Gifts for a consummate BBQ artist
I want to buy a gift for my friend, who is the best BBQer I know. He's an intuitive cook; no fancy gadgets, just his instincts and usually a traditional, wood-burning BBQ.
Are there any gadgets out there that are really useful? He usually cooks steaks, ribs, sausages, sometimes chicken pieces.
Help him graduate to roasts with a remote thermometer. Polder is the biggest brand but there are lots of them on the market -- just make sure to get one with a long cable. It's a little gadgety, but great for peace of mind when putting a $75-plus slab of sirloin or rib roast onto the fire.
Also you might source a really good free-range chicken from a local farmer. For a premium price of maybe four dollars a pound you get flavor and texture that are unmatched at the grocery store.
re: john clark
I agree with John. Even if he already owns one, a second thermometer is still useful for cooking large batches of cue. Any of the Polders with a long remote cable will work, and they start at about $20.
If you really wanna get something cool and have a bigger budget, I suggest a Maverick wireless remote thermometer. It lets you monitor internal temps from 100 feet away, which is nice when the weather outside is nasty.