It’s that time of the year again…the time where we don’t get to cook nearly as much as we want. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t buy stuff. If you’re like me, you haven’t even started your Christmas shopping yet so you still have plenty of time to get that great BBQ gift for your favorite barbecue maniac (actually, you don’t have much time if you’re ordering online, but we like to get stuff after Christmas too).
1. BBQ Sauce of the Month Club – Trying out new BBQ sauce is one of our favorite things. You never know when you’re going to find a gem in the collection. I found several locations for you to grab this up (these are also available in different subscription lengths):
- Amazon.com – 1 bottle per month for 6 months – $86.40
- Overstock.com – 2 bottles per month for 6 months – $139.99
- eBay.com – Currently I see the same deal as Overstock for $107.70 BIN price
If you trust eBay, that looks like the best deal. Otherwise it looks like Overstock has the best price. I also found what looks like the original source, but for $150 on the 6th month plan.
2. Digital Thermometer – One of the more important and useful things you’ll need for any type of barbecue. One recommendation: don’t get one of those crappy fork thermometers unless you really have to have one. They’re inaccurate, and really if you need a fork just use a fork. I’ve outlined a few of my favorites below:
- Taylor Probe Thermometer – Cheap at $11 but buy more than one. They’re great to use, but often malfunction after repeated use. I keep a rotating stock of four at a time just in case.
- Polder Probe Thermometer – A more reliable probe thermometer than the Taylor at a cost of $24.99.
- Taylor Waterproof Instant Read – A lower priced instant read digital that works for generally any food. Highly recommended for a value buy at $15.99.
- Thermapen – $89.95 from Amazon but the best and fastest. It does what it advertises and is great for items that you can’t leave a probe in (they’re great using on ribs for instance).
3. Bear Paws – A must have for pulled pork. Available at $14 from Amazon
- Master Griller Tool Set – The ultimate. Includes 6 Grill Tools, 4 Shish-Kabob Skewers, 8 Corn on the Cob Holders, 2 Grill Cleaning Brush Heads, and a solid Aluminum Case to store it all! On sale for $75.
- BT Stainless Steel 10 Piece Tool Set – Here is a full stainless steel set that’s a little cheaper (reminder – don’t skimp on quality)! $50
5. Turkey Fryer / Seafood Boiler – Normally I don’t condone frying a turkey, they’re just much better on the smoker. I personally have one of these and love it, but only use it for seafood boils. Around 30 minutes of cooking time and you’ll have yourself a heaping mound of delicious seafood, potatoes, and sausage! However, if I ever feel the need to fry up a turkey I’ll have that option.
Make sure you get one with a basket for the seafood; it’s really difficult to do without it and some models don’t come with one. I found this one on sale new for $159.99 and there are a few used ones over at Amazon. Pair this up with 103 Uses for Your Turkey Fryer and you’re all set!
6. Gloves – I know that sounds boring, but it’s not really. It at least makes a good stocking stuffer. Here are a couple to consider:
- Eastman Outdoors Cooking Gloves – If you do a lot of smoking, these things can’t be left behind. You can also get regular fireplace gloves at the hardware store, they’re essentially the same thing and it’s what I use. You can pick up red hot coals and it won’t penetrate these gloves. No more burning your fingers and singeing your hair.
- Steven Raichlen Insulated Food Gloves – After you pull your meat off the grill, these are the best you can buy. Easy to clean and keeps the hot fat off your hands.
There you have it! Now would be a good time to buy because you should still be able to get things delivered before Christmas!