Here it is, a timely compilation of cool fuels, tools, and seasonings for the favorite barbecuer or griller in your life. Naughty or nice, permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need gift ideas for you.
For a full list of 2017 Holiday Gift Guide recommendations, visit this page on BarbecueBible.com. Happy Holidays!
Pit Barrel Cooker Junior: Like its popular big brother, the new Pit Barrel Cooker Junior is one of the simplest, most reliable, and reasonably-priced smokers on the market. With a drum diameter of 14 inches, the “PBJ” is perfect for tailgating, car or RV camping, or even a patio with limited space. Yet, it can accommodate six hanging racks of ribs, a whole turkey, multiple chickens, or one to two briskets. $229.00 delivered.
Shun 10-inch Chef’s Knife: No matter what the task, it’s important to have good tools. For the past two years, Shun has supplied knives to the set of Project Smoke, spoiling me and the show’s executive chef, Chris Lynch; we guard them jealously. Manufactured in Japan by KAI, the knives are crafted with 34 micro-thin layers of polished stainless steel called VG-MAX and known for outstanding edge retention. It’s incredibly comfortable to use, too, with a handsome D-shaped ebony PakkaWood handle. $164.95.
KitchenQue: Just introduced by Charcoal Companion and available Nov. 28, this stovetop smoker for indoor use is a godsend for people who crave the flavor of real wood smoke but do not have access to a smoker or grill. It is large enough to smoke a whole chicken, fish, brisket flat, prime rib, shellfish, and much, more. Attains temperatures of 400 degrees, meaning poultry will turn out with crisp skin. Works on electric, gas, or induction-type burners. Uses fine sawdust for smoking, which can be easily replenished during a cook. $83.77.
TSM Digital Dry Curing Cabinet: The popularity of aged and/or dry cured meats, especially steak, has soared in recent years, with delicacies like prosciutto, salumi, country-style hams, and all manner of charcuterie showing up on tables throughout America. This attractive temperature- and humidity-controlled cabinet could be the best thing that’s ever happened to your man cave. Pricy, but just think of the bragging rights! $3475.99.
FiAir Point-and-Shoot Portable Blower: The first and only truly portable powered blower for wood and charcoal fires. No need to give up charcoal flavor for gas grill speed, FiAir brings coals to searing temperatures in just 8-12 minutes and brings greater control to charcoal grilling and smoking. Wood starts even faster: 2 minutes or less. Compact size and light weight make it easy to go wherever you need fire. Runs on three AAA batteries (not included). $24.99.
Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler: The YETI Tundra 65 is just as adept at keeping your catches cold in the field as it is storing the drinks and food for your backyard barbecue. Plenty roomy, ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design is certified Bear-Resistant. The Rotomolded Construction makes the Tundra virtually indestructible, so wherever you decide to take it, this portable cooler’s sturdy construction will stand up to the rigors of the journey. $399.99.
Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Pizza and Baking Pan: Lodge, one of the premier names in cast iron cookware since 1896, has expanded its line and carries much more than skillets. One of our favorite pieces is a 14-inch in diameter pan with handles that doubles as a manly-looking platter for grilled and smoked foods. You’ve likely seen it on Project Smoke. $33.94.
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Steven Raichlen is the author of the Barbecue! Bible cookbook series and the host of Project Smoke on public television. His web site is BarbecueBible.com.