It’s finally summer and when the weather is this beautiful there is simply nothing better than cooking on the barbecue. No matter what kind you have, gas or charcoal, you can cook just about anything as long as you have the right accessories.
There are some basic ones out there that will get the job done. A spatula for flipping burgers, a pair of tongs for grilling up some steaks and a barbecue fork for rotating those hot dogs. But then there are some beautiful utensils that are far superior. The Stake 3-in-1 BBQ Tool combines all three together so that you don’t have to switch back and forth between various utensils.
A proper thermometer is also a must for any grill master. It will help you achieve the right amount of “doneness” for each of your guests. An analogue thermometer will do the job just fine, but a digital one will ensure accuracy. For those with Apple devices, the iGrill thermometer syncs up with your device while the probe monitors the temperature of your food on the grill.
Get your grill clean and ready for your next barbecue with a good grill brush. This is an important part of your grill maintenance, so make sure you get a good one. The Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush will tackle stuck on bits of food by using steam to get it loose. You fill the handle with water and the stainless steel bristles work their magic.
Of course, you don’t want to cook yourself for dinner, so make sure you get a pair of barbecue gloves too. These extra long gloves will protect your forearms as well as your hands while you cook. Basic ones will be made out of cotton and treated for high temperatures. Silicon ones are slightly better because they can stand up well to flames and are more affordable than the fancy leather ones.
5. Grill Mat
Anyone who has cooked fish on the barbecue knows how delicate it can be to flip and cook it. That is where a grill mat can make a huge difference. It allows you to cook delicate and smaller items on the grill and have them cook evenly, making them ideal for fish and vegetables. Frogmats are such a product and come in different sizes and are easy to clean.
6. Smoke Box
There’s nothing quite like the aroma of hickory or cedar gently smoking your meat. For those with gas barbecues, a smoke box allows you to do that. Just stick it in the corner of your grill and allow the wood chips to smoke up and flavour your food. The best ones will be made out of cast iron and stainless steel.
7. Burger Press
You can’t have a barbecue without burgers. So for those who really like to make their own from scratch, a burger press can be a necessary tool for the barbecue. Basic ones will help you make uniform burgers for all your guests. But then there are ones that allow you to stuff your burgers, such as the Charcoal Companion Stuff-a-Burger Press.
8. Pizza Stone
You don’t have to be limited to just burgers and hot dogs when cooking on the barbecue. A pizza stone will allow you to make the perfectly crispy pizza you and your family will love.
9. S’more Maker
And then there’s dessert with the S’more to Love S’more Maker. The popular campfire treat can be made on the grill in about five minutes, making it a satisfying end to any barbecue.