Grilling is the ultimate summer pastime: Warm days in the sunshine with the delicious aroma of smoky meat and grilled veggies wafting through the air. The right accessory can put your backyard barbecue over the top. Step up your skills with some of these great (and crazy) grilling accessories!
Kabobs are the perfect way to grill small chunks of meat and veg that are at risk of slipping through the grates (unless you’ve got these grates, that is), but they also take up a lot of your grill’s real estate. Fire Wire came up with a clever improvement on the classic kabob with their flexible, cable-style skewers. Made of stainless steel, the wire is twice the length of a traditional skewer and can be shifted into any position on the grill so you’ve got more room for those juicy steaks. The skewers also remain cool to the touch while cooking, so you can maneuver them and pick them up without other tools.
Eliminate a few more grilling tools with these heat-resistant silicone gloves. They protect your hands against temperatures up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and are designed to maximize dexterity so you can flip those burgers and rotate those brats with ease. The food-safe silicone makes them easy to clean (you can just toss them in the dishwasher), and the textured design makes for a sturdy grip. You can get them in three different sizes and they come with lifetime replacement.
You know when you go to a diner and they slap that little dome over your burgers to achieve that magical meltiness? Well, why not do the same when you’re serving up burgers in your own backyard? This aluminum melting dome wrangles heat so your burgers cook faster and your cheese melts perfectly every time. It also has a nonstick coating for easier cleaning (though putting it in the dishwasher is not recommended).
Pizza might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about backyard barbecues, but with the PizzaQue you can add brick-oven style pies to your grilling repertoire. The stone sits on a stainless steel base with a built-in thermometer. Place the whole unit on your grill and enjoy crisp, delicious crust topped with your favorite ingredients. You can also use the PizzaQue in your oven, so you don’t have to stow it away when it gets cold outside.
Leave that grill on after you’re done with the main course and delight everyone with a toasty, tasty summer dessert favorite: s’mores! That’s right – this rack makes it easy to cook up those delicious graham cracker treats without an open campfire. Just stack your s’mores inside the six baskets, snap the rack closed, and toss it on the grill. You’ll be enjoying gooey, marshmallow-y goodness in no time! Close the lid on your grill while they cook and you can infuse a little smokiness into the s’mores. One pro tip, though: lay some aluminum foil under the rack to help with cleanup – you are still melting marshmallows, after all.
There’s a burly sort of freedom to sparking a flame and cooking up a hearty meal in the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you always want to be stuck manning the grill, obsessively flipping food and impatiently mashing down burger patties while everyone else socializes. Let technology lend a hand with Weber’s iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer. The base mounts magnetically to your grill, and you can use up to four probes to monitor your food through a smartphone app as it cooks. With a 150-foot Bluetooth range, you won’t have to hover over the flame while your food cooks – just track the temperature on your phone and head back to the grill when it’s time to serve.
Anyone whose seen a Survivor fire making challenge knows that trying to create and control a flame has the potential to end up a frustrating, embarrassing struggle. Even if you’ve already mastered the spark arts, waiting for charcoal to light can feel as gruelingly slow as watching paint dry. The BBQ Dragon Fan speeds up this process by blowing low-velocity, cool air onto the fire, supplying it with the extra oxygen needed to burn hotter and faster – bringing your grill up to heat in mere minutes. The best part is that the BBQ Dragon is equipped with a snaking neck and a sturdy clip, so you can take it camping, tailgating, or just out to the backyard for a totally hands-free fire-starting experience. Fire good. BBQ Dragon fast.