All hail the king of the barbie! Treat your dad to one of these hot barbecue gadgets for a unique pressie this Father’s Day.
With Father’s Day fast approaching (that’s Sunday 17th June for all of you who may have forgotten), we're optimistic that the British weather is set to be a scorcher. If you're planning a get-together with your pops, why not upgrade his BBQ equipment and have a barbie while you’re at it? We've rounded up the best – and some slightly unusual gifts to hand over this Father’s Day.
Craft BBQ sauces
The perfect accompaniment to any barbecue, this trio from small start-up company Sauce Shop includes an exciting mix of smoky chipotle ketchup, South Carolina BBQ and our quirkiest favourite, Korean BBQ. They do loads of sauces – from ketchup to mayo – and you can mix and match with their gift sets. Well suited to the dad who adds sauce to everything.
Available from Sauce Shop (£11).
Homemade burger press
Does your dad like to think he’s the boss of burgers? This cast aluminium press will let him demonstrate his creative flair in the form of homemade quarter pounders. It’s adjustable so you can make three different thicknesses, and means you can play around with different seasoning combos.
Available from Procook (£12).
Proper steak knives
This four-piece set of steak knives from Gentleman’s Hardware comes beautifully presented in a wooden storage case, and each knife has a sturdy acacia wood handle. They’re serrated and they cut like a dream, meaning you'll never be able to use any old blades again. They'll certainly come in handy when cutting any tough meats freshly cooked on the BBQ.
Complete carving set
This complete carving set includes an angled chopping board which holds onto your cooked meat while you cut and also collects the juices at the bottom (ideal for a delicious gravy). Great for large joints that may have been slow-cooked on the barbie. What's more, it comes with a handy two-in-one carving knife and fork for impeccably precise meat carving.
Available from Joseph & Joseph (£42).
Meat shredding claws
These neat meat shredders are ideal for pulling apart pork or chicken – perhaps at a barbecue or just generally in the kitchen. There’s nothing quite so therapeutic as putting these claws to use, and they'll save the juices going all over your hands.
This tool belt has been made to hold all the grilling utensils you might need. The belt includes loops for the big utensils, and plenty of pockets and pouches to hold whatever you need for the perfect grill. There are a few models available, but the original Grillslinger might be your best bet. It comes with a grill knife, tongs and spatula set.
Available from Garden Essentials (£59.95).
Portable toolbox barbecue
Perfect for people with smaller outdoor spaces, or those who like to grill in the great outdoors, portable barbecues occupy a convenient middle ground between hefty grills and disposable trays. This foldable barbie is shaped like a traditional toolbox. It even comes with a storage tray for all-important condiments.
Good news, Dad can now become the ultimate barbecue master by putting the new Berber & Q cookbook through its paces. Popular Middle Eastern restaurant and grill Berber & Q is well known for combining Middle Eastern rotisserie food with slow-cooked meats, and has created over 120 tantalising recipes, from smoked beef brisket to buttermilk chicken shish kebab. A solid purchase for anyone who likes to experiment with their barbecue recipes.
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