BBQ Lovers Gift Guide
Spring is just right around the corner and here at the LWH (Life with Heidi) household we are gearing up for more outside time as well as spending time with family and friends. Being empty nesters means we have more spare time than we used to and finding the extra money to do things we have always wanted to do is becoming a priority. While we don’t love where we currently live, it does provide a roof over our heads. So instead of hating things, we are taking the time to fix up things that we do love. Our first project is something for Brady who LOVES to BBQ and smoke foods year around but especially in the Spring and Summer. So I partnered up with a few of my favorite brands and we are talking about all things BBQ.
The first necessity of manning any grill, smoker, fryer or anything in between is a good pair of kitchen tongs. But not just one pair, go for a set I promise your BBQ King will thank you for it! We picked these ergonomically designed kitchen tongs that are specifically crafted to relieve stress on the hands and promote joint health. They are incredibly comfortable and simple to use and the silicone tips will ensure that you’ll be able to cook with a newfound confidence on the grill! They even have a 5 Star Rating on Amazon but what is even better is that the company Integrity Chef gives back every time a product is sold. They donate to cure one child in a third world country such as Ghana to help save them from waterborne parasites and give them a healthy future! Every Integrity Chef purchase DRAMATICALLY changes the course of a precious child’s life and we’re proud to give back to these communities on our customers’ behalf!
When it comes time to BBQ we all know that the grill is one of the best products to have, but the outdoor griddle from Blackstone has been on Brady’s want list for a long time. Blackstone are the experts when it comes to outdoor griddles and they allow you to have foods like stir fry, cheesesteaks and even breakfast foods ready whether you are camping, tailgating, or even hosting a BBQ in your back yard. The Griddle is a flat heated surface that is used for cooking and it is easy to clean making it the perfect addition to our BBQ Lovers Guide. The Blackstone 17” Table Top Griddle is Compact and convenient and perfect to take on the go. With 268 square inches of griddle cooking surface, the “H” style burner provides even heat distribution. Simply wipe the Blackstone 17” Table Top Griddle with a paper towel after use and be ready for the next meal. But you should pick up the Professional Griddle Accessory Toolkit too because it has everything you need to help you keep your griddle looking it’s best.
6 QT. Programmable Cook and Carry Slow Cooker
Now, I know you are all thinking, wait a minute I thought she said BBQ Lovers. I did. But sometimes Mother Nature decided to have a fit here in Missouri and the weather turns out not so hot for a BBQ. But this 6 QT. Programmable Cook and Carry Slow CookerCrock-Pot® is a must-have in any Indoor or Outdoor BBQ Cook’s Kitchen. Why? Because this beauty is the perfect way to take your slow-cooked meals on the road making spilled food a thing of the past. The on-the-go hinged locking lids and carrying handles allow you to travel with food a breeze and you can kick those pesky plastic containers to the curb. But I think my favorite part is the removable oval stoneware that can double as a serving dish. It even has an automatic feature that switches to warm after the food has completed its cook-time. Winning! Bring on the slow cooked ribs, while I prefer them on the smoker, the next best thing is walking in and having dinner on the table in a matter of minutes.
Calphalon Contemporary Non-Stick 11 inch Square Grillpan
The Calphalon Contemporary Non-Stick 11 inch Square Grillpan is another must have for a BBQ food lover like Brady. It allows you to cook on a “grill” indoors without having another special machine cluttering up your kitchen cabinets. (You know the one I’m talking about!) But we will talk more about that one later, one of the reasons you should pick this one up is because it is dishwasher safe*, made of heavy-gauge aluminum construction which allows you to get an even heat and it is hard-anodized for durability. Did I mention it was nonstick? it has three layers of nonstick coating two layers provide durability while the final layer offers an easy release of your food. You can even place it in the oven for finishing off your dishes and it comes with Calphalon’s full lifetime warranty. *It is recommended that you hand wash it and use nylon, wooden, or plastic safe utensils.
Eatsmart Precision Elite Food Thermometer
Brady swears by using a thermometer for checking his meats although he can usually tell you whether it is done or not just by looking at the meat. But the Precision Pro Thermometer takes the guesswork out of it for even the best BBQ Chefs. EatSmart is a household staple in our house because they have innovative kitchenware and each piece is affordable. The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer allows users to easily grill or roast food to just the right internal temperature. Cooking foods to proper temperatures destroys any harmful bacteria, cutting down on foodborne illnesses and ensures enjoyable meals that have been cooked to perfection. Designed for professional and home cook alike, the Precision Pro Food Thermometer is a “must-have” for BBQ-ing.
It even includes a built-in temperature guide on splash-sproof casing, measures temperatures from -40F – 450F in Celsius or Fahrenheit with a resolution of 0.1-degree F. The Illuminated blue blacklit LCD display makes it easy to read and batteries are included. Pick up yours from Amazon today!
With BBQing comes lots of yummy food and I for one enjoy a good salad with almost any meat Brady decided to grill. But one of my all-time favorite brands to keep on hand is the Litehouse Foods because they have amazing products but the taste out of this world. I’m extremely fond of their freeze-dried herbs which allows me to season my food without a lot of extra additives or preservatives. We always have Garlic, Dill, Basil, and Cilantro on hand, but I just added the Guacamole & Spring Onion to the list. Honestly, I would love to add their whole line to my spice cabinet eventually! But the other things that I keep on hand is their Cole-Slaw dressing because it has just the perfect amount of tangy vs. sweet.
Bella Sun Luci
Capresso Iced Tea Maker
A BBQ isn’t a bbq without something cold to drink and with the help of the Capresso Iced Tea Maker– we have iced tea ready in no time at all. You can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, or you can make it just in time and serve it as soon as it is done brewing. I love that it is a gorgeous design and you can brew a refreshing pitcher of iced tea at the touch of a button. Then, you can serve iced tea can be served and stored in the beautiful glass pitcher. When we get our outside grilling area done, this is one of the appliances that will live in our outdoor kitchen. But in the meantime it is a kitchen appliance that I use everyday.
One can never have to many gadgets and thermometers for BBQing, just ask Brady who is now up to about 10 thermometers. Maverick Industries has several to choose from but his favorite as of right now is the Pocket Knife Thermocouple Thermometer + 3 tools. It is new to the market and in Brady’s words, “It has all the tools you will ever need.”
Char-Broil Great Book of Grilling
Char-Broil, one of the oldest grill brands in North America, has collaborated with Pennsylvania publisher Fox Chapel Publishing on a new cookbook and how-to guide for those who loves preparing meals in the great outdoors. Driven by tradition and six generations of family ownership, the Char-Broil team has packed Great Book of Grilling: 300 Tasty Recipes for Every Meal with hundreds of easy-to-follow grill recipes that will have family and friends licking their fingers. With over 300 recipes I’m ready for Mother Nature to allow us some Spring Weather so we can bust out the Grill, Griddle & seasonings to create the perfect meal!