Tongs, Thermometers and Skewers: A Guide to BBQ Grill Accessories

Friday, June 17th, 2016 by James Hartkorn


image via Brandi J on Flickr

You know it's summertime when the air smells like a mix of freshly cut grass and barbecues. Grill season is in full swing, but before you ditch the kitchen, you might want to assess your grill accessories and add to your collection. From basic to bonus, here's a list of grill accessories that will be game-changers for any grill master.

  1. The three most basic essentials you'll need are tongs, a spatula, and tines (2-pronged fork). You can find these in pretty much any store and made from a variety of materials. Go with your personal preference and get on that grill!
  1. A good thermometer takes the guesswork out of grilling. With the right thermometer, you'll know that your food will be both safe to eat and delicious. They are available at any home good store in either digital or analog form. If you want the Lamborghini of thermometers, check out the thermapen.
  1. You'll probably cook kabobs, and for that you'll need a set of skewers. You can use either bamboo or metal; however, metal skewers have a slight advantage. They heat up and help your food cook on both the inside and outside at the same time.
  1. Like fire-cooked pizza? Get yourself a pizza stone and a pizza peel and enjoy a delicious fire-cooked pizza at home. A pizza peel helps you to get your pizza on and off the grill. Look for one with a decently long handle and a beveled surface.
  1. Up your sauce game with a bottle baster. It’s quicker and saves on dishes as compared to the standard brush.
  1. You might want to sit down for this one. You can cook bacon on your grill. When you're out buying your grill accessories, look for a bacon grill rack, and you can cook everyone's favorite meat on your grill. You're welcome.
  1. You've cooked your pork butt slow and low all day, and you have the perfect barbecue sauce. The only thing that's standing between your meat and your sauce is actually shredding it up. This can be a hassle and time-consuming. Get yourself some meat shredder claws and make this process quicker and easier.
  1. Want to grill, but you don't feel like any of your standard grill recipes? Give your grilling some Asian flair with a sauté skillet. You can use it to make a stir-fry or just as a simple way to cook your vegetables without the worry of losing any through the grate.
  1. You've already eaten dinner, but you're still hungry and your grill is still hot. Guess what? You can whip up an after-dinner snack of freshly popped popcorn using a popcorn grill pan. Bonus: take this with you when your family goes camping!
  1. The best way to make s'mores isn't over an open fire, it's on your grill. Check out this s’more grill basket and you can make your entire dinner and dessert on your grill.

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