There are lots of great grills and items on the market for BBQ’ers everywhere here are my picks for gifts under $100.00

Weber Smokey Joe Gold

With it’s ease of transportation its one of the best values for under $100.00

  • Lid lock for carrying, doubles as lid holder
  • Heavy-duty plated steel cooking grate
  • 14.5 inch diameter cooking area
  • Weber cookbook

Firewire Flexible Grilling Skewers

Each skewer is 30? long from tip to tip. Made of flexible stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

They are available in Canada at Ontario Gas BBQ two to a package $14.99 CA and many other retailers throughout the US.

They come with a very generous warranty


They can come in any size you want. I use them regularly perfect for indirect grilling!


Works well lights  charcoal fast

Sauce & Rub gift packs!!

I love experimenting with rubs and sauces here are some links to rubs and sauce companies from the past year that I really enjoyed. I have all of these brands in my cupboard at any one time. I know I would love a gift basket of rubs and sauces at any time (Please Santa I have been very good this year :-)

Smoky Mountain Smokers

Butcher BBQ Rubs

Plowboys BBQ

Strodes BBQ

Joey Mac`s Amber Que

Sweet Baby Rays

Collins Creek BBQ Rub

4 Legs Up BBQ

Dinosaur BBQ

Buster Rhinos

Stubbs BBQ


Blues Hog

Cimarron Docs

Smoking Guns BBQ

Dizzy Pig BBQ

Obie Cues BBQ

Lambert`s Sweet Swine O Mine BBQ

3 Eyz BBQ

** Please note these are just a few of the rubs. There are so many on the market that are great that experimenting with some is just a great way to play wit your food!1

BBQ Sample Days

I have to tell you this is a great way to get to try a lot of fun BBQèd items. If you live in Ontario Buster Rhinos BBQ this year is doing multiples of BBQ Sample days. This would make an excellent gift.

Artisan Steak Tasting from The Oliver Ranch Company

This is the gift that just keeps on giving. I love red meat. Ok I love meat period but earlier this year I got the opportunity to sit down to an Artisan Steak Tasting with Carrie Oliver CEO of the Oliver Ranch Company. It is fascinating and quite tasty to try different steaks of this caliber. From their website:

Choose your favorite cut and we’ll send you steaks from 4 different natural or organic ranches, each specializing in a different breed, diet, geography, & aging technique. We’ll also send you our Artisan Beef Institute™ tasting guide and tips for hosting an Artisan Steak Tasting in your home.

Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter  Basques All Natural Lump Charcoal »Weber Cubes

These three are among some of the easiest and most durable items I use. I have tried many chimney starters over the past few years and by far the Weber is the most durable and easiest to use. My charcoal of Choice is Basques all Natural Lump charcoal made from Sugar Maple trees. The easiest lighting is made simple by using weber cubes and all of these can be purchased together for less than $100.00

Montana Grills Crosscut Grilling Planks

I like using these planks a lot. I find they give much more flavor to the food you are eating versus a traditionally cut plank. Inexpensive to use they also can be used as serving platters for a rustic themed BBQ dinner.

BBQ Books

BBQ books are some of my favorite things to read and this past year my library certainly expanded as well I went back to some tried and true books that I am still working through.  Plus others I just enjoyed this year about food in general …Here are some of my favs :

BBQ Chips, Pellets, and wood Dusts.

This one is a really big favorite of mine.  Four years ago my Mom for Christmas went to a BBQ store and bought one of every single type of wood chip, wood dust, and BBQ pellets (sample packs) the store had. It was the gift that kept on giving. I loved trying each of the different woods and experimenting with different flavor profiles for smoke. With all of the different brands on the market this is a really fun way to give a gift that can provide a whole lot of fun.  Please note if you are shipping wood products they must adhere to all regulations in regards to the transportation of wood across state lines and provinces/ Countries.  Here are just a few manufacturers of woods and pellets I use and play with:

Traeger Canada


BBQr’s Delight



Day 23- 25 Days of Christmas BBQ Blogging……


I received in the mail today a product sample of Frogmats.

I opened the package to find two very lightweight mesh sheets that claim to be non stick and perfect for delicate items for the BBQ or grill.

From their website the description:

We have all experienced the frustration of grilling delicate foods on the Bar B Que. The food immediately sticks to the grates and tears or crumbles when you try to turn it. The food falls through the openings in the grate and you have one big mess.

Frogmats solve this problem. Food will not stick to the Frogmats and is easy to turn without crumbing.

Frogmats are great for preparing fish and Ka Bobs. Fish will lift off the Frogmats with ease as does the vegetables in Ka Bobs. The open matrix of the Frogmats will eliminate to a large degree any food from falling through the grates.

The Frogmats will not pick up odors from fish,. therefore each time it is used there will be no left over taste.

Frogmats are designed to perform in indirect cooking methods. Do not expose the Frogmats to direct flame.

Our Frogmats are FDA compliant for direct food contact.

Easy to clean with a warm water spray by the outdoor hose or in the kitchen with sink sprayer. The Frogmats will last for years.

Prepare picture perfect fish dinners like the pros with Frogmats

Frogmats are USDA approved for food processing and handling, and are FDA compliant (21 CFR177.1550). In addition, the fabrics can operate in temperatures from -400°F (-240°C) under static conditions and -100°F (-73°C) under dynamic conditions up to 550°F (288°C).

The timing for me worked well as I had a new experimental BBQ item I had made for tonight. Heres the link to the sausage wrapped hard boiled eggs that were prepped yesterday.

Frogmat on the Traeger Lil Tex

Frogmat with sausage balls.

I have to say they worked great. Absolutely non stick from the cheese that was gobbed out at the bottom to the grease that accumulated. I think these are an excellent product for the BBQ. I will also be using them in my oven. I already own silpat sheets and these will just add to my arsenal of non stick happiness.

Additionally the website claims are accurate in regards to cleanup. I washed mine in the sink and it was simple and easy with no scrubbing involved. Gotta love anything that works well and cleans up easy.

Easy Clean up

They are available in a variety of pre-cut sizes to suit your individual BBQ needs as well as custom sizes.

Bottom line I would recommend them highly, I have a few other projects in mind over the winter with them such as jerky.


Now as for the rest of my day it was a whole lot of prep for tomorrow Christmas Day and some great eats from tonight. Heres the pics.

Yummy Abts

Prepping the brine for the 4 turkeys

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes prepped for Christmas Dinner

Acorn squash with butter cinnamon maple syrup and brown sugar.

Par boiling the parsnips to get them ready for the grill tomorrow.

Some of our Christmas Eve Eats

A couple of Tourtieres (done on the traeger)

MMMM the eggs rocked however next time more cheese.


Some cheeses and fruits and more munchies

Awesome Taco dip. So very yummy. Thanks to my friend Louisa for bringing it over!

My favorite insalata Caprese.

Wicked good. This puff pastry with brie, fig and walnut wine preserves plus a ton of smoked garlic knocked it out of the park. Just awesome.

Thats it for tonight.

Merry Christmas eve everyone.