Homemade BBQ Holiday Gifts

December 10, 2019

It’s never too early to start thinking about gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and friends for the holidays. And nothing says, “happy holidays” better than some Homemade BBQ Holiday Gifts.

Read below for a festive (and tasty!) collection of ho-ho-homemade gifts you can make on grill or smoker for all those extra people in your life.

collage of homemade bbq gifts, including candied jalapenos, smoked chocolate chip cookies, smoked salsa, smoked salt, and smoked cheese.

Homemade BBQ Seasonings and Rubs

For the easiest, most pain-free BBQ gift this holiday season, whipping up a large batch of seasonings is just about as easy as they come. Simply make a double or triple batch of your favorite Hey Grill Hey seasoning, stick them in an airtight glass container, and add a gift tag.


If you aren’t quite sure what seasoning to give out this season, check out just a few of my favorites below. Each one is sure to be a great homemade BBQ gift this holiday season that your neighbors will actually use!

Steak Seasoning in a small glas gar with a gift tag attached

If you’re looking to save even more time, you can buy three of my signature rubs and seasonings from Patio Provisions and have them shipped straight to your door! These are available in 6-oz and 12-oz shaker bottles, and you can even buy a 2-pound bag for refills (because you need a gift this season too!)

Homemade BBQ Sauce

​Another perfect gift to give neighbors this December is a jar of homemade BBQ sauce. Who doesn’t love to BBQ during the holidays? And giving your neighbor a jar of your favorite BBQ sauce can probably clear up any contention you’ve ever had in the past.

Simply cook up your favorite batch of sauce (double or triple the recipe depending on how many people you are giving these to), allow them to cool, and pour them in these great hinged mason jars for a gorgeous holiday gift.

Here are just a few of my favorites. Each one is better than the last, and they each taste amazing on a variety of BBQ, including chicken, beef, fish, and veggies.

Coffee BBQ Sauce in a hinged mason jar
Don’t have the time to make your own sauce? Have Hey Grill Hey signature flavor shipped straight to you door from Patio Provisions! We sell Apple Jalapeno BBQ Sauce, Whiskey Peach BBQ Sauce, and Everything Sauce in 18-oz bottles that make amazing gifts for yourself, friends, and family.

Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re a fan of baked goods during the holidays, step it up a smoky notch and make my Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies for your co-workers. These chocolate chip cookies are made just like regular cookies with one main twist: you smoke the chocolate chips and pecans prior to mixing the batter.

They’re perfectly chewy cookies with a smoked twist; who wouldn’t love that?! I can guarantee your co-workers won’t be getting any cookies quite like these, and they’ll likely be asking you for the recipe after the first bite.

Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack

Smoked Salt

Salt? As a neighborhood gift? Um, heck yes! Smoked Salt is a great way to infuse a variety of foods with a nice, smoky flavor. All your neighbors have to do is sprinkle a little on meat, sides, and even desserts for just a punch of smokiness.

This recipe is pretty foolproof. You can use whatever pellets you have on hand (though I recommend apple wood for a mild flavor), and you can taste the salt as you go to determine how long to leave it on the smoker. Four hours will give you a subtle smoky flavor, and 12-24 hours will really make for some smoky salt.

Smoked Salt being poured out of a glass jar.

Candied Jalapenos

Stock up on some mason jars this season; you’re gonna need ’em! These Candied Jalapenos keep well and make an amazing holiday gift for friends. Also known as Cowboy Candy, they’re easy to make and oh-so delicious!

Candied Jalapenos are perfect on top of BBQ, salads, sandwiches, and more, and your friends will find many, many uses for them.

Candied Jalapenos being scooped out of a hinged mason jar

Smoked Salsa

​This Smoked Salsa is an amazing way to enjoy classic salsa infused with smoky flavor. Fresh tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and garlic are smoked and then blended with herbs and spices to create a salsa that packs a punch.

To give this as a gift simply follow these steps:

  1. Make an extra large batch of smoked salsa.
  2. Allow it to cool and pour it in some mason jars.
  3. Snag a few bags of tortilla chips from your favorite store.
  4. Give the salsa and chips to someone who you love.

homemade bbq Smoked Salsa in a glass mason jar

Candied Bacon

Smoked Candied Bacon takes the best food of all time (bacon) and makes it BETTER with a sweet coating of maple syrup, brown sugar, and my famous sweet rub seasoning.

Hows about making a few bundles of this delicious candied bacon, wrap it up in some peach butcher paper, and give it to some friends or neighbors? Sounds like a major gifting win to me!

Candied Bacon wrapped in peach butcher paper

​Smoked Cinnamon Almonds

​A kiss of real wood smoke gives my Smoked Cinnamon Almonds a classic, “roasted over an open fire” flavor that can’t be beat!​ The make the PERFECT gift for teachers, neighbors, and more, and they can be packaged in bags, mason jars, or just about anything you have on hand.

homemade bbq Smoked Cinnamon Almonds

Smoked Cheese

Smoked Cheese is typically only seen at high-end grocers or specialty stores, and they come with a price tag. Luckily, if you’ve got any type of grill at home, you can easily make your own delicious smoked cheese!

Giving the gift of fancy-schmancy smoked cheese for the holidays just might make you the most popular kid in class. Make sure to read through my entire post so you can prepare it correctly.

Smoked Cheese in an aluminum foil pan


Last up is one of my personal favorite holiday gifts: Jerky! It’s hard not to love this delicious dried out meat, and your friends will love getting a batch of homemade jerky this year.

Check out all of my different flavors. Make up one large batch of your favorite, or mix and match!

Dr. Pepper Jalapeno Beef Jerky wrapped in white twine

Feeling inspired to make your own homemade BBQ for holiday gifts this year? If so, share your awesome results on one of our social pages! I’m all about helping you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. If you want to see more of my recipes and videos follow along on my social channels. You can find me on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube!

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