I get a lot of questions regarding the best grilling tools and gift suggestions.  Nothing says “Dad” quite like the grill.  So I have compiled a list of my favorite BBQ tools, outdoor cooking equipment and accessories. I know that Father’s Day is fast approaching so as long as you have Amazon Prime, you are going to be fine. Here are my favorite last minute Father’s Day gift ideas.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016 Edition

Sky is the Limit Gifts

  • Weber Spirit E-310
    • One of the best built gas grills on the market.  It has three burners to provide enough control and space for 8 servings or more.  I have had one of these grills for over 8 years and it is still works like new.  Try to do that with one of the $150 grills at the big box stores.
  • Traeger Grill/Smoker
    • A computer controlled, wood burning beast!  This is a great smoker.  You set it and forget it.  No need to tend the fire.  Just add the pellets, set the temp, add the meat and come back in a few hours.  Boom.  Perfect BBQ.  Plus, you can crank up the heat and grill on this bad boy!  This is one of our favorite smokers.
  • Pizzeria Pronto – Propane Outdoor Pizza Oven
    • I just reviewed this little oven a couple of weeks ago and I totally recommend it.  It produces one of the best pizzas that I have ever made.  If your dad loves pizza, I would check this out.

Under $150 Gifts

  • Weber One-Touch Gold Charcoal Kettle
    • You can not put a price on a great grill.  However, this charcoal grill from Weber is only $149.  It can grill, bake and smoke anything.  The gold edition has a thermometer in the lid, upgraded grates and the all important enclosed ash catcher.  You do not need to spend any more to get the best tasting grilled meats around.
  • Kettle Pizza
    • Finally we all can make wood fired pizzas at home.  This attachment for the weber kettle turns your ordinary charcoal grill into an extraordinary wood pizza oven.  I have been using my for a couple of years now.  It is great and a ton of fun at parties.

Under $100 Gifts

  • Thermapen
    • When you are cooking a pork butt, beer can chicken or any sort of bbq it is best to know when it is done.  The best way to do that is to use a thermometer.  The Thermapen is a super fast and super accurate meat thermometer.  Getting this will take the guessing game out of barbecuing.  On a side note – it works great for roasting meats too.  Try it next year when you are cooking your turkey.
    • Sidenote- Thermapens are sold via Thermoworks and you may not be able to get it in time.  You can find them on Amazon, but they are way overpriced and do not include a warranty.  So beware!

Under $25 Gifts

  • Cedar Barbecue Planks
    • Go gourmet this season with grilled cedar plank salmon.  Yeah, you see that.  Requires cedar planks.  Hmm, maybe you should get some cedar planks so that you can make cedar plank salmon.  What a great idea.  I will take 2.
  • Wide Skewers

    • Nothing sucks more than turning skewers and having the food rotate so that even though you turned the skewer, the food never flipped.  Quick solution, wide skewers.  Great for veggies, chicken, tomatoes, scallops, etc…  Pretty much anything.  This set of 4 is 5/8ths inch wide.  Yep, almost a sword for you to skewer your meal.
  • Stainless Steel Seasoning Injector w/2 Stainless Needles
    • This injector solves all of life’s mysteries.  Ok, maybe not, but it includes two needles.  One for liquid injecting and one for herb injecting.  I ran into this problem on Thanksgiving, where we wanted to inject the deep fried turkey with a mixture of herbs and spices, and then the injector holes kept clogging up.  We then had to switch to an all liquid marinade.  You wouldn’t want to be on an all liquid diet, neither would a turkey for its last meal.  Pick up this injector and surprise the turkey with a meal full of herbs and spices,  you will enjoy it too.
  • Grill Daddy Grate Brush

    • A clean grill is a happy grill.  Brush off the big particles but leave some of the grease.  Using grill cleaners is a no-no, but so is trying to grill over the crust of barbecued chicken.  Using a heavy duty brush like this grill daddy grate brush you will clean the grates of solid material, but leave the flavor that you have so hardly worked for behind.  Added bonus, this brush has replaceable heads so that when you wear it down, you only have to buy a replacement brush head instead of buying a whole brush.  Yep, its green and it saves money.  Secondly, the two hand grips on the brush handle give you optimal force to clean the grill.

Under $15 Gifts

  • Oxo Good Grips 16-Inch Locking Tongs
    • Never underestimate a good set of tongs.  These puppies are 16 inches long.  The perfect size for grilling.  No more singeing your knuckle hair trying to flip that steak on the back part of the grill.  Oxo makes a sturdy and lockable set of tongs.
  • Weber Chimney Starter 
    • There are a ton of cheap chimney starters out there.  I have found the best deal on a Weber Chimney starter.  You may say, “Hey Rex they have chimney starters over at my big box retailer for $7.99”  Go get that one, but you will be sorry.  They are cheap and flimsy and when you have 1000 degree hot coals in your hands the last thing you want is cheap and flimsy.  Trust me.  Spend the extra $5 and get a nice sturdy one.  BTW – this exact starter retails for $19-29 at the big box stores.

BBQ Books

These are our favorite books right now.  If you are looking for a great read for your dad, or yourself, we recommend picking up one or all of these books.

Side Note – Most of the items above are available for Amazon Prime.  There is a free trial right now, basically during the trial period, all items eligible ship 2-day air for free or you can pay $3.99 for overnight shipping.

Hope this helps find the perfect gift for any Dad in your life.


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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