When shopping for gifts for meat smokers or BBQ lovers like me, the sheer variety of ideas and options is overwhelming. This shopping guide will help you find unique, original, and even funny meat smoker accessory gifts and ideas to impress your friends, loved ones, and grilling enthusiasts.
I broke down the ideas into grilling and smoker accessories gift categories, so it is easy for you to jump right into the best grilling gifts for the enthusiast in your house. This guide will help you expedite the grill gifts search for those barbecue aficionados in your list .
Great Grilling Gifts for Everyone who loves BBQ
Beef and Meat – High quality cuts
One of the BBQ gifts that keeps on giving is meat—lots and lots of meat. After all, that’s all we cook and smoke. Smoking meat is our sport, and a nice cut of beef is the center piece of our art. Anyone who truly loves smoking meat or grilling knows that a cut of meat makes a huge difference.
Skills matter, sure, but any pro will tell you that a good meat can sure help with, well, less than perfect skills.
A little-known secret to some is that Crowd Cow supplies high-quality meats to many top-level restaurants, but they also sell and deliver fresh meat directly to consumers. You can get any cut of meat you want delivered to your doorstep. Some dress to impress; I cook to impress—with the best meat, that is.
This is an excellent gift for anyone, including BBQ enthusiasts of all skill levels. MasterClass.com has developed an incredible BBQ training course created by none other than the maestro himself, Aaron Fraklin. If you are unfamiliar with Aaron Fraklin, he is a world-renowned, highly regarded pitmaster and owns a restaurant in Austin, Texas.
Among the celebrities who have dined at his restaurant are former presidents of the United States, as well as other high-profile figures. Learning from one of the best guys in the BBQ game is one of the coolest gifts for a guy who smokes meat and loves his smoker grill ( or gal ; ) ).
The course dives into lots of theory knowledge general for any skill level plus advanced methods.
Barbecue Meat Thermometers – Temp Check (Everyone Needs One)
If you have a friend or a loved one who loves BBQ but often end up burning or overcooking smoked meats, a meat thermometer is a nice way of saying, “I love you honey, but you need a little help.” 🙂
Don’t worry, a meat thermometer is an amazing gift for meat smokers and some of these gadgets are super cool to play with. Don’t worry, gifting a thermometer won’t create any “beef”, get it! The trough is that anyone serious about serving properly cooked and high quality meals needs a reliable way of monitor temperature.
I highly recommend the MeatStick. Is the where the world of thermometers is going, and in the barbecue world, these things are catching on very quickly.
Thermometers are always on my wish list for accessory gifts. Here are some excellent options with great reviews.
The MeatStick is a high-tech, cordless thermometer perfect for checking the temperature of your meat. Not only does this thermometer sync with your smartphone over WiFi, but there are also no cables connecting the probe to a receive; rather, the probe itself serves as the receiver. Here you have the cutting edge of temperature monitoring technology. I talk discus everything there is to know abut this cool little gadget in my full dive guide on the MeatStick.
The Chefstemp is a popular instant-read thermometer. What makes it popular and liked by BBQ lovers is its simplicity, speed, and accuracy. The Chefstemp meat thermometer can read the meat’s temperature in 2 seconds, has a long battery life, and is waterproof ( beer spill-proof).
There are different options, sizes, and colors to choose from. My recommendation is to go with something small and easy to use. There are many thermometers in the market with so many bells and whistles, but at the end of the day, all you need is to be able to walk up to the smoker, poke the meat, and check its temperature. This should not take more than a few seconds.
The ThemoPro is a favorite stocking stuffer. This instant-read thermometer is simple to use and quick. Simply picking it up activates the thermometer’s motion sensor, and it is ready to use.
The display in this thermometer is easy to read and is backlit. Reading the temperature of meat only takes about three seconds.
Meat smokers and techies alike will appreciate this gift. The Meater Plus is an excellent option if you are searching for a gift for someone who is into smart devices and likes their gadgets.
This thermometer is suitable for use on a gas grill, a pellet smoker, or any other BBQ smoker.
You get two dishwasher-safe meat sensors and one meat probe, and you can wirelessly monitor the meat temperature from up to 165 feet away!
Inkbird WI-FI thermometer – For the more advanced ( hardcore BBQ Meat Smokers )
This is one of the best gifts for meat smoker lovers like me. Meat smokers with large grills and offset smokers usually smoke more than one cut of meat or more than one protein. This thermometer allows you to connect multiple meat probes and monitor multiple types of meat simultaneously.
You can wirelessly monitor up to 4 color-coded meat probes right from your phone.
Charcoal and Fire Starters
If you own a charcoal grill or a charcoal smoker, then you know that lighting up charcoal can be a nuisance without the right stater. New gadgets have made it to market in recent years, and better and safer ways of starting charcoal are now available. Charcoal staters are a very useful BBQ smoker gifts and always good to have around.
charcoal chimney starters
Weber makes a good charcoal chimney starter.
LOOFLIGHTERs- Very Popular
If you dislike the taste and smell of charcoal starter lighter fluid, looflighters are a terrific chemical-free option for lighting charcoal.
Looflighters operate similarly to hairdryers, except they get considerably hotter. The hot air ignites the charcoal, and you get a good, healthy, clean fire in just a few minutes.
The HomeRight looflighter is a top rated charcoal starter that comes with a two-year warranty. It can generate 1500 degrees of hot air to ignite wood or charcoal.
BBQ Knives – In the world of bBQ, a good knife is key
It is a lot of fun to smoke meat, and we all take pride in our culinary masterpieces. Nothing, however, is worse than having to slice a brisket with a crappy knife. A meat lover and meat smoker can always benefit from having a quality brisket knife in their arsenal. Knives are great gifts for smokers and grillers.
The Mercer Culinary Granton Edge is a top-rated slicer. Its blade is made from premium Japanese steel. It is resistant to stains, rust, and corrosion. In the barbecue world, these are the go-to knives for slicing meats like briskets.
The Cutluxe knife is another great option, slightly more expensive but great quality. It comes with a nice carrying case and I found it at a great price on Amazon.
The Mairrico is also a top rated slicing knife but is a bit shorter at 10 inches long.
Everyone needs a proper knife set around the house, including a high-quality chef’s knife. But at the very least, a good knife set is always welcome. Not only can a good set of knives be used in barbecue but also be shared around the kitchen.
Ken Onion Knife Sharpener – I can not get over how awesome this is
All I can say is this is a knife sharpener with a “WOW” factor.
This electric sharpener has an angle guide that can be adjusted by turning the knob. It’s not just a barbecue tool; it’s also a great gift for tool enthusiasts. This is one of these out-of-the-box BBQ gift ideas.
The Ken sharpener is professional grade, so this thing can be used at home, but pros can also use it.
“Cool” Meat Smokers and Grills
The Pit Barrel Cooker is an amazing gift and one of the best BBQ smoker gifts on this list. If you or your loved one loves smoking meat, you can say this is the perfect gift. We reviewed the Pit Barrel and found that the number one reason people love this smoker and why it sells so well is due to its simplicity.
Drum smokers are very easy to use, and due to their shape, they produce amazing smoked meat. By the way, UDS means “Ugly Drum Smoker” 🙂
Simple, Yet Useful Presents and Accessories
The simple things in life. Some people do not need a new smoker, but there is a variety of accessories that can enhance the experience when grilling and smoking meat. Even though these are simple gifts, they are thoughtful and practical grilling tools.
Pit Boss clamping barbecue grill light provides clear light at night and can clamp on virtually all surfaces. Its flexible 12′′ neck allows adjustment and can be bent in a variety of ways. Pit Boss LED Flexible Grill LED Light can be used with any grill and is perfect for outdoor smoking.
If you or your loved one enjoy grilling at night, a good LED light should be part of your grilling accessories.
Stop burning your hands and handling a hot smoker or hot grill without heat resistant gloves. Every grilling aficionado needs a pair of good gloves. These gloves provide superior comfort and allow you to handle hot food and gear with ease. These heat resistant gloves are made out of cotton and silicone and are heat resistant to up to 400 degrees f.
If you’ve ever had grilled vegetables, you know that their flavor is exquisite. However, grilling or smoking vegetables is not always simple because smaller vegetables can fall through the grate and become ruined. Here is when grilling baskets come into play. You can put all of your vegetables in these baskets to keep them from falling through the grill grates. They also give you a place to stir and shake the vegetables as they cook for tasty grilled vegetables.
Wood chips smoker boxes
These boxes a nice “life-hack” in the barbecue game. A smoker box is a metal box that holds wood chips and heats them to produce smoke. These smoker boxes are ideal for gas grills and smokers since on their own, the don’t produce wood-fired smoke flavor, but add one of these boxes and done.
These are straightforward to use, and our in-depth article on smoke boxes can assist you in finding the right one and show you all the different types.
barbecue rubs, seasonings, and sauces
If you are smoking a whole chicken, pork shoulder, or turkey, and meat injector is a great grilling tool to have. By injecting liquids deep inside the meat, you can infuse more marinade and hence more flavor.
Made from stainless steel, this knife meat injector has multiple holes in its needle, increasing the amount of marinade that enters the meat.
The needle is three inches long, and because it is stainless, it is easy to clean.
Traeger makes amazing grills and smokers, but their BBQ seasoning is very popular too. This is a great gift idea, and you know it will be used.
Traeger seasoning is available in different blends for seasoning pork, poultry, beef, and more. We have a full article on barbecue rubs that explains and teaches you everything about barbecue rubs.
Meat Smoking Barbecue Books
One of the best grilling gifts for BBQ enthusiasts is a book about smoking techniques and recipes. There are many great books to teach you how to prepare BBQ recipes and smoking techniques. Every grilling fanatic can learn a thing or two and improve your grilling game.
The books below are very popular and all about meat smoking and making great barbecue.
Meathead Goldwyn is a well-known pitmaster and the author of Meathead: The Science of Great BBQ and Grilling. Meat smoking is all about techniques and this book is full of them.
The book goes beyond the basics of meat smoking culinary skills and uncovers many tips and techniques. It’s the perfect gift for BBQ lovers and smokers who want to up their smoking game and learn how to make food tasty.
Project Smoke has lots of tips and tricks to improve your BBQ smoking skills using BBQ smokers. The book contains 100 recipes to please almost every taste. The book features many unique meat smoking methods.
A wide range of approaches and ideas are covered in this book.
All recipes are developed using a scientific approach and technical results.
Grilling and BBQ Accessories
Meat claws are a meat preparing tool that is used to shred meats apart, like when pereapring pulled pork.
Cleaning Grill grates is part of grilling and BBQ smoking, and a good grill brush is a must. As long as you own a grill or smoker, you will need to use one to keep your smoker clean. A good grill brush can help keep your grill in good shape.
The Grill Rescue grill brush is an excellent alternative to traditional metal bristle brushes. Metal bristles can become off the brush and become lodged in your food, which you will subsequently ingest. This can be hazardous.
Grill Rescue uses a strong type of nylon cloth that cleans your grill when combined with heat and steam.
BBQ Apparel Ideas
Funny hats and t-shirts are great gifts and very popular. BBQ Grilling is all about having and fun and spending time with family.
I love gifting apparel because you can get very creative, and some t shits can be
Traeger offers fantastic grills, smokers grills, and even apparel. Big Poppa Smokers also offers a good array of t-shirt, hats hoodies, and aprons.
BBQ Pit Boys has an extensive assortment of merchandise, including Hats, Aprons, and T-shirt Shirts. Kansas City BBQ also has an extensive collection of shirts and caps for any man that likes to smoke meat and has a sense of humor.
Aprons are lovely, especially if you are a messy cook. There are practical and useful plus also you can find funny ones.
You can find Star Wars Aprons and other themed options too!
Just Cool Stuff
A pair of tongs that look like Star War lightsabers. Yeap!
These tongs are more of a toy than an actual tool, but it is the thought that counts. If the person you are giving the present to is a BBQ aficionado and a Star Wars lover, they will surely appreciate it.
Really. This is is a smoking machine. These smoke infusers can be used to give smoky flavor to any food or even drink. Sure, if you own a smoker grill, this may be a nice fit, but if you want to try new foods, beverages, or have an indoor grill, this may be of interest to you.
Any of these would be a perfect stocking stuffer, even for a seasoned barbecue cook or head chef in your family.
Products that fit in a stocking may appear insignificant, but they will undoubtedly make a tremendous impression on the barbeque cook you love. The best barbecue gift is the one that puts a smile on anyone’s face.
Jaccard Supertendermatic 48 Blade Tenderizer is a great gift for anyone who is passionate about preparing tender and delicious meat.
It is the perfect tool for working with tough and lean cuts of meat. This tool uses 48 tiny blades to pierce through meat, thus reducing cooking times and greater marinade penetration.
wood chips and Wood Chunks
Perhaps one of the nicest smoker gifts ideas is a few bags of wood chips or wood chunks. Whereas charcoal and propane are fuel, burning wood is what adds that smokey BBQ flavor. Only when using wood pellets or real wood in an offset smoker, you need to burn wood chips or chunks to generate smoke to infuse the meat.
We have a full article on different types and flavor of wood chips explaining everything there is to know about smoking chips.
Talking about wood pellets, a couple of bags of pellets for those with pellets smoker is an amazing gift, One can never have enough pellets and there are many flavors available. We have a full article on wood pellets with tons on information on pellets.
Bug Killer – Just for Fun
Bug-A-Salt 2.0 launches a shotgun blast of regular table salt that destroys almost all insects on contact.
Not only does this thing actually work, but I guarantee you it is more fun than any other mosquito repellant in your home. This thing is a blast and a conversation starter, and an excellent gift.
This salt blaster will be a hit with all of your friends.
Consider the following when buying BBQ gifts
Buying a gift for a bbq enthusiast is a lot of fun, but maybe you are not as familiar with BBQ grills and smokers as the person that you are gifting to is. No problem! Here is a quick guide to help you narrow down your choices and help you find a good gift
Type of Equipment owned
Not all barbecue smokers are the same, and there are various types of smokers. This is important to know because you should not give pellets to a person who owns a charcoal smoker or a charcoal starter to a person who owns a pellet grill. Consider the type of smoker the gift recipient owns if you are looking for fuel-related gifts.
Cooking Style, Methodology and frequency
Some of us are barbecue aficionados who barbecue on any grill daily. Then there are those that scarcely use their grills. Some presents, such as thermometers, are ideal for folks who often barbecue and smoke meat. The process of smoking meats is lengthy, laborious, and tedious; meat thermometers are vital for monitoring the internal temperature and cooking process of the meat.
To help on your grill gifts search
Searching for the perfect gift can be a lot of work, specially during the holiday rush. When it comes to barbecue, stick to “niche” specifics things.
Keep it Simple is just a gift
Gifts for smokers and grillers need not be difficult. A pair of gloves is all that most of us need. BBQ gadgets and toys are always welcomed and any of the grill and smoker accessories on this list would be a great present.
One can’t have too many cleaning accessories like brushes and gloves!
I hope you enjoyed this guide. All these ideas were a lot of fun to put together. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or yourself, this list has something for everyone.