We Asked the Master of 'Cue for Her Favorite Grilling Tools
Expert picks for even better grilling this summer.
After four episodes of BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon, the Master of 'Cue has finally been crowned. Lee Ann Whippen of Tampa, FL, took the title with an impressive whole hog presentation, which might come as no surprise to anyone who watched the finale. Lee Ann swept both mini challenges in the last episode before earning the win alongside her mentor-turned-sous-chef Bobby Flay.
Although we won't be making a whole hog anytime soon, we do like to barbecue. That's why we caught up with Lee Ann to find out what her must-have products are for grilling everything from ribs to pizza. Here's what she thinks you should stock up on to become your very own pitmaster.
First things first. You need the right grill. The Big Green Egg is Lee Ann's favorite. "Hands down offers versatile cooking for anything from smoked meats, vegetables and even pizza! This ceramic cooker with porcelain coated grates is easy to use, clean and by adding wood to lump charcoal imparts perfect smoke flavor and retains moisture whether smoking low and slow or searing steaks, hot and fast. The large size is perfect for multiple meats, and fits full length of racks of ribs," she says.
"I love my grandmother's spatula she gave me with a flexible 5-inch stainless steel surface with vents that easily flips burgers and smaller foods," says Lee Ann. In leiu if the perfect hand-me-down, Lee Ann says this OXO spatula will also get the job done.
Lee Ann likes to use a large spatula for moving large cuts of meat. Look for one with a sturdy handle that can support the weight.
"When grill is hot, just dip [a grill brush] frequently in water then brush to steam off remaining char and food particles both on top of grill grate and on sides," she says. Do this after you use the griddle scraper.
Lee Ann swears every grill master needs a sturdy pair of stainless steel tongs with a spring and lock.
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