Tender caramelized ribs. A thick juicy hamburger. Tin foil packets of shrimp and corn on the cob. There truly is nothing better than a plate of freshly charred meat and smoked veggies, hot off the grill. And while summer may be the peak of grilling season (and something most of us can’t get enough of during the warmer months), as any good grillmaster knows, those hot flames — and the delicious feasts they help broil up — are truly a year-round passion for many.

A big part of the pastime’s charm, whether you’re grilling on a sweltering afternoon in July or the coldest winter day deep in December, is that it doesn’t take much to master the art of cooking over an open flame. All you really need is a good grill and a few other key essentials.


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Master griller Steven Raichlen, author of the bestsellers The Barbecue! Bible and How to Grill, recommends four basic must-haves for every grillmaster’s toolkit: spring-loaded long-handled tongs, a high-quality grill brush, grilling gloves (for when things get a bit too fiery), and a digital meat thermometer. Spice guru Matt Pittman, founder of Meat Church, offers up a similar list, adding only a good sharp meat knife to the “go-to” list.

Luckily, once you’ve got those basics covered, the mythical grilling universe is yours! There’s a galaxy of incredible products out there to further enhance any griller’s skillset. Stock up on these goodies yourself or gift them to the grillmaster in your life. No matter if it’s a birthday, anniversary, holiday present, or you need a host gift, these grilling gifts are sure to bring even more fire — and flavor — to your loved one’s grilling game.

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Grillmaster starter kit

Whether new to the grill game or just in need of an upgrade, the BBQ Gift Set sports everything you need to man (or woman) your favorite grill, including a fork, spatula, tongs, and mitt, plus a pair of classic sauces. For a special add-on, consider a hardwood grill scraper (emblazoned with the logo of a favorite NFL team) or set of farm animal-themed meat skewers. They’re perfect for keeping beefchicken, and pork from mixing while you cook — or for making sure each of your guests gets the custom-packed and perfectly grilled skewer of their choice.

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Amazing meats

From the most budget-friendly hamburger to out-of-this world filet mignonevery cut of meat tastes best when prepared on a grill. There’s just something extra special — and delicious — about that perfect combination of smoky, earthy, savory, salty, and umami flavors that beef, chicken, and pork unveil when cooked over an open flame. Let the Stock Yards® Club or Steakhouse Club feed that love for the grill for three, six, or 12 months with the finest selection of New York strip steaks, ribeyes, filet mignon, and more, each delivered fresh to your door just in time for dinner.

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Personalized gear

From billowing smoke to dripping sauces to fabric-killing flames, grilling can be a messy business. Help your favorite grillmaster step up to their flames in style with a personalized grill apron. Not the apron type? Customized cutting boards and utensil sets capture the same feel-good vibes (and best grilling wishes) in a gift that will last for years.

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Red wine

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got burgers, steak, or ribs on the grill — nothing pairs better with those rich meaty flavors than a good red wine. And with the red wine sampler, you get not one but four bottles to choose from: pinot noir (great with chicken, pork, and lamb), merlot (duck, salmon, tuna), cabernet sauvignon (grilled vegetables), and Ross Lane blend (ribeye, sausage, burgers), each of which adds the perfect spirit to any evening spent around the grill.

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Incredible seafood

It’s easy to focus on “turf” alone when cooking on a grill, but don’t be afraid to venture out for some “surf” once in a while as well. Snapper, salmonsea bass, and tuna are all great cooked over an open flame. Or fire up a few Maine lobster tails for a truly magical flame-kissed meal.

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Decadent sauces

Fuel a month’s worth of incredible meals with a Summer Grilling Gift Box, which comes loaded with everything you need to flavor all your favorite cuts of beef, pork, and chicken. The set includes charred pineapple bourbon grilling sauce, bacon chipotle BBQ sauce, sweet chili finishing sauce, a signature wing sauce, and more.

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High-quality spices

Whether you like your meat sweet, spicy, or peppery, this trio of spices (Peppercorn Steak, Chili Lime, and Maple Bacon) can be used as a dry rub to add immediate flavor to meat before you toss it on the grill or as a wet rub in which you let your meats marinate before grilling. Whatever your strategy, both deliver a potent flavor punch!

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Brian Good is a writer, editor, and project manager with more than 20 years experience in publishing. He's written for some of the country’s biggest magazine brands including Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Shape, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, US Weekly, AARP: The Magazine, and websites including Mashed, Health Digest, DiversityInc and others. Good specializes on topics including lifestyle, travel, pop culture, health, food and nutrition, spirits, products, politics, and activism.

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