Essential Grilling Tools and Accessories
Complete your summer toolkit with these grilling accessories and tools.
We all know that for the full summer experience it’s a requirement to, at some point during the balmy months, to grill all three meals outside. Yes, this feat can be difficult to accomplish, but with these non-stick grill mats it’s a cinch. Scramble eggs and fry up some blueberry pancakes on the mat for breakfast. Perfect your grill-top grilled cheeses for lunch, without having to worry about that gooey cheese dripping through the grill grates. Then, finish the night with a homemade grilled pizza! Start the dough off on the grill mat, then, once it has enough structure, transfer it to the grates to develop deep grill marks.
Buy It: Amazon, $13.95
Summer weather is unpredictable, so always be prepared with a durable grill gazebo. Whether you're caught in an unexpected thunderstorm or the sweltering sun, grill gazebos have you covered. This Sunjoy gazebo pulls out all of the stops, with LED lights to facilitate nighttime grilling, rust-resistant steel frames and a soft top, vented canopy top that blocks the elements, but doesn’t trap smoke from the grill.
Buy It: Amazon, $157.99
Barbecue Cleaning Tools
Grilling is one of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare great meals, but, if you don’t properly clean the grill, this seamless process can go from dream to nightmare in no time. Avoid this fate by investing in a quality repertoire of barbecue cleaning tools. This grill brush and scraper is a great starting point for your toolkit. Add a nice grill spatula and a hefty pair of grill tongs to help avoid some mess in the first place.
Buy It: Amazon, $16.97
Wood Chips For Smoking
You don’t have to go to a restaurant for that exceptional smoky flavor in your barbecued meats or grilled veggies. Buy your own wood chips for smoking and enter the world of flavor possibility. Try hickory wood chips, pecan wood chips, apple wood chips, peach wood chips, cedar wood chips or even cedar wood planks for a variety of flavor profiles that will take your backyard barbecues to the next level.
Buy It: Amazon, $24.99
Copper Grill Mat
If you’re looking for a grill mat to meet all of your summer grilling needs, turn to a copper grill mat. Copper grill mats are non-stick, can be cut to fit the size you need and are dishwasher safe. This Yoshi copper grill mat is durable and long lasting.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.88
There are so many types of meat thermometers out there, it’s important to find the best one for your needs. This Instant Read Meat Thermometer is highly rated on Amazon for its accuracy, speed and ease. Another perk of this digital grill thermometer is its versatility. When the summer’s over and you’re not grilling anymore, use it to measure the temperature of baked chicken or your Thanksgiving turkey.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.99
Grill Replacement Parts
The last thing you want is for your grill to break down in the middle of a summer party, especially when you don’t have the parts to fix it. You may not be able to control the breakdown, but you can always be prepared with these YIHAM Grill Replacement Parts. Coming in a set of three, these parts work seamlessly with Char Broil, Brinkmann, Kenmore and Master Forge grills, so whatever appliance you have, you’ll be able to solve the problem.
Buy It: Amazon, $16.97
Pizza Stone For Grill
Grilling isn’t just for meats and veggies anymore. The smoky flavor of the grill is also perfect for creating the best pizzas. To avoid cheese drips and tomato sauce splatters dirtying the grill, try this pizza stone, made just for the grill, for the easiest, cleanest, tastiest grilled pizza experience.
Buy It: Amazon, $25.77
McCormick Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
Making your own spice rubs can be intimidating. Avoid the hassle and try this McCormick Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple Seasoning. This blend of onion, garlic, maple syrup and brown sugar can be paired with a multitude of things, from beef to seafood, taking your dish to the next level.
Buy It: Amazon, $8.08
Silicone spatulas are a necessity in any kitchen, whether you plan on grilling or not. These handy tools allow you to scrape every last bit of goodness out of whatever vessel you are using. When it comes to grilling, they work wonders for basting foods or getting every last bit of that barbecue sauce out of the bowl. This set of four is a best-seller on Amazon with 500 reviews and a 5-star rating.
Buy It: Amazon, $10.99
Shield your grill from the elements with this Char Broil Grill Cover. Grills are sturdy, but they are also exposed to Mother Nature 24/7, so preserve the appliance’s longevity by simply covering it when you aren’t using it. Your grill will last a lot longer and stay a lot cleaner if it’s protected from the unexpected summer thunderstorm.
Buy It: Amazon, $23.70
Grill Foil Packets
Grill Foil Packets are an underrated means of cooking in the summertime. It gives you a whole new way to make everything from fish to veggies on the grill without needing to worry about the grates or turning on the oven. Take these Grilled Foil-Packet Chipotle Shrimp or this Foil-Packet Corn for example. Looking for more inspiration? Check out these 50 Things to Grill in Foil.
Buy It: Amazon, $5.99
Grilling can get messy, so don’t get caught off guard. There’s nothing better than a high-quality BBQ apron to save your clothes and keep you comfortable during a long day of grilling. This Hudson Durable Goods apron also has large pockets, perfect for holding all of your grill tools or Grill Mates seasonings.
Buy It: Amazon, $29.99
Wooden Grill Scraper
Food residue left on the grill can impact the flavor and texture of whatever you cook next, so it’s super important to clean your grill after each use. One effective way to clean the grill is with a grill scraper. Just heat up the grill and use the grill scraper to get all of those pesky bits off the grates. It’s long lasting and we don’t have to worry about bristles falling off as we use it.
Buy It: Amazon, $25.95
Grilling up skewers of any kind is a fun way to get the whole family involved in the kitchen. Cut pieces of meat or veggies and have the kids load them onto barbecue pitchfork skewers like these. For some recipe inspiration, check out these Asian Chicken Skewers, Grilled Mushroom Skewers or Big Bad Beef Skewers and replace the wooden skewers with these reusable metal barbecue pitchfork skewers.
Buy It: Amazon, $28.99
Match Light Charcoal
If you’re an old school kind of griller and love a charcoal barbecue, be sure to pick up some of this Jealous Devil Match Light Charcoal. This all-natural hardwood lump charcoal adds an extra layer of smokiness to anything on the grill and burns for over four hours on an uncovered grill. The charcoal is top rated on Amazon and comes in a variety of sizes.
Buy It: Amazon, $33.95
Sometimes it’s hard to pick between a grill spatula or grill tongs, so why not use both! These spatula tongs are great for grabbing and rotating different foods on the grill, from corn to steak. They’re versatile, easy to use and perfect for multi-purpose grilling. And, when the summer’s over, store them neatly in your cabinet or break them out for stovetop and oven cooking.
Buy It: Amazon, $8.99
Similar to the barbecue pitchfork skewers, these classic grill skewers are great for cooking meats, fish and vegetables on the grill top. Skewer shrimp to keep them from curling; align chunks of vegetables for even cooking and even grill marks; run through cuts of beef for an easy-to-cook, easy-to-eat dinner. Better for smaller pieces than the barbecue pitchfork skewers, these grill skewers will get the job done flawlessly.
Buy It: Amazon, $18.99
Wireless Grill Thermometer
If you’re looking for a wireless grill thermometer with a variety of settings, this ThermoPro Digital Thermometer is the one for you. You have the ability to choose what kind of meat you’re grilling and the thermometer will light up to indicate three different cooking stages: blue for before the food reaches a safe temperature range, green for when the food is in the perfect temperature range and red light for when the food has exceeded that temperature range.
Buy It: Amazon, $35.99
Apple Wood Chips
While other types of smoking wood chips produce a stronger, more prominent flavor, apple wood chips produce a mild smoky flavor making them perfect for lighter foods, like fish fillets or other seafood. The mellow sweet flavor of the apple wood chips compliments these delicate proteins, as opposed to overpowering them like a stronger wood chip would.
Buy It: Amazon, $3.98
Bluetooth Grill Thermometer
This ThermoPro Bluetooth Grill Thermometer is for those who are looking for an even more complex thermometer. This easy to operate thermometer allows you to choose which type of protein you’re cooking and how you like it cooked from rare to well done. It even allows you to specify whether or not you’re cooking in the oven, further ensuring accuracy in its heat measurement.
Buy It: Amazon, $57.56
Cedar Wood Grilling Planks
These Cedar Wood Grilling Planks are a disposable alternative to the grill mat or copper grill mat, also allowing you to grill on a more solid surface. The planks also infuse a deeper, smoky flavor into foods cooked on them, which is great for someone who doesn’t have the necessary tools for formally smoking their food. They are also single use, so clean-up is a breeze.
Buy It: Amazon, $19.95
Having a solid array of grill tools is vital for a successful summer of backyard grilling. This Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set includes a grill spatula, grill tongs, a silicone basting brush, corn holders, a barbecue cleaning brush and an extra brush head for any grilling needs you may have. As the summer progresses, keep adding to this repertoire of grill utensils because, as you’ll realize, the possibilities are endless with the right tools.
Buy It: Amazon, $43.99
Charcoal Chimney Starter
If you use a charcoal grill, this Charcoal Chimney Starter will light your grill with ease and convenience. This device lights the coals in just about 15 minutes and fits perfectly into a variety of charcoal grills, including Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills. We like Kingsford Charcoal for devices like this because the briquettes are easy to light.
Buy It: Amazon, $16.99