Well tis the season for some giving – the items below I have all personally tried & used . I do not recommend items that I have not thoroughly tried out or used. These are my own personal choices – some have made the list before and some are brand new.
Making a repeat appearance – one of my favorite gifts to receive and to give:
Back Lit ! Thermapen
In typical Thermapen-fashion, our UK engineers have designed a button-less intelligent backlight system. When the Thermapen is on, a new display sensor continuously monitors ambient light levels. As it gets darker, the backlight comes on automatically so you can read the digits in any light condition. With this power-saving strategy, battery life is only reduced to a minimum of 100 hours even when the backlight is in continuous use. If only used in the light, the miniature CR2032 cells still last 1500 hours! Your actual battery life will be somewhere in between depending on the amount of night cooking you do. And, there’s no button to push. You don’t even need to think about it.
Designed for commercial use, ChefAlarm delivers features not found in “houseware” cooking alarms. Continuous Min/Max display tells you how hot (or cold) your food got when you weren’t looking. A “High Alarm” sounds when your food reaches your setting, and a first-of-its-kind “Low Alarm” is perfect for making yogurt and other cold dishes.
Seriously this stuff is incredibly addictive. So many flavor choices. I love glazing with these jellies on meats, brie (seriously to die for), and heck my husband loves pairing the jelly with toast too! The possibilities are endless and the owner Craig is a super nice guy to deal with. Also make sure to try out their rib candy & also Craigs new BBQ sauce.
I don’t think you can ever go wrong with giving cast iron. Its a gift that can last a lifetime. This year I bought myself the Sportsman’s Grill. and a new dutch oven. Great quality. The company has been around since 1896. Seriously thats a long freaking time.
One of my all time favorite BBQ books. Now in its second edition – Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by the late Karen Putnam (Flower of the flames) & Judith Fertig. Some of my favorite recipes have come from this book. I cannot recommend it enough. The recipes were tried and true before publication. Really great food.
I have owned a few pizza stones over the last few years. The Big Green Egg pizza stone has stood the test of time and usage. This is a great gift paired with a bag of 00 Flour and some homemade pizza sauce
This is not one of those everyday hot sauces. This is in a whole other category. Chef Rossy Earle is from Panama. I have been lucky enough to eat at her house and experience just a tiny bit of her cooking skills. This is an incredible condiment. Absolutely full of flavor and beyond delicious. This hot sauce can be used as a marinade or topping for grilled anything from meats to veggies and everything in between.
Available in select stores & locations in Ontario.
Ok this is a big BIG gift but I got one this year and I love it. Load it up with meat and it makes BBQ magic. I really enjoy using it- so simple and flavorful.
I have been using this sauce for years and it always tastes great. Great for use on so many items. Order a case. Trust me on this. Their disposable cutting boards are also something high on mylist of competition favorites. Truly awesome people.
I use this product regularly in my briskets and big beef roasts. It is like an insurance policy to make great meat. A little goes a long way. Check out their selections of rubs and sauces too!
No shock that these are on the list again. I take them to every competition, use them at home and recommend them to all my friends.
- The Original Raised Rail Design™ is a new engineered cooking system that sits atop any existing grill. GrillGrates sear and sizzle foods better than traditional grills, which have more open exposure to direct flame and juices are only fuel for flare-ups. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring but accentuate searing.
Earlier this year I was experimenting with rubs and bought a couple of these 10 oz shakers. They clean up nicely and the different lids really help control how much rub and spice comes out. My only lament is that I didn’t buy more. These would be great to give with an assortment of basic spices – garlic powder onion etc and some simple recipe cards for rubs.
Perfect for anyone who wants to take their food up to the next level of flavor. Char-Broil came out with these smoker boxes and they are super convenient to use. Also they have a great selection of accessories on their website. Also check out the BIG Easy Roaster for your Turkey this year. I was shocked how great our turkey came out!
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My teammate Patrick bought this Zinger Grill. I picked it up for him at a contest in the US. I admit I was skeptical – I have to tell you I was/am thoroughly impressed. It is a grill & fire pit with an adjustable grate that raises and lowers. It also compacts down simply. I also haven’t given it back. Good Luck Patrick, You may want to order another one. LOL
I like using planks for grilling. I like them even more when they really give a lot of flavor to the meats I am grilling. I find these cross grain planks are just really effective. They also look snazzy serving up great smoked food to your guests.
I don’t use really fancy injectors. Never have. Also many of the large stainless steel ones are just too big for my hands. I always buy Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinades- I like the flavors and I keep the injector. Its like a 2 in one present.
Beer & BBQ go naturally well together. It would be a great idea to purchase an assortment of craft brews locally and then give them this book. A great pairing. Ted Reader has written so many terrific grilling books. Check this one out – one of my favs!
365 days of BBQ tips & Recipes! Seriously- everybody should have this!
KCBS BBQ Judging & Competition Classes
There are lots of judging classes listed for 2014 – Check the KCBS Bullsheet and online
Also check out classes given by Competition Pros a great gift for anyone to step up their game.
Gift Cards for BBQ Stores:
If you have a griller that seems to own everything then a gift card might be the right option> I love these stores for BBQ Accessories & Equipment.
In Ontario/Canada I shop at:
BBQS.com -Ontario Gas BBQ located in Vaughan Ontario
Amazing selection – Guinness World Record holder for largest store.
BBQing.com – Capital Appliance & BBQ located in Ottawa Ontario –
These guys are some of the nicest people you could ever deal with. Highly recommend this store – terrific service and selection!
In the US
TheBBQSuperstore.com – Great selection they will ship anywhere!! These guys know competitions and everyday grilling too!
Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply Store located in Lakeland Florida coming online Black Friday 2013 – Competition & Everyday grilling needs ? They have you covered!
I am huge fan of the entire Dizzy Pig Spic Line of rubs!..
This would make an awesome gift for anyone on your grill & BBQ loving gift giving list … Even better getting 25% off with this code: use DIVA25 at the Check out to get 25% off of their Gift Box 4
Packaged in a colorful, eye-catching and sturdy box are our 4 top-selling rubs, Dizzy Dust, Cow Lick, Raging River and Tsunami Spin…along with 7 samples of all of our other flavors, a Dizzy Pig lapel pin and sticker.
Here is an even sweeter deal.
Dizzy Pig is giving away one gift box of their 4 top selling rubs to a Diva Q Fan!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN
All you have to do is leave a message under this post on the Diva Q Facebook Fan page under this contest announcement – tell us what is on your Christmas wish list from Santa this year. The contest is open to both Continental US & Canada residents. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER Household. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest begins November 17/2013 and closes December 1st at 7pm est. Diva Q accepts no responsibility for comments lost or unpublished. Winner will be notified via Facebook message and published on the website.