Barbecue Aprons

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Kiss the cook! Well, not really, but his apron might ask you to – it's not unusual to see that barbecue master waving a spatula around with a chef hat and colorful apron on. Barbecue chefs are known for their stylin' apparel. It's how you distinguish the amateurs from the pros, in a lot of cases.

All right, not exactly. Barbecue aprons do a lot more for a cook than just make him look good. They also protect him against splatters, spills and rogue flames that might jump up from the barbecue while he's cooking. A great chef knows how to deal with the intense barbecue heat by making sure he's safe, from his head to his toes.

There are several different types of grill aprons for the discerning barbecue maestro:

  • Standard aprons are normally made of 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend, which makes them light and machine washable. They come in a variety of sizes, from kids' to one-size-fits-all.
  • Fire resistant aprons are made of flame-retardant cotton sateen or sateen, often with Kevlar threads woven through. They tend to be slightly heavier than your average grill apron, but protect better from the heat of the barbecue.
  • Waterproof aprons are made of heavy-duty vinyl to protect from the rain and any spills. These make a great gift for the chef who will brave any weather to grill.

Barbecue aprons normally cost anywhere between $10 and $40, and come in two styles:

Chef-style or bib-style aprons slip over your head and tie around your neck and waist. These are the most common barbecue aprons. Cobbler-style, or smock-style aprons slip over your head, drape over your shoulders and tie at the sides of the waist. Both styles include pockets to store cooking utensils and anything else you want to carry.

While your children will clearly not be manning the grill, they can certainly help out, and what better to protect your mini-barbecue chef from ketchup spills than his or her very own child apron. Novelty child barbecue aprons will give your future grill king or queen a sense of pride and involvement, and they also function as stylish bibs for the main event - chowing down on those burgers.

You can make your barbecue aprons fun by adding a monogram or an embroidered name or logo. This is a great way to give a personalized present to the barbecue chef in your family. You can also add a matching chef's hat; choose a brightly colored apron or silkscreen it with a photo. Why not add barbecue gloves & barbecue utensils and make it a really great gift that he'll use for years?

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