BBQ devotees come in all forms: those who meticulously craft the most delectable fire-cooked treats, and those who just want to live the life. Fortunately, this means that grill-masters are, overall, pretty easy to shop for.
The cornerstone of any good griller’s arsenal is a great grill, and this is that. It’s really a simple contraption: Weber’s time-tested 22.5-inch kettle, dressed up with a nice work space and a weather-resistant bin for storing your lump fuel and tools. If your garden chef grills with coal, this beauty is all he needs to take his game—and your dinner—to a whole other level. £400 from Amazon.
Rare. Medium rare. Well. These may sound like personal preferences, but they’re not: they’re synonyms for stops along the Mercury Motorway. Rare is 120 degrees, medium-rare is 132, and so on. Want to get that meat perfectly suited to your guests’ tastes? Use a thermometer like this one and you’ll be spot-on. I love (and use) the Thermapen because it gets a reading in less than three seconds. Bonus: ensuring proper done-ness of poultry (in particular) keeps it from killing you. Good present, no? £58 from Amazon.
You know what no BBQist could ever possibly have enough of? Hands. You’re flipping burgers, adjusting flames, adding coals–all more or less simultaneously. You want to keep extra gadgets to a minimum, so one of these grinders could just prove a blessing: it houses both salt and pepper — simply turn left for salt, and right for pepper. It also contains a fully adjustable ceramic grinder so you can grind it up as coarse or as fine as you like. What are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking. £18 from Heal’s.
If you’re burning briquettes, you need rails–and not just any rails, but *these* rails. They are outstanding: they’re dirt cheap, take up absolutely no room when not in use, and, especially in a 57cm grill, allow you to get super customise-y on how much area you want to devote to the flame-makers. £7 well-spent. Available from Amazon.
Fact: Grills get hot. Fact: Beer (most of it, anyway) is best enjoyed while cold. When you’re standing in close proximity to your fire-cooker, those two facts can be at odds. Your griller needs a beer cosy—but not some crappy neoprene sheath. These freezable numbers from Vacu Vin keep your brew chilly longer. And they look like beer. Fact: Things that look like beer are awesome. £4 from Amazon.
What, you want Dad flipping your burger by hand? No, that’s disgusting, and the yowling-in-pain cross-garden steak toss is common enough without him adding to the madness. Oooh, these are pretty: easy-to-clean stainless steal covered in black plastic, and thanks to the in-built lock mechanism, it’s potentially a one-handed operation. £17 from Amazon.
That grill, she is hot. Touch the wrong part, and you’ll get a fist full of blisters. If your loved one is constantly hurling expletives at the fire, you might think of buying him some protection. These thick leather gloves protect hands and forearms from the skin-searing heat of a well-fed grill. £14 from Amazon.