you can even grill on big blocks of salt to infuse flavor into foods. Carved by hand, this one is as much of an accent piece as it is a cooking tool. You can even use it as a serving platter. Able to withstand and retain heat well, it can sit right on top of the grill and gently cook delicate foods like fish or veggies. (Just be sure to heat and cool it slowly to avoid cracking.) You can also chill the block and serve sushi or cold apps on it. The salt itself is naturally antibacterial, so all you have to do to clean and reuse the block is wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Price at time of publish: $30

Himalayan salt | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 1.5 inches

Foundstone Calla Straight Bar Cart

Foundstone Calla Straight Bar Cart


It may be called a bar cart, but this two-level wheeled wooden table is good for lots more than just holding drinks. It's perfect for prep, with a removable tray that can carry ingredients from kitchen to grill or grill to table, as well as a built-in four-bottle wine rack that will also hold oils, sauces, seasonings, or tools. The Calla is solidly built, made of acacia with a few rustic accents that look nice with any decor. You do have to assemble this cart yourself, but it comes with all the hardware and tools necessary, IKEA-style.

Price at time of publish: $150

Dimensions: 35.5 x 23.7 x 35.7 inches | Weight: 33 pounds

Onlyfire Universal Stainless Steel Pizza Oven Kit

Onlyfire Universal Stainless Steel Pizza Oven Kit


Cooking pizza on the grill is a great way to get nice charred crust and smoky flavor, but no grill—especially not a gas grill—is designed to reach the ultra-high temperatures of a dedicated pizza oven. Onlyfire's oven sits on top of the grill grates and concentrates the heat into the squat, rectangular shape of a traditional pizza oven. Combined with the heat retained by an included 14-inch pizza stone, this lets you bake pizzeria-level pies in minutes on a standard gas grill. That said, during testing, we also found that it could cook a pan of broccoli and peppers with no problem. The kit also includes a built-in thermometer and pizza peel, which is everything you need besides dough, sauce, and cheese.

Price at time of publish: $210

onlyfire pizza oven

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 4.7 inches | Includes: 14-inch round pizza stone, pizza peel (13.5 x 16 inches), thermometer

BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity Charcoal Starter

BBQ Dragon | Large Chimney of Insanity Charcoal Starter | Fast, Safe & Easy to Use Chimney | Fire Starter for Charcoal Grill | Galvanized Steel | Side...


Grilling over charcoal offers lots of advantages, but ease of preparing the grill is not one of them. The Chimney of Insanity makes the process of getting the charcoal evenly burning and red-hot easier with a clever design. The fire starter goes in a separate chamber from the charcoal, with a sideways opening and elbow shape that draws in air more quickly to most efficiently get charcoal lit. It's also compatible with BBQ Dragon's starter fan for even-more-efficient lighting. And beyond this chimney's usefulness, the "CHIMNEY OF INSANITY" name on the label will bring a smile to the face of any grill fan.

Price at time of publish: $35

11 x 6 x 11.5 inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds

Bachan's Three Pack Japanese Barbecue Sauce Bundle

Bachan's Three Pack Sauce Bundle


Barbecue sauce does so much to elevate the flavor of a dish-whether it's chicken wings or pork chops. Bachan's has a lip-smacking combination of Japanese barbecue sauce flavors in this three pack, including Original, Yuzu, and Hot & Spicy. The sauces are made in small batches from an old family recipe. Each sauce is versatile and can be used as a marinade, dip, or topper.

Price at time of publish: $33

Includes: 3 bottles of Japanese barbecue sauce (two 17 ounce bottles, one 16 ounce bottle)

OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Tongs With Silicone Heads

OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Tongs with Silicone Heads

Courtesy of Amazon

Tongs are incredibly helpful tools when it comes to grilling, but in our tests, we decided that Oxo's Good Grips 9-inch tongs are a cut above the rest. The silicone-tipped heads keep a sturdy grip on whatever you're holding. They're also heat-resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and are safe to use on nonstick cookware.

During tests, we liked how the scalloped and angled head allowed us to grip food securely without having to press that hard. We were also able to hold onto slippery noodles with ease. To clean, just pop them into the dishwasher.

Price at time of publish: $16

Material: Stainless steel, silicone | Weight: 5.7 ounces | Heat Max: 600 degrees | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes 

What to Look for in a Grilling Gift

Quality & Durability

If you're giving a grill tool, gadget, or really anything not meant to be eaten, you want something that stands the test of time and use. Something that splits apart after just a few grilling sessions won’t make for a great present. Look for items that are scratch-resistant, dishwasher-safe, or weatherproof.

Grill Compatibility

There are lots of different types of grills, and not every accessory will work with every grill. The main thing to consider is whether your recipient has a gas or charcoal grill. The higher temperatures and smoke generated by a charcoal grill might be too much for a tool designed for gas, while charcoal grills have a range of devices for starting and controlling the fire that gas ones don't need. Size comes into consideration, too: Large grill pans or things like pizza oven inserts won't fit on a small or round kettle-style grill.


When ordering anything perishable—like frozen steaks or sausages, for example—overnight or expedited shipping is often required, which can add a significant amount to cost. Grill tools and accessories made to stand up to high heat are generally pretty heavy-duty, and just plain heavy, which makes for expensive shipping as well. Take into consideration when comparing prices that some retailers include shipping costs while others don't add them on until the end of checkout.


Don't overlook the opportunity to personalize your gift! Many of the items above are meant to be used for years and years, and a few extra bucks to add a name or monogram might be well worth it. 

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

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.

This article was updated by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester who specializes in all things grills. She included several of her favorite grilling items on the list, as well as several items she'd be happy to unwrap during the holidays.

Allison Wignall, who also updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s a self-professed carnivore who loves grilling filets and pork chops every summer. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

Additional reporting by
Allison Wignall
Allison Wignall The Spruce Eats

Allison Wignall is a staff writer for The Spruce Eats who focuses on product reviews. She has also contributed to publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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