Taylor Folding Bottle Opener and Grill Thermometer
Grilling is tricky if you’re not one of those people with a Jedi-level sixth sense for when meat is done. This little doodad solves the problem of undercooked meat and stores easily. Like a Swiss army knife, the thermometer probe folds up into the case where the readout is. And perhaps more importantly, the bottle opener on the end will help you pop open a summer beer or two.
Where to purchase: Amazon
Grillight LED Smart Tongs
The winner of our “Lamest Sounding Really Cool Idea” award is a set of grilling tongs with an LED flashlight at the center to let you see your food better when you’re grilling. Yep, that’s it. No Bluetooth. No bottle opener. Just tongs that light up. But you'll get why we're putting it on this list if you've ever found yourself double-fisting tongs and a flashlight after sundown.
Where to purchase: Grillight
Weber iGrill 2
Using an app to grill does not make you a nerd -- it makes you James Bond. This thermometer connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you decide how deep into the food-geek rabbit hole you want to go. Second-by-second temperature updates? Sure thing. Connect to social media to keep the whole world updated about when you pull your pork? Check. If you just want something to tell you when to take everything off the fire, it will do that too. Most pros caution against the “set it and forget it” model of grilling. Those folks likely didn’t have this kind of tech to remind them not to burn stuff. Protip: you might want to also pick up an ambient probe to pair with the iGrill so you’ll never have to wonder, “Gee, how hot is the air in the grill right now?”
Where to purchase: Amazon
The only thing better than fresh barbecued pulled pork is getting to stop pulling it after your hands have cramped so much you have to wait an hour to hold a fork. Barbecue claws give you all the shredding with none of the pain. You hold these combs-from-hell in comfy handles and go to town on your meat like Wolverine on an inconvenient bad guy. Voila! Beautiful shredded or pulled barbecue for whatever your needs, even if those needs are Cosplay based. There are many varieties, but we dig the Bear Paws.
Where to purchase: Bear Paw Products
Anybody being even a little bit honest will admit that half the fun of grilling is having an excuse to play with fire, but half the time the damn bricks just won’t ignite. Which is why a charcoal lighter that’s essentially a hand-held flamethrower needs to be on your essential summer supplies list. It uses no chemicals to light your fuel of choice, instead using an electric heater to blow 1,256 degree air in a straight line. That’s just a little under half the temperature of a welding torch. Your briquettes and wood chips will ignite when you need them to.
Where to purchase: Looflighter
Ozero BBQ Welding Gloves
All the cool BBQ kids are flocking to silicone gloves right now, and that’s all well and good. But unless you’re 100% sure your grill isn’t getting hotter than 500 degrees (most silicone gloves ensure protection up until that temp), consider welding gloves. We like these Ozero gloves because they’re welding gloves designed for grilling, and made from flame-resistant leather that’s been insulated with cotton. And because they have a 7.5” sleeve, they’ll keep your forearms safe, too.
Where to purchase: Ozero Glove
Veggie grill clips
Grilling asparagus and other thin veggies in quantity means you have two choices: 1. Move in a hurry to turn everything before the last ones burn, exposing yourself to grill mishaps; or 2. Just accept that you’re going to singe the last few veggies. Both of these options suck. These veggie grill clips by Charcoal Companion solve this problem. They grip asparagus, julienned squash, and zucchini, some kinds of mushrooms -- whatever you’re putting on the sides of those steaks and drumsticks -- all at once, thus preventing burning and thin veggies falling into the fire.
Price: $12.99/set of four
Where to purchase: BBQGuys.com