In all honesty, you don’t really need a lot of gear to have a good cookout. You’ll be able to get by with the most basic grill and a set of busted old tongs — but if you want to step up your game, a few extra pieces of kit can drastically improve your overall grilling experience. We’ve rounded up a few of this year’s coolest accessories below. Enjoy!
Carolina Pigtail ($40)
There’s something very rustic about cooking food over an open flame. There’s also something rustic about this Carolina Pigtail Meat Turner. Hand-forged in the Tar Heel State from a single railroad spike, it can add some unique old-west flair to your grilling setup. The carefully curved bottom that makes it easy to flip steaks and other meat, ensuring your dinner plans don’t get derailed.
Stake Grilling Multitool ($65)
This beast is basically a spatula, tongs, knife, and fork all in one. Think of it like a Leatherman that you can use at the grill without burning all the hair off your knuckles.
Wood Grilling Planks ($28)
If you’re looking to take your grilling game to the next level, slap your meat on a slab of wood. It imparts it with all kinds of awesome flavors. Hit up our Guide to Smoking Meat for a rundown of which woods work best with certain meats.
Cast Iron Smoker Box ($16)
The awesome thing about cast iron is that it’s ridiculously cheap, but will last you a lifetime. Stuff one of these badboys with your favorite wood chip blend, pop it into your hot grill, and it’ll drench your meat in delicious smoky flavor.
Bison Airlighter ($80)
The days of wasting half a can of lighter fluid and twiddling your thumbs for half an hour just to get your charcoal up to temp are over. This beast starts your briquettes with a superhot burst of fire, followed by a blast of oxygen, so you’ll be up and cooking in a fraction of the time.
Grill Grate Oiler Brush ($13)
Keeping your grates well-oiled is the surest way to make sure your food doesn’t stick. The Steven Raichlen Grilling Grate Oiler makes it easy. Its design combines a grill brush with a small reservoir for the oil, letting you get solid coverage with every swipe. It’s made from temperature-resistant plastic and silicone, and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Really, any old BBQ sauce will likely keep your guests happy, but if you want to knock their socks off and convince them you’re god’s gift to grilling, get yourself a bottle of this awesome concoction from Rufus Teague. Whiskey Maple BBQ. Need we say more?
Don’t waste your time with some cotton-canvas atrocity that’ll barely make it through one summer. If you’re serious about searing steaks, you need a goddamn leather apron. Any one will do, but we like this one because it’s got plenty of pockets.
Who says your cookouts have to be confined to your backyard? With this cleverly-designed grill from Frontrunner, you’ll always be prepared for a backcountry BBQ, no matter where in the world you happen to end up.