Our holiday gift guide for the BBQ and food lovers on your list!
Head over to our beverage version if looking for a wine and cocktail gift guide.
We tend to keep our gift guides short and simple every year. But this year, with so many more folks looking online for gift giving, we decided to share all of our favorite tools for barbecue, grilling, general kitchen… and also wine!
We test out new gear, gadgets, cookers, and food items, throughout the year (sooo many!). The ones that make the cut are the ones we’d happily buy for ourselves and friends. These all fit that bill. These are great ideas for any grilling, barbecue, or foodie on your list.
If you have questions or need advice, we’re always here to help. So ask away. Have something we should add to the gift guide? Let us know!
I hope these give you some fun ideas for the BBQ, Grilling, or just foodie on your shopping list. Some (but not all) contain affiliate links*. All are products we use and love.
Holiday Gift Guide: Grilling, Barbecue and Cooking Hardware
Knife sharpening, grills, pans and gloves. This is the stuff we love cooking on and with.
Support Small & Local Businesses
This year more than ever it’s important for us to support our local businesses that create some amazing food products. We’re also huge proponents of small businesses (not just in Oregon, but throughout the country). Here are some of our favorite local and/or small business products that we use and love.
Hazelnut products abound since we live on a Hazelnut farm. This dipping oil is amazing for dipping bread or to add a slightly nutty flavor. Also check out the roasted Hazelnuts too.
Some of the finest Olive Oils we enjoy, made in the Willamette Valley. Whether for cooking, or a fragrant dip with bread, their oils are a must for your favorite foodie. We’re also obsessed with using their White Peach Vinegar as a salad dressing. Just toss it with some fresh greens and you’ve got a wonderful salad. We love it all!
High quality salt is a must for any foodie. This finishing salt is perfect for salads, dressings, or simply topping a steak. You can also browse their kosher and salt set options, like all the infused salts. YUM!
This 3-Pack from the awesome folks at Hey Grill, Hey is a great variety pack to have on hand. They have created an impressive line of rubs and sauces. In particular we love their beef rub, but the 3-pack makes for a great stocking stuffer.
With brisket we usually keep it simple, but this rub is to die for! Don’t let the title “brisket” sway you. This rub is fantastic on any beef (grilled or smoked). It’s even good on poultry. I’m dying to know the secret behind this addictive rub.
We fell in love with Finex Cast Iron years ago. We have a 10″ skillet, a Dutch Oven, and a sauce pan, and love them all. These aren’t cheap! But these make amazing heirloom gifts for the food lovers on your list and handmade in Portland, Oregon.
This start kit is an awesome present for someone looking to get into smoked foods. It includes wood chips, a nice stainless steel smoker box, grate cleaner, and more. Works great with the BBQ enthusiast with a gas or smaller kettle grill.
BBQ and Grilling Tools
High heat gloves are a must. From grabbing hot cast iron, to managing logs and flame, these gloves get it done. These are built like welding gloves.
Great for wrapping meats like pork shoulder or brisket, but also great for presentation.
Metal skewers are great because you will use them over and over versus disposable wooden ones. Go for both short and long skewers. Short skewers are great for typical kabobs, and the long skewers are great for things like Picanha Steak.
Available online or at your local restaurant supply store, these are great when laying out steaks, or keeping a brisket stable while trimming. Having two go a long way.
Cedar planks can take proteins from boring to AMAZING. But these aren’t just for meat. We love them for grilling brie too. Use them for our favorite salmon recipe. These are the ones we use.
Long tongs are a must for moving meat and not burning your arms and hands. These are great for flipping steaks, burgers, and handling large roasts.
This is a must have tool for any charcoal grill. Avoid lighter fluid by using a simple chimney starter to get your coals hot. We have 2 of these at all times.
Makes grilling up veggies or smaller items of food simple!
Cooking pizza on any grill requires the right tools. This pizza stone is perfect to conduct the high heat. At 15 inches, it’s also the right fit for most grills.
Grills and Smokers
This kettle grill was the first grill we experimented with and remains, to this day, the one we use the most. It’s the perfect starter grill.
You can smoke, sear, and in between on this multi tool of outdoor cookers.
The best pellet smoker we have ever used. This grill will last a lifetime and has the range and scale to tackle any cook. From a low of 160 to a searing hot 600+ degrees, this smoker will get it done.
We love our kamado style smokers, and the Big Green Egg Mini Max with stand and shelves is perfect. Big enough for the patio, and portable enough to take with you to the beach, RVing, or even to a park.
We use this thing all the time and it can sear or smoke. Grab one at your local Big Green Egg Dealer!
Fuel – Charcoal and Pellets
Large chunks and great burn describes this awesome charcoal. Using hardwoods from South America, you will find that this charcoal and large format bag is one of the hottest and cleanest burning. They also have briquettes that are just as good.
Fogo is another quality brand of charcoal that burns hot and slow. Their Super Premium lump has large pieces. You can also look at their Premium with slightly smaller pieces as well. Any Fogo will be a great cooking experience.
These are great pellets with a clean, low ash burn and consistent flavor. This sample pack will let you pick your favorite. They are affordable and cook well.
At $34, this amazing instant read thermometer gives affordability and fast temperature reading. Also has a nice backlight. If you aren’t ready for the full MK4 experience, this is the next best thing.
Besides a grill itself, the next purchase is a great instant read thermometer. We have been using this product for over 10 years and most chefs have one in their kitchen.
If you are smoking low and slow or want to know the perfect internal temperature of the grill and meat, then the Smoke Unit is perfect. It measures two zones and will broadcast to a small hand held unit. Upgrade for the professional with the Smoke X with four zones to get even more range and probes. Never overcook another cut of meat again.
Yes, they make great products. The signals unit not only has 4 zones to monitor temperature, but also broadcasts to an app that will monitor and upload your cook.
We have found three knives make preparation and service easy. We also partner with Dalstrong Knives because of their quality of metal, sharpness, affordability, and beautiful ergonomic design. We use these for catering and every day work. Get 10% off qualified orders using the code VINDULGE at checkout.
Boning knives are important to have to trim meats, fish, and to break down larger cuts like whole chicken. Having a strong boning knife will make that work so much easier without dulling out the larger chef knife.
A chef knife is a very personal experience. The handles are sturdy, and the balance is great. It will make short work of onions and prep, while still functional enough to carve smaller roasts. We use the Shogun Series.
Also called a carving knife, this is a very convenient tool when you are carving briskets, rib roasts, and any large cut of meat.
We use the Shogun series 12-inch knife for our briskets.
For yourself or your favorite food lover who doesn’t have the time or ability to use a wet stone sharpening system.
Knife Aid will mail a kit to your house or you can grab a Gift Certificate. Use code VINDULGE to get 10% off your order.
We have the 7.5 QT version of this. This is simply THE most affordable cast iron that works wonders. If you want some great cast iron, but not ready to splurge, Lodge is a great place to start.
This pan we use every day. It’s durable to throw over hot embers for some roasted chestnuts, and seasoned enough to make delicate scrambled eggs.
Blenders are essential for the barbecue pitmaster. Whether blending sauces, or prepping a blended marinade, having a high quality blender needs to be in the arsenal.
Give the gift of incredible meat! A holiday gift roast from Snake River Farms would make most people dance. From Prime Rib Roast, to a Rack of Kurobuta Pork, the options are endless. Grab your favorite holiday roast and have it delivered to their doorstep (or yours).
We love these slate boards for serving, and we have several in all sizes. This size (12×16) is the one we use the most. This is great gift for those who like to entertain!
Books are an awesome gift for any holiday gift guide. Here are a few of our favorites from understanding fundamentals, to getting really geeky on BBQ.
Of course we’ll add our own critically acclaimed book to the list.
Get our signed edition of Fire + Wine with your own custom inscription. Simply add the comments you would like in the notes section at check out. Want it faster? Check out the cookbook page to find the book at your favorite online retailer.
A fantastic and intriguing book about the 4 elements of cooking — Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat — and how to understand those elements in order to transform your cooking and empower you in the kitchen (or outdoor grill!). The illustrations are charming and help to transform complex topics into a simple and straightforward bits of information. This is a must have for the cook in your life.
Ken Forkish, Owner of several Portland Pizza Restaurants, makes some amazing Pizza. This book is a must for anyone grilling pizza in their backyard grill or pizza oven. The dough and how easy it is to make perfect dough every time is worth it’s weight!
This book is amazing. Want to understand one of the greatest BBQ Pitmasters secrets to managing fire? Or trimming brisket? This is your book.
Aaron Franklin walks us through what he’s learned about fire management, building pits, trimming brisket, and managing the cooking process.
That’s it. If we find more good deals we’ll be sure to let you know, either via our Facebook page or weekly newsletter. So make sure you’re following along so you can be in the know of a good deal when we see it.
*Some of these links are affiliate links. Please know we only recommend items we love and use often, and everything on this list is items we stand by. Happy Holidays!
Updated November 2020