2019 Holiday Gift Guide

A Curated Collection of BBQ Gear, Grills, Smoking Woods, Stocking-Stuffers & Accessories

There are gifts for every type of cook or non-cook in your house!
All of the products listed are Hook’s Rubs & Spices approved and some are Hook’s Rubs official Sponsors!

1. Hook’s Rubs & Spices

Of Course, its THE ONLY BBQ Rub we recommend for the grill master or home cook in your family!

If you love combining grilled or smoked meats and vegetables with sweet, savory and smoky spices, you are a BBQ lover! This is the flavor you need to enhance anything you cook on your smoke pit, grill or oven! Hook’s Rubs and Spices are blends of all-natural ingredients sourced from farmers markets and spice companies! Whether it’s a backyard BBQ with family and friends, tailgate party or catered event, you’ll impress every discerning tastebud! Try our Smokin’ Sweetness on some pork shoulder, Midnight Rub on your Brisket, Fresh Catch on your seafood and poultry, our Cajun Red on some chicken wings or the MAD COW on your next burger!


No MSG & Allergy Friendly.

2. Thermapen® Mk4 Thermometer

Rich dough like cornbread is done between 190-200 degrees! Temperature, not time!
Thermapen Mk4 Purple right on the line of being a perfect Rare/Medium Rare

With full readings in only 2 to 3 seconds, the Super-Fast® Thermapen is the world’s best in speed and accuracy. Advanced technology makes the new Thermapen Mk4 even more intuitive than previous models. Hold it in any direction and the display automatically rotates right-side-up so you can read it in any position—in either hand, straight up or down; read temperatures without cocking your head.
A great tool for achieving that perfect meat temperature for a medium rare steak on your grill.

Watch my Unboxing Video on YouTube: Unboxing the $100 Thermapen Mk4

Or the less expensive Classic Super-Fast Thermapen

2-3 second readings!
High accuracy to ±0.7°F (±0.4°C)
Includes NIST-Traceable calibration certificate with test data
Foldaway thermocouple probe
Patented auto-rotating display
Use in either hand
Motion-sensing sleep & wake mode
Intelligent backlight
Waterproof to IP67
3,000 hour battery life (AAA Battery)
Display temps in °C or °F

**Official Sponsor**

3. ThermoWorks Smoke 2-Channel Thermometer

The ThermoWorks Smoke Thermometer is perfect for all cuts of meat and you can even go mow the lawn or do the laundry with the handheld Wireless Smoke Receiver!

Designed for competition BBQ teams and professional chefs, Smoke outlasts and outperforms every competitor. Not a cheaply-made housewares product, Smoke features a rugged housing with molded-in seals for splashproof protection. Smoke uses Pro-Series Probes which are interchangeable with Smoke, ChefAlarm®, and DOT®. See frequently asked questions in the More Info section.
Smoke is designed to track temperatures over an extended period of time with moderate-heat cooking methods such as smoking, oven-roasting, deep-frying, homebrewing, and Sous Vide and to be used while grilling. Smoke is not meant to be used in place of a digital instant-read thermometer, such as a Thermapen MK4 or a ThermoPop, or used with broiling.

2 Channels, one for the meat and one for the pit
Wireless to 300-feet line of sight
Uses commercial-grade Pro-Series Probes
Pre-paired with receiver – no setup required!
Splash-proof sealed design, rated to IP65
Dashboard-style display shows Min/Max and High/Low Alarms
Backlit large digit displays
Available in 9 colors
Pair multiple wireless receivers to one base for the entire BBQ team
Now Available – Smoke Gateway (Wi-Fi) & Free ThermoWorks BBQ App
A great tool for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey.
Designed in Utah by ThermoWorks

For monitoring anywhere in the world away from your grill via the ThermoWorks App, add the Smoke Gateway

**Official Sponsor**

4. Merry Wolf Woodworking Cutting Boards

These guys have SO many beautiful hand-crafted wooden boards!

Hook’s Rubs Official Cutting Board Craftsman! From custom kitchen and entry tables to charcuterie boards and hardwood serving trays, if you have an idea, let them know and they will bring that idea to life!

*Unofficial Sponsor, but still Hook’s Rub approved!*

5. Landmann Pellet Kettle

Easy To Use Pellet Grill with a Unique and Familiar base design

The Best of Both Worlds
The pellet kettle grill from LANDMANN combines the advantages of two barbecue worlds: the convenient temperature control of a gas grill with the aroma properties of a smoker. Control center is a panel with eleven settings ranging from 159 ⁰F to 500 ⁰F. An electric screw automatically feeds the required number of pellets. This all-rounder is suitable for indirect grilling, barbecue smoking and smoking at a low temperature. Practical: core temperature thermometer, large pellet container and hinged side table. Check out this and their other great grills!
**Official Sponsor**

Also view my unboxing video of the Pellet Kettle on YouTube here!

6. ThermoWorks Silicone Hot Pad/Trivet 9″x12″

9″ x 12 ” is Perfect for that big bird roasting pan!

We handle hot objects every day in our labs, in the demo kitchen at work and in our own cooking at home. We’ve tried every kind of hot pad and trivet out there. We took what we learned and designed exactly what we wanted. We studied size, shape, materials, flexibility, durability and heat resistance. We looked at similar existing designs but found that too many were too stiff, some fell apart too easily, some had awkward shapes and some just looked cheap and flimsy. Our design is just right in our opinion. It is perfectly sized for casserole dishes, roasting pans, cake pans, cookie sheets and lots more. We designed a sturdier, dishwasher safe trivet that will hold up in daily commercial use and perform at higher temperatures. And, it comes in 10 colors to match your Thermapen or ChefAlarm. Every kitchen needs a bunch of these!

9.28″ height x 12.25″ width x 0.31″ thickness

7. ThermoWorks Hi-Temp Silicone Brush

Baste and brush with a rainbow of color!

Whether you’re saucing up ribs, basting poultry, or glazing rolls you want a brush with an even, wide delivery in every stroke. We couldn’t find one that we loved, so we made our own. Made for the professional chef and pitmaster, it’s 85, 2.1-inch long silicone bristles are perfectly spaced to hold and transfer a 2-inch wide hearty stroke of sauce right where you need it. A 12-inch long ergonomic handle feels good in your hand and keeps you further away from heat than smaller flimsy brushes. The new ThermoWorks Silicone Brush is BPA- and stain-free, rated to 600F and easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Choose from 10 colors to prevent cross-contamination, to match your Thermapen, or just to let your BBQ team know it’s yours. Unload twice the sauce in every swipe with a silicone brush from ThermoWorks, the trusted leader in temperature and BBQ.

12-1/2″ Total Length
(85x) 2.16″ Silicone Bristles
2″x0.66″ Brush Head
BPA-Free Stain Resistant Silicone
Rated to 600°F

8. ThermoPop® Thermometer

The first rotating display pocket thermometer, the ThermoPop is another innovation from ThermoWorks. A simple button press rotates the display in 90 degree increments. Hold the ThermoPop in either hand or read it when it’s upside down. Any angle is convenient!

Rotating display
Left and right-handed use
Super-Fast® 3 to 4 seconds
Splash-proof design
Big backlit digits
Temp range: -58 to 572°F (-50 to 300°C)
Switchable °C/°F
5,000 hours of typical performance with included lithium battery, replacement batteries available
Designed in Utah by ThermoWorks

Watch my unboxing vid on YouTube here: Unboxing the $34 ThermoWorks Thermapop Thermometer

9. Signals™ 4-Channel BBQ Alarm Thermometer with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

Connect the ThermoWorks app to your phone or tablet for constant monitoring of 4 Channels!

Designed for competition BBQ teams, commercial smokehouses, professional chefs, and those who want to cook like them, Signals with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology boasts 4 channels of continuous temperature monitoring with all the powerful features and convenience you’ve come to expect from ThermoWorks.
Finally, a 4-channel alarm thermometer that works with your smart device AND as a stand-alone unit with physical buttons (so you don’t have to soil your smartphone). Signals comes with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology onboard, seamlessly switching between the two, so you get a continuous signal and real-time alerts whether you’re in a field or across town. Setup is quick and easy without ever needing to read the instruction manual. Signals stands apart from the competition, from its huge, backlit dashboard display and sturdy, self-standing weather-resistant case to its programmable channel names and new high temperature silicone color bands so you know at a glance which channel goes with which probe. Signals uses commercial-grade Pro-Series temperature probes exclusive to ThermoWorks to deliver better accuracy, faster response, wider temperature ranges and longer useful life. Cook more at once and worry less about the results with Signals.
Signals is designed to track temperatures over an extended period of time with moderate-heat cooking methods such as smoking, oven-roasting, deep-frying, homebrewing, and Sous Vide and to be used while grilling. Signals is not meant to be used in place of a digital instant-read thermometer, such as a Thermapen MK4 or a ThermoPop, or used with broiling.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® wireless technology built in for seamless connection and easy setup
4 channels, uses Pro-Series commercial-grade probes
Works with ThermoWorks BBQ app and standalone
Splash-proof sealed design for outdoor use, rated to IP66
Stays in place with sturdy base and strong magnets on back
Backlit dashboard-style display to track temps, alarms, Min/Max
Rechargeable battery with included power adapter
Designed in Utah by ThermoWorks
And for more temperature control on Kamado style, kettle, drum or offset stick burners, add the highly rated fan accessory – the Billows

10. Landmann 34″ Two Drawer Gas Vertical Smoker

For those purists, they have a charcoal amd off-set stick burner versions as well!

Less than $300 so it’s a lot more budget-friendly!

Easy Access drawers for water pan and wood chip replenishment
Heavy duty steel construction
Welded cooking chamber
Square leg construction
Cast brass burner for longer life
Adjustable Top Chimney vent
Fully adjustable side heat controls
4 cooking grates

11. B & B Oak Lump Charcoal

Put a little lump in your pit!

Plentiful in most of the country, this wood is a favorite among both champion Cooks and the neighborhood cul-de-sac chef. It’s a hearty wood with a mild flavor making it ideal for almost any meat you would like to cook.

Recommended Meats: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, fish, cheese and Wild Game

** Not a sponsor, but we love this stuff!**
*From the B & B site*

12. Western BBQ Wood – Pecan Chunks

Pecan… not just for pies!

Pecan is a customary wood when it comes to barbeque. It produces an aroma similar to Hickory but adds a sweeter flavor to the meat being cooked. Like Hickory, it pairs well with pork, but it is often used with heavier meats such as beef or lamb.

Chunks are intended to use with or instead of charcoal.

Recommended Meats: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb and Wild Game

** Not a sponsor, but we love the flavor of Pecan wood! We also love Post Oak, being from Texas and all, but we started on Pecan! **

*From the Western BBQ Wood Page*

13. Meat Mitch Whomp! BBQ Sauce

This sauce packs a “WHOMP”!

Meat Mitch Competition WHOMP! BBQ Sauce GLUTEN FREE SO GOOD, IT’LL MAKE YOU SQUEAL! SHE’S SWEET WITH HEAT, PODS! When in doubt, JUST ADD SAUCE! Use it for ribs, steak, brisket, pork, foie gras, chicken, 9 irons, eggs, chili, your mother-in-law, use it to water flowers.

*From the Meat Mitch Website*
*Not a Hook’s Rub sponsor, but we LOVE this sauce!*

14. Bear Paws Shredder Claws

Shred that Pork Butt!


-TIME SAVER – Bear Paws are the answer to perfectly shredded meat without the mess and headache of knives and forks. Easily grasp and shred pork, chicken, beef, and more with the ultra-sharp “claws”
-MELT PROOF and DISHWASHER SAFE – Made of BPA-free nylon, FDA-approved, and heat-resistant up to 475 degrees. Never worry about your shredding tools melting near the grill or in the dishwasher
-EASY & FUN TO USE – Lift, handle, shred, pull, and carve to your heart’s content. Excellent as turkey lifters, too! Our unique design gives you a perfect handhold for safely managing the super-sharp shredding blades
-BBQ PRO FAVORITE – Featured on BBQ Pitmasters, Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and America’s Test Kitchen. Bear Paws have been named “Best BBQ Tool” by the National BBQ Association
-THE ORIGINAL BEAR PAWS – The favorite BBQ accessory for years, Bear Paws are 100% made in the USA. Nobody beats us for quality and strength. We know Bear Paws will make your BBQs 100% more epic

*From the Bear Paws Website*
*Not a Hook’s Rub sponsor, but we LOVE this sauce!*

Spill The Beans!!!

Tell us your thoughts on this list, anything you use and anything we missed!

We are sponsored by ThermoWorks, Landmann and unofficially by Merry Wolf Woodworking. We only recommend products that we love and use to the point that we can trust them for functionality/flavor/reliability! Thanks for reading, please share with your BBQ Family! #WeSmokeMeat

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