Since grilling goes hand-in-hand with the summer season, your grilling accessories need to be up for the job. Sure, you could use any old barbecue spatula or fork – but where’s the fun in that? Lucky for you, we've scouted oodles of grilling accessories that are as unique as they are useful. Seriously, you’ll love ‘em.
Below are 12 grilling accessories you have to take for a spin (you know, in our humble opinion):
1. Himalayan Salt Plate
Sourced from natural salt deposits found in the Himalayas, this mineral-rich salt plate adds a unique flavor to foods of every type: Heat it on the grill to cook thin cuts of meat and seafood, or chill in the fridge to serve your fave veggies, cheese and fruit with a hint of salt. Not only is the salt plate naturally anti-microbial and easy to clean, but you can keep using it until it eventually depletes.
2. Handmade Bamboo Dome
Would you like a mosquito with your asparagus? Yeah, me neither. Luckily, you’ll have your Rectangular Bamboo Dome to protect the food you’ve worked so hard to grill. Handmade in Bali, this dome is made of mesh netting that folds over your food tray and locks into place, keeping pests – and hubby – out until mealtime.
3. Clean Burning Coconut Charcoal
Afire KOKO briquettes are made from sustainable, all-natural coconut shells. Not only do they burn hotter and stay hot longer than traditional charcoal, they’re free of chemicals and propellants. Made in the USA, the briquettes are crafted from shells left over from other coconut uses. The shells burn thoroughly, leaving minimal ash compared to other charcoal brands.
4. Sustainable 3-in-1 Tongs with Bamboo Handles
The Verde Multipurpose Barbecue Tongs by Outset are unique 3-in-1 tongs that allow you to grip, flip and poke food in one fell swoop. They have a two-sided design that offers both a spatula-style flipper and pronged fork. The handles are made from farm-raised bamboo, the tongs recycled stainless-steel - even the packaging for these gorgeous tongs is made from 100 percent sustainable materials.
5. iGrill Mini Thermometer
The iGrill mini is a grilling thermometer that uses Bluetooth technology to tell you when your food is ready. You can choose from dozens of preset temperature alarms or create your own. It works with iPhone 4S and up, iPad mini, iPad 3 and up and iPod Touch 5. As far as grilling accessories go, it doesn’t get more high-tech than this.
6. All-Natural Smoking Grilling Set
There’s nothing quite like the flavor that comes from plank-grilling your meats. The Afire Smoking Grilling Set comes in a variety of planks and rubs. The sustainable harvested grilling planks are easy to use: Just soak, heat and smoke. Choose either four mini or two gourmet planks and the rub flavor you so desire, all of which are all-natural: No MSG, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
7. Grill Clips For Your Veggies
Say goodbye to your veggies sticking to the grate: These uber-handy Stainless Steel Grill Clips come in a set of four, and are the perfect size for holding individual vegetable servings (such as asparagus and zucchini, among others). They’re an efficient way to make sure your veggies are thoroughly cooked with minimal hassle.
8. Cast Iron Basting Set
Perfect for slathering sauces, butter and glazes on your fave meats and veggies, the Sur La Table Basting Set is one of those grilling accessories you really shouldn’t be without. The cast iron pot can be placed directly on the grill to keep liquids hot, while the silicone brush coats your food quickly and easily.
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9. Travel-Friendly BBQ Tool Set
If you’re known for being on-the-go, why not take your grilling accessories with you? This set of folding barbecue tools includes a slotted spatula, grill fork and grill brush. The sturdy wooden handles and durable stainless-steel implements make them versatile enough to be used in both folded and extended positions (and come in a handy canvas storage bag).
10. Steam-Only Grill Cleaning Brush
Nobody enjoys cleaning, but the Grand Grill Daddy Grill Cleaning Brush will help you forget about that. It scrubs using steam to melt away baked-on food and residue and sterilizes as it cleans. All you have to do is turn on the grill, fill the brush handle with water, and go to it. No scraping or chemicals required.
11. All-Season Grilling Stone
The Flame Top Grilling Stone by Emile Henry can be used on the grill and in the oven - perfect for grilling meats and vegetables no matter the season. The ceramic heats evenly, maintains your desired temperature for long periods, and is super easy to clean. It can also be used in the oven and microwave, so there's no need for it to collect dust during the off-season. Plus, it comes in pretty colors.
12. On-The-Go Recycled Tableware Set
Preserve’s 120-piece On-the-Go Tableware Set is made in the USA from 100 percent recycled, BPA and melamine-free plastic. It’s lightweight yet durable and dishwasher safe, perfect for entertaining outdoors. The set contains five packages of plates (each package contains eight plates), five packages of cutlery (8 knives, forks and spoons in each package), and four packages of cups (with each package containing 10 cups).
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