Whether you are a novice griller or a serial tamer of the flame, here are some of our favorite tools and gear that will help you take your BBQ and grilling to new heights. Among our must have grilling essentials are:
BBQ AND GRILLING COOKBOOKS
Cookbooks are a great way to add new recipes and techniques to your BBQ and grilling repertoire. Here are some of our favorites.
Peace, Love, and Barbecue by Mike and Amy Mills
Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue by Tuffy Stone
The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen
INSTANT READ THERMOMETER
Ensure perfectly cooked food every time with the Super-Fast Mk4 Thermapen ($99.00), taking accurate readings in 2-3 seconds. The Thermapen is available in a variety of colors.
REMOTE TEMPERATURE GAUGE
Keep constant track of meat and grill temperatures remotely with the dual channel Smoke Remote Thermometer from ThermoWorks. Available in a variety of colors, the Smoke includes the base unit, a high temp cooking prob for monitoring meat temperatures, and high temp air probe with grate clip for monitoring the grill temperature. Purchase it here (MSRP $99.00).
CLASSIC KETTLE CHARCOAL GRILL
An American classic, the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is a must for anyone who enjoys the thrill of grilling over live charcoal. Purchase the 22-inch Weber featuring the one-touch cleaning system HERE (MSRP $185.00 with cover).
GRILLGRATES HIGH HEAT GRILL SURFACE
A perfect addition to virtually any grill, the GrillGrate system lays directly on your existing grate and allows for more even cooking, flare-up resistance, and exceptional sear marks. Purchase three 13.75" x 5.25" GrillGrates panels HERE (MSRP $79.99. Additional sizes available for a variety of grills).
PIZZA INSERT FOR KETTLE CHARCOAL GRILLS
Create perfect brick oven style pizza without spending a fortune on a dedicated pizza oven with the Kettle Pizza Oven insert for kettle style charcoal grills (MSRP $99.95-429.95 depending on kit). PURCHASE IT HERE.
SOUS VIDE IMMERSION CIRCULATOR
Arguably the hottest trend among home cooks, sous vide immersion circulators such as this model from Anova Culinary (MSRP $149.00) are a great way to ensure meats, vegetables, and other ingredients are cooked to perfection. Cooked low and slow in a temperature controlled water bath, foods can then be finished on the smoker or grill for a great sear and smoky flavor. PURCHASE IT HERE.
Add flavor deep within large cuts of meat such as brisket, pork butts, whole chickens, and turkeys with this ultra durable injector from Spitjack (MSRP $129.00). The injector comes complete with a variety of removable needles for a variety of injections and is adjustable for does of 1ml to 5ml. PURCHASE IT HERE.
Form meets function in this ultra-stylish show stopper. Elevate the art of outdoor cooking with the sleek, contemporary look and outstanding functionality of the Arteflame 40" grill (MSRP $2,450). Building a wood or charcoal fire in the center of the grill, the cook top heats from the center out. PURCHASE IT HERE.
Krups Coffee/Spice Grinder. Making your own dry rubs has never been easier thanks to the Krups Fast Touch Grinder. Originally created for grinding coffee beans, this inexpensive little beauty is perfect for pulverizing dried spices for your very own signature spice blend! PURCHASE IT HERE ($19.99).
Pellet Smoker and Grill. Craft amazing wood-fired creations with the Traeger Tex Elite 34 pellet grill. From grilled steak, to smoked ribs, and even a freshly baked apple pie, the set it and forget it ease of use allows any home chef to cook it all. Swap the gas and charcoal barbecue for 100% pure hardwood pellet flavor and grill, smoke, bbq, bake, roast, or braise a masterpiece. PURCHASE IT HERE (MSRP $899.99)