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If your father figure is passionate about grilling during the summer months, a barbecue and related accessories might make great Father’s Day gifts. He can use items like turners and tongs to upgrade his grilling technique, or experiment with new recipes after reading through a barbecue cookbook. Barbecuing is also an outdoor activity the whole family can partake in this Father’s Day, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said fully vaccinated individuals — and, depending on the situation, some unvaccinated individuals — don’t have to wear masks outdoors.
To help you celebrate, we compiled some of the best grills and grilling accessories to gift this Father’s Day, ranging from high-tech thermometers to customizable cutting boards.
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Best grills to gift
The portable Blackstone Adventure Ready grill is designed to be compact for on-the-go adventures. Its top griddle structure aims to help set up time and the bulk adapter hose allows you to quickly swap out a propane tank. And its removable legs and counter-friendly build could come in handy during your next tailgate or day trip. For an especially premium option in the portable grill space, check out Kenyon City’s deluxe and highly-rated grill.
If the outdoors are still tenuous for you to consider, you can bring the fun of grilling indoors with an indoor grill like the Cuisinart Griddler Elite. It boasts six cooking options, including a panini press, griddle, grill, half grill and top melt. The dual-zone temperature control helps you cook to spec and large grilling surface should be enough to cover the day’s haul.
This propane grill features two burners topped with porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates. It includes a warming rack to toast buns and keep food hot, a folding side table and a storage space for your grilling tools and accessories.
The Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill is portable, durable and easy to use. It’s finished with a porcelain-enameled lid and designed for easy clean-up. The durable steel and rust-free material should help you keep it in good shape for many summers to come.
This premium outdoor grill can give your food a smoky flavor thanks to the brand’s pure-wood pellets. It features 1,300 square inches of cooking space and can smoke, sear and cook multiple types of meats. The grill is designed with the Traeger’s proprietary WiFIRE technology that allows you to control the grill and get real-time status updates and feedback on your phone.
This Traeger grill features an automatic hot rod ignition designed to start up in under five minutes. It includes steel construction, as well as steel-coated grates to prevent meat from sticking to the grill.
As we mentioned in our guide to portable grills, this option is the smallest from the Weber Q Series. It features porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and 189 square inches of cooking space. The grill is also designed with a push button ignition and a removable catch pan. Additionally, the domed shape of the grill cover allows heat to circulate around food.
Best grill brush sets and tools for gifting
Add sauce or glaze to your food with the Weber Basting Brush. Its dishwasher-safe design and durable silicone bristles make it one of the best grilling tools for cooking.
Judith Fertig, author of “The Garner and The Grill,” previously told us that these stainless steel tongs will give you a good grip when turning slippery vegetables on the grill. The extra long design and soft grip handle make grilling and handling food easy and comfortable.
This 17-piece grilling tool set comes with everything you'll need to cook a full meal on the grill. In the kit you’ll find tongs, skews, a spatula, a temperature fork and more. All the items are housed in a durable storage case for easy transportation.
OXO recently launched an affordable line dedicated to outdoor cooking tools and gadgets. This set comes with a tuner featuring an edge to scrape grills and griddles, and tongs designed with angled heads to help transfer food to and from the grill. The turner and tongs come with built-in bottle openers and non-slip silicone grips on their handles.
Acting as a spatula, fork, tong and more, this stainless steel tool offers seven different functions to help grill food. It features rubber pads along the handle that act as non-slip grips, and its lock keeps the tool closed when it's not in use. The dishwasher-safe tool has a built-in bottle opener, too.
Best personalized grilling sets and other custom gifts
Grilling dads might appreciate an upgrade to their tools collection. If their grilling tools are getting grimier with each cooked steak and burger and you’re looking to freshen things up, go with a grilling set. This option from iconic brand Cuisinart features most tools any grill master might benefit from, including a spatula, tongs, fork, skewers and more.
When your grillmaster father figure is particular, it’s better to keep from making grand suggestions to their setup. Instead, add to their wares with a gift box of grill-centric paraphernalia. This option from Man Crates includes various tchotchkes like a tenderizer, smoker box, thermometers, sauces, spices and even some wood chips.
This gift set from Stonewall Kitchen features three of the brand’s grill sauces and three different rubs, like the Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce and the Maine Seafood Rub. Items come packed in a wooden crate and the set also includes a cotton tea towel and silicone basting brush.
If your dad is known as the household cook, this custom apron may be a good gift for Father’s Day. When ordering, choose one of 21 vibrant colors for the material and add your desired text to be featured on the front of the apron. It comes with a waist strap, two pockets and an adjustable neck strap for optimal fit.
Complete with an engraved “grill master dad” design, this Etsy bestseller gives you the option of customizing the cutting board with his kids’ names. It’s available in multiple sizes and you can choose between maple and walnut hardwood.
18. “Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ” by Rodney Scott
This cookbook is currently the No. 1 bestselling barbecuing and grilling book on Amazon, and it’s the first cookbook written by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott. The book shares recipes for dishes like BBQ Bacon Burgers, Fried Catfish, Pork T-Bones and more. The cookbook is available as a hardcover or spiral-bound copy. You can also read the digital version on your Kindle or Nook, or listen to the audiobook.
Best grilling tech and gadgets
Ensure your meat is cooking at the correct temperature with the ThermoPro Wireless Thermometer. Recipe developer Angela Davis previously told NBC News that it saves you from constantly opening the grill due to app compatibility that allows you to monitor temperatures from your phone.
Building on the app-enabled and distance grilling devices, the MEATER+ is a wire-free smart thermometer that allows you to monitor your cooking from up to 165 feet away. It has dual temperature sensors that can monitor internal meat temperature up to 212 degrees and external temperature up to 527 degrees simultaneously.
Best grill covers to gift
Protect your grill with this water-resistant and highly-rated barbecue grill cover. It comes in multiple sizes — from extra small to 3X-large — and features click-close straps that tightly secure the cover. The air vents on the outside of the cover reduce interior condensation and wind lofting while protecting your grill from harsh weather.
Available in six sizes, this gas grill cover keeps your barbecue clean when it’s not in use. The cover is UV- and water-resistant, and its extra wide design allows it to fit grill models by most brands. Additionally, the cover features fabric hook and loop straps that you can tighten to ensure that the cover doesn't blow away during inclement weather. The cover comes in three colors: Black, Gray and Tan.