Birthday shopping list

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hoffmaba, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    So, my wonderful wife is letting me order a bunch of stuff for my birthday. It should add up to no more than $50 or so (we don't do big gifts and we're going out to one of those Brazilian steak parades for dinner!)

    I'm opening the floor to suggestions of fun toys I should get. The top of my list so far is:

    1. Good heat resistent gloves (I borrow the silicone kitchen ones at the moment)

    2. Veggie tray for the grill. 

    Can't wait to hear what ya'll have to say. 
  2. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    Oh, I have a WSM and a tiny little Mini Webber. 
  3. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Happy Birthday!  I am struggling with "a bunch of stuff" for $50.  That would buy quite a few hardwood chunks for smoking!  What about a chimney charcoal starter?  The heat resistant gloves are a great thing to have.  Some instant read thermometers are quite affordable, Thermo pop's are nice.  

  4. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Happy Birthday! I'm with Mike, it's hard to get a lot of "Toys" for 50. However, there are a few cool things for under 50 and you can get a lot of practical things:
    - I think the "Vortex" is under 50 and that gets great reviews here. You can diversify how you use your WSM.~$30
    - Discada, BBQ Disc Blade Wok, 24"- lots of good reviews about these. ~$30
    - cast iron griddle or Dutch oven (look up the Dutch oven forum on this sight for ideas)
    - Jeff's Smoking Meats book is a good book to have. ~$20
    - You could also ask for a decent cut of Meat?
    - look at Cajun Bandit site there may be a few accessories for your WSM under 50.
    - A flat of mason jars to pre make your rubs and bbq sauce
    - check out an online spice store and get some interesting/exotic spices you wouldn't normally try
    - an injector for meats- I bought a animal syringe at a farm store for less than $15 with needles or there are actual smoker ones, I think Traeger makes one for under $20.
    - bear claws for pulling pork
    - a new tong/spatula set
    - a decent knife
    - big/unique cutting board
    - big/cool serving tray to display your work (I use ones I got at a pottery place called "the circle" that are heavy clay/kiln fired. They are the rejects from expensive orders due to miner defects so they are very cheap, but expensive looking and look bad a$$ covered in ribs/chicken wings/pulled pork/etc

    Have fun! Tell us what you got!
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2016
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  5. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Excellent choices!

  6. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    Thanks for the advice so far! I'm totally open to "one cool thing" for around $50 as well.  But yeah, wood chunks were also a possibility as something to get. 

    Are there any fancy, birthday-worthy ones I should try or are the $5 Western bags as good as anything else?
  7. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    This is a really great list!  Perfect suggestions. 
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Can't wait to see what you decide on!


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