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
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):
Weber-Stephen Products Company
Typically Home Depot sells a special or deluxe version of some of the line of Weber gas grills. For 2014, the Spirit grills have Weber's Gourmet BBQ Accessory System added for no extra price. Similar to the standard Spirit E-210, this model has a special porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate with a removable center piece that can be swapped out for a large number of accessory cooking equipment including a pizza stone, chicken roaster, and the griddle that is included in this package.
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Whether firing up the grill or the smoker, the time will come when it is necessary to get a handle on things. Sometimes it is a cooking grate, a pile of burning coals or pulling a hot turkey off the rotisserie spit. For this, Dad is going to need some gloves. These welding gloves are perfect for setting the rotisserie rod, moving grates, lifting grilling pans, or pizza stones. He won't mind getting them dirty and they will protect his hands. When it comes time to get a hold of the food, like that whole chicken on a beer can, or pulling apart pork roasts then he will need some High Temperature Food Safe Silicon Gloves
. Yes, he needs two pair of gloves. It will save him a lot of time because he has one pair for the hardware, and one for the food. Best of all, by avoiding the "BBQ" aisle at the store it will actually save a lot of money.
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.
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.
Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.
The problem with many portable grills is that they just can't produce a good, high grilling temperature. How about a wood burning grill that can hit 1,000 degrees F.? The Cook-Air grill uses an internal fan to create a cyclone of air moving over the burning wood to accelerate the combustion making it quite possibly the hottest portable grill on the market. Better yet, because it is a wood burning grill, it makes wonderful amounts of smoke to flavor foods and actually make them taste like cooking over a campfire, which you are. Loaded with great features and powered either by a standard outlet, car adapter, or batteries, this is a very portable little grill with a good sized grilling space.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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