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Fanning the Flames


BBQ & grilling gifts get a lot of attention in June for two pretty obvious reasons. One, it’s almost summer, aka peak grilling season. Two, the BBQ has long been the primary culinary domain of men, and with Father’s Day looming, any grilling god would love to have some new pieces to perk up his Q space. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a *bunch* of great grilling gift ideas.

Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno RoasterNordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25
If you’re cooking for plenty, this handy grilling tool may be a godsend. Perfect for even cooking of chicken drumsticks, stuffed jalapenos, or even tortilla roll-ups, this handy holder can stash up to 17 pieces of food. It’s particularly useful for chicken if you’re one to slather on the sauce and baste – you won’t believe how simple it is to keep your pieces plump and juicy. Bonus feature? It also works just fine in the oven when you’re cooking in chillier weather. You can pick it up at Caynes, Peavey in-store locations or through the Nordic Ware website (linked above).

MeatrakeMeatrake – $20
If you crave a smoky shredded sandwich in the summertime, you’re not alone. Whether you slow roast a chicken on the rotisserie or let a pork shoulder simmer in BBQ sauce all day in a slow cooker, the final step in making a simple-yet-savoury sandwich is the pulling process. Meatrake has created a rather self-explanatory product that makes the process of shredding your meat absolutely simple, with an easy-grip handle and ergonomic design. These smart tools are actually used by BBQ competitors and top chefs alike, so dad can count himself amongst the pros with a set of Meatrakes in his hand. For the record, you can buy them online (with $10 shipping), however they’re also available in Canada at Alberta’s ACME Meat Market & Ontario Gas BBQ.

Rob Rainford Born To GrillRob Rainford’s Born To Grill – $29.95 (list)
I find this cookbook particularly awesome for two reasons. One, it’s written by a Canadian chef (who was born in Jamaica) – which means a lot. I find cookbooks by Canadian authors have little nuances from American ones, things that are more culturally in-tune. For another, this is more than mere recipes (although there are 100+ mouthwatering options to choose from). As a professional trained chef that happens to be most at home at the grill, you’ll also find expert cooking tips, a shopping list to properly outfit your grill, and 20 international menus that work whether you’ve got a charcoal or a gas BBQ.

Quirky Porter
Porter – $34.99 @ Quirky
Perhaps the only downfall of grilling is the fact you’re removed from a proper kitchen prep area, and juggling all those plates from the indoors to outside can be a handful. Luckily the Porter BBQ tray is here to save the day. This handy double decker tray has multiple containers so you can do all your kitchen prep indoors, separate raw meat from veggies, and even cover them till you’re ready to use them. The bottom layer has handles for easy carrying and provides additional storage space – plus it functions as a serving tray when your food is ready to eat. You can also attach a condiment caddy (not pictured) to stash paper towels and all the fixins’.

House of Q

House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub – $8.99 – $9.99
In writing this post, I knew I really wanted to find a Canadian BBQ sauce manufacturer to feature. I was lucky enough to partner with House of Q, a BC-based outfit that has some serious street cred: their Slow Smoke Gold BBQ Sauce & Slather recently earned second place at 33rd Annual American Royal World Series of BBQ competition – and if anyone knows their BBQ, it’s Kansas City, where the event is held. Of course, that’s not to discount House of Q’s entire line of lip-smacking, home-brewed BBQ accoutrements, which are available in over 300 stores across the nation or online. Perhaps most tellingly, House of Q is crafted by a husband-and-wife BBQ competition duo – so you know they’d only use premium ingredients and a perfect blend of spices to make your BBQ a five-star dining experience.

Meatball Griller Nordic WareNordic Ware Meatball Griller – $22.50
Before you give me a hard time, I’m aware that what you see above are stuffed lil’ cherry tomatoes and not meatballs, as per the product title. But therein lies the genius of Nordic Ware’s line of grilling accessories – you can use them whether you’re a vegetarian, a meat eater, or simply looking for a grilled side dish alternative (try halved mini bell peppers!) The rounded design works great with helping your meatballs keep their shape and easily drains fat, and throwing them on the Q will infuse your foodstuffs with a yummy smoky flavour. Score one for yourself from Caynes, Peavey in-store locations or through the Nordic Ware website (linked above).

Smoke by Tim ByresSmoke by Tim Byres – $40 (list)
On another smoky note, when we’re talking BBQ credo, cookbook author and restauranteur Tim Byres has plenty. As the chef and owner of the restaurants Smoke and Chicken Scratch deep in the heart of Texas (Dallas, to be specific), Byres’ brand new book Smoke provides BBQ fiends with new ways to get that irresistible smoky flavour through all kinds of methods and all types of food. When it’s gloomy outside, use Byres’ tome as a textbook on how to safely smoke your food on the stovetop using wood chips. Or if you’re serving up a spicy condiment like relish or or salsa, give it a savoury kick with smoked peppers or other veggies. For the diehards, there are even sections on building a fire pit, smokehouse or even spit roasting at home. The recipes skew toward the gourmand – cabrito and masa meat pies anyone? – but that’s not to say they’re inaccessible. In short, if dad’s looking to expand his BBQ horizons, this incredibly cool book is just the (yummy) ticket.

Quirky Grill WranglerGrill Wrangler – $37.99 @ Quirky
Cut down your BBQ arsenal with this 3-in-1 grilling tool made from stainless steel and sturdy plastic. Use the tongs for gripping & flipping of hot dogs and veggies, break out the vented spatula for flatter, heartier burgers and chicken breasts, and take the fork to task for spearing and serving up steaks and ribs. While it works wonders on the grill, you can actually also have it pull quadruple duty by bringing it indoors on rainy days to cut down on counter & drawer clutter.

So…I’m pretty sure this post unofficially wins an award for featuring the most droolworthy photos of food – seriously, a feast for the eyes right? If your tummy is rumbling and you’re eager to get out to the grill, hold up a moment: I don’t get to do this *too* often, but I’m psyched to tell you that Every. Single. Thing. you see in today’s post is up for one giant dream BBQ prize package valued at over $230. Want to serve up something special? Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by June 24th with your favourite BBQ gift idea featured in this post.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 25th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Sweet & simple & multiple ways to earn bonus entries. Like any of these brands on Facebook, tell them why you like their product(s), and leave a link back to your comment and / or your FB username in the comments below to earn 1 bonus entry per brand. As always, you’re under no obligation to mention the Canadian Gift Guide.
Nordic Ware

Meatrake
Rob Rainford
Quirky
House of Q

And a friendly reminder – the Subscriber Drive is your ticket to bonus entries into everyyyy single draw this month.

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168 Responses to “Fanning the Flames”
  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    I like the Porter BBQ tray @ Quirky Would save many trips back and forth from the kitchen to the BBQ.

  2. Debbie Bashford says:

    I liked and commented on Nordic Ware https://www.facebook.com/NordicWare/posts/559523980750914

  3. Debbie Bashford says:

    Liked and commented on Rob Rainford’s page https://www.facebook.com/RobRainfordChef/posts/546732948706359

  4. andrea4444 says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster. It looks like it would make great chicken legs on the BBQ!

  5. Joan G says:

    I think the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster is a great idea – I hope it also works for chicken wings or Nordic Ware have one or are planning one.

  6. Julie G. says:

    I think the Grill Wrangler is a smart idea.

  7. pacificnxnw says:

    I like the Porter BBQ caddy!

  8. I love trying new spices so I pick the House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub

  9. Louise says:

    I really like the Porter BBQ tray . what a great idea

  10. House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub would make a practical and memorable gift.

  11. blessedta says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  12. Gisele says:

    I love BBQ sauces anthe the House od Q BBQ sauces and House rub is right up my alley, and even better it’s Canadian.

  13. cookie3 says:

    Since my favorite thing to eat in the universe is chicken I’d have to go with the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25

  14. diane p says:

    I really like the grill wrangler!

  15. Jennifer Deol says:

    I really like the Meatrake! What a great idea for pulled pork.

  16. Heather S. says:

    I love the gadget that stands your drumsticks on end to grill them!

  17. Linda Baron says:

    Love them all but I’d say – Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25

  18. The Nordic Ware Meatball Griller is a great idea – saves alot of mess on your BBQ.

  19. Grace F says:

    Being a total diehard barbecue fan this post really excited me Brittany! I grill in all weather ~ rain, sun, and have even been known to shovel my way to my barbecue when it’s snowing! All the items are great, but if I had to select only one (and this is difficult) it would be the Nordic Ware Meatball Griller. I would use this one for my crab stuffed mushrooms which I usually have to pack in foil individually and they are constantly falling over.

  20. frugaluser says:

    i like the Nordic Ware Meatball Griller – it would be great for grilling times

  21. tammy says:

    I think the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller looks cool

  22. Victoria Ess says:

    I think the Meatball Griller would be so handy! Its definitely my favourite.

  23. darlene boyle says:

    I like the porter

  24. Crystal Mountain says:

    The meatraker would come in sooo handy!

  25. The spices and rubs although that meatball tray is kind of neat!

  26. I like house of Q on fb “Crystal Marie Porter”

  27. I like Nordic Ware on fb “Crystal Marie Porter”

  28. GARRY S says:

    GRILL WRANGLER

  29. Sherri F says:

    Love the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster! What an awesome idea!!

  30. Kim says:

    Love the Porter. Living in a building it’s almost impossible to get from the grill to the house

  31. Andrea Amy says:

    The porter, but I love love love love this and my hubby would be the happiest hubby in the whole world if i was lucky enough to be chosen as the winner. thanks for the chance.

  32. Stephen Tiffney says:

    Definitely like the sauces and rubs..

  33. Vivian says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – what a great idea!!

  34. Linda Peters says:

    like the Porter BBQ tray, sure would save juggling all the plates, thanks

  35. cookie3 says:

    I liked & commented on Nordic Ware

  36. I like the Barbeque Spices -always like to try something new.

  37. cookie3 says:

    I liked & commented on Meatrake

  38. cookie3 says:

    Liked & commented on Quirky

  39. Michelle says:

    chicken leg griller is my favourite.

  40. Jessica L. says:

    i like the grill wrangler

  41. I like Rob Rainford’s Born To Grill cookbook

  42. Lisa Burns says:

    The porter bbq tray is great – raw meat will never touch the veggies 🙂

  43. Sherry Fraser says:

    I like the Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  44. Kristi says:

    Love the quirky porter tray! My BBQ is far from my kitchen so it’s a PITA to carry several plates back and forth!

  45. Gemma says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaste4

  46. Alison K says:

    My favourite BBQ gift idea featured in this post is the, “Porter”

  47. kathy wilson says:

    porter bbq caddy

  48. janicour says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller.https://www.facebook.com/NordicWare?fref=ts

  49. Jennifer L. says:

    I think my dad would love this idea: the Nordic Ware Meatball Griller

  50. CLC says:

    The Porter is a great way to take food to the BBQ. Dad would love it.

  51. pam r says:

    I think the Grill Wrangler is a great idea!

  52. Nicole B says:

    I love the porter. We always have a thousand plates to juggle!

  53. Tanya C says:

    The Porter looks like a great item!

  54. Annie Demill says:

    I love everything but the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25 would get plenty of use at our house. Liked all 5 pages on facebook and my fb name is Annie Demill

  55. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I love the meatball griller!

  56. thomas rusinak says:

    YUM & YUM and somemore YUM

  57. Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – my favorite, would love to have it!

  58. Lisa says:

    I want to try the House Of Q BBQ sauces.

  59. Anne Derkat says:

    The Porter would be my first choice

  60. patricia says:

    cool looking gadgets love to try the spices

  61. The porter would be very usefull

  62. Corry VanHooft says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster, that is neat ,save me time no turning

  63. jenna3967 says:

    The porter is the coolest gift for sure

  64. Jody says:

    Rob Rainford’s Born To Grill cookbook is my favourite BBQ gift idea.

  65. Tracey says:

    I am a fan of the Nordic Ware Meatball Griller – I think it would make a great gift.

  66. Holly says:

    The Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster! That is such a good idea!

  67. Debbie F says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller

  68. melacat says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  69. Carol Oddy says:

    Hi,my favorite would be the porter, very handy item would keep me more organized! Thanks for this contest, would sure like to win!!

  70. crescenza2 says:

    My favourite is the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  71. Susan says:

    The Porter is my favourite item today. I’m always juggling things to take outside!

  72. Tina L. says:

    I like the Grill Wrangler

  73. The House of Q rubs and sauces look delicious.

  74. Irene says:

    I like the meatball griller. Easier to cook meatballs and it doesn’t fall through the grates.

  75. David says:

    I like the porter and the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  76. Nordic Ware Meatball Griller

  77. Cheryl P says:

    LOVE the BBQ porter! What a great idea to get things to the grill. Bull love the BBQ wrangler too, very unique!

  78. Mike Gismondi says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  79. Angela Griffin says:

    Nordic Ware Meatball Griller

  80. Neil Anderson says:

    My choice is the Nordic Way meatball cooker

  81. Neil Anderson says:

    commented on https://www.facebook.com/NordicWare?fref=ts check out their cookie presses. they are amazing

  82. Darcie says:

    I love the porter! Would be perfect for transporting your meals and all their fixings to BBQ’s and to the campsite!

  83. Joan Rhyno says:

    I think the sauces look delicious and I wholeheartedly enjoy the meat rake 🙂

  84. April Campbell says:

    Love the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25

  85. Denise Ulch says:

    The BBQ sauces and rubs look yummy!!

  86. Belinda McNabb says:

    My favorite item is the
    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  87. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked and commented on nordic ware facebook page

  88. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked and commented on meatrakes facebook page

  89. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked and commented on rob rainfords facebook page

  90. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked and commented on the quirky facebook page

  91. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked and commented on the house of q facebook page

  92. Florence C says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster. They are all great products.

  93. mousecat says:

    WOW!! What an awesome prize!! I think the best thing on the list is the Rob Rainford Born To Grill book!!

  94. Edmond says:

    Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! I like the Porter BBQ tray. . It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the prize to cook & eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, & generousity.

  95. Audrey Skinner says:

    Love the grill wrangler.

  96. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    The Barbecue sauces and rubs look so yummy.

  97. Sandra S says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25

  98. Vanessa says:

    My fave is the House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub

  99. Beth Rosell says:

    My fav is the @ Quirky – I think it would be amazingly helpful

  100. Kathryn Bogala says:

    Great BBQ sauces & rubs!

  101. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    It is just SO hard to pick one thing loved in this gift guide … SO many amazing idea and cooking trinkets. I would LUV to have the pull pork shredder or the tomato tray! Please oh’ please! 🙂

  102. kevnymark says:

    The Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster is very cool

  103. laura says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

    This looks like a really cool way to BBQ

  104. Lynn A says:

    Would love the meatball grill. It would be excellent for many meats and veggies

  105. Angela Mitchell says:

    I like the Porter — my husband would like it too!

  106. Carolyn Flanagan says:

    OMG I’d so love to have that chicken leg roaster!!!!

  107. nicolthepickle says:

    I really like the Nordic Wear Meatball griller. My DH would love that.

  108. aly3360 says:

    My favourite gift idea is the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster. Very unique and something I would totally use!

    Thanks for the chance.

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  109. Sunshine G says:

    Love the meatball griller!

  110. My favourite BBQ gift idea featured in this post is the Grill Wrangler

  111. Marlene J says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster – $25

  112. jeffrey n says:

    i love the meat rake . totally a novel idea and mind is blown 😮

  113. kathleen says:

    I like the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  114. Susan says:

    House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub – love trying new flavours!!!





    I love and have liked all these products – what is not to like about cool BBQ gear, spices and cooking ideas!! Bring it all on !!

  115. Joan Brown says:

    I like the Porter BBQ tray @ Quirky. That would help carry everything outside. Great idea.

  116. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I loved the Porter. I think that it is a great idea and would make BBQ a whole lot easier.

  117. Tierra G says:

    I like the House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rubs.

  118. lisa bolduc says:

    i like the Nordic Ware Meatball Griller, i would never habve thought to make meatballs on the bbq

  119. louise pitawanakwat says:

    I would love to win all these fine products but most of all the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster,looks like the chicken legs are very juicy,scrumptious in the picture!!!

  120. Chantelle says:

    I would love to try the House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub

  121. Pamalot says:

    my fave is definitely the meatball griller.

  122. Donnas says:

    I like the Porter BBQ tray. It would be really useful.

  123. Donnas says:

    Commented on Nordic Ware as Donna Lee.

  124. Donnas says:

    Commented on Meatrake as Donna Lee.

  125. Donnas says:

    Commented on Rob Rainford as Donna Lee.

  126. Donnas says:

    Commented on Quirky as Donna Lee.

  127. Donnas says:

    Commented on House of Q as Donna Lee.

  128. Doug Mickey says:

    Chicken leg griller

  129. Dreena says:

    My favourite gift idea is the House of Q BBQ Sauces and House Rub. Yumm!
    Thanks.

  130. karen p says:

    So many gift ideas all in one prize ! I would love to try to BBQ those tomatoes.

  131. eleanor says:

    Love the Grill Wrangler because it’s a 3-in-1 grilling tool

  132. Leah says:

    I like the grill wrangler the best!

  133. Aaron Kucharczuk says:

    Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster

  134. donyadonya says:

    I would love to have my finger dripping with some smoked BBQ right now. Tim says, smoke provides BBQ fiends with new ways to get that irresistible smoky flavour through all kinds of methods and all types of food. YUM !!

  135. Steven says:

    Dad loves BBQing and Rob Rainford’s show, so I’d have to pick the Born to Grill cookbook.

  136. krysta mukai says:

    House of Q BBQ Sauces & House Rub – looks so yummy!

  137. Edward says:

    This would look so amazing in my backyard.

  138. Bree Stegman says:

    love the meatball griller I would use for mushroom caps

  139. Carolyn says:

    the meat rake, how awesome is that?!

  140. Susan says:

    The sauces and Rubs would be well enjoyed here!!

  141. aimee says:

    the porter

  142. John Crawley says:

    Love that chicken leg griller & jalapeno roaster by Nordic Ware

  143. Maegan Morin says:

    My favorite item is the Nordic Ware Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster!! I have ALWAYS wanted on of these and I am definately checking this one out!

  144. Darlene Gauci says:

    The Grill Wrangler looks like a great addition to the BBQ tool family!

  145. Heather A says:

    The meat rake looks awesome. We make a lot of pulled pork and pulled chicken and this would make the job so much easier. I see one in my husband’s birthday gift future.

  146. Claire says:

    Love the Porter BBQ tray. What a great way to bring it all out at once!

  147. Carol M says:

    I think the Porter is cool

  148. Kelly Spicer says:

    The Nordic Ware Meatball Griller seems to be an excellet tool that will allow you a variety of different options 🙂

  149. Linda says:

    All the BBQ sauces and rubs look so tasty! I’m always on the lookout for these all the time to flavour up my BBQ chicken 🙂

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