BBQ season is upon us, and before you start rummaging around for the same old dated tools you've been using for years, check out some of the coolest and cleverest new grilling gadgets—and get ready to up your grill game just in time for summer.
"Bluetooth" isn't the first word that jumps to mind when you think about summer barbecues, but this gadget is a grilling godsend. You enter the kind of meat you're grilling and your preferred doneness level, and the thermometer will keep tabs on your dinner while you're off relaxing in a lounge chair somewhere (up to 150 feet away); it alerts you when the meat is perfectly cooked. The thermometer even has extra bells and whistles like cooking status indicators, a countdown timer, and a record of your cooking history so you can access the same setting next time. No crying over overcooked steak ever again. $50. Photo courtesy of Oregon Scientific.
Jalapeno popper lovers, this one's for you: a stainless steel rack dedicated solely to chili peppers. The one rack allows you to core, seed and then cook them up on the grill. Stuffing with cheese and topping with bacon optional, but c'mon, who would buy this just to make a plain old pepper? $22. Photo courtesy of Sur La Table.
Can we agree that the worst part of throwing a barbecue is cleaning the grill? That's where this motorized grill cleaning "robot" comes in. A sort of Roomba for your grill, you just plop it on your grill grates (after they've cooled to 250 degrees), select your cleaning preference and let it go do its cleanup thing. So go ahead and have another cocktail after dinner; an alarm will let you know when it's done. $120. Photo credit: BBQ Guys
Want to add pulled pork to your summer barbecue repertoire, but never made it before? This simple set of shredders lets you easily tear up everything from pork to chicken, and doubles as a tool for lifting and moving big cuts of meats from grill to plate. And how can something called a Bear Claw Meat Shredder not be fun to use? $17. Photo courtesy of Sur La Table.
Why take your oysters out of the shell mother nature put them in and use these instead? Turns out the mollusks will cook more evenly, since these stainless steel shells all have the same thickness. They'll cook in half the time too (because who isn't in a rush to eat oysters?), and, according to the manufacturer, they're more sanitary than shells from the sea. Bonus: You can use them as cute individual cooking shells for everything from veggies to eggs and shrimp. $36. Photo courtesy of Amazon.
BBQ experts will tell you that cooking on charcoal is best, but getting that flame going strong can be a tedious process. That's where this clever contraption comes in. The high-powered fan clamps on to the side of the grill and blows cool air to ignite the coals without blowing ash, knocking the startup time of charcoal grilling down to about 10 minutes. That means you'll be sitting down to dinner sooner, never a bad thing. $50. Photo courtesy of BBQ Guys.
This two-in-one grilling gadget from renowned grill-master Steven Raichlen is bound to be your guiding light this summer. Using LED light bulbs, the tongs cast a bright light wherever you point them, which means you can keep the barbecuing going long after the sun goes down—and actually still see what you're trying to cook without having to wear one of those coalminer headlamps (never a good look). $18. Photo courtesy of BBQ Guys.
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