“Master of the Grill Apron” by 5.11 Tactical

5.11 Tactical has been known to take a practical joke or two and turn them into products. The Tactical Kilt comes immediately to mind – which started as a April Fool’s joke. Turns out the joke was on 5.11, who every year since has actually released the kilt for consumption.

I’m proud to admit, that I am one of those kilt owners…

Latest product up on the 5.11 is not joking series is the “Master of the Grill Apron”. Released just in time for Father’s Day (Coincidence? I think not.), the apron comes complete with all the 5.11 Tactical goodness common to their other products.  The apron itself is teflon-coated for taking on the toughest summer grilling missions and has various pockets all over for grilling tools. If those are not enough, the apron has MOLLE rows for additional pouches and meat-cooking accessories.

Oh, and its even “patch-compatible” per 5.11, so you can move some of your best patches from the wall to your grill station! Retail is set at $49.99 for the single size apron in 5.11’s “Tundra” color pattern. 

My issues? I think this is being mismarketed. It’s a novelty for the grill but actually, makes for a bad-ass gunsmithing and general work apron.

I think I want one to complete my kilt…


TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


  • Dougscamo

    “scribbling in notebook entitled “Lines I Thought I Would Never Read On TFB”….”I’m proud to admit, that I am one of those kilt owners…”….got it. Next?

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    After seeing the picture, but before reading the title I immediately thought it was a gunsmithing apron. Looks like a good apron and its not even that obscenely priced given that its a 5.11 product.

    • BeoBear

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the picture. I could use a new gunsmithing apron so this is an option. My grilling apron is an actual tactical chef’s apron complete with grill tools and gun.

  • Beju

    I bought a generic tactical grill apron as a novelty gift for a cousin at least 2-3 years ago.

  • Edeco

    I’ve been looking for a good gentlemans’ sarong or shendyt. Not tactical but twill or work-shirt-thickness cotton or linen.

  • mazkact

    I just hope they don’t make a Tactical man Romper……………you all know it’s coming.

  • BeoBear

    That thing is lacking compared to the “Tactical Chef Apron” sold by ThinkGeek. My sister got me one a few years ago and it rocks. Came with MOLLE pouches with MOLLE all over the front and back. Has the large velcro back area where you’d normally have your POLICE, SHERIFF, SWAT type patches as well as a smaller one on the front. Hooks for hanging spatulas or tongs and such. I attached a MOLLE holster on the front of mine so I can pack my BBQ gun (STI Elektra .45acp) with a spare mag when grilling. I also have a MOLLE handcuff case on it (I used to be a LEO and it seemed a shame for them to sit in a drawer). Never know when some crackhead is going to jump the fence while you’re out grilling and it’s nice to have your gun and cuffs right there with your tongs and spatula!