Three Cool BBQ, Grilling, & Foodie Christmas Ideas

By Kent “The Deck Chef” Whitaker

It’s time for the annual look at cool Christmas ideas for the grilling guru and barbecue pit-master in your family. Sure, most of us in the industry have a bunch of cool toys and items that we use every day. However, not everyone needs accessories for a tow-behind competition smoker. Back away from competition and food service thinking and think about your buddy mastering their first kettle grill.

Horizon Home Products Extra Long Grilling Gloves
Avoid the heat with extra long grilling gloves. Peter Schimpf decided that he was getting tired of being burned while grilling out, or working in the kitchen, while using cheap potholders and mitts. Schimpf turned that one thought into a mission and then a small business. Check out his growing product selection on Amazon from Horizon Home Products including the Extra Long Grilling Gloves.

Schimpf says the gloves he’s offering are different from lesser quality versions. “These are great for grilling because not only do they protect your hands, wrists, and much of the forearm from heat but they are waterproof. Grease and sauce wash right off and they are dishwasher safe.”

Price $16.95 a pair. Seller: Horizon Home Products
Item: Extra Long Grilling Gloves.

Echo Hill Hand Forged Barbecue and Grilling Tools
This is probably one of the coolest items when it comes to grilling tools. Check out the handmade, in the USA, forged grilling tools from Echo Hill Forge. They not only make great cooking tools they also make a wide variety of gift and practical items. All are handmade and really should be considered art as well as functional tools.

The grilling set includes three tools including a wall rack. When you place your order you can let them know if you are right handed or left handed. Yep, they want to make sure you can flip your meat properly with the right curve on the steak turner.
Price: $180.00 set

Item: Barbecue Tool Set

PK Grills
If you’ve been grilling for a while then chances are you’ve seen a classic PK Grill. The iconic grill has vintage 50’s style with a time honored flavor packed design. In the early 1950’s, Hilton Meigs of Tyler Texas designed and manufactured a cast aluminum grill and smoker calling it the “Portable Kitchen.” He built his business by selling grills out of the back of his car. The company was bought and relocated to Arkansas where production ended after a massive fire.

Then, in 1998, Paul James came across a Portable Kitchen Charcoal Grill and Smoker at a yard sale. His grilling interest was sparked. He fell in love with his second hand grill and purchased the Portable Kitchen name. Soon he began producing sparkling new aluminum PK grills from castings of the original product. After a twenty year hiatus, PK was back in business in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over 60 years since its inception, the grills today are nearly identical to the one Hilton Meigs made all those years ago.

Price: $369.00

Kent Whitaker is the author of eight cookbooks, ranging from hometown cooking with a culinary history twist to titles for NASCAR tailgating and barbecue. He has also written and illustrated two books for children, is a trained USCG AUXCHEF, and is the winner of the Emeril Live / Food Network Barbecue Contest. His books are available in bookstores nationally and are also available online at, as well as at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

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