2017 Holiday Gift Buying Guide

The 2017 Holiday season is approaching and those mysterious little elves will be arriving in no time. Do you want to get ahead this season but don’t know what to get your special someone? Good news, I’ve got you covered. My 2017 Barbecue Gift-Buying Guide is sure to have something for everyone and won’t blow your budget.

Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $25

Flairosol Spray bottle

Flairosol spray bottles are great for misting smoked meats or taming flair-ups on gas and charcoal grills. These can be purchased on Amazon for under $10.

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Traeger Grills Sauces and Rubs

2017 was a BIG year for Traeger Grills. They re-engineered their famous pellet wood-burning grill, had a shop class tour and released all new BBQ sauces and rubs. I will admit, after trying their old rubs I was a bit skeptical to spend any amount of money on the newly released ones. I reluctantly purchased some of the new rubs after attending a Traeger Shop Class and I am glad I did. The new Traeger rubs and BBQ sauces are on point and versatile. I regularly season potatoes and vegetables with the Prime Rib rub and love the flavor profile when combining the Beef Rub and Coffee Rub. These are only a few examples and I promise you, none of these sauces and rubs will disappoint. The new sauces and rubs are priced at $9.99.

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Flavor Republic Spices and Rubs

Flavor Republic is a new spice company owned by UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw. The company was founded while T.J. was cutting weight and training for a fight. These blend of spices were precisely crafted for being on the lighter side but do not disappoint with flavor. These spices originally were marketed for the fitness industry and are low in salt, contain no MSG and are non-GMO. They can be purchased from Amazon or the Flavor Republic website. If you purchase them from the Flavor Republic website use the link below and promo code freedom10 for 10% off your order.

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Code-3 Sauces and Rubs

Code-3 Sauces and Rubs were created by two veteran Police Officers and barbecue enthusiast. These blend of sauces and rubs are used in the competition circuit and in backyards all across America. A portion of every sale (.25 cents of every bottle sold) is donated to qualifying programs to benefit first responders and their families.

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Wood Grill-Grate Scrapper

Wood grill-grate scrappers are a non-bristle grill-cleaning tool and are growing in popularity. They are safe and effective for all grill-grate types. Wood grill-grate scrappers can be purchased on amazon and varies in price.

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Gifts Under $100

Jacobson Salts

Jacobson Salt Co. has a wide variety of salts, seasonings, and candies and Bee Local Honey. I regularly use Jacobson Salts as a finishing salt. These salts enhance the flavor of the beef, chicken, pork and vegetables. Prices and sizes vary. The Six Vial Sample Pack can be purchased for $30.00 and is a great gift for any barbecue enthusiasts.

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Traeger Grills Accessories and Covers

Traeger Grills has a wide variety of accessories and covers. Keep your special someone’s grill looking and running pristine for years to come with a quality grill cover. Another favorite accessory of mine is the front folding shelf. I think this is a must have if you are limited space. The two Traeger grills accessories on my Christmas list are the Pig Tail BBQ Flipper and Large Cut Meat and Fish Spatula.

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Thermoworks Smoke

A good quality digital meat thermometer is a MUST for all things barbecue. The Thermoworks Smoke is a Two-Channel digital temperature monitor with wireless receiver. One channel is to monitor the temperature of the grill and the other is used to monitor your meats. You’ll never miss a game or conversation when you can monitor your barbecue from the comfort of your living room. See my review of the Thermoworks Smoke for additional information. The smoke retails for $99.00. Thermoworks has weekly deals on most of their products and I don’t see them not having huge holiday savings sales in the very near future.

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Lodge Cast-iron

Lodge Manufacturing makes a wide variety of Cast-iron griddles, Pans, Dutch Ovens, and Stoneware. The cooking possibilities are endless with Lodge Cast-iron and will take ones BBQ game to the next level. A few of my favorites are the 6.5” skillet and mini skillets. I regularly use my skillets for making eggs and desserts. Prices vary in size and style.

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Yeti 20 oz. Tumbler

If the BBQ enthusiast in your life is anything like me, they barbecue with a cold drink in hand. One of my most used possessions is my custom engraved @freedomsohard Yeti Tumbler. I use this daily and it’s always within arms reach. This is by far the most impressive piece of drink ware I have ever used. The 20 oz. Yeti Tumbler can be purchased for $29.99 and can be customized for an additional fee.

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Shun Premium Kitchen Shears

Everyone’s kitchen could benefit from having a quality set of kitchen shears. This multi-purpose kitchen shears come in handy whether opening packages, cutting herbs or Spatchcocking a chicken. The Shun Premium Kitchen Shears can be purchased on their site and retail for $100.

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Monnier Wood Craft Cutting Boards

A beautiful cutting board is a great addition to all kitchens and Instagram food photo studio. Monnier cutting boards are all handcrafted in Avondale Arizona. Prices and sizes vary but there are many options available under $100. If you feel like splurging the 3D End Grain Cutting Board is by far the most unbelievable board I have ever seen.

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Big Spenders $100 and more

Shun Premier 7” Asian Cook’s Knife

Every chef in the kitchen should have a quality multi purpose chef’s knife. Believe me. It’s one of the things I am lacking and is on the top of my Christmas list. This knife doesn’t just look beautiful it was made to preform. The style has plenty of knuckle room and is perfect for cutting meats, fish and vegetables. The Shun Premier 7” Asian Cook’s knife retails for $213.

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Shun Kanso 12” Hollow-Ground Brisket Knife

This brisket knife is ideal for cutting all large cuts of meat such as Prime-Rib, Turkey, Ham and of course the barbecued beef brisket. The blade is constructed of high carbon vanadium stainless steel. The blade is double beveled and measures 12” in length. There is no back and fourth sawing with this blade. The one pass cutting will make for beautiful slices of meat every time and will help retain moisture. In case of a zombie apocalypse this knife will also double as a zombie killing Samurai sword. The Shun 12” Hollow-Ground Brisket Knife retails for $213.

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Need I say more? Everything Yeti is awesome. Every avid outdoorsmen and BBQ enthusiast should have a Yeti, wants a Yeti and is a closet Yeti fan. Yeti’s are not only for keeping your food and beverages cold but will also keep you food warm. A Yeti is the perfect resting place for a freshly smoked beef brisket. Yeti’s vary in size and price but will bring a lifetime of use if one finds their way under the Christmas tree. Yeti offers discounts for all Military and First Responders through ID.me Creating an account is simple and the saving on products can be HUGE.

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Big Ticket Items

If the word “budget” is not in your vocabulary this holiday season then you’re in the right place. These Big Ticket items should be on everyone’s patio, back deck or backyard.

Traeger Pro Series Grills

Traeger Pro Series grills are constructed with a sawhorse chassis for added stability. The digital pro controller maintains a + or – temperature of 15 degrees and contain two probes to monitor the internal temperature of your meats. I believe the Pro Series 22 is the perfect grill for a single family or anyone getting into smoked meats. Traeger Grills in currently offering Black Friday sales now. Purchase now to save $100 off the Pro Series Grills and $50 off the Bronson and Tailgater Grills.

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Traeger Timberline

The Traeger Timberline series of grills is the premier grill for wood fire cooking. This grill also offers Traeger patent sawhorse chassis and three-tier stainless steel cooking grates. The Timberline series of grills are double walled and maintain cooking temperatures with + or – 5 degrees. The Wifire controller can be accessed through Traeger App and offers a super smoke setting. The Timberline series of grills offer to many details to list. See Traeger website for additional information.

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Blaze Kamado

If you not into pellet style grills but want to own the second hottest grill on the market then you need a Blaze Kamado. The Blaze Kamado is constructed of one-inch cast aluminum and if the toughest Kamado grill ever built. This grill will do everything a Big Green Egg will do but will last a lifetime. Not me mention the CDI (Chicks Dig It) Factor tops the charts. The Blaze Kamado accommodates built in outdoor kitchens and come in freestanding models.

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Happy Holidays from @freedomsohard. I hope this will help you find the perfect gift for the BBQ enthusiast in your life. Don’t forget to subscribe on the right side of my homepage. I have recently partnered with some amazing companies and you’re not going to want to miss out what 2018 is going to bring. To see all my BBQ shenanigans follow me on Instagram @freedomsohard.

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Cook to internal temperature and not to times.



Take notes and learn from each cook.