It’s that time of year where people ask you what they can buy you for Christmas. If you’re like me, I’m usually stumped until I think about all the BBQ gadgets out there and a list magically forms. When you need the perfect BBQ gift, our list will help get you started.
Here’s our Top BBQ Christmas Gift List 2015 that a little something for everyone:
Grilling is awesome, but cleaning all the blackened, caked-on food goo afterward? Not so much. Thankfully, however, we live in a time where where robots can perform most of the menial tasks we hate doing, and much like vacuuming and cleaning the gutters, grill maintenance can now be performed by a robotic slave. Just pop this little bugger on top of the grates when you’re done cooking, and he’ll go to work picking up all the baked-on burger bits you left behind.
If you’re of the mind that gas grills just can’t compare to charcoal, but also hate waiting for for your briquettes to get hot enough to cook over, BBQ Dragon is just what you need. It’s basically just a heat-resistant, high-velocity fan that clips onto the side of your grill and blasts the charcoal with air, providing extra oxygen to get it started faster. It’s even got a flexible neck so you can direct the blast wherever you need it.
Until the Quirky community pulls itself together and makes this awesome smartphone-connected propane gauge a reality, you and I will have to settle for more basic means of tracking our gas levels. Trust me: If you grill with gas, you need one of these gauges. There’s nothing worse than inviting over all your buddies for a cookout, only to discover that you’re out of propane and have to make a half-drunk trip down to the supermarket to get more.
Cooking your food over an open flame generally imparts a little bit of smoky flavor into it, but if you want more of that delicious smokiness, you need to get yourself a smoker box. Fill this sucker with dampened wood chips and toss it on the grill, and after a while it’ll begin to smoke and fill up your grill hood with smoke. It’s not quite as good as putting your meat in a full-on smoker, but any extra smoke is better than no smoke at all!
If you can muster up the courage to leave your meat off your perfectly seasoned grill grates, we highly suggest you try cooking your next meal on a block of Himalayan rock salt. It might just be our favorite new way to prepare food. The idea is fairly straightforward. You start by slowly heating a slab of salt on your grill, and once it’s up to temp, you just drop whatever you’re cooking on top and watch it sizzle for a few seconds. Because of the block’s unique composition, it imparts your food with a subtle hint of mineral saltiness that’s absolutely fantastic.
For certain meats, there’s a fine line between cooking something to perfection and endangering everyone at the cookout; so if you’d rather err on the side of caution and know for sure that your food has reached a safe temperature, you need to snag yourself a grilling thermometer. This particular model from Maverick is designed give you accurate readings in the blink of an eye, so you don’t have to hold your hand over the grill for too long and burn the hair off of your knuckles.
Don’t get us wrong — robotic grill cleaners like Grillbot are all well and good, but as the old adage goes; if you want something done right, do it yourself. In addition to stainless steel bristles and a long handle for extra leverage, this Grill Daddy brush comes equipped with a water reservoir and steam nozzle to blast off all that caked on chicken skin and burnt barbecue sauce faster than ever before.
Truth be told, this thing performs basically the same function as BBQ Dragon, but minus the lighter fluid and matches. It’s also got more of a lightsaber-style form factor, which makes it just that much more aweseome. Invented by a company from Sweden, Looftlighter uses a continuous blast of super-heated air to ignite your charcoal without using lighter fluid and can also be used to “fast forward” your charcoal briquettes and start grilling in just a few minutes.
If you’d rather not toil with charcoal briquettes or propane tanks at all, and also happen to live in section of the globe that has fairly reliable sunlight, check out this awesome solar grill from Solsource. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the grill is basically a large semispherical mirror array that collects sunlight and directs it all to a central point. Just pop a skillet on top and you’ll be grilling in no time!