As a dad—and one who loves to cook—there are few things that I enjoy more than breaking out the grill for dinner. Whether I’m cooking up meaty main dishes, veggie-packed sides, or even a sweet dessert, there’s just something about standing over an open flame (usually with a beer in hand), listening to music and getting food crispy, that fills me with joy.
If your dad feels the same, you may want to encourage his passion with some giftable grilling gear for Father’s Day. I’ve gone ahead and hand-selected 14 of my favorite tools, from top-notch grills, to handy holsters, to some serious smoking wood, that any dad—whether he just fired up a grill for the first time on Memorial Day, or he’s a seasoned pit master—is sure to enjoy.
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For the Dad Who Keeps a Beer Handy
Carhartt Beverage Holster
Grilling and a cold brew go together like peanut butter and jelly. The only problem is to figure out where to set that drink down—until now.
For the Dad with Sauce on His Shirt
Grill Sergeant Apron
Let the man in charge know you love him—and you love how seriously he takes those burgers.
For the Dad Who Loves to Learn
Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ Cookbook
Even the best grillers can learn something new — and there’s no better source of BBQ wisdom than Rodney Scott, the Charleston, SC native who won the food world’s prestigious James Beard award for his legendary ‘cue.
For the Dad Who Needs His Tunes
Sonos Roam Portable Speaker
If you’re hanging out by the grill, you need good tunes! Sonos makes one of the best hands-down systems, that sounds like it costs much more than it does. This speaker switches seamlessly between wifi and bluetooth, holds a charge well for hours of playing, and gets a whole lot of loudness out of its small size.
For the Dad Who Loves Food on a Stick
OXO Grilling Skewers
Skip the wooden sticks that—no matter how long you soak them—keep catching fire. These well-designed skewers lay flat, to avoid rolling, and nest for easy storage.
For the Dad Who Knows How to Sop
OXO Basting Pot and Brush Set
If your dad is an aspiring (or seasoned) grillmaster, who knows his way around a BBQ sauce or two, he’ll appreciate this quality pot and mop, for sopping homemade marinades on.
For the Dad Who Smokes His Own
Masterbuilt Black Electric Smoker
For truly fall-off-the-bone ribs, brisket, or pulled pork, you can’t just grill it, you have to smoke it. This electric box is easy to use, spacious enough to cook practically anything in, and has a slide-out wood chip tray for easy cleanup.
For the Dad Who Needs Somewhere to Set Things Down
Mountain Summit Gear Deluxe Roll Top Kitchen
Most of cooking is prep work. Instead of running back and forth to the kitchen, give dad space to set down trays, slice up steaks, and even store cups and utensils. Though it’s made for camping, this smart workstation is ideal next to the grill.
For the High Tech Dad
Meater Smart Thermometer
If dad loves precision numbers, he’ll flip for this bluetooth thermometer, which lets you get every kind of protein to the exact perfect internal temp every time, without having to hover over the grill.
For the Dad Who Works with His Hands
Rapicca Grilling Gloves
Soft cotton inside and flame-and-grease resistant neoprene outside, these sturdy gloves’ll let dad pull fresh corn out of boiling water, grab steaks right off the grill, or start pulling smoked pork apart while it’s still hot.
For the Dad Who Splurges on Grass-Fed
Porter Road Grilling Heroes Box
No matter how good the gear, a meal won’t taste great with sub-par ingredients. Give dad this box of high-quality grillables—then get yourself invited over for dinner.
For the Dad Who Smokes (Ribs)
Cutting Edge Pecan Smoking Wood
For that true fall-off-the-bone flavor, you have to smoke meat over low temps for a long time. And you’ll need a hard wood that imparts a lot of flavor, like mesquite or pecan wood. Cutting Edge sells quality wood that’s already pre-cut to work with most smokers.
For the Dad Still Rolling Out His Old Rust Bucket
Weber Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
Weber’s been making their distinctive deep kettle grills since 1952 — and there’s a reason the look hasn’t changed much in all that time. It’s a classic style that works great.
For the Dad Who Hates Smoke (in His Eyes)
On the other hand, if you’re looking to go smokeless, this firepit/grill from Biolite is the way to go. A rechargable blower keeps air circulating for a super efficient, high-heat smokeless fire that’ll cook burgers or steaks in mere minutes, to say nothing of s’mores!
For the Dad Who Loves a Good Tool
GrillPro Stainless Steel Tong/Turner
Whether your dad loves the simplicity of a multi-use tool that just works, or he’s just a flip-the-burger-every-thirty-seconds kind of guy, he’ll love this long-handled, super secure, spatula/tongs .
For the Dad Who Prefers Cooking with Gas
Fire Propane Gas Grill
This good-looking grill is incredibly well-designed. The cast-iron grill top heats evenly and sears well. It’s easy to clean and to store, as well.
For the Dad Who’s Always Losing Food to the Coals
Dailyart Grill Mats
Once he tries these sheets, he’ll wonder how he lived without them. The heat and flavor (and grill marks) get through, but nothing falls down—or sticks to the grill! They’re even easy to clean.
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