Eli Manning’s Father’s Day Favorites

  • Archie Manning with young Eli, Peyton, and Cooper Manning
  • Sure, everyone knows I’m a chip off the old block when it comes to football. But the same can be said for the fact that I was Born to Grill™ — I had to get it from somewhere, right? That “somewhere,” of course, is none other than my Pops, Archie. His family cookouts instilled in me a love for grilling that I now consider a burning passion. So every time Father’s Day rolls around, I make sure to share that enthusiasm with my Pops while creating new memories around the grill. And now that I have kids of my own, Father’s Day BBQs are all the more special.

    This may sound simple, but the easiest way to help Dad take his grill game to the next level is to set him up with the best grill. That’s exactly what he’ll get with the Blaze Professional LUX, my all-around favorite gas grill on the market. It has top-of-the-line quality, performance, and features, along with a best-in-class lifetime warranty to back it all up. In fact, this grill is so incredible that it made the cut for my outdoor kitchen dream team. I can’t give a much bigger endorsement than that!

  • Archie Manning with young Eli, Peyton, and Cooper Manning
  • Blaze Professional LUX Propane Gas Grill With Rear Infrared Burner
  • Blaze Professional LUX 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill

    This may sound simple, but the easiest way to help Dad take his grill game to the next level is to set him up with the best grill. That’s exactly what he’ll get with the Blaze Professional LUX, my all-around favorite gas grill on the market. It has top-of-the-line quality, performance, and features, along with a best-in-class lifetime warranty to back it all up. In fact, this grill is so incredible that it made the cut for my outdoor kitchen dream team. I can’t give a much bigger endorsement than that!

  • Traeger Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled Wood Pellet Grill W/ WiFIRE & Pellet Sensor
  • Traeger Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled Pellet Grill

    I’ve already made my pick for the top gas grill, but maybe your dad is more of the low-and-slow type of guy. In that case, you just can’t go wrong with a Traeger. The Ironwood 885 in particular delivers a premium outdoor experience from the original pellet grill brand: hassle-free controls, Wi-Fi capabilities, and stable temperatures throughout the grill for virtually any type of cooking. Even if the father in your life isn’t into slow-cooking — I know I wasn’t at first — the Traeger Ironwood just might change his mind.

  • Kamado Joe Joe Jr Ceramic Grill On Stand
  • Kamado Joe Jr Ceramic Grill On Stand

    Kamado cooking is all about versatility, and this grill brings it home in a portable package. Whether in the backyard or at the tailgate, Dad can do everything from smoking brisket and pulled pork over the coals to baking bread and cookies. I love how well Kamado Joe’s extra-thick ceramic absorbs and radiates heat toward the grates no matter what’s on the grill, not to mention that it comes with a lifetime warranty. This is a grill that’ll make not only Father’s Day, but many days afterward as Dad decides what to cook next.

  • Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
  • Masterbuilt Gravity Series Digital Charcoal Grill

    Does the dad in your life like to tinker and experiment? Then he’ll appreciate the ingenuity that went into the Masterbuilt Gravity Series, which runs like a pellet grill but burns charcoal instead of wood pellets. The gravity-fed fuel hopper is an amazing innovation that results in a wide temperature range for smoking on low or searing at 700°F. It’s even capable of pairing with the Masterbuilt App through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allowing Dad to control the cook from the comfort of his recliner. I know that’s where I’d be!

  • Nuke Delta 40-Inch Argentinian-Style Gaucho Grill
  • Nuke Delta 40-Inch Argentinian-Style Gaucho Grill

    If your Pops is all about new and authentic experiences, then this is the Father’s Day grill for him. It’s inspired by Gaucho grilling traditions on the South American plains, so it’s only fitting that the grill itself is designed by South American craftsmen. I know I’ve had tons of fun using the side lever that lets you adjust the height of the cooking grates, putting food closer to or father from the fire as needed. All told, this is an immersive grill that Dad will lose himself in every time he barbecues.

  • MEATER+ Extended Range Wireless Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer
  • MEATER+ Wireless Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer

    Of all the grilling tools out there, a good BBQ thermometer might be the most important. Internal temperature is the only way to be completely sure your food is cooked through; otherwise, those old BBQ hacks like looking for clear juices are just guesses. The MEATER+ has probes to measure both the internal temperature of meat and the ambient temperature inside your grill, and it can transmit those readings up to 165 feet through Bluetooth. If your dad’s like me, he’ll appreciate up-to-the-minute updates without having to stand over the grill all day.

  • Looftlighter X Battery Powered Lighter & Firestarter
  • Looftlighter X Battery Powered Lighter & Firestarter

    Your dad surely has a tried-and-true method for lighting the grill, whether it’s lighter fluid, starter cubes, or another popular tactic. But what if I told you the battery-powered Looftlighter X was both the quickest and cleanest way to get the grill going? It shoots a stream of scorching-hot air that tops out at 1,200°F to light charcoal, wood chunks, or wood chips in just 60 seconds. As a bonus, it’s safe to use indoors and doesn’t leave behind any nasty chemical taste or smells like some lighting techniques do.

  • Wusthof Outdoor 4-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set
  • Wusthof Outdoor 4-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set

    I can’t tell you how many times I had to go back to the basics throughout my football career. It doesn’t hurt to do the same with grilling, either. This 4-piece grilling accessory set from Wusthof is a great refresher for the must-haves in Dad’s toolkit, especially if he barbecues frequently. It includes a turner spatula, meat fork, locking tongs, and basting brush, each made with durable stainless steel and heat-resistant handles. My Pops always says you’ve got to have the right tools for the job, and this Wusthof set certainly qualifies.

  • Little Griddle Professional Stainless Steel Griddle For BBQ Grills
  • Little Griddle Stainless Steel Half Griddle

    I love cooking with a griddle because of the possibilities: a multi-course breakfast, stir fry, completely crusted steaks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and so on. But if your dad doesn’t have the space — or you don’t have the budget — for a dedicated griddle, then this is the next best thing. The Little Griddle can handle breakfast, lunch, and dinner thanks to its smooth stainless steel cooking surface and protective grease trough, plus it has handles for easy transportation when Dad is on the go.

  • BBQGuys Signature x Spiceology Complete Collection Rub Variety Pack
  • BBQGuys Signature x Spiceology Complete Rub Collection

    You could give Dad the same old BBQ rubs you get him every Father’s Day… or you could spice things up with the BBQGuys Signature x Spiceology variety pack. The collection features 3 rubs for popular proteins (Beef, Chicken, and Pork), another 3 rubs based on regional BBQ flavors (Carolina, Kansas City, and Memphis), and a specialty Pineapple Ancho blend. While I’m still debating which is my favorite, I pull from this pack for just about every cookout. In your dad’s capable hands, it’ll also be a gift that keeps on giving.


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