Grill gear to make your barbecue the best on the block

Patty stuffers, meat claws, grill robots, and more.

Awesome grill gear
I love summer.Nik MacMillan via Unsplash

This is the summer you'll become renown for your meat-charring abilities. This is when your kebabs and tin-foil-wrapped corn make you a favorite among your neighbors. No guarantees, but some may fall in love with you and your jalepeño-cheese-stuffed burgers. How? Lots of tasting, high-quality ingredients, and some of the best gear on the market. Read on.

Wildwood grilling planks

Wildwood Grilling Grilling Plank
Add some extra flavor.Amazon

This grilling plank variety set comes with six, 5-11-inch planks made from cedar, alder, cherry, hickory, maple, and red oak. Cooking on wood adds extra flavor in your veggies, meats, and seafood. These are oven-safe, too, so you can use them indoors. The pack also comes with a recipe booklet.

Cuisinart grill light

Cuisinart grill light
Grill day or night.Amazon

If you’re cooking after the sun goes down, make sure to keep your grill station lit. This Cuisinart grill light has nine LEDs with 10,000-hour bulb lives. It’s powered with three AAA batteries and clamps to your grill’s handle. The light isn’t waterproof, so make sure to remove the device when it rains.

Batman grilling tools

Batman grilling tools
Na na na na na na na na...Amazon

This Batman BBQ tool set comes with a spatula—with the Batman logo—grilling fork, and slotted songs. The set is made of stainless steel with beech wood handles. Be advised, they aren't dishwasher safe.

Fire Wire skewers

Fire Wire bendable skewers
You can fit more food on your grill with flexible skewers.Amazon

Space on your grill is precious. These Fire Wire grilling skewers are made of flexible stainless steel, so you can squeeze more onto your grate.

Smores to Love grill tool

S'more grill tool
A less messy way to make s'mores.Amazon

Stack your ingredients in the baskets and safely stick it over your grill or campfire. Is it necessary? Not in the strictest sense. But the promise of making batches of s'mores on the grill—this one makes six at a time—is enticing.

Outset cast iron oyster dish

Cast iron oyster dish
Grilling is great, but I can’t imagine eating burgers or grilled chicken every day.Amazon

Why not grill up some molluscs with garlic and butter? This cast iron grill has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning and can hold 12 oysters. It can really hold anything that fits in the oyster slots, so get creative.

Meater Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer

Meater Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
Check your food's internal temperature from your phone.Amazon

The Meater is like any meat thermometer, but with wireless connectivity, so you can monitor your food's internal temperature from your phone. It's got a five-inch-long probe and charges in a AAA-powered wooden box. Pretty classy. The internal sensors read up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and the external part of the probe measures ambient temperatures up to 527 degrees.

Meat claws, gloves, and a digital thermometer

Cave Tools Meat Claws and Digital Cooking Thermometer
The basics of outdoor entertaining.Amazon

This digital thermometer has a large LCD display and can measure temperatures between -40 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and automatically shuts off to save battery life. The claws make tearing through smoked pork shoulder super easy and way less messy. Plus you'll feel like a bear or a tiger or something.

Cave Tools Smoker Box

Cave Tools Smoker Box
Smoking meat takes longer—but it's worth it.Amazon

To make sure the smoky flavor of the wood chips penetrates the meat—and not just flavor the outside—you'll need patience first and foremost. Some people smoke their meat for for days or even weeks. This stainless steel smoker box is a good, cheap option for somebody who wants to smoke meat, but isn't quite ready to spend hundreds of dollars on an elaborate set-up. You put wood chips in the box and put it directly your charcoals. It's a relatively simple, inexpensive, and unobtrusive way to get some of that smokey flavor.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Get some advice from the pros.Amazon

Brush up on your basic BBQ knowledge and get tips from people that know what they are talking about. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay will teach you how a smoker works, what woods to use, which cuts of meat work best, and how to serve your fare. There is nothing wrong with seeking a little outside help.

A shiny new toolkit

Home-Complete BBQ Grill Tools Set with 16 Barbecue Accessories
All the tools you'll need to BBQ and scrape your grill.Amazon

If you've been using the same tools your parents put on their wedding registry, it's time for an upgrade that gets you excited to grill again. This kit comes with a spatula, power tongs, a basting brush, a knife, a cleaning brush, four pairs of corn holders, and two skewers. All the tools fit in the aluminum carrying case. It's suave as hell.

Rapicca BBQ Gloves

Rapicca BBQ Gloves
A safe place for your hands while you're grilling.Amazon

Flame-resistant gloves will keep you out of the hospital and keep your grilling throughout the summer. The Rapicca BBQ anti-heat gloves are 14-inches long, have a double layer soft cotton lining, and are heat-resistant up to 932-degrees Fahrenheit. The gloves also have textured grips to keep your tools from slipping from your hands.

Patty Buddy Deluxe Stuffed Burger Press

Patty Buddy Deluxe Stuffed Burger Press
Why put fixings on your burgers when you can put fixings in your burgers?Amazon

Mold and stuff your burgers with the plastic Patty Buddy Deluxe Stuffed Burger Press. The press comes with 20 recipes, though experimenting is encouraged—by me. I like mushrooms, onions, jalapeños, myself.

Pizzacraft PizzaQue Outdoor Pizza Oven

Pizzacraft PizzaQue Outdoor Pizza Oven
Spice up your BBQ spread with some fresh pizzas.Amazon

Yes, this is rather unorthodox, but listen: everybody loves a pizza oven, and firing up that kind of heat outside makes a lot of sense. The PizzaQue uses a 14-inch cordierite pizza stone and propane gas to make a crispy pizza in six minutes. Use the grill to char vegetables for toppings.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Non Slip Corn Holders

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Non Slip Corn Holders
Non-slip corn holders, so you don't drop your ear.Amazon

These OXO corn holders have stainless steel pins and non-slip holders so you can keep your corn where your mouth is. The set comes with 8 holders.

Grill trays.

Charcoal Companion Grill Station
Keep your meats, fish, and veggies separate.Amazon

Designated trays for cooked and raw meats means less inadvertent cross-contamination. The trays have ridges on the inside for marinating foods and a labeling surface on the side.

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner
Grilling is fun. Cleaning the grill is... not.Amazon

The Grillbot will do it for you, with three different cycles ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and requires four hours of charge time to reach full power. The brushes are removable and dishwasher-safe.

Alpha Grillers 18-inch Grill Brush

Alpha Grillers 18" Grill Brush
If you're not into the robot idea, here's a good option for the manual approach.Amazon

This 18-inch grill brush has stainless steel bristles that, as the company notes, can survive a zombie apocalypse.

Himalayan salt plate and holder

Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set
Enrich the flavor of your food with a Himalayan salt block.Amazon

This Himalayan salt block, roughly the size of letter paper, comes with a steel-coated holder with handles. Why cook on a salt block? The minerals and cooking technique are supposed to offer a more complex flavor than regular table salt.

TableCraft Bamboo Steak Markers

TableCraft Bamboo Steak Markers
Steak markers to remember how much you cooked certain pieces of meat.Amazon

Six bucks is a small price to pay to seem incredibly fancy. TableCraft bamboo steak markers act as labels for cooked meats. This package comes with 130 markers—20 rare, 30 medium-rare, 30 medium, 30 medium-well, and 20 well.

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