The Outdoor Cook

For the dedicated barbecue enthusiast who wouldn’t dream of letting a little frost stop them from getting their grill on.

Gift-Ideas for the Outdoor Cook

1. Smoke Signal

From salmon to ribs and beyond, there’s no guarantee that the person on the receiving end of this gift won’t try to smoke just about anything not nailed down.

Bradley Smoker, $400. Available at Canadian Tire.

2. Get Saucy

This box set of house-made sauces from the famed barbecue restaurant in Chicago got the nod from Oprah and includes three of their best-selling selections including Ivory, Smoky and Carolina.

Lillie’s Q Barbecue sauce set of 3. US $35. Available atLillie’s Q.

3. True Grit

A true barbecue master knows that the secret to a steak house-worthy piece of meat is to let its innate flavours shine. This French farm sea salt does just that with a little help from subtle notes of rosemary, thyme, sage and marjoram.

Butcher Salt, $33. Available at Crate&Barrel.

4. Under Cover

Whether it’s from bugs or just over-eager fingers, this dome will keep your food safe until it’s ready to be eaten.

Baird Covered Server. $78. Available at Crate&Barrel.

5. Like Buttah

The only thing better than lobsters on the grill is serving them alongside a dunkable vat full of melted butter.

Kobenstyle Butter Warmer Jens Quistgaard, 1956. US $40. Available at MoMA Store.

6. Spice Trader 

This portable spice arsenal is for the foodie who believes that bland and boring food is a punishable crime.

Mobile Foodie Kit Survival Kit, $28. Available at Uncommon Goods.

7. Serving Size

One of the best things about outdoor dining is the no-fuss attitude. Minimize cleanup by slicing and serving right off of this bamboo cutting board.

Totally Bamboo Laser-Etched Growler Shaped Cutting and Serving Board, 15-Inch, Beer. $35. Available at

8. Pizza Party

Take backyard dining to Gwyneth Paltrow-heights (she’s reportedly got a monster built-in version) with an al fresco pizza oven that will make you the star of the neighbourhood.

Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven, $376. Available at Williams-Sonoma.

9. Colour Wheels

Chic ski locales like St. Moritz and Gstaad star in these colourful coasters that add international buzz to your backyard oasis.

Jonathan Adler Jet Set Trois coasters, $48. Available at The Modern Shop.

10. Melty Goodness

Finally an answer to the age-old question of how to marry a love for cheese and grilling without a molten mess. It’s going to be a beautiful life.

BBQ Cheese Utensil, $13. Available at Uncommon Goods.