Gifts for the Griller

In my family and circle of friends there is a silly number of Leos. When I lived in Seattle, we used to have one big party for all of them—we dubbed it “Leo Fest.” It’s not easy coming up with gift ideas for all these summer birthday boys and girls. There are a few cooks in the mix, though. And I’ve found some great gifts for those who have a love of outdoor cooking and dining. Here’s a few to share with you—in case you, too have more summer birthdays than you know what to do with! has some enticing offerings. You can get gift baskets with sauces and rubs, eoriginalbbq21.jpgtc. or gift your birthday barbequer every month with a new sauce in the mail. It’s awesome! You can do a 3, 6 or 12 month plan based on your budget or on the recipients passion for good sauce. They’ve got one called “Crazy Mother Puckers” sauce! I simply hafta try that. Here’s what the website says about it:

“Crazy Mother Pucker’s sauces recently won a total of sixteen national awards in the two most prestigious competitions in the zesty food world. Crazy Mother Pucker’s BBQ sauce is taking the world by storm.”

Sounds good to me! Maybe it’d be good in a recipe from this book: Barbeque Nation: 35061d3veyi45l_aa240_.jpg Hot-Off-the-Grill, Tried and True Recipes from America’s Backyard.

From the description: Author Fred Thompson has searched across the U.S. for America’s best backyard cooks and their favorite recipes–not chefs’ fancy interpretations of barbecue classics or pitmasters’ ways with barbecue that the reader can’t reproduce at home, but 350 recipes that are easy to recreate in anybody‘s backyard.

I’ve looked at a lot of grilling books, and this is by far the most intriguing and unique one I have come across. It’s definitely a gift for someone this summer.

And finally, for slathering on lots of Crazy Mother Puckers Sauce, you gotta have one of these Silicone Basting Brushes. I got one recently and I LOVE it! It’s fabulous because it’s easy to clean (dishwasher), doesn’t leave unwanted bristles on your food (ick), comes in cute colors (whee!) and doesn’t cost a lot. Here’s the official description from

Silicone Basting Brushes
The latest breakthrough in basting, non-absorbent, heat-resistant silicone bristles provide even distribution, don’t retain foods, and are easy to clean.

• 100% silicone
• Heat-resistant to 400 degrees
• Dishwasher-safe

Only a buck ninety-five, my friends. Trust me, they are a great find! Get a few—pass em out to all your barbequing buddies.

Happy grilling and gifting!