2018 Barbecue Gift Guide

November 22, 2018


Christmas is approaching and if you’re anything like me you want Christmas morning to be a hit.  My Holiday Barbecue Gift Guide is back and has something for every budget.  Whether giving or receiving, I promise you that you will not be disappointed if Santa delivers one of these products.  If you have been following me for a while you know I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands and made some major changes along the way.  In complete transparency some of the products I highlight are from official sponsors of mine or have had the opportunity to test and evaluate.  Regardless of how I came across the product, I value each of the brands and have them (or want them) in my barbecue arsenal.


Stocking Stuffers and Gifts under $25


Code 3 Spices and Sauce


            I know I featured Code 3 Spices on last years post but it’s to good not to mention again.  Code 3 Spices reached some serious milestones this past year and their Patriot Sauce took 1st place at the 2018 Memphis in May in the tomato division.  The Patriot Sauce is my go to sauce and Grunt Rub is probably part of my DNA profile as often as I use it.


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Kickash Basket Grate Tool


            The Kickash Basket Grate Tool makes removing your hot grates a breeze. Keep your grill table or cart clean and free of grease and grime.  The tool is made to hang on the side of your table or cart while holding your grates. The grate tool is made from ¼ diameter 304 Stainless Steel and is certain to last a lifetime.  The Kickash Basket Grate Tools retails for $17.99


Get Kickash Basket Grate Tool <- CLICK HERE


Lanes BBQ Sauces and Rubs


            Lanes BBQ carries a wide variety of sauces and rubs.  I have yet to find one I didn’t like.  The Signature, SPF 53, Brisket and Ancho Espresso are some of my favorites.  The Lanes BBQ Sorta White Sauce is “Oh Em Gee” too and goes on just about everything.  Prices vary based on sizes and combo packs.


Get Lanes BBQ Sauces and Rubs <- CLICK HERE


Walrus Oil


            Keep your cutting boards and wooden knife handles looking new and protect them with Walrus Oil.  Walrus Oil is a propriety blend of quality ingredients and is FDA compliant for food contact surfaces. Walrus cutting board oils and waxes come in a variety of sizes and the 8oz. bottle of oil starts at $9.99.


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BIG Orange Sprayer (BOS)


            The B.O.S. is a high quality 1.5L compression sprayer perfect for basting BBQ and adding moisture to any grilled or smoked meat.  It has easy to use pump action with a heavy-duty fully adjustable brass spray nozzle.  It's designed with a wider base to prevent spills and has a built in safety valve to release pressure for easy cleaning.  Makes misting, basting and spraying your big cuts of meat a whole lot easier.




Gifts Under $100



Fogo Lump Charcoal


            I know it’s kind of cliché to get someone charcoal for Christmas but this is the kina “coal” any barbecue enthusiast wants to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Fogo Premium Lump Charcoal burns efficiently and cost about $26 for a 17 lb. bag.  Fogo Premium Fire Starters are also a must have and can be used in lite the grill or to start a fire in the fireplace on those cold winter days.  Larger bags are available.


Get Fogo Premium Lump Charcoal <- CLICK HERE


BDI Siphon Barbecue Injector


            Stop struggling with the syringe style meat injectors and upgrade to a BDI Siphon Barbecue Injector.  I have personally been using a BDI injector for the past year and it’s one of my most valued pieces of barbecue equipment.  The BDI injector can regularly be found being used on the competition barbecue circuit and makes injecting a brisket a breeze. The BDI Siphon Barbecue Injector can be purchased on Amazon for $64.99.


Get BDI Siphon Barbecue Injector <- CLICK HERE



Thermoworks Thermapen MK4


            The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 provides full readings in only 2 to 3 seconds.  The Thermapen is an essential piece of barbecue equipment and a must have for any barbecue enthusiast.  My Thermapen is by far one of my most used barbecue accessory. The Thermapen retails for $99 and comes in a variety or colors.  You want a Thermapen but don’t want to pay $99.99? Checkout the classic Thermapen, which ranges from $59.99 to $79.99


Get Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 <- CLICK HERE


Custom Logo by Marie Boyd


            Do you want to take you Instagram game to the next level or give the gift that keeps on giving?  How about build your own person brand? If the answer is “yes” then score a personal logo by Marie Boyd.  Marie is the architect behind all my logo’s and the title picture for this blog.  Marie is also working on my “Freedom Never Dies” logo which will be dropping in 2019.  Prices vary and start under $100.  Marie can be contacted via her Instagram @imnotsoanonymous.


Get Custom Logo by Marie <- CLICK HERE


Kickash Basket


            I recently transitioned from a pellet grill to a Primo Ceramic Grill.  When I made the switch I had a friend tell me I needed a Kickash Basket. Being a pellet head I had no idea what a Kickash Basket was.  Essentially he put it this way and stated, “I wouldn’t own a grill without one and I’m not going to let you either.”  I have been using a Kickash Basket for the past month and couldn’t imagine grilling without one.  The Kickash Basket is a heavy-duty wire rack that fits into the firebox of ceramic grills.  The Kickash Basket helps increase airflow into the firebox and makes cleaning the firebox simple.  Prices vary depending the size.


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Big Spenders $100 and More



Route83 Knives


            Route83 Knives are handcrafted knives and no two knives will be identical.  These knives were built for everyday use and will last an eternity.  I have used my fair share of quality knives over the years and own a few high-end pieces of cutlery.  As soon as I held the Route83 Chef’s knife in my hand I knew I had stumbled into something special.  Route83 Knives prices vary based on handle material and size.  Route83 supports first responders and military service members by offering a 20% discount.


Get Route83 Knives <- CLICK HERE



Alimo Chopping Blocks


            Every kitchen can benefit from a quality cutting board and it’s something I neglected for way to long.  Alimo Chopping Blocks burst onto the Instagram barbecue seen this past summer.  War veterans and social personalities like Omar “Crispy” Avila and Dakota Meyer are just a few who are slicing their barbecue on an Alimo board.  Alimo's most notable and recognized boards are American flag inspired cutting board and paddles. Alimo Chopping Blocks is veteran owned and operated. Prices vary based on size and design.  Contact Jason at Alimo Chopping Blocks on his Instagram @Alimo_chopping_blocks.


Get Alimo Chopping Board <- CLICK HERE



Pelican Coolers


            Mildly chilled beer is GREAT, said no one ever.  Keep your beverages cold while throwing down a long smoke session with Pelican coolers and drinkware. I have been using Pelican Products in my professional life for the past eighteen years and have never had a latch, hinge or case compromised.  A majority of the time these cases were exposed to less than desirable conditions.  Pelican coolers are not only made to keep your beverages cold, but they can keep your food warm for hours when traveling or resting a brisket.  Pelican coolers are American made and are guaranteed for life. That’s right… LIFE!!  Pelican coolers and drinkwar vary in price and size.  See Pelican’s Black Friday Sale for great deals.


Get Pelican Coolers <- CLICK HERE


Flameboss 400 WiFi Kamado Controller


            Do you want a kamadoo cooker but are intimidated by tending a fire or want the convenience of a pellet grill?  Flameboss has you covered.  The new Flameboss 400 incorporates WiFi technology into the blower for a compact and efficient way to regulate you barbecue temps.  The new Flameboss 400 is app based and fits all models of cookers.  The Flameboss 400 retails for $219 and they offer free shipping within the United States on all orders over $149.


Get Flameboss 400 <- CLICK HERE


Santa’s Sleigh



Primo Ceramic Grills


            Step up your barbecue game and score the patent oval shape Kamado style cooker.  The oval shape makes low and slow cooking simple and two-zone cooking even easier.  I have been using a Primo Ceramic Grill for the past two months now and I’m pumping out some of the best barbecue I have ever tasted.  The flavor from cooking over a real wood fire is enhanced and more robust.  Primo offers three sizes of grills (Primo Junior, Primo 300 and Primo 400) and a slew of accessories.  The only problem I have found with the Primo is that I only have one.  I hope to change that in 2019.  Prices vary based on model.  It’s also worth noting Primo are the only ceramic grill made in the America.  Visit the Primo website to find an authorized retailer near you or order from www.bbqguys.com


Get Primo Ceramic Grills <- CLICK HERE


Lynx 30” Napoli Outdoor Oven


            Lynx has changed the way people entertain by creating beautiful outdoor kitchens built to last a lifetime.  The Lynx 30” Napoli Oven is at the top of my Christmas wish list.  The Napoli oven comes in freestanding cart model or counter top and built in options.  The oven has a movable cooking surface, reversible chimney and elegant illumination.  Lynx is an American company based out of Downey California.  Visit www.lynx.com to find an authorized retailer near you or order from www.bbqguys.com


If you’re lucky enough to avoid Santa’s naughty list this year you just may find one or two of these products under the tree.  Happy Holidays from my family to yours.  Follow my barbecue journey on Instagram @freedomsohard and subscribe on the right side of my homepage.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and bring on 2019.




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