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27 of the Best Grilling Gifts and BBQ Gift Ideas for Meat Smokers in 2022

Any of your loved ones or relatives who like to cook outdoors would LOVE an item or three from this list of the best gifts for BBQ and grilling addicts. Be it Christmas, a birthday, Fathers or Mother's Day, whatever the event, if your special someone loves grilling, they’ll love what you find below.

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Last Updated: March 23, 2022

Close up of a Looftlighter being used to light a Kamado Joe grill and smoker

Buying a gift for someone with a hobby (or obsession, depending on your point of view) seems like it should be easy.

But then you see how much stuff there is available within that particular hobby, and start questioning what they might need, what they’ve already got, and what might be fun and impressive to them.

Pretty soon you’re stuck in total option-lock, and you end up getting a gift card. Lame.

To help you avoid a similar conundrum with the griller in your life, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest, craziest and best grilling gifts in 2022.

And if you’re buying for yourself, you might come across some must-have BBQ gift ideas you never knew you needed until you see them below!

In this guide, we cover cool tools, gadgets, electronics and equipment that make great gifts for any BBQ lover.

We also have another guide chock-full of great sauces, rubs, marinades, and other ‘consumables’ if that’s more what you’re looking for? You can check that out here: The Best BBQ Gift Basket Ideas

You might also be interested in the best outdoor cooking cookbooks, or the best grilling accessories, further handpicked lists of items that make great gifts for the BBQ lover in your life.

Anyway, enough small talk. Let’s get shopping!

The Best Grilling Gifts and Barbecue Gifts for the Pitmaster in Your Life

Here is a list of the things that I would love to be gifted…and chances are if I like it, then other BBQ obsessed people will too!

Here are 27 BBQ gift ideas, there’s bound to be something for everyone.




The Looftlighter is the brainchild of Richard Looft, a former Swedish actor, and director.

It looks like either a shotgun microphone, or a curling iron, but it’s actually a super insane lighter for charcoal and kindling.

Honestly, you’ve never seen anything quite like this (unless you’ve already seen it).

Why We Like it

What’s not to like? It ignites a pile of charcoal in about 60 seconds without making a mess or using any lighter fluid. Lighter fluid can taint the flavor of your meat — it is evil and should never be used for a cooking fire.

It is well-thought-out and engineered and includes a built-in stand to protect whatever surface you put it down on.

It uses forced air blown over a heating element to cause combustion of paper, kindling, and of course, charcoal. It weighs just two pounds but heats air to more than 1250F. Watch the video: it’s impressive as hell.

Yeah, and it’s also got a bottle opener in the handle. Take my money.

After watching the video, ask yourself three questions:

  1. How have I ever lived without this?
  2. Does he always carry a beer in his back pocket?
  3. Where did the bottle cap go?

For a more detailed look, you can check out my review of the Looftlighter.


BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity


Many charcoal users have already discovered the convenience of using a charcoal chimney starter. If you don’t know what that is, we’ve got an in-depth look and buyers guide right here: Best chimney starter buying guide, 2022

A chimney starter can really speed up the painstakingly slow process of igniting your charcoal.

In a nutshell, you load the metal cylinder with briquettes or lumps, load the bottom with newspaper and set the paper on fire.

The chimney action draws up the heat and gets the briquettes blazing in short order. Once lit, simply dump them in your barbecue and start grilling.

Why We Like it

The Chimney of Insanity has a 90-degree elbow air intake. It’s a bit like having a jet engine in that it forces air into the chimney with greater power, and that speeds up the ignition.

Wouldn’t you rather spend less time lighting, so you can eat sooner?

We also like it because it has a dragon on the outside, and the name reminds us of the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride.

That may not have been intentional on the part of BBQ Dragon, but it’s still cool.


BBQ Dragon Blower


This is a compact, portable fan for helping to speed up charcoal ignition. Just clamp it on to the edge of your grill, aim it towards the embers, and turn it on.

Just like a set of bellows — we used to use a Frisbee when we camped — the blast of oxygen fuels the fire and gets it roaring in no time.

Why We Like it

The combination of clamp and flexible arm makes it super-versatile. You can even use it in conjunction with the Chimney of Insanity above for, uh, extra insanity.

It also works for fire pits, fireplaces, chimenea — anywhere you’re trying to get a fire going.

Since it’s battery-operated, you’re not limited by the length of your cord. If you use rechargeable batteries, you can recharge them with a USB hook up.

Anything that gets us closer to enjoying some good barbecue more quickly is cool in our books.


Breville/PolyScience Handheld Smoke Generator


AKA The Smoking Gun, this is the fastest way to add a mild smoke flavor to your food indoors.

You put your combustible material in the chamber — Breville says you can use wood chips, tea leaves, dried herbs or spices — light it up, and switch on the fan. Pretty soon you’ve got scented smoke blasting from the nozzle.

It’s a bit like one of those steam-blasting fabric de-wrinklers they have at some clothing stores.

Why We Like it

Although there’s no substitute for a real smoker running for hours on end, sometimes fast and easy is ok.

It’s especially great for someone who lacks the space, or even the interest, to own a full-size smoker.

This is a fun and simple way to add a touch of smoky flavor to almost anything and deserves a place as one the best BBQ gift ideas — even if it’s not truly BBQ related — because I guarantee it would be loved by any griller in your life.


Cave Tools Meat Claws


Meat claws are basically large forks that allow you to tear into meat with far greater control and considerably less effort.

Anyone who regularly makes pulled meat really should have a pair.

Why We Like it

We like anything that makes our life easier, and these totally fall into that category.

Half the battle of making pulled pork (or any pulled meat) is pulling it! Using a pair of forks can be tedious and hand cramp inducing.

Each claw is a single piece of BPA free durable plastic and should stand up to regular and rugged use. This is probably the simplest way to get evenly pulled meat every time.

Dressing up like Wolverine while you use them is a matter of personal choice.


Weber iGrill2 Dual-Probe Wireless Thermometer


A high appearing entry in our roundup of the best available wireless meat thermometers, the iGrill2 is a dual-probe digital thermometer for monitoring the internal temperature of your meat as it roasts or smokes.

Connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone and use the free app to keep an eye on things from up to 150 feet away.

By purchasing additional probes, you can connect up to four at once to monitor four pieces of meat at one time from a single unit.

Why We Like it

First, it’s from Weber, so we know it’s a quality piece of equipment.

Second, we love being able to keep a virtual watch on our meat without needing to hover around the grill constantly.

Go enjoy the party! The app will give you a notification when your meat is ready.

No smartphone? No worries! It’ll still give you an accurate temperature reading right on the base unit. Claimed battery life is 200 hours. That’s a lot of smoking.


Charcoal Companion Garlic Roaster and Squeezer


Made of cast iron, this garlic roaster is shaped to hold one or two garlic bulbs.

Pop in the garlic, and slap the roaster on the grill for beautifully roasted garlic to add to your meal. The silicone squeezer makes it easy to remove the roasted garlic from the bulb.

Why We Like it

If you’ve never tried roasted garlic on your meat, or spread on a crostini with some cheese, you really don’t know what you’re missing. It’s so soft you can spread it with a knife.

Having a dedicated roaster protects the garlic from your grill and makes it a piece of cake just to set over indirect heat and leave it while you tend to other things.

The cast iron looks great, and you should get years of enjoyment out of your roaster.


A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker


Add extra smoke to your food with this stainless steel pellet or sawdust basket. It’s meant for generating smoke for cold smoking, but also works for hot smoking too.

You can use it for supplementary smoke in an electric smoker — which don’t always smoke well at low temperatures — or with most other grills to add some smoky goodness.

Why We Like it

It’s lightweight and portable so that you can use it anywhere. Take it camping, if you like!

This is the ideal way to add some smoke even without a smoker. Fully loaded, it can smoke for up to 12 hours, which you’ll need if you’re cold smoking.

For anyone thinking about cold smoking, this is a great gift.


Hudson Durable Goods Apron and Toolholder


Protect your clothes from grease, and your dignity from embarrassing novelty aprons with a serious, high-quality apron.

This one is made from heavyweight cotton and has metal grommets and rivets. Pockets in the front will keep you organized, and the size is adjustable.

Why We Like it

So help us, if we see one more bikini body apron, or “funny” phrase about grilling or beer, we’re tossing that thing in the fire pit.

An apron should be functional, not funny. That’s just our opinion, of course!

There are many good aprons available, but this one has the best combination of features we’ve found. It’s very durable, but because it’s made of 100% cotton, it still breathes. You’ll be much more comfortable in this than a leather apron.

We also love the crisscross straps and buckle release. You’ll be able to load up your pouches with gear, but not feel the weight of it on the back of your neck.

One of the best grilling gifts you could possibly buy for any messy grillers in your friendship circle, An apron like this should be part of every grillers essential equipment list.


Grill Grates


The grill grates are the center of the action on any barbecue.

They are perpetually subjected to temperature extremes, grease and other fluids, and scraping and cleaning.

In short, they take a severe beating.

Why We Like it

Good grill grates are essential to good barbecue, so if you or your intended recipient has substandard (sometimes stock grates aren’t that great) or worn out grills, new grates are an excellent investment.

Just make sure you get grates you know are going to fit correctly. Ill-fitting grates are annoying as heck.


Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner


This is a little robot minion whose only task is to bounce around your barbecue cleaning your grill.

No seriously! Grillbot is a bit like a child’s bump-n-go toy that changes direction when it hits something.

Unlike a toy, Grillbot has three rotating brushes that scrape away at the crud deposits on the grill. It just keeps on going and scraping until you turn it off.

Why We Like it

Ask 1000 grillers what their least favorite part of grilling is, and we’ll bet a lot of them will tell you it’s cleaning the grill.

How nice would it be to have it taken care of for you while you eat, drink, and, uhh… clean up everything else? When will there be a robot for that??

Sure, it’s a bit of a novelty item, but there’s something about a robot servant that speaks to our inner geek.


Star Wars BBQ Tongs With Sound


Is this the coolest yet nerdiest BBQ utensil on the market? You be the judge!

Quite simply, it’s a pair of unremarkable tongs that just happens to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. Oh yeah, and it makes lightsaber sounds, too.

Why We Like it

You have to have a pair of tongs when you barbecue anyway, so why not make them cool?

On a practical note, we do like how they slip into a sheath between uses. This keeps them clean and ready for use at a moment’s notice! At least, that’s how we’d justify buying a pair.

Are there better tongs on the market? Yes. Are there cooler tongs on the market? No. May the Roast be with you.


Cuisinart Stuffed Burger Press


Make gourmet burgers stuffed with cheese, sauce, bacon, peppers, or whatever takes your fancy.

It can shape patties like an ordinary press, but it’s designed to go one further and allow you to stuff the center of the patty with ease.

Why We Like it

Stuffing anything into ground meat is devilishly tricky to do without the right tools. This simple device makes it a piece of cake.

You can also use it for sliders, making it a true 3-in-1 grilling gadget. It has a non-stick coating, so your burgers will pop out intact every time, and it’s dishwasher safe, too.

If you or someone you know is crazy about burgers, this is a must-have tool.


Sur La Table Burger Press


If you think a burger doesn’t need anything inside except more meat, this solid, attractive, and functional burger press may be the one for you.

It’s made from cast aluminum and has a rosewood handle — all in all, a pretty attractive piece of equipment.

Why We Like it

Since it’s made of metal, it feels more robust than units made of plastic.

We appreciate how simple it is to switch between ¼-pound, ⅓-pound, and ½-pound patties.

With a non-stick surface, making perfect patties should be a breeze.


Charcoal Companion Grill Light and Bluetooth Speaker


This lightweight light clamps onto your BBQ lid handle so when you peek inside, you can see how things are progressing.

Unlike any other units we’ve seen — and there’s plenty in our best grill light buying guide — this one also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker, allowing you to stream music while you grill.

Why We Like it

Grilling at night can be a challenge if you don’t have good backyard lighting. Being able to see clearly when you lift the lid can mean the difference between medium-rare and medium-ruined.

Its single light is low-profile compared to some bar-style lights, so it’s unlikely to get in your way.

And since you’re likely to be standing outside alone BBQing at night, you’ll love the Bluetooth speaker for throwing on some tunes from your phone, or connect to your indoor Bluetooth-compatible system and stay connected to the party while you’re manning the grill.


Mr Bar-B-Q Non-Stick Kabob Baskets


These metal baskets are designed to hold most standard-size kabobs for easy grilling.

Build your skewers, close them inside the holders, and place them directly on the grill. The baskets clamp shut, and won’t open when you turn them over.

Why We Like it

Kabobs are notorious for sticking to grills and falling apart when you try to turn them over.

Using these individual holders prevents sticking, and makes it easy to turn your kabobs over for even cooking.

With a set of these, there should be nothing standing between you and perfect kabobs every time.


Upcycled Hockey Stick BBQ Tools


These are actual broken carbon hockey sticks upcycled into BBQ utensils. Each set comes with tongs, a spatula, and fork.

They’re made by two guys who saw treasure where everyone else at the rink saw only trash.

Why We Like it

Upcycling is a great way to keep stuff out of the waste stream. (It’s also pretty cost-effective as a manufacturer if half your material is garbage.) Everyone needs BBQ tools, so why not choose ones with style?

If you’ve never held a hockey stick before, you’ll be impressed with how good this feels in your hand.

The carbon is very light, but sturdy, and meant for gripping. They’re a great and novel gift for your sports fanatic grilling friends or any Canadians you might know.

And yeah, that’s a bottle opener on the end of the spatula. Freaking amazing.

If these aren’t floating your boat — or perhaps lighting your grill — check out our search for the best BBQ tool set, which lists a handful of the best on the market.


Charcoal Companion Grill Clips


This is a set of 4 stainless steel clips designed to hold vegetable sticks on the grill for easy roasting. Man cannot live on meat alone, right?

Why We Like it

We love grilled veggies, but they can be difficult to corral on the grill. Grill clips will keep the little buggers where they belong.

Load them up and then put the clips right on the grate. You’ll also be able to flip them in batches, allowing for even cooking, and negating the need to keep checking each individual stick.

They’re pretty inexpensive, so we’re predicting plenty of bang for the buck.


Quirky Refuel Propane Gauge


A connected scale that tracks how much propane you have left in your standard 20-gallon tank based on the weight of the tank.

You use the free app to check the level, and you can use it remotely since the scale connects via Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth.

Why We Like it

Running out of propane is incredibly annoying. Wouldn’t it be nice to check on your level when you’re out buying stuff for your next epic barbecue? Now you can!

We love the idea of not having to remember to keep tabs on our tank. Sure, it’s just a glorified scale, and yes, it’s only suitable for 20-gallon tanks. Since that’s pretty much ubiquitous for home gas grills, these aren’t significant drawbacks.

It’s much more accurate than lifting the tank and judging for yourself.

Yeah, you could buy a gauge, but you still have to remember to check it when you’re actually with your ‘cue. We’d rather not trust the success of our cookout to our iffy memory.


Geekhom Silicone BBQ Gloves


Heat-resistant, waterproof gloves with extended forearm protection and a cotton interior. Meant to protect your hands and arms when working over a hot grill.

Why We Like it

We only very recently discovered these gloves, but will soon be adding them to our roundup of the best grilling gloves on the market.

So many BBQ/oven mitts and gloves are too short and leave your forearms vulnerable to singed hair and painful burns. This pair extends more than halfway to your elbow for maximum protection. We also like that they’re gloves, not mitts, so it’s easier to get a grip on things.

Speaking of grip, silicone is naturally grippy, but the textured exterior makes it even less likely you’ll drop whatever you have in your grasp.

The gloves are rated for heat resistance up to 446F, and the cotton layer inside will wick away sweat as you work.

Highly recommended for anyone that uses skillets, baskets, or any other cooking device that needs attention on a hot grill.


Cave Tools Jalapeño Grill Rack


A convenient stainless steel rack with holes designed to hold jalapeño poppers upright and steady on a grill.

Comes with a coring knife for removing the seeds and other interior pieces you don’t want to eat.

Why We Like it

Jalapeño poppers are such a great addition to a meal (good excuse to down some cold ones, too), but they can be tricky to grill.

Without something like this, you’d have a heck of a time roasting them without just dumping the filling all over your grate.

Each of the 24 holes will hold one big pepper. Clean up is easy, and we like that it comes with a coring tool.

One clever reviewer used toothpicks to support undersized peppers from his garden. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!

Bonus Suggestion: Take the PGA challenge and down a popper after every hole next time you’re watching golf.


Frogmats Grill Mat


Sheets of wire mesh for cooking delicate foods right on the grill.

They come in a variety of sizes — just pick the one that most closely fits your grill.

Why We Like it

Delicate items, like fish and pineapple rings, and small foods like shrimp and scallops, are brutal to cook on a grill.

Standard grill bars are too widely separated to cook them, so you end up using foil. This has the unfortunate effect of blocking smoke and preventing grill marks and good browning.

Frog mats will nicely support your most finicky food, but still allow full exposure to smoke and flame for maximum flavoring.

They’re non-stick, so your whole filet will come up at once. You can even cut them to size with a pair of scissors. Seriously, everyone should have at least one of these.


Weber Fish Basket


A stainless steel basket for grilling fish, vegetables and other delicate and otherwise tricky food.

It’s made by Weber but will work on any barbecue large enough to accommodate its 18” x 10.5” dimensions.

Why We Like it

This is another excellent solution for grilling fish and veg right over the flames.

Open it up, lock your food inside, and put it on the grill. That’s it. Nothing sticks to the grill, and it couldn’t be easier to flip your food for all-over grilling.

True, there’s no handle on this basket, but that’s actually something we like about it.

It’s too easy to forget that the handle is hot when it’s sticking out. When the whole basket is over the fire, you’ll know perfectly well you need gloves to pick it up.


Titan Great Outdoors Water Wheel Rotisserie


A steel water wheel with an attached rotisserie.

Set it up over a fire near a source of moving water, and the water wheel will turn your meat for real rotisserie cooking without electricity.

Why We Like it

Let’s be honest here: the number of times you’re going to be cooking a whole chicken or a roast over a fire beside a moving stream is probably really close to zero.

But, just imagine setting this bad boy up and harnessing the power of nature to cook your meat to perfection?

Wouldn’t you go out of your way to make this work? Maybe even build a water feature in your yard?

It’s not overly practical, but the concept does work, as proven by numerous YouTube videos. (Oh, and centuries of mills around the world.)

We probably shouldn’t, but we can’t help but love this product — and we’d be happy to get one as a gift!


The BBQ Chef Wine-Infused Cedar Grilling Planks


Cedar planks infused with wine (your choice of Chardonnay, Merlot, or one of each) for grilling.

They are especially good for fish and impart a smoky flavor without a smoker.

Why We Like it

Even a plain cedar plank can make magic on the barbecue. Infusing them with wine makes it that much better.

It’s not unlike using infused wood chips in a smoker, only you can use these on a standard grill. Planks serve the dual-purpose of protecting delicate food from open flames and unfriendly grates.

At nearly 14” x 9” there’s plenty of room for a decent size fish, or a bunch of chicken pieces, vegetables, fruit, or whatever you’re cooking. We’d go with the combo pack for more options.

These will definitely be a favorite all summer long!


Jack Daniel’s Wood Chips


White Oak wood chips for smoking made from used Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel staves.

Use them for all your smoking applications to add some down-home flavor to your food. Pellets are also available for pellet smokers.

Why We Like it

There is absolutely no reason why a woman can’t enjoy a nice glass of J.D. In this day and age, and probably plenty do. But there is still something overtly masculine about Mr. Daniel’s brew, and smoking with chopped up whiskey barrels feels decidedly manly and [email protected]$$.

From a practical standpoint, the chips still contain some whiskey and impart a nice flavor to your meat.

We also like knowing we’re part of the recycling chain, as these venerable barrels come to the end of their useful lives. Ashes to ashes, or something.


Brazilian BBQ Swords


Oversized skewers such as you’d find at a Brazilian-style steakhouse. They’re meant for cooking and serving long, narrow cuts of meat.

Just slice off pieces for a guest, and then carry the whole cut with you to the next person at the table.

Why We Like it

The Brazilian steakhouse experience is absolutely incredible.

We love ordering slice after slice of gorgeous meat, gloriously displayed on sword-like skewers that look like they could have been used to kill the animal before cooking. We are totally in love with the idea of recreating that experience, even partially, in our own yards.

To make it worthwhile, you need to serve multiple large cuts to a crowd of people — you don’t bust these out for an intimate dinner for two!

If that sounds like your bag, this set is ideal, with multiple, ½” wide, 17” long stainless steel swords ready for serving, each with an attractive wooden handle.

If you want to know more about Brazilian barbecue, check out our article on Barbecue Styles Around the World.

Make Someone Feel Gifted

If you thought the only good grilling gifts out there were beer cozies and mildly offensive aprons, we sincerely hope we’ve helped you to see the light. There are scads of amazing products on the market, running the gamut from novel to indispensable.

For more in-depth articles about grilling, smoking, meat, and accessories, take some time and browse around. There’s more content here than you can shake a stick at.

Did we miss anything you think should be on the list? Do you have an experience with some of this gear you’d like to share? Please drop us a line in the comments below to let us know!

Likewise, we welcome all your questions, comments, concerns, and even topic suggestions. Your input can only make us better.

Thanks for reading, and have fun shopping!

I'm a self-proclaimed BBQ nut, and the founder and chief editor here at Food Fire Friends.

I love cooking outdoors over live fire and smoke whatever the weather, using various grills, smokers, and wood-fired ovens 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 Tuell Ann Hall Tuell Ann Hall says:

    I want something to smoke cheese in. I want it as a gift, so I don’t want to use a tin can.

    1. Avatar for Mark Jenner Mark Jenner says:

      Hi, Tuell,

      You can smoke in your existing BBQ / Grill using a cold smoke generator, it’s what I do very successfully: Cold smoke generators

  2. Avatar for Katherine Katherine says:

    AMAZING!! I will be getting my dad quite a few of these for Christmas!!!

    1. Avatar for Mark Jenner Mark Jenner says:

      Nice! I need a daughter like you, lol. (Mine is 5, I’m sure she’d buy me these if she could.)