Gift Guide: For the Griller
Cold, snow, wind...nothing stops the serious griller! No matter what the season, a backyard cooking enthusiast will always appreciate grilling related gifts. From the useful (rub shaker) to the kitschy (vintage serving trays) to tje ridiculous (barbecue cologne), there's something out there to add a little extra warmth to your special griller's heart this holiday.
The serious griller in your life probably makes his or her own barbecue rub, and this shaker is the perfect rub delivery system with adjustable holes that can handle everything from fine to coarsely ground spice mixtures. BBQ Pro Shop; $10.99
Wicked Good Barbecue
By far the best barbecue cookbook of 2012, Andy Husbands and Chris Hart of the barbecue team iQue have put together a beautiful collection of recipes from competition-style barbecue, to giant Italian subs, to duck pastrami.
Meat Mitch BBQ Sauce and Rub
I do a lot of barbecue sauce reviewing on my blog, The Meatwave, and Meat Mitch sits a notch above the rest with its bold, but balanced flavor. You can't go wrong with this gift of two sauces and a rub, ready to impart delicious barbecue flavor onto anything it touches. BBQ Pro Shop; $22.99
QUE Barbeque Cologne
Wear that intoxicating mixture of smoke, meat, and spice all the time with Pork Barrel BBQ's unique fragrance. I take no responsibility if it repels more than it attracts. Pork Barrel BBQ; $24.95
Most pitmasters don't mind looking the fool; in fact, they relish in it. The Pit Boss Pro BBQ Tool Belt may look a bit over the top, but with holders for tongs, brushes, sauce, and (most importantly) beer, it's an accessory that any griller would fall in love with. Pit Boss BBQ; $109.97
Cast Iron Grates
The Craycort cast iron grate systems has been on my wishlist for years, and I finally got some this year. They require a little extra care than standard steel grates, but that work is well-rewarded with grates that retain heat exceptionally well, giving fantastic grill marks and an excellent sear. Craycort; $87.90 for 22 1/2" circular grate Also comes in 14 1/2" and 18 1/2", and 26 3/4"
About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.