Homemade Gifts for the Barbecue Lovers in Your Life
Once again, we’ve combed our extensive recipe files to come up with worthy candidates for homemade gifts for the barbecue enthusiasts in your life. Happy Holidays!
10 Creative Homemade Gifts for the Barbecue Lovers
One of our all-time favorite sauces, this one, which features a shot or two of rye whiskey, is perfect for giving. Its spiciness pairs well with pork, beef, or chicken. Package with a basting brush, if desired.
2. Bacon Jam
Chef Erik Reynolds of Tulsa’s Smoke Woodfire Grill shared his recipe for this savory jam with Steven, and we never want to be without it. If you wish, start with Made-From-Scratch Bacon, or buy a good artisanal bacon like Nueske’s.
One of America’s most popular snacks (keto-friendly) is easy to make at home using ingredients you likely have in your pantry. We like the texture pink curing salt (also called Prague powder) gives the meat, but you can leave it out if you’d prefer.
The heat seekers on your gift list will appreciate these spicy barbecued peanuts. Make two batches of this bar snack. Gotta keep your strength up during this busy holiday season.
Bourbon (or whiskey) infused with smoky bacon has a place under our tree any day. Use it to make smoky Manhattans or an Old Fashioned or just sip it.
This all-purpose rub is infinitely customizable and makes a great gift! For the best results, be sure to use fresh spices from sources that have a high turnover. Include instructions for use.
Smoke takes a familiar dessert to a higher level. It’s the ultimate hostess gift. For a professional-looking presentation, buy a box from the bakery department of your local supermarket.
Leave it to Austin, Texas, to stir morsels of barbecued brisket into cookies. From the food truck known as LeRoy and Lewis comes this intriguing recipe, which Steven featured in his book The Brisket Chronicles. Package in an attractive tin or a square of cellophane or butcher paper.
A ham you’ve cured and smoked yourself using both cold- and hot-smoking makes a magnificent gift. Steven’s shortened the curing time to seven days by injecting the ham with brine, but start the project soon. Package with Mustard Seed Caviar.
10. Salmon Candy
This irresistible snack—think of it as salmon jerky—takes only 30 minutes of hands-on time. Pair it with a bottle of your favorite brand of vodka or aquavit for a gift that will be much appreciated.