Our holiday gift guide for the BBQ and food lovers on your list!
Tis the season for giving! I also have a love/hate relationship with most holiday gift guides. My heart beats at an unhealthy rate when I see gift guides that contain “100 stocking stuffers under $15,” or “150 gifts for him,” or “75 perfect gifts for her.”
We like to keep our gift guides simple every year.
Why? Because 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.
Not that many make the cut. That’s because I don’t believe we need hundreds of gadgets in order to cook well. When it comes to gear for BBQ, cooking, and wine loving, believe less is more. Quality over quantity.
There’s just a few items that I can’t live without, and these are items that would make any foodie on your list happy this year.
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 hardware we love cooking on and with. A holiday gift guide needs these awesome shout outs.
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 the 7 Knife Kit for the price of 5!
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.
We’ve broken records when it comes to our enthusiasm for ThermoWorks digital thermometers. We’ve used several different brands and these are the most consistent. We use the original Thermapen and the Thermapen MK4 for everyday cuts of meat, like steaks, chicken, pork tenderloin, etc. But if you want something a little more affordable the Thermapop does a great job and is priced under $30. And for extra long smokes, like pork butt, briskets, whole turkeys or chickens, we’ll use the Smoke Unit. All have their own purposes and all work great.
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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.
We have the 7.5 QT version of this (in red, because of my love for red appliances). This is simply THE most affordable cast iron that works wonders. If you want some great cast iron, but not ready to splurge on the above version, Lodge is a great place to start.
We fell in love with Finex Cast Iron pans and dutch ovens from watching friends use them on Instagram, so we took the plunge and invested in a few. We have a 10″ skillet, a Dutch Oven, and a sauce pan and love them.
These aren’t cheap! But these make amazing heirloom gifts for the food lovers on your list.
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.
Grab this blender, we have used the Classic for years! AND get 25% most purchases with the code VINDULGE at checkout!!
Holiday Gift Guide: Foodie Options
What do I get for a foodie? Well, unique cooking oils, salts, and meats! Try out some of these great finds to make your favorite foodie smile. I mean, with a holiday gift guide, couldn’t you imagine shipping a beautiful Prime Rib from Snake River farms to your family or friends? (And of course have them invite you over)
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). Use code 10VINDULGE for 10% off most orders.
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.
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!
Holiday Gift Guide: Books for the Barbecue Lover
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.
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!
First Published November 2017 | Updated November 2019