Our Favorite Gifts for the Grilling and Barbecue Enthusiast

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It may be a little hard to think about grilling and barbecue when the cold winds blow and White Walkers stalk the land there's snow on the ground, but if you have a grilling fiend or a barbecue fanatic to shop for, we've got a bunch of gift suggestions for you. Here are a few of our favorites.

Akorn Kamado Grill

A great present for someone who's had their eye on the Big Green Egg for a while, but has been wary of pulling the trigger because of the price. The Akorn is lighter and more durable than the BGE, and—lucky for you, the gift-giver—half as expensive. Kamados excel at roasting and smoking.

Weber Genesis II

This is a next-gen gas grill that would serve as an upgrade for most grills out there. Our friends over at Amazing Ribs rate it highly, and if it's good enough for them, whoever you buy it for will be thrilled. It has a dedicated spot to slot in an iGrill thermometer, which connects to four different temperature probes, giving the griller the ability to monitor whatever they're cooking via the Weber's app. It's basically the flying car of the gas grill world.

Meathead

Speaking of Amazing Ribs, the site's founder, Meathead Goldwyn, has one of the best books on the art and science of grilling around: Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling. The book is appropriate for anyone who's ever even thought about cooking over a fire, and even the most experienced griller will find much to marvel at inside.

The One True Barbecue

Maybe whoever it is you're buying presents for already has Meathead, but you'd still like to give them a book about the mysteries of smoke and fire and meat. Rien Fertel's The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog uses smoked meat as a lens through which to examine a host of different topics, from race relations to the changing culture of the South.

Thermometer

Again, I am here to tell you that an instant-read thermometer is a great gift! There is no more useful tool for ensuring meat is cooked properly—just the way you or your guests or your family likes it—than an instant-read thermometer! No more useful tool! I swear! But you don't have to take it from me! It is the opinion of Serious Eats as an entity! It is also the opinion of every professional cook and recipe developer in the world! In the WORLD! (Except for maybe Frances Mallmann and his acolytes, but those guys are nuts!) And the Thermapen and ThermoPop are our recommendations for instant-read thermometers! A no-brainer! A great gift!

Welding Gloves

If you're in the market for a useful present, but not one that is recommended by every food professional in the world for its absolute utility in the cooking of meats, then perhaps consider these welding gloves. They have better heat protection than grilling mitts, and you sacrifice very little in the way of manual dexterity. We consider them essential.

A Serious Eats Apron

Maybe the person you're shopping for not only loves the grill and the smoker and all things outdoor cookery, but also Serious Eats! Maybe! Did you know that we've set up a merch store? No? Did you know we not only put our log on shirts and sweaters and totes and mugs, but also on really nice adjustable aprons? No? We also have these things emblazoned with an awesome design! Yeah!

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