The gift of fire

Dads can be tough to buy for, but an awful lot of them seem to like grilling. For Father’s Day ideas, I called Grills For All Seasons (1356 Colusa Highway in Yuba City, (530) 790-0341, For me, it’s conveniently located on the way to visit my own dad. “We’re a man’s toy store,” said owner Hope Goudie. The independent shop is chock-full of grills and smokers, barbecue accessories, cookbooks and helpful advice, including Goudie’s suggestions for sizzling-hot low-, mid- and high-priced gifts:

1. For an inexpensive gift: “We sell a silicone basting brush, for $5, which we highly recommend—it’s high-temp, with no bristles to get in the food, and it’s easy to clean. It’s a wonderful thing.”

2. “To go a little higher, there’s a Roto-Kabob set with six shish kabobs: You turn one handle, and they all rotate. We have a large variety of holders for what they call beer-can chicken, as well as the Za Grill, to cook pizzas on the grill.”

3. To go all out: “The little Weber Qs are great for camping or tailgating, and they range from $149 to $199. The ultimate would be a Traeger pellet grill-smoker. They start at $699.”