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10 BBQ Gift Basket Ideas — For Christmas, Birthday, Father’s Day…

Who doesn’t love a gift basket? And who wouldn’t love one full of BBQ rubs, sauces, and outdoor cooking paraphernalia? Check out some of the best BBQ gift ideas for the deserving pitmaster in your life that are perfect presents for a birthday, Christmas, or any occasion.

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Last Updated: January 16, 2024

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In this roundup, we’ve put together some of the best BBQ gift basket ideas you’ll see anywhere. (BIG hints going out to our loved ones!)

The great thing about having a hobby is that it’s a never-ending source of gift ideas. This applies whether you’re into motorsports, stamp collecting, aquariums — you name it! And, yes, it also applies to grillers and smokers.

If you’re shopping for the barbecuer or pit-master in your life, or searching for some gift ideas for yourself that you can casually hint at to your loved ones, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve broken down this list of gift basket ideas into different categories to make it easy for you, especially if you’re not much of a griller yourself.

We’ve got ideas for beginners, intermediate level barbecuers, and stuff for the pros (those that are, and those that think they are!).

To really take the stress out of shopping, we’ve included write-ups on some of the coolest pre-made gift baskets on the market, plus handy links to make buying a snap.

If consumables such as spices, rubs and sauces aren’t what you were looking for, we also have a guide to the best BBQ books, and a roundup of what we consider to be the best BBQ, smoking and grilling gift ideas that include tools, gadgets, clothing and more. These also make great gifts, and there’s sure to be something that any pitmaster would appreciate.

Back to the task in hand: Ready, set, shop!

What Gift Basket Ideas Exist For a Grilling and Smoking Enthusiast?

There are plenty of enticing options available if you’re looking for a BBQ gift basket for your favorite grilling enthusiast. Here are a few of the most popular choices.

For the Beginner: Basic, Essential BBQ Tools and Utensils

If you know someone who’s just getting started on his or her journey into the world of barbecue, this is a great route to try. It’s also ideal for a long-time griller who really needs to invest in some new gear!

Basic tools you could include in a DIY gift-set include a spatula (stainless steel is our preference), a good barbecue knife, a set of tongs (again, stainless steel), a barbecue fork, and some basting brushes in different sizes. A nice apron is also a great throw-in.

If your prospective recipient has a fondness for sports, you may be able to find branded gear to match their favorite team. Just make sure not to sacrifice quality for novelty.

Gather a few choice items and package them in a carrying case or bag, or maybe even a toolbox. Top it up with some tasty sauces or rubs, and you’ve got a great, customized gift any griller would be glad to get.

For the Intermediate: Grilling and Smoking Gadgets and Accessories

If your lucky gift-getter has some experience around the grill, chances are he or she probably already has a full complement of quality tools. Now what?

The stuff we talked about up there is essential gear. But, there are tons of cool gadgets and gizmos that aren’t essential, but which can really enhance the grilling or smoking experience. It’s entirely possible your target doesn’t already have these sweet extras.

Items in this category include goodies like digital thermometers, fish and veggie grilling baskets, beer can chicken holders, rib racks, corn holders, reusable kebab skewers, and cedar planks. Perhaps a Looftlighter, or some other cool but difficult-to-justify purchase. (Though it does have a built-in bottle opener, making justification a LOT easier…)

New toys can renew interest in any hobby, or just add a little extra fun. We’ve got a bunch of great ideas and reviews for this category right here, in our guide to the best BBQ, grill and smoker accessories.

For the Pro Pitmaster Who Has Everything: Rubs, Sauces, Glazes, and Marinades

We all know someone who falls into this category in some way. These are the people we usually end up buying gift cards for. But, here’s a better idea — why not go with something they’re always running out of anyway? (And we don’t mean propane or charcoal.)

A gourmet gift basket is a lot of fun and can open up creative possibilities the receiver may never have thought of. Think unusual sauces and rubs, and glazes and marinades. You could even pick a theme and run with it, such as a particular nationality of international cuisine.

To round out your gift basket, add the sorts of things you find at a barbecue: how about a favorite beer or wine and some shatterproof glasses? Maybe some exotic munchies to quell the hunger pangs while the food is still on the grill? Get creative and have fun with it!

If you’d rather opt for a time-saving pre-made BBQ gift basket, we’ve got some fantastic suggestions below, including detailed write-ups and convenient links to buy. Because, hey, gift giving shouldn’t be so darn stressful!

Reviews of Our BBQ Gift Basket Idea Recommendations

We’ve combed the Internet to find some of the best BBQ gift baskets out there. How do you know they’re good? Because we’d like them!

Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Favorites Gift Crate


From a famous and reputable company, Stonewall Kitchen, comes this truly beautiful, and, dare we say, refined BBQ gift set. For the highbrow griller, this is an excellent choice.

Packaged inside a gorgeous wooden crate stuffed with raffia, you’ll find a stellar 8-piece set of gourmet delights.

Included inside are: 1 tin of sweet & spicy Carolina’s rub, for real North and South Carolina BBQ flavor; 1 tin of smoky Texas rub (yee haw!); 1 tin of Maine seafood rub, a treat for anyone grilling fish, scallops, and more; 1 bottle of roasted apple grille sauce; 1 bottle of bourbon molasses barbecue sauce; and 1 bottle of maple chipotle grille sauce.

But that’s only six pieces, we hear you say! You’ll also get a silicone basting brush, and a really cool tea towel with diagrams of the prime cuts of pork, beef, lamb, and more.

It’s a wonderfully thought out gift set that’s perfect no matter what your preference is for grilling. It may even tempt the lucky recipient to branch out and discover new flavors and new cuts. This is a gift set with class.

Why We Like It

  • Fun variety of rubs and sauces
  • Elegant presentation (as in, it looks expensive!)
  • Includes something special for seafood lovers
  • Tea towel is equal parts functional, decorative, and informative
  • You could burn the crate at the end if you wanted to

We view this as a true prestige gift that’s ideal for those who are not easily impressed.

BBQ Smoker Wood Chip Grill Set for Guys


Do you know an avid gas griller in need of a new toy? Have we got a gift set for you!

First off, let’s set the record straight: the name says it’s for guys, but we know plenty of fantastic women who know their way around the grill and the smoker. This set is for anyone who loves smoky flavor.

The keystone to this kit is the stainless steel smoker box. It’s designed to be filled with flavor wood chips and then used inside a gas grill to add smoke to food. Yes, it could be used in a charcoal grill, but if you’ve got charcoal, you can just add wood chips right to the fire, no box required.

Along with the box, you also get 3 kinds of flavor wood: hickory, probably the most popular variety; cherry, another favorite; and apple, to complete the trifecta of classic woods. Your friend or family member will have a blast trying out the different flavor possibilities.

Also included is a package of sea salt, an essential product for seasoning meat, and a meat thermometer for checking on doneness. They’ve even included instructions for successful smoking, so no one needs to feel intimidated. (Of course, you can always refer them to our website for all you need to know about smoking!)

Why We Like It

  • Great introduction to smoking
  • Includes instructions to get you started
  • Sea salt is useful even when you’re not smoking
  • Meat thermometer is a nice ‘bonus’

Giving this BBQ gift basket will not only introduce a whole new angle to grilling to your recipient, but it will also make YOU look like you really know barbecue.

Artisan DIY BBQ Sauce Making Kit


Once you’ve been grilling for a while, you’ll eventually start to outgrow commercially available sauces and long for something new to delight your taste buds. In fact, it is the goal of every serious pit-master to develop his or her own “secret sauce.” This gift is the first step down that road.

Included in this Made-in-the-USA set are all the basic building blocks required to make custom-blended barbecue sauces: apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, liquid hickory smoke, salt, cayenne, crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, chili powder, black pepper, paprika, yellow mustard powder, and brown sugar.

To help you craft your sauce, they’ve also added gloves, sanitizer, a funnel, and three bottles with customizable labels. You also get an instruction/recipe book that shows you how to make tomato— or mustard-based sauces, plus a vinegar pepper sauce.

It’s a fun concept and will definitely provide enjoyment for any budding pit-master. And, it will give YOU a break from the same old store-bought sauces!

Why We Like It

  • Everything is included
  • Good variety of spices
  • Can make different types of sauce (vinegar, tomato, mustard, etc.)
  • No “exotic” ingredients mean it’s easy to replicate a favorite recipe

To start your favorite griller on a path towards a better BBQ sauce of their own making, you won;t find better than this.

‘Hit the Sauce’ Gourmet Gift Basket for Thrilling and Grilling

'Hit the Sauce' Gourmet Gift Basket for Thrilling Grilling

This boozy BBQ gift basket comes by its name honestly; it’s stuffed to the edges with tasty treats from some top liquor manufacturers. Know anyone who might like to hit the sauce around the grill? (Public Service Announcement: we do not endorse excessive drinking while operating a hot grill.)

Included in the basket are three sauces, two mustards, and three gourmet coffees, all flavored like alcohol.

You’ll get: Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce, Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce, Budweiser BBQ sauce, Jack Daniel’s Mustard, Sierra Nevada Porter Mustard, plus a selection of White Russian and Irish Whiskey-flavored coffee. It all comes in a lovely wicker basket and includes a greeting card that reads, “Thought you might enjoy hitting the sauce on occasion — but just beware, you could become a two-fisted gourmet!” — seems like a foolproof gift!

By the way, these aren’t sample-size portions, either. These are full-size bottles and jars that will last a while unless someone likes their meat absolutely swimming in sauce.

Why We Like It

  • Variety of name-brand sauces and condiments
  • Complete gift including basket and card
  • Comes with coffee to enjoy while grilling
  • Suitable for most kinds of meat including steaks, chops, poultry, and sausages

For your friend who doesn’t need an excuse to “hit the sauce”, you can’t go wrong with this.

BBQ Sauce Toolbox Gourmet Gift Set


If you know someone who’s handy around the grill (or at least thinks they are), you’re going want to give this unique BBQ gift box a look. Yup — box.

From the nicely named, “Just Enough Heat” comes one of the coolest looking gift sets we’ve seen anywhere. Forget about what’s inside for a moment and check out the packaging! It’s a genuine toolbox, and it’s loaded with awesome sauce. How great is that?

So, what’s inside the sweet toolbox? Some super tasty products for grilling: all-purpose Kansas City BBQ rub, hamburger seasoning mix, slow-smoked jalapeño honey mustard, bacon brown sugar honey mustard, Asian ginger BBQ sauce, blazing chipotle BBQ sauce, and a hilariously labeled bottle of zesty garlic Bloody Mary mix that reads, “Pain is good.”

The supplier tells us there’s nothing “extremely” spicy included and that the focus is on great flavor with pleasant heat rather than 5-alarm infernos. That seems reasonable — not every hot sauce needs to be a challenge!

Why We Like It

  • Not your same old sauces
  • Supports a small business of spice aficionados
  • Gift box is reusable
  • Great variety of products
  • Bloody Mary mix is a fun addition for patio parties

It’s tough to top this gift for the handyman or handy woman in your life!

Branded and Grilled: A BBQ Grill Masters Set


This is one of the most attractively designed BBQ gift sets you’ll ever see, and, unlike many sauce-based sets, it will continue to be useful long after the bottles are empty.

Inside the ribboned-and-bowed box, you’ll find two bottles of gourmet BBQ sauce — Sweet Fire, a tomato-based sauce with honey, vinegar, and molasses; and Holy Magma (that’s a great name!), a similarly made sauce, but with added smoke.

There’s also a wooden-handled silicone basting brush and a stainless steel sauce pot (looks more like a mug) to make basting easier.

The best part, though, is the customizable branding iron. It comes complete with a bunch of letters that slide in and out of the business end of the brand, allowing you to make custom messages to sear into your meat. It works a lot like those roadside signs many businesses use.

Just create your message, hold the brand over the fire, and press to the meat. Now that’s custom cooking!

Why We Like It

  • Has a sophisticated look
  • Sauce pot and basting brush will have lasting use
  • Branding your steaks and chops is just plain awesome!

Do we need to spell it out for you? This is a great gift!

Urban Accents BODACIOUS BBQ Gourmet Grilling Spices and Meat Rub Collection


Some grillers only appreciate the finer things in life, and that’s ok! Skip the really-not-funny novelty apron and give them this very special collection of rubs and seasonings.

If your recipient loves to throw around terms like “small batch-crafted” and “worldly ingredients”, invest your money in this BBQ gift basket.

There are two dry rubs included in this ‘up your grill game’ collection: sweet and spicy Kansas City Classic Rub, and simple and delicious Chicago Steak and Chop rub.

You also get three innovative “dry glazes”, special “shake and bake” blends you mix with cooking oil that caramelizes during grilling: Athenian Herb, with honey crystals, thyme, and sun dried tomato; Vermont Grill, with maple sugar, sage and thyme; and Santa Fe BBQ, with honey crystals, chili pepper, and garlic.

It’s an excellent mix of enticing flavors made with all-natural ingredients, and they’re great for red meat, poultry, fish, veg — anything you like to grill!

Why We Like It

  • Great variety of seasonings
  • All-natural ingredients
  • “Dryglaze” is an unusual product most grillers won’t have tried before
  • Good for more than just meat; even vegetarians will enjoy these blends

You’re just a click away from your chance to grab a boss-worthy, fine-dining-meets-BBQ gift set

Smokehouse Favorites BBQ Rub and Spices Gift Set


Get ready to spice up someone’s life! This budget-friendly BBQ gift basket will bring loads of flavor to someone’s grill.

From Colorado’s High Plains Spice Company comes this very handsome set of four all-natural seasoning blends.

Included are: smoky mesquite All American BBQ, with exciting notes of cumin, thyme, and even orange; mildly spicy Memphis Rub, a favorite for anyone who loves paprika; peppery Beef Rub, a killer app for low ‘n’ slow smoked meats; and BBQ Chicken, a blend of paprika, mustard, garlic, and more for all your poultry needs.

Each blend is crafted with carefully sourced global spices and made in small batches to ensure freshness. There are no preservatives or artificial flavor inside, either. Plus, every bottle is hand-labeled at a family-owned facility. It all comes efficiently packaged in a labeled cardboard box that’s ideal for gift-wrapping.

High Plains Spice Company offers many other fine products, so you might think of this sample pack as an introduction to a new favorite source of BBQ seasonings. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Why We Like It

  • Efficient packaging
  • Nothing but pure seasonings in each blend
  • Fun and versatile variety of rubs
  • Great for grillers and smokers

No need to be spicy — just click the handy link for a closer look and to place an order.

The Good Hurt Fuego: Sampler Pack of 7 Different Hot Sauces


And the award for most creative and hilarious packaging goes to… this stuff!

How could you not love the hysterical bundle of dynamite-style presentation of this 7-bottle sample pack? Instant great gift cachet! The company name is pretty cool, too.

So what do you get? There are seven 90mL (3 fl. Oz.) bottles of vinegar-based hot sauce included, each one suitable for adding a little or a lot of spice to your meal. (Use them the same way you’d use Tabasco sauce.)

The flavors are: Cayenne Pepper, Chipotle Pepper, Garlic Pepper, Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Herb, Whiskey Habanero, and Ghost Pepper. The spice level varies from mild to flaming, so there’s something for everyone in here.

What’s great is that you can use a little or a lot to add some punch to most everything including burgers, sauces, eggs — literally anything you cook on or off the grill. They’re also great for adding an authentic international flavor to dishes like Pad Thai, or tacos.

Plus, they just look so darn cool!

Why We Like It

  • Amazing packaging
  • Variety of spice levels
  • Internationally-inspired flavors
  • Use them on just about anything

Care to light it up?

For the Master of the Barbecue — BBQ Gift Box by The Gift Basket Gallery


Here’s a BBQ gift basket that has all the bases covered for flavor and functionality, plus comes in a box you won’t even need to wrap! Here you go — take my money…

This 17-piece set is loaded with thoughtful grilling gifts all conveniently gathered in one place. Inside the festive box you’ll find: BBQ tongs, a spatula, a BBQ lighter, an 11” basting brush, a wooden cutting board, corn on the cob skewers, and a copy of Best-Ever Barbecues recipe book.

There’s also: sweet ‘n’ hot mustard, Louisiana wing sauce, Grill Mates bourbon steak marinade, Mediterranean chicken marinade, and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

For snacking you’ll get: Wise BBQ potato chips, a round of smoked Gouda, Snyder’s pretzel twists, roasted and salted peanuts, and Jacks Snacks New Orleans-style chips.

What a fun mix of BBQ accessories and sauces, plus party munchies! Yeah, you could run around everywhere grabbing this stuff yourself, but why?? This is so much easier, and the box is perfect.

Why We Like It

  • Awesome variety of practical and fun items
  • Great, giftable packaging, including a flame-patterned bow
  • Familiar brand names

For a gift or a giveaway, this is can’t-miss collection of goodies!

It’s Good to be Gifted

With such a great selection of BBQ gift basket ideas, it might be hard to choose just the right one. It helps to know what kind of grill or smoker your receiver owns, and what sort of barbecuing they’re into. Ask a few questions, and pretty soon you’ll have a clearer picture of what the perfect gift will be.

Thanks for doing your catalog shopping with us, and we hope they love their gift!

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Written By: Mark Jenner

I'm a BBQ fanatic and have been barbecuing and grilling since 2005. I founded FoodFireFriends in 2017 and have extensively written for the site since.

I love cooking outdoors over live fire and smoke whatever the weather, and I currently own over 30 grills and smokers of all varieties that I frequently cook on to produce epic food.

My goal with this site is to help as many people as possible enjoy and be good at doing the same.

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  1. Avatar for Bob Bob 'Hot Sauce' Hartzner says:

    Jack Daniel’s have a gift basket with oak barrel wood chips and sauces that are great. I buy the sauces myself separate and add some extra heat with my homegrown chilies and everyone loves it.

    You should maybe add the JD basket to your list.

    1. Avatar for Mark Jenner Mark Jenner says:

      Hi Bob,

      I’m more of a standard Bourbon man myself, with Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek and Bulleit Bourbon being my faves. But I am a Jack Daniels fan, and wouldn’t be sad if I received a bottle in a gift basket 🙂

      I just had a quick look for the basket you’re describing, but I cannot see it online: Do you mean the Jim Beam and Jack Daniels combined one? It doesn’t seem to have the oak barrel wood chips. If you can send a link to this basket, I’ll check it out and maybe add it to the list.

  2. Avatar for John Simmonds John Simmonds says:

    I am looking for a gift set with BBQ tools, can you help?

    1. Avatar for Mark Jenner Mark Jenner says:

      Hi John,

      Our favorites are listed in our article on BBQ tools and tools sets. Hope this helps!

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