A chef's knife, hot sauce, and yes, a few grilling gifts too.

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated May 27, 2020
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Grilling gifts are a popular choice for Father’s Day, ranging from smokers and spice rubs to barbecue tool sets. But there are plenty of other options for enthusiastic home chefs, too, so we’ve included a little bit of both in this roundup. Consider a monthly seasonal pasta subscription, which ships two 16-ounce boxes right to your door; classic kitchen tools like a chef’s knife and cast iron skillet are never a bad idea, either. And the Cheese Grotto is perfect for anyone who loves specialty cheeses. Read on for where you can find them, and more Father’s Day gift ideas.

Cheese Grotto Mezzo

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The Cheese Grotto is designed to regulate humidity, airflow, and even terroir to help keep speciality cheese fresh, and the brand’s Mezzo model is perfect for “the budding cheese connoisseur.” It can hold up to two pounds of cheese, and has a sliding door that’s easy to open and close within the refrigerator—you have two options each to pick from for the material frame and shelving.

Cheese Grotto Mezzo, starting at $125 at cheesegrotto.com

Spice Rubs

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This “Rub Library” from Williams-Sonoma is packed with spice rubs perfect for grilling recipes, from seafood to poultry. Flavors include Smokehouse, Chili Lime, Butcher's Rub, Hickory Molasses, and more, rounding out at 12 total.

Williams Sonoma Rub Library, $72 (was $90) at williams-sonoma.com

Hot Sauce Trio 

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We love Red Clay’s hot sauce, and this set includes three varieties: Original Hot Sauce, Carolina Hot Sauce, and Verde Hot Sauce.

Southern Hot Sauce Trio, $28 at uncommongoods.com 

Pasta Subscription 

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New York-based Sfoglini will send two 16-ounce boxes of pasta to your giftee's door each month—one signature box, and one seasonal box (e.g. ramps in May)—available in a three-month or six-month subscription. Each delivery also includes recipes and pairing suggestions.

Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription $65–$120 (depending on subscription) at food52.com 

Omaha Steaks Father’s Day Package

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For meat-lovers, this build-your-own Omaha Steaks package has four parts, with a choice between two products for each. Start off by choosing either filet mignons or top sirloins, and then, picking between gourmet jumbo franks or kielbasa sausages. After that, it’s between boneless pork chops and boneless chicken breasts—last, you’ll need to decide between “Omaha Steaks Burgers” and briskest burgers. No matter which items you choose, you’ll end up with a barbecue-worthy spread.

Build Your Own Father's Day Package, $149 at omahasteaks.com

Air Fryer

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Ninja’s Foodi 6.5 qt. Pressure Cooker with TenderCrisp is essentially a pressure cooker and air fryer all rolled into one, and after pouring through reviews, we found that it was the best versatile air fryer option. It has functions for searing, sautéing, baking, broiling, steaming, slow cooking, dehydrating, and even yogurt making.

Ninja Foodi 6.5 qt. Pressure Cooker with TenderCrisp, $200 (was $240) at bedbathandbeyond.com

Cast Iron Skillet

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You can get a high-quality Lodge skillet for under $55, but if you’re in the mood for a splurge, we’re also big fans of Smithey’s No. 10 Cast Iron Skillet (pictured) and Le Creuset’s Signature Skillet, too. 

No. 10 Cast Iron Skillet, $160 at smithey.com; Le Creuset Signature Skillet (9"), $150 at lecreuset.com

Chef’s Knife

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A chef’s knife is a kitchen staple, and Zwilling’s Pro Chef’s Knife (8”) scored 165 five-star reviews out of 180 from Sur La Table customers. 

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Chef’s Knife (8”), $140 (was $165) at surlatable.com

Outdoor Fry Pan

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This pan has perforations to help circulate heat and add a smoky flavor, and it ensures smaller items like vegetables and shrimp don’t slip through the grates. It’s also heat-safe up to 700°F.

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Outdoor Fry Pan, $50 (suggested price $65) at williams-sonoma.com


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These kitchen aprons from Studiopatró (pictured) feature a tie for holding kitchen towels and a deep front pocket, which help keep your hands free while you cook. Williams-Sonoma also has aprons meant for grilling, made from heavyweight cotton finished with an acrylic coating.

Studiopatró Cross-Back Linen Kitchen Apron, $84 at food52.com; Adult Grilling Apron, $40 at williams-sonoma.com