Barbecue and Grilling Tools

Every true barbecue master has a basic set of go-to tools that make cooking a snap.

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May 20, 2015
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Get an assortment of pastry brushes for thick sauces and a barbecue mop for thin sauces. Make sure to clean well after every use.

BUY IT: OXO Silicone Basting Brush: Amazon, $7.99

Charcoal Chimney

The best way to light a charcoal grill: Place crumbled newspaper under the chimney, place on the grill grate and fill the top with charcoal. When you light the newspaper, the charcoal catches fire. Once the charcoal is white, dump it under the grate and you are good to go!

BUY IT: Kingford Original Charcoal Briquettes: Amazon, $23.36

Disposable Aluminum Pans

These are great for holding food, basting juices and other liquids to keep meat moist, using as grease catchers under the grate and covering food on the grill.

BUY IT: Aluminum Foil Pans: Amazon, $18.99

Heavy-Duty Foil

Great for making packets for small foods that could fall through the grates, sealing wood chips to smoke and covering resting meat to keep warm.

BUY IT: Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil: Amazon, $10.06

Instant-Read and Grill Thermometers

Instant-read thermometers help you cook your meat to the perfect doneness. Most gas grills come with thermometers in the lid, but you might need to get one for your charcoal grill.

BUY IT: Thermapen Meat Thermometer: Sur La Table, $99

Long, Metal-Tipped Tongs

Perfect for turning food while it cooks and holding meat still while you carve. Forks pierce foods and allow those precious juices to run out.

BUY IT: OXO Tongs: Amazon, $12.99

Paper Towels

Dip a rolled-up paper towel in oil, then use tongs to swipe it across the grates to oil before cooking.

BUY IT: Bounty Paper Towels: Amazon, $16.69

Wire Grill Brush

Use this to clean off your grill after each use. It's easiest to clean a grill while it's still hot.

BUY IT: GrillArt Grill Brush: Amazon, $16.97

Grill Baskets

The smaller holes keep veggies from falling through the grates, and make it easier to flip fish.

BUY IT: Stainless Steel Grill Basket: Sur La Table, $19.96


Bamboo skewers are disposable and inexpensive, but their ends burn. Soaking them in water for 30 minutes helps. Metal skewers can be used again and again and don't need to be soaked, making them a terrific time saver.

BUY IT: Bearmoo Metal BBQ Skewers: Amazon, $18.99

Sturdy Spatula

Great for flipping smaller pieces of meat and fish that are too delicate for tongs.

BUY IT: OXO Stainless Steel Turner: Amazon, $8.99