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Grill Season  has officially started my friends. With Memorial Day a few weeks behind us, and July 4th just two and a half weeks away – now is the time to step up your grill game, and get yourself The Pops Q Tool.

The website says that the Pops Q Tool is pretty much the most versatile, bad-ass, barbecue accessory you’ll ever known – so let’s find out why.

Well, first off – the Pops Q Tool comes in two sizes – 15′ and 18′ – this all in one barbecue multitasking gadget can handle and backyard situation. Buying one of these means eliminating the clutter of tools you’ve had rusting over since last summer.

It’s really the Swiss Army Knife of BBQ tools – did we mention this item is entirely made in the United States of America? Perfect for Independence Day….

Tool 1 – The Spatula. 

The Spatula is the workhorse of the Pops Q Tool. Made from 304 Stainless Steel for superior strength and rust resistance and measuring 3.25” tall by 3.5” wide, this spatula excels at handling everything you cook, from large burgers to slender fish fillets. Stone ground 45° front section increases ease of use.

Tool 2 – The Fork

The four pronged fork is designed to maximize control over food on the grill by itself and when paired with the spatula. It’s extremely useful to stabilize food on the grill for cutting or positioning. The angled tips also work well for roasting marshmallows, and fending off wild creatures who wander into camp.

Tool 3 – The Mega-Tongs

This is THE FEATURE that sets the Pops Q Tool apart from every other BBQ tool in the world: The fork slides into the spatula and creates the ultimate Mega-Tong. The large tongs provide full versatility at the grill, for flipping, adjusting and then serving anything you can grill – from Flank Steak to Flaky Lettuce to Shish Kabobs and Shashimi!

Tool 4 – The Scraper

The V Design grill scraper on the bottom of the Knife works equally well on small hibachi or large Forest Service grate – because a clean grill means a better tasting meal.

Tool 5 – The Knife

The brand starts by laser cutting the initial serrations into the 304 Stainless Steel, then stone grinding both sides to get the correct cutting angle. The result is a serrated knife that easily cuts meats, veggies, and bread on the grill. It’s both a time saving feature, and a little reward maker for the grill master of the day – for who doesn’t love a little “sample” off the end when grilling?

Tool 6 – The Bottle Opener

Now this feature reminds us of a pair of sandals we once wrote about…

Grilling and cold beverages go hand in hand. Some of us like beer, others like bottled soda, but we all agree that easily opening those bottles without having to go back inside for a bottle opener is better. Best way to use the opener is to hold the spatula towards the sky, it works upside down as well but it requires more effort.

The best part about this superhero-style grilling gadget extravaganza? You can engrave both handles. Yup, you can personalize these – so if you’re still thinking about what to get Pop for Father’s Day….and you don’t mind your gift arriving a few days late – then we think we may have found a winner.

Purchase the 6 in 1 Grill Gadget here.

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Stefan Doyno
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