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Gourmet gifts for the meat lover

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

The ultimate gift guide for meat lovers

It’s far easier to holiday shop for the meat eaters on your list than the picky eaters who eschew entire food groups or have ethical issues with certain cuisines. Here is our juicy list of gourmet holiday gifts for your favorite carnivores.

Holiday gift guide

The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing: The Complete Guide to Smoking and Curing Meat, Fish, Game, and More ($10)

The ideal gift for the meat artisan who wants to do more than just put a steak on the grill, The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing (Skyhorse, September 2011) by Monte Burch is a practical handbook on how to turn wild game, fish, pork, chicken or beef into scrumptious ham, bacon, sausage and more. Drawing on more than forty years of experience smoking everything from salmon to whole hogs, Burch presents an easy-to-follow guide for creating all types of fresh cured products at home. Recipes include Deli-Style Corned Beef, Pastrami, Beef Jerky, Smoked Tuna Steaks and Horizon Smoked Turkey, just to name a few.

The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing: The Complete Guide to Smoking and Curing Meat, Fish, Game, and More ($10)


Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time ($15)

Living in Montana, I can't help but love this meat-celebrating cookbook. Girl Hunter (De Capo, December 2011), written by classically-trained New York chef and fearless omnivore Georgia Pellegrini, is a food-laden hunting narrative that shares the adventures of being a self-sufficient eater. Teaming up with veteran hunters, Pelligrini travels over field and stream to hunt venison, wild boar, elk, quail and more. After the kill, she presents succulent ways to eat her meats. Finger-licking recipes include Wild Turkey and Oyster Stew, Stuffed Quail, Pheasant Tagine and Venison Sausage. After paging through this cookbook, you may just find yourself booking a hunting vacation – and, if not, you will certainly gain an appreciation for those who hunt for their meals.

Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time ($15)


Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars ($25)

While not solely a meat-centric cookbook, it's one that baseball lovers can page through for hearty meat-featuring recipes and more. In Diamond Dishes (Lyons Press, April 2011) by Julia Loria (who ranks cooking and baseball high on the list of her lifelong passions), baseball fans and food lovers get a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite Major League Baseball players with stories told through memorable meals, family recipes, exclusive full-color photos of the players off the field and in the kitchen, and revealing anecdotes about life beyond the diamond. Though we love this cookbook because it is an easy gift for the guys on your list, don't forget the sports-loving women who'd jump at the chance to check out the pro-baseball meals.

Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars ($15)


Monogram Forged Steak Brand ($40)

For the meat eaters who like to make a statement at every barbecue, the Williams Sonoma steak brand lets backyard chefs sear their own initials into steaks and chops. The customized iron brand is hand forged by a Texas cattle rancher and is an authentic miniature version of the cattle brands used for centuries to identify livestock and designate ranch families. Choose single, double or triple initials for your favorite grill king or queen. The branding iron even comes with a wall-mounting storage rack.

Monogram Forged Steak Brand ($40)


Todd English GreenPan Gourmet Grill ($175)

The most recent innovation for meat eaters is the GreenPan Gourmet Grill from celebrity chef Todd English. Launched on Dec. 9, 2011 on HSN.com, the Gourmet Grill is for the indoor grilling gourmet. It features a large nonstick grilling surface, embedded heating elements for even cooking, touch pad operation, removable grease tray and plates that lock closed for easy vertical storage. This all-season grill is available in four colors: black, red, blue and white.

Todd English GreenPan Gourmet Grill ($175)


Cat Cora Starfrit Maple Wood Butcher Block ($65)

Got meat? Then you certainly need a heavy duty butcher block that is as stylish as it is functional. Cat Cora has you covered with her maple cutting board, which is made of solid North American maple wood with nonslip feet and two side stainless steel handles for easy handling. The board measures 16"L x 12"W x 1-7/8"H with (2) 1-3/4" side handles and is a beautiful addition to your kitchen space.

Cat Cora Starfrit Maple Wood Butcher Block ($65)


Omaha Steaks Tasteful Gift Combo ($70)

Give the gift of a steak house dining experience that your favorite meat lovers can have right in the comfort of their own home. Omaha Steaks is renowned for their quality meats and even have a delectable variety of accompaniments for their entrée meats. The Tasteful Gift Combo features the finest selection of meats, including filet mignon and top sirloin, stuffed baked potatoes and chocolate molten lava cakes. At $70, this gourmet gift is a steal – and right now Omaha Steaks is offering free shipping on the Tasteful Gift Combo! When you visit the site, be sure to check out the mouthwatering array of burgers, brats, seafood, poultry, appetizers, sides, desserts and complete meals.

Omaha Steaks Tasteful Gift Combo ($70)


Prescott Frost Beef (prices vary)

If your meat eater is particular about organic eating, look no further than Prescott Frost. Offering affordable, sustainable, organic steaks, burgers and dogs, Prescott Frost raises their animals on fresh Nebraska air and organic grasses and legumes. All of the company's meat contains more vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids than conventional beef and is 100 percent USDA Certified Organic. Choose from filet mignon, rib eye, New York strip, ground beef, beef patties and hot dogs. Prescott also offers two gift options for their beef products.

Prescott Frost Beef (prices vary)


Oh Boy Oberto! All Natural Jerky ($6)

When in need of a snack, hardcore meat lovers (or low-carbers) reach for jerky over a bag of trail mix. A high-protein nosh, Oberto's newest jerky is a healthier choice compared to other preservative-laden jerky brands. Ingredients include beef, sugar, water, beef stock, salt, spices and natural flavorings, natural smoke flavor and vinegar. It includes absolutely no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and no added MSG. The All Natural Jerky line is available in six flavors: Original Beef Jerky, Teriyaki Beef Jerky, Peppered Beef Jerky, Hickory Beef Jerky, BBQ Pork Jerky and Teriyaki Turkey Jerky. This is a great stocking stuffer!

Oh Boy Oberto! All Natural Jerky ($6)

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