If you’re into grilling then the two most important items to invest your money into are without a doubt a good BBQ grill and good quality meat. However, there are other things you need to think about.
That’s why we’ve compiled the best BBQ grill gadgets that can enhance your barbecue game, make grilling a little bit safer and have you enjoying your time in front of the flames all the more.
While getting yourself outdoors and cooking up a feast may be a lot of fun, there are obviously a few dangers to think about. After all, the last thing you want to do is suffer from burns.
In addition to health and safety, there are many items on the market that can make life easier for you and improve the quality of the meals you’re working hard to perfect.
Even though there are many novelty items out there that don’t really add any value, there are also many awesome gadgets that can make a nice little difference.
Marshmallow Roasting Forks
As you probably know by now, grilling can be a serious business. Given the heat and obvious dangers involved, it’s usually best to keep kids well away when you’re in the heat of the moment and trying to manage a grill full of pork chops, burgers, sausages, or whatever you have going on.
There are other times, however, when it’s actually quite nice to make the barbecue a fun-family zone.
Buy yourself a bag of marshmallow roasting forks and you can get everyone involved, while taking care of desert at the same time. Simply stick a marshmallow (or two) onto the end of the fork, allow it to toast in the heat and enjoy.
Perfect for camping, or even backyard gatherings.
If you’re cooking up burgers, then it’s usually not too hard to gauge whether they’re cooked or not. Seeing how they’re nice and thin you can usually tell when they’re ready to be served, or even cut into one of them for good measure.
But what about the chunkier cuts of meat? What if you’re cooking up a giant slab of brisket, or an entire rack of ribs?
A probe thermometer allows you to insert a probe, deep inside, before getting an accurate reading of temperature. This means you don’t have to use guesswork, or ruin the presentation of your meat by trying to take a peek inside.
While a thermometer allows you access deep inside a cut of meat, a meat injector will allow you to go one step further. If you’re worried about your meats drying up a little, or want to add a little bit more flavor to the proceedings, then a meat injector is just what you need.
Simply fill the barrel with your desired marinade and inject the cut of meat. It can work wonders for your flavor and taste.
Fed up with cooking meat on your BBQ every single day? Chances are that you’ll never get bored of it, but wouldn’t it be nice to mix things up every once in a while? Using the pizza stone is simple. Lay it on top of your grill and put your pizza on top once things have heated up.
What works especially well is that the heat becomes evenly distributed across the whole of the surface, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any heat spots causing you to have to be vigilant and rotate every two minutes.
The pizza stone can also be used for breads, so if you like your buns nice and warm without getting a charcoal effect then this is a great gadget.
Cheese Melting Dome
Sometimes it’s the little touches that make meals extra special. Let’s say you want to eat a delicious cheeseburger. You’ve selected the tastiest grass-fed beef hamburger patties you can get your hands on. You’ve flame-grilled them to perfection, with the perfect balance of char and juiciness.
Next, you lay a slice of cheese on top, hoping for it to melt nicely, attaching itself to the top of the burger, and what do you get? The sides drip down onto the flames, while the top doesn’t melt. Your burger ends up being overcooked and the cheese is a mess.
What you need, therefore, is a cheese melting dome. When it’s time to lay a slice of cheese on top of the patty, simply cover with the cheese melting dome and it will provide a consistent oven-like environment by capturing heat.
The cheese now melts perfectly into the burger and your cheeseburger is enhanced to the fullest.
Heat Resistant Silicone Grip Gloves
While you may have developed the skill of using tongs to move your meat around while avoiding the intense heat, there are often many instances where the use of your hands is way more effective.
That’s why it’s essential to get yourself a good pair of heat resistant gloves. Many times, amateur grillers become timid and half-heartedly attempt to pick up, or move meat that’s on the grill, only to watch it fall between the grates and onto the charcoals. Surely you want to avoid such blunders?
Being too overtly brave, however, will lead to continued burn marks on the fingers and hands. There’s got to be another way, right?
That’s why having a pair of heat resistant silicone gloves on hand is essential. Especially ones that have a good grip where you can get a good handle and control over your food.
BBQ LED Lights
Are you fed up with being restricted on when you can and can’t grill? There’s nothing worse than having to rush, or worse, call off a session on the grill because the day is ending and the dark of night is fast approaching. Well, now you can forget about any barbecue curfew.
BBQ LED lights are the perfect accompaniment to allow you to continue barbecuing after dark.
All you have to do is simply attach them to the grill handle above and let them light up the spectacle below. The best thing about the LED lights is that they are heat resistant! Therefore, it doesn’t matter that heat rises from the grill and they’re right in the firing light of heat.
You want your lighting not to come from the side but directly from above, highlighting the grilling action that’s taking place below, so you can keep a good eye on the state of your food as it cooks.
Do you want to further enhance the flavor of your grilled meat? Have you always craved the intense smokiness of meat from a smoker?
Now you can get it, without having to fork out for an expensive smoker unit.
A smoker box is essentially a thin stainless steel box that you can fill up with wood chips and place on top of the flames, below the grater. When the box heats up, it lets out an intense, yet consistent flourish of smoke.
While it doesn’t quite give you the same quality of smoking that, say, a pellet grill would get you, it’s a pretty good alternative, at a fraction of the price.
If you’re going to use a smoker box, then it’s recommended to that you avoid pine, treated plywood, or other resinous woods. Stick to proper wood chips. There are so many different variations of wood chips that you can buy, so have fun playing around and experimenting with flavors.
If you don’t know where to begin, then hickory wood chips will give you an intense smoky-bacon flavor that works especially well with ribs, mesquite is great for dark meats and red meats, giving a full-bodied and earthier flavor, while apple is more slightly more suited for poultry and hamand has a sweeter and milder flavor than most other wood chips.
Flat Metal Kabob Skewers
Kabob skewers are an excellent way to cook and serve a wide variety of items in one go. All you have to do is have chunks of your desired meat, along with pieces of fish or vegetables, such as onion, zucchini, tomato, and bell pepper.
The only problem with the standard pole skewers is that they often roll. That’s why it’s usually better to use flat ones.
Another good thing about using metallic skewers on the grill is that the metal heats up and helps to cook the inside of the meat as well.
A kabob skewer can be used get to get some veggies on your plate and as a fun alternative to a standard cookout.
Bear Paws Shredder Claws
Are you a fan of pulled pork, or other shredded meat? If so, Mountain Grillers shredder claws are ideal, and are an extremely versatile gadget to have around.
Clutch them in your fist and they essentially act as clawed extensions of your hands. If you have a hunk of pork and you want to turn it into a nice quantity of pulled pork then the use of your Bear Paws will have you ripping it to shreds in no time at all.
They’re not only useful for pulled pork. You can use them on all different types of meat, including brisket and turkey.
Customizable BBQ Meat Branding Iron
There are some gadgets that fall under the category of health and safety and others that make your grilling process more efficient or make your meat taste better.
Then, there are other items that you might consider buying purely for the fun of it. A meat branding iron is one of those items.
If you’re skeptical, then simply ask yourself ‘how awesome am I going to look when I serve up a piece of meat that literally has my name on it?’
The idea is simple: you choose what you want to say. For example, you could tell them who cooked it with a phrase like ‘Grilled By Tom’ or something catchy like ‘Enjoy my meat.’
Get the appropriate letters and attach them to the end of the branding iron. Place the letter-end over the flames or in an area of intense heat and leave for twenty seconds or so to become super-hot. Then, promptly thrust the letters into the cut of meat that’s cooking. What you’re left with is your charred name or slogan left into the meat.
Again, not an essential gadget, but a lot of fun to have in your BBQ tool kit.
Don’t Forget The Basics
Of course, while it may be nice to equip yourself with a vast array of elaborate gadgets that add new dimensions to your grilling and make barbecuing even more fun, don’t forget about the basics.
Ensure you have a good set of basic tools that include some tongs, a spatula, fork, and brush to apply additional marinade and baste your food while it’s cooking.
Another thing that you should never overlook is cleaning. By making sure you stay on top of things and clean your grill after each and every use, you’re going to ensure it lasts a lot longer and your food doesn’t succumb to any of the foul tasting elements that are caused by charcoal, oil, and grease that easily accumulates if you let it.
A wire brush and scraper that are appropriate for the grill material you have, to ensure it gets maximum cleaning without being damaged are a must.
Finally, a weather resistant cover is needed to guard your grill from the outside elements when it’s not in use. Always cover it up to avoid the wind, rain, and condensation in the air that can cause rusting. A good quality cover can be far more important than any gadget you may buy.
That being said, any gadget that’s going to enhance your grilling and make your cookouts more enjoyable is probably well worth the investment.
After all, grilling is supposed to be an enjoyable activity. It gets you outside and enjoying the outdoor elements so make sure you’re always having fun.