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The Best BBQ Tools for the Perfect Meal

BBQs are a summer staple, or an all-year-round staple if you are lucky enough to have sun every month, but they can be tricky to pull off. While we have all experienced awesome BBQs we have had a few bloopers too. When it comes to making the perfect BBQ, as well as good quality meat and a lot of patience, the best BBQ tools are the key to success.

BBQ Tool Essentials

There are hundreds of BBQ tools on the market with lots of creative gizmos that offer the perfect grill and some that leave a lot to be desired. To create the best BBQ there are many essential tools that you will need to invest in and the rest can be left to your personal preference.

1. OXO Good Grips Grilling Tongs

A widespread tong that has an easy safety grip. This tong is great for busy BBQs as the spring is easy to handle so there is no fatigue. The tongs come in different sizes, with the smaller tongs being more suitable for vegetables.

2. GA Digital Meat Thermometer

A reliable thermometer that will ensure you do not fall ill when cooking food. Precise temperatures are recorded within seconds and the probe is easy to clean.

3. Kabob Steel Skewers

Made from 304 food-grade steel, these rust-resistant skewers will last you for years. We love how easy it is to put both meat and vegetables on these skewers and vegetables actually stay on the skewer during grilling. These are perfect for a variety of kababs.

4. LamsonSharp Easy Entry Turner

The offset handle and beveled edge make this grill turner easy to use no matter how experienced you are at BBQs. The turner can fit two burgers or four hotdogs, which makes it great for cooking for large gatherings. The walnut handle is durable and looks great too.

5. Victorinox Fish Turner

If you love fish on your BBQ but hate the way it always falls apart when you try to turn it, say hello to the best flush flipper in town. The turner has a dishwasher safe handle that is light and flexible while the flipper itself is sturdy and long-lasting. We like the narrow design of this turner as it can sometimes she tricky navigating the BBQ with large tools.

6. Grillart Grill Brush

This grill brush is slightly more expensive than some brands but it lasts so much longer as bristles stay intact even after the toughest of scrubs. This is great for reaching all the nooks and crannies where grease cannot help but reach.

7. Taylor Vertical Chicken Roaster

If you like to make the most of your BBQ once it is set up for summer, you can use it to cook almost anything. Grilled chicken on the grill has never tasted so good than when cooked on this vertical roaster. The built-in cup means you can cook authentic beer can chicken with ease and the drip tray means you do not lose any of the juices.

8. Wildwood Grilling Planks

For an extra depth of flavor for your fish and meat, you can buy these stylish wildwood planks to cook your food on. You can choose from a variety of wood including cedar and maple, depending on what food you are planning to book.

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Looking After Your BBQ Tools

Whether you pay $5 or $500 for your grilling tools, it is essential that you take care of them. You will want to get your BBQ out as much as possible during summer, so cleaning them fully after each use will make it easier each time. You will also want to make sure that there are no remnants of raw meat that could be a health issue.

A good grill brush will ensure that your BBQ stays grease-free but you will need to thoroughly wash with lukewarm soap and water alongside your other BBQ tools. You can purchase grill cleaning kits that will work on your tools too and investing in a good-quality microfiber cloth will keep all of your BBQ equipment in top condition.

BBQ Tips

Once you have invested in the best BBQ tools for grilling, it is time to turn your attention to preparing and cooking the food for your BBQ. Here are our top tips on how you can host a BBQ that is full of fun, friends and fantastic food.

  • Use a charcoal BBQ for the ultimate smoked flavor.
  • Be sure to put the lid down during cooking to seal in flavor.
  • Lumpwood charcoal offers a superior flavor.
  • Concentrate — you do not want any accidents and you will not want undercooked food.
  • Be patient and wait for the charcoal to reach the right temperature.
  • Make your own burgers — they will taste so much better.
  • Marinade your meat in the morning to a richer flavor and tender meat.
  • Don’t forget the veggies.
  • Make you get some food yourself!

Happy grilling!