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Top 10 BBQ Father's Day Gift Ideas

Get Dad something he will really use!


If you are like me, then finding the right gift for Dad can be a real challenge. You can always opt for the traditional tie, send a nice card or maybe Dad would like it if you did a little coloring for him.

If your Dad is a backyard cook though, you might want to get him something for the patio. Of course a new grill (gas, charcoal, or a portable or maybe a smoker) would be fantastic. Otherwise, I suggest something like the following (despite the numbers these really are not in any specific order):

1. Huntington 3-Burner Model# 696264C

Huntington 3-Burner Model# 696264C
Onward Manufacturing Company
This grill delivers. It has the heat and an even cooking system which makes it one of the best gas grills on the market for under $500USD. The stainless steel, dual tube burners provide even heating from back to front, in a durable system that should last for years. The side burner has 10,000 BTU's which is good for warming small items while you grill.

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2. Weber Style Grill Gloves

Weber Style Grill Gloves
Weber-Stephen Products Company
Get a hand on your grilling with a good pair of grilling gloves. These gloves are made from a fireproof material and are heavily insulated. They are perfect for the grill and have an advantage over other gloves in that they have fingers, unlike the standard mitt design. This provides better grip and control for picking up grill grates, baskets, or anything hot off the grill.
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3. GrillGrate

GrillGrate, Inc.
Having trouble with food sticking to your cooking grates? How about uneven heating? These anodized aluminum cooking grates sit on top of your grill grates and provide a superior cooking surface to most units. In addition, a special spatula is included with the set of three GrillGrates giving you a vastly improved grilling experience.
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4. ProAccurate Quick-Read Waterproof Pocket Thermometer

ProAccurate Quick-Read Waterproof Pocket Thermometer
Global Industrial
You can spend a lot of money on an instant read thermometer. But why? This water proof digital food thermometer is quick, reliable, accurate, and best of all it doesn't cost $100USD. In fact, it can be purchased for under $20USD. Use this to make certain those steaks are perfectly cooked, while not running the risk of removing undercooked foods from the grill.
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5. Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Gas Grill
Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.

Imagine the power of an infrared grill in a portable. This 14,000 BTU infrared grill packs more heat than any other portable grill and, at 20 pounds you can take it just about anywhere. All stainless steel construction and you can even get this grill in marine quality steel with a railing mount for boating. It has 155 square inches of grilling area and uses either disposable propane bottles or can be converted to a full 20 pound tank or even natural gas.

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6. KettlePizza - Kettle Grill Pizza Accessory

KettlePizza Pizza Oven Kits

First of all, pizza is bread, with stuff on it. It is baked like bread, but unlike most of the breads baked in your oven, the secret to the perfect pizza is high temperatures, temperatures higher than most ovens can usually reach. What pizza needs is high dry heat, and a smoky environment. I've talked about grilling pizza before, but now I'm talking about an accessory that will take pizza to a whole new level.

7. The Thrill of the Grill: Techniques, Recipes, & Down-Home Barbecue

Thrill of the Grill

Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby are masters of grilling, barbecue, and meat. This book is their first pairing and taught the world that backyard grilling was far more than just burgers and steaks. This is probably the one book you should own, whether you are a serious master of the grill or just starting out. It has single-handedly changed the landscape of the cookout.

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8. The Ribalizer

Ribalizer Test Forward Image
Regarding BBQ Inc.
One of the problems many people encounter with a gas grill is how to make a decent rack of ribs. This new invention can do it in 2 hours, and the ribs are tender and moist, but neither under nor over cooked. Easy to use and reliable, the best part is that it's inexpensive. Currently priced at $25USD, the Ribalizer comes with the stainless steel rib rack and four disposable aluminum pans which act to wrap the ribs for the final cooking phase.

9. Food Saver V3835 Vacuum Sealer Kit

FoodSaver V3835 Vacuum Food Sealer
Sunbeam Products, Inc.
The FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer does much more than just save food from freezer burns. You can use this handy gadget to save a multitude of things for when you need them. Trim of the dried edges of your smoked brisket and save them for the next time you want to add some flavor to baked beans. It's also a great tool for make ahead meals. With a few extra attachments you can also use your food sealer as a vacuum marinator, providing a well marinated flank steak in minutes instead of hours. This is a great gift and one that will assist you in creative meal planning.
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10. Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint

Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint
Clarkson Potter

If you were to make a list of the most important, influential, and best barbecue joints in America, somewhere towards the top of that list would be Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur, AL. For 85 years, this restaurant has served up some of the best barbecue in the country. Famous for barbecue chicken served in a white barbecue sauce, aficionados continue to flock here to take their bite of history. These days Big Bob's Gibson's is in the hands of Chris Lilly, who married into the family and worked his way to the top of the barbecue world. This book, part cookbook and part history, is the legacy of the Gibson dream.

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