How To Make A Kick Ash Gift Basket

Is there a grill master on your holiday list this year? If so, there’s no better way to make him or her light up this season than with a basket full of grillin’ goodies. Grilling gift baskets are sophisticated and practical; they’re gifts that won’t be stuck in the back of a closet by spring. Instead, they’ll be used to bring the family, friend group, and neighborhood together around the smoky flavors we all know and love. 


Ready to build the perfect grilling gift baskets? Here are a few ideas to get you started gifting. 

The Best Items to Include When Making the Perfect Grilling Gift Basket

1. A Kick Ash Basket, of course!

The Kick Ash Basket can be used as the “basket" to hold all your other grilling gifts. Like the rest of your grilling gifts, the Kick Ash Basket is practical and your husband, boyfriend, or anyone else on your list will use it for years to come (every basket comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty). 


We’ve got Kick Ash Baskets to fit just about any charcoal grill; shop by grill on our website to find the one (or two) for you. 


What’s so great about the Kick Ash Basket? We’re so happy you asked!

  • Easy cleanup: Once the basket is placed in your charcoal grill, just lift the basket up and shake out the ash to make cleanup faster and allow for a better fire when grilling.

  • Aeration design: The design of the basket ensures that your coals are properly aerated and clear of debris during cooking, creating a more consistent cooking experience.

  • Temperature control: Kick Ash Basket’s patented design allows for regulated temp control, which means faster and more even cooking on every single cook.

  • Durability: Made from electropolished, heavy-duty stainless steel, so it will endure both the hottest heats and the test of time!

  • Two-zone cooking: Simply add a divider in the basket to make direct and indirect cooking zones easier and more defined than ever. Say hello to a more purposeful cook.

Sound like the perfect gift for the grill chef on your list? We think so too, so let’s get started filling it!

2. Kick Ash grilling tools.


A Kick Ash Gift Basket wouldn’t kick as much ash without a tool or two for barbecuing. Every grill master needs tongs, a quality spatula, a good basting brush and a tool like our Juniper BBQ Scraper


Can’t decide which accessories to add? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Kick Ash Gift Pack, which includes a grate hook, a Kick Ash bottle opener, and a classy towel so your favorite grill master can grill prepared and in style while sipping his or her favorite brew. 


Toss in some heat-resistant gloves to keep them safe; our gloves are rated to protect up to 932 degrees F! 


And if you’re really looking to spoil them this holiday season, add the Kick Ash Basket Holiday Bundle to your shopping list this year. He’ll get a Kick Ash t-shirt, 2 koozies, and a set of our “Shake That” rubs (Heat & Herb); guaranteed to add some heat and flavor to their favorite recipes. 

3. Consider charcoal or smoking wood.


If you’re shopping for a new griller, it’s a great idea to let them sample some charcoal or smoking wood. We love Whiskey Barrel Smoking Wood; it’s a great upgrade to an average grilling experience. A lot of grillers, especially new grillers, don’t yet recognize the importance of burning quality charcoal and wood. This smoking wood will blow their mind!


For charcoal, we recommend Natural Rockwood Charcoal. It’s a high-quality charcoal without additives or fillers, so you get the hottest, cleanest, longest-lasting burn. Check out the awesome benefits of Rockwood charcoal here.

4. Add a specialty item or two.


If you really want to spice up your grilling gift basket, do a little shopping for specialty items. After all, experienced grillers likely have a lot of the basics already. Adding a fun touch to your basket can revolutionize the way your griller cooks.


A few ideas for specialty items include: 

  • Some Kick Ash Dry Rubs: Once more, we’ve got you covered. Our 4-pack of rubs will liven up grilled dishes, whether they be veggies, meats, or fish.

  • Some solid skewers: Stainless steel skewers are better for the planet than those wooden ones. Plus, you won’t need to soak them prior to grilling, and they’ll last for years and years. 

  • Small sheet pans: Metal sheet pans that are tested for high temperatures make a great addition to your grilling gift basket; your guy can cook root veggies, smoke deviled eggs or just use his imagination. 

  • A meat mallet, or mallet/tenderizer combo, is always a welcome addition to a gift basket for meat lovers. 

Photo by Kick Ash Basket

5. Sprinkle in some seasonings and sauces.


Even the most experienced griller can get caught in a rut, using the same recipes because they’re familiar. You can help break the monotony with some seasonings, rubs, and sauces. 


Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce you want to share? Add it in the basket. Is there a hot sauce you just can’t live without? Toss it in!


If you’re feeling super creative, you can create your own rub. Use your favorite recipe or look up ideas online. Then, fill a small Mason jar with your creation, give it a fun name, and add it to the basket. 


Of course, you’ll want to add our Kick Ash Dry Rubs to the gift basket, too, if you haven’t already done so. 

6. Tie it all together.


At this point, your Kick Ash Gift Basket is filled and ready to be gifted, so it’s time to put it all together! You can find shrink-wrap cellophane at most craft stores; you’ll just need a hair dryer to seal it up. 


If you want the contents of your gift basket to be a complete surprise, you can use sturdy wrapping paper or even butcher paper to conceal the goodies. 


Use your imagination—it doesn’t have to be perfect. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Your favorite grill master will love the exciting new treats in their gift basket, and may even end up trying them out cooking for you. That’s a win-win situation!


If you love what you read here, be sure to join the Kick Ash Crew on Facebook for exclusive deals, Kick Ash recipes, BBQ discussion, and more! We hope you have as much fun shopping to fill your grilling gift basket as your gift recipient will have using the treats and tools inside. From our family to yours, have a Kick Ash holiday!