The Lazy Chef's Guide to Grilling: 20 Tools That Make Barbecuing Way Easier

The Lazy Chef's Guide to Grilling: 20 Tools That Make Barbecuing Way Easier

Tired of slaving over a hot grill? 

By Courtney Thompson

I love me a barbecue. The music is blaring, the beer is flowing, and the smell of a fired-up grill makes me nostalgic for the family parties of my childhood. I’ve attended hundreds of said bbqs in my life, but it wasn’t until I had my own home—with my very own grill—that I decided to host a barbecue of my own, thinking, “This will be a blast.” Not so much. It turns out there’s a real art to grilling—and the stakes are pretty high. If you have one too many of those beers, or get lost in a conversation and ignore what you’ve got on the flame, well you can say bye-bye to all those charred burgers and dogs.

When you’re responsible for feeding a dozen or more people, the pressure is on to get it right the first time. You don’t want to burn your meal, but undercooked meats and poultry can lead to food poisoning and OMG, GRILLING IS SO STRESSFUL. Not to mention messy, as well. If you’re marinating your meats, you’re not only dealing with uncooked foods, but also wet, sticky liquids—all while manning a giant, burning-hot piece of equipment.

That's why we decided to scour the Internet for products that can take some of the stress (i.e. “I burned my fingers trying to flip the corn!”) and mess out of the grilling process, ultimately leading you to being a happier, more relaxed host. Now you can grill jalepeños without them falling through the grates, simmer shrimp and scallops in their own cavities of butter, and even serve crispy paninis to your more-than-impressed guests.

Sur La Table Stainless Steel Grill Grids, Set of 3

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, $49.95

Charcoal Companion Ultimate Grilling Basket

BUY FROM: Target, $15.38

Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set

BUY FROM: Amazon, $30.11 (Regularly $39.99, 25% Off!)

Sur La Table Rectangular Pizza Stone

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, $30

Cedar Grilling Planks, Set of 12

BUY FROM: Amazon, 19.99

Charcoal Companion Cast Iron Garlic Roaster & Squeezer Set

BUY FROM: Amazon, $18.50

Jalepeno Pepper Roaster

BUY FROM: Williams-Sonoma, $19.95

Corn on the Cob Grilling Baskets

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $14.99

Cusinart Stuffed Burger Press

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $6.55 (Regularly $14.99, 56% Off!)

Grillaholics Grill Mat

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $19.95 (Regularly $39.95, 50% Off!)

Sur La Table Pro Ceramic Shrimp and Scallop Pan

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, SALE $29.95

Gourmet Grilled Sandwich Basket

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $14.99

Salt Block Skewers, Set of 2

BUY FROM: Williams-Sonoma, $12.95

Sur La Table Flexible Locking Skewers, Set of 4

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, $14

Charcoal Companion Grill Station

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $42.99

Qually United 18-Inch BBQ Grill Brush

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $12.95 (Regularly $39.95, 68% Off!)

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Grilling Tongs & Turner Set

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.95

Weber Original Instant-Read Thermometer

BUY FROM: Amazon, $9.95

Grill Heat Aid Revolutionary Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $24.97 ($49.97, 44% Off!)

Zeust Barbecue Grill Light

BUY FROM: Amazon, $35.07

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