Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide for Dads Who Love to Grill!

Summer’s almost here and so is Fathers Day! So what do you get the man of the house to show him how special he really is? Get your dad  a bbq related gift that really suits his personality!

Here at Fire Food Chef, we live to grill! Our website is constantly updated with reviews on the latest and best bbq products for pit kings and aspiring grill masters! Whether it’s a premium quality smoker or an economical, hassle-free charcoal grill, our in-depth reviews give you the scoop on everything you need to know as a consumer so you don’t waste your hard-earned dollars!

All men are created equal, but they’re definitely not all the same! Grills and smokers are actually  designed for different types of chefs. Just like cars, there are models with luxury, state-of-the-art features, and then there are simpler, more practical units.

Budget and quality are important factors, of course, but consider your dad’s personality as well when you’re bbq shopping. Check out our list of product recommendations to find out which bbq grill or smoker is best suited for your father, based on personality!

No Frills Dad:

Defining Factors:

  • Economically-minded
  • Doesn’t like complications
  • Prefers simplicity and tradition over exotic and new

Ok so he’s not exactly Mr Exciting, but he works hard, and he’s pretty easy to please, since he’s so low-maintenance. And he deserves a quality bbq like any other hard working, practical dad, right?

So spring a few bucks and check out our 3 highly-rated selections for a no frills kind of bbq.

A no frills bbq grill doesn’t include any additional parts or digital features, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality either.  Each of the 3 options is priced to suit a different budget, from modest to highest. Ease of use and cost of maintenance was also a factor in our selection.

The models recommended below are all chosen from leading brands. Their grilling products are made of durable metal, porcelain, ceramic, and rubber parts. Size was also a consideration, so we chose grills that are compact and portable enough to fit in the trunk of your average family van. The drawback is that their size means less cooking area, but your dad will still enjoy quality-tasting grilled food!

Recommended Gifts:

  1. SMOKE HOLLOW 205 PROPANE GAS GRILL Easiest to use, stainless steel, energy-efficient, great for small gatherings or mid-sized family,  suited for any outdoor event or space, uses 16oz disposable propane cylinder
  2. WEBER 14401001 CHARCOAL GRILL The gold standard of charcoal grills, classic kettle design, heavy gauge porcelain enamel built to  last for years, portable, easily stored, removable ash catcher for easy maintenance, 10yr warranty coverage for rust-free bowl and lid; great for small gathering or mid-sized family (2-5)
  3. SIMPLE LIVING ADVANCE INDOOR SMOKELESS BBQ GRILL Smokeless indoor grilling, uses charcoal or gas, heats quickly, cleans easily and fits on almost any countertop surface

Family Guy Dad

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Defining Factors:

  • Has lots of family (siblings, nephews, nieces)
  • Lives in the suburbs
  • Loves to entertain family and friends generously

Some of you are load and loveable. Others are modest and reserved. But when it comes to family gatherings,  Family Guy Dad can always be counted on to get the grill going. He makes sure everyone has a ride to the family cookout location; he’s the one who makes the extra trips for water bottles and ice. And he’s been around long enough to know his way around the grill.

So what kind of grill will your family guy dad really appreciate? Sturdy, durable, design, with a spacious cooking chamber are key factors.  But let’s not forget quality of taste as well. Pellet grills and propane grills will give your dad that open-flame feeling while enriching the flavor of smoked or grilled meat.

We’ve narrowed it down from thousands to 2 of the most trusted grills, one of each kind, to make it easier for you to decide. Weber and Rec-Tec are both leading brands, so be sure to read the features and warranty coverage for each before deciding.

Either one will last your ‘family guy’ dad for many barbecues to come!

Recommended Gifts:


  1. REC TEC Grills Bull RT-700 Wood Pellet Grill This baby does everything except grill for you! professional-grade grilling with Smart Grill Technology, Wifi, auto-features and settings, along with stainless steel design and a 6 year warranty!
  2. WEBER 63004001 Genesis II LX S-640 Liquid Propane Grill Designed for serving large companies of guests, six burners, stainless steel construction
  3. Pit Boss Grills 340 Wood Pellet Grill Porcelain-coated Steel Grids, Digital Controlled Burn System, 180-500 Degree Temperature Range

Bonus Gift: Triple9 Father’s Day Baseball Cap Gift Present, a crown worthy of your Grill King!


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Defining Factors:

  • Owns a lot of tools (probably built your backyard deck)
  • Loves building and repairing
  • Likes products with custom features, modular design that he can assemble/rearrange
  • Loves to demonstrate/share his skills and knowledge

He’s a hands-on kind of guy. His garage is lined with power tools and he’s always working away at a new project. Whether it’s building a bird feeder, installing new kitchen cabinets or a new tankless propane water heater, he knows his away around a toolbox and has a knack for fixing things.

Most bbq grills and smokers require some assembly, so your DIY Dad will have fun ignoring the instructions and figuring it out on his own.  He may already have built his own smoke pit in his backyard and just needs a few accessories to take his backyard grilling to the next level.

Our Father’s Day gift recommendations are a mix of functional, practical and economical. They’ll make his grilling experience easy, fun both at home or on the road.

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Coleman Party Propane Grill: Portable, easily stored, dishwasher-safe, compact, easy to assemble and clean, weighs under 3kg
  2. Texsport Rotisserie Grill and Spit: Stainless steel construction, adjustable height, easy to assemble by hand, portable and easily stored
  3. Weber Master-Touch® 22” Charcoal Grill: One-Touch cleaning system, gourmet charcoal grilling, portable, easy to assemble and maintain, a classic sturdy charcoal grill that will last for years.

Bonus: BBQ Grill Cleaner Spray Concentrate100% Plant Based, Non-toxic & Food Safe, Great for Stainless Steel & Cast Iron

Tekkie Dad

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Defining Factors:

  • Loves technology and SMART devices
  • Values efficiency, times-saving apps and convenient features
  • LIkes to be informed regarding technical specifications

Today’s leading brands all offer smokers enhanced with digital features and Wifi for remote control.  Their hands-free capability varies in range, but many of the digital features are similar.

Go digital and your dad can set and monitor internal temperature for multiple dishes, switch on and off remotely, or schedule a timer from a distance.  Set the alarm on your handy app and watch the game in peace while your brisket burns low and slow, Yep, a digital electric smoker will give your dad plenty of new features to experiment with and a thrilling bbq experience every time!

If your budget is more modest or your dad already has a digital smoker, don’t worry! A Wifi digital bbq thermometer makes a great bbq gift, and is much easier to wrap!

Recommended Gifts:

    1. GRILLE PERFECT DIGITAL MEAT THERMOMETER: Grilling and Barbecue Turner Fork, dual stainless steel probes, built-in Ready Alarm, large display
    2. CHARBROIL 15202043 DIGITAL ELECTRIC SMOKER WITH SMART CHEF TECHNOLOGY: Full size smoker, 725 sq inches, meat probe and internal meat thermometer, wifi, SmartChef app Compatible with: iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 6+, 6s+. iOS 8 and newer.Android 4.4 (KitKat) and newer. Optimized for Samsung Galaxy s5.
    3. REC TEC Grills Stampede RT-590 Wood Pellet Grill: Wifi enabled, wood pellet grill for outdoors, stainless steel construction, spacious cooking chamber holds 30lbs of meat, built in meat probes, and a 4yr warranty
    4. Masterbuilt 40″ Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker: BlueTooth technology, digital smoker for outdoors, internal meat probe thermometer,  40 inches in height, 4 chrome-plated cooking racks with 721 sq inches of cooking area



Sports Nut Dad

Dad watching football


Defining Factors:

  • Watches/participates in sports regularly
  • Loves supporting his favorite sports franchise
  • Enjoys backyard grilling whenever possible

He lives for the SuperBowl.  Loves his meat and potatoes, loves his big-screen TV, and plays a little sports himself whenever he can. His glory days on the field may be behind him but his stories never grow old!

If your dad is a sports nut dad who enjoys a tasty grilled burger in his own backyard during SuperBowl Sunday, we’ve got some great Father’s Day bbq gift ideas!

The 3 grills in our selection were chosen based on features your sports dad will appreciate. Read the description to be sure your gift suits your dad’s personality. Then, check out the link for more details on specs, pricing, and warranty coverage.

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Coleman Sportster Grill: Gas/propane grill with collapsible stand on wheels for portability and easy storage, lift and lock setup gets you grilling in seconds! Great for those away games and fishing trips!
  2. Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black: Electronic charcoal grill,solid aluminized steel construction, touch-and-go gas ignition, built-in lid thermometer, removable LCD cook timer, suited for outdoor use only
  3. George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill: Classic Foreman indoor/outdoor grill with a large cooking area, serves over 15 people, non-stick surface for easy grilling and cleaning, rests easily on almost any surface, great for those away games and fishing trips!

Bonus Gift Idea: Pro Specialties Group NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Logo Barbeque Apron, Chef’s Hat and Pot Holder Deluxe Set

Tail-gating Dad

Dad tailgating at football game with BBQ

Defining Factors:

  • Loves to attend sporting events
  • Tail-gates all the way to the event
  • Barbecues in the parking lot or the back of the pick-up

He doesn’t play professional sports, but no one knows more about their favorite team or league than he does! Sporting events and away-games are a convenient excuse for him to get the old gang out of retirement for some rowdy poker, beer and burgers!

Tailgating Dad needs a grill that’s portable, versatile, and durable. An indoor/outdoor electric grill gives him the option at home of either the kitchen or patio. A portable gas or charcoal grill stores easily in your truck or pick-up and still delivers that great open-flame, char-broiled taste.

Check out our 3 recommendations and choose the Father’s Day gift that’s right for your dad!

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Taeger Trailgater 20 Wood Pellet Grill: Portable, digital controlled wood pellet grill for outdoors, uses 100% wood pellets, EZ folding legs, an investment that will last your dad for years!
  2. Smoke Hollow 205 Propane Gas Grill: This one ranked #1 on our review of the best portable gas grills. Stainless steel construction, portable, fits any table, and goes just about anywhere you do!
  3. Blackstone Tailgater Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo: Includes Barbecue Box and Open Burner Stove – portable, versatile and durable!  Great for dads who love hunting, fishing, camping and tailgating!

Bonus Gift Idea: Camerons Products Tailgating Table

Hipster Dad

Hipster Dad playing with daughter on swing
Defining Factors:

  • Millennial father (25 – 35 yrs) with young children/toddlers
  • Prefers economy of space
  • Likes quality products and brands that are eco-friendly

Grocery shopping, cooking, child care – Hipster dad can do it all, and he actually wants to! He doesn’t mind pushing the stroller, changing diapers, or helping with homework. Hipster dad values a work/life balance and puts his money behind brands who value community. He’s concerned about the environment too, and prefers eco-friendly products that are safe, healthy and sustainable.

This Father’s Day, get your Hipster Dad a bbq gift you know he’ll use again and again. We’ve selected

3 grills that are energy efficient, versatile and adaptable.

  1. Elite Platinum Large Indoor Nonstick Grill: Grill low-fat meals faster on this indoor electric nonstick grill Surface, easy to clean. Suitable for an apartment, condo, or small backyard.
  2. NutriChef Raclette 8-Person Stone Plate and Metal Grill: Includes stone plate and metal grill; designed for economy of space, this electric countertop grill has upper and lower decks for grilling, dual cooking surfaces for a variety of grilled and raclette meals, great for small parties, stores easily, easy to use and maintain
  3. Rec Tec Grills Trailblazer RT 340: Wifi enabled, portable wood pellet grill, uses 100% wood pellets for cleaner burn, includes built in meat probes, durable stainless steel design, can accommodate 15lb of meat in the hopper and comes with a  2yr warranty

Go Big or Go Home Dad

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Defining Factors:

  • Competitive by nature
  • Always wants to go bigger than the neighbor
  • Values quality name brands exclusively

His personality is as large as his appetite, and he doesn’t care who knows it! Go Big or Go Home Dad always wants the biggest and best for his family.  Whether it’s a giant christmas tree or a 50 inch plasma flat screen, he considers the investment worth it for the experience!

Give your Go Big or Go Home Dad a thrilling grill experience this summer with any of the 3 selections listed below. His grill will be the envy of every dad on the block after your next bbq!

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Camp Chef PG24 Wood Pellet Smoker: The ultimate pellet grill experience, Camp Chef makes amazing pellet grills that are industry standard. It’s so awesome we covered this grill in our review of the best pellet smokers!
  2. Weber Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill: Liquid propane gas grill, 3 energy efficient burners, this is a powerful grill that’s easy to use, built for durability and great tasting food every time, backed by a 10yr warranty
  3. Masterbuilt 20071117 30” Digital Electric Smoker: Quality stainless steel electric smoker with wifi remote control,  side wood chip loading, digital controls, can easily grill 10 – 12 lb of meat, serves mid-sized family

Bonus Gift Idea: ROMANTICIST 27pc BBQ Grill Accessories Set (includes thermometer, heavy-duty stainless steel grill utensils and an aluminium case for outdoor camping/backyard barbecue)

Foodie Dad  

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Defining Factors:

  • Considers himself a good chef
  • Avid celebrity chef fan
  • Values the best quality tools for the best taste
  • Willing to take his time for a great meal

Foodie Dad has a knack for cooking. He’s particular about his spices and knows a good cut of meat when he sees it. He gets excited talking about Celebrity Chef and can often be found experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

It’s a pretty safe bet that your Foodie Dad already has a grill he’s pleased with. He may even have a favorite brand. Instead of listing bbq smokers and grills, we decided to recommend some grill accessories  as well.

For his next backyard bbq, make sure your Foodie Dad has all the best utensils and a great grill!

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Grilljoy BBQ Grill Tool Set With Meat Thermometer 24pcs: 24-pc Stainless Steel BBQ Accessories in Aluminum Case, Premium Complete Outdoor BBQ includes meat thermometer
  2. FreshJax Gourmet Grill Accessories Gift Box: Grill Accessories Gift Box, All-Star Barbecue (5 Pack)
  3. Bradley Smoker BS916: BlueTooth enabled digital electric pellet smoker, features spacious cooking area and remote digital control. You can read more in our in-depth review of this amazing digital smoker.
  4. Char-Griller E06614 AKORN Jr, Red Charcoal Kamado Grill: A highly versatile charcoal grill features unique egg-shaped design,  requires less charcoal than conventional charcoal grills, functions like a wood-oven stove, great for baking pizza, grilling or steaming food outdoors, portable, can be taken on trips

Bonus Gift Idea: Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

RV Camping Dad

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Defining Factors:

  • Adventurous outdoor enthusiast
  • Loves to travel cross-country and plan long trips
  • Owns an RV

Whether he’s 26 or 56, his active lifestyle is hard to keep up with. When he’s not tinkering with his motorcycle, RV, or sports utility vehicle, you can find him on the internet searching out exotic destinations for his next “Amazing Race’ inspired adventure.

Of course, RV Camp Dad has his hands full these days with little ones always on the go, but he hasn’t lost his zeal for a smoked brisket or a sizzling sausage in the backyard with the family.

Our list of bbq gift ideas for your RV Camp Dad may not get his adrenalin going, but they’re sure to reward his taste buds.  This summer, get rid of that old clunker he’s been using and surprise your dad with one of our portable, versatile gift ideas below.

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Uten Portable Barbecue Charcoal Grill Stainless Steel Grill: Portable BBQ Charcoal Grill for Outdoor Cooking Camping Picnics, combines grilling and griddle cooking in one unit
  2. Coleman 2000020945 Grill Ppn Roadtrip Lxx Bl: Built for outdoor enthusiasts, energy-efficient, portable, propane gas grill, sleek, collapsible design.
  3. Weber 500600001 Q1000 LIquid Propane Grill: LIghtweight, portable propane gas grill with powerful energy-efficient, stainless steel burner, also great for camping and outdoor excursions.

Bonus Gift Idea: AmazonBasics Folding Campfire Grill

Hip Hop Dad

Defining Factors:

  • Probably owns a turntable
  • Loves vintage music from his youth
  • Not a grilling enthusiast

Hip Hop Dad may not have a lot of grilling experience, but you gotta give him an ‘A’ for effort!  He may own a turntable and a few vintage LP’s. His favorite artists are probably long retired but his Spotify playlists are a carefully curated collection of seminal tracks from the most poignant moments of his youth.

If you’re Hip Hop Dad has been tinkering with an outdated, used grill, this Father’s Day could be your chance to help him raise his grilling game.

Our recommended gifts for Hip Hop Dad are all no fuss, easy to use grills. Versatile and durable, your dad can play his favorite tunes while enjoying savory, charbroiled goodness in his own backyard, balcony, or patio.

Recommended Gifts:

  1. Hamilton Beach 25361 Electric Indoor Searing Grill: An economical indoor electric grill with removable easy-to-clean nonstick plate, viewing window, fits easily on most countertops, easy to maintain and fun to grill on, perfect for small apartments
  2. Dyna-Glo DGU732SDE-D 30″ Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker: BlueTooth electric smoker with BlueTooth so your dad can listen to music and grill! Only 30 inches in height, but spacious interior is 732 sq inches of cooking area with 4 chrome=plated racks
  3. Mcfnb Large Outdoor BBQ Grill: Compact, portable stainless steel design, great for backyards, balconies, or the great outdoors, easy to use, store and maintain.

It’s not every day that we take time out from our busy routines to show our heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated, hard-working fathers in our lives.  Each year, as Father’s Day rolls around, despite our best efforts, we tend to fall back on the traditional, practical gift ideas that have served fathers for decades. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

If you’ve decided to really surprise your grill-loving dad this summer with a gift they’ll really appreciate, a new smoker or grill will really show how well you know him.

Hopefully, this guide will help you find not only a great deal but an amazing BBQ or smoker that your father will enjoy for years to come.  Keep visiting Fire Food Chef regularly for more of the best reviews and insights on everything bbq-related!


About the Author William Clay

William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.