The 7 Grill Tools to Use This Barbecue Season

Good grilling requires the right grill — and the right grilling tools. We’re talking tongs that can tug on a rack of baby backs and not cut into them or slip, gloves that can protect your hands when you reach in to sauce that pork butt, and a meat thermometer that gives you the most accurate readout to ensure you, well, don’t accidentally poison your barbecue guests. Good grilling requires steady heat, time, and not much else. But these seven grill tools can help bring your grilling game to the next level.

Sure, it’s a bit pricey. But can you put a price on making sure your family doesn’t get trichinosis from underdone pork? The Thermoworks Thermopen probe meat thermometer, is incredibly accurate, fast — it gets a read-out in about three seconds— and stripped down the bare essentials. Nothing fancy about it: Just a smart, water-proof flip-out probe with a backlit screen and 3,000 hour battery life that provides a trustworthy rating.


MEATER Up to 33 Feet Original True Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer for the Oven Grill Kitchen BBQ Rotisserie with Bluetooth and WiFi Digital Connectivity

Want a thermometer that’s a little bit more tech-forward and doesn’t require that you have to lift the lid to get a temperature? Try the Meater. Fit the metal probes into your proteins and they’ll beam accurate temperature information directly to your phone.

Buy Now $69.00

Victorinox 40403 Wood Turners 4

Cooking fish? You need this spatula, the tapered, duck-foot-like form of which, is meant to cradle delicate fish. It’s also a good all-around tool, with a sharp edge that easily slides under any kind of meat.

Buy Now $42.38

Hotec Premium Stainless Steel Locking Kitchen Tongs with Silicon Tips, Set of 2-9

A proper pair of tongs is a must-have for anyone trying to make decent barbecue, and these offer a little bonus in their scalloped silicone heads. Silicone can really grip meat, and these grill tools are heat resistant up to 480 degrees. They’re easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and have a handy locking mechanism for simple storage. Oh, and there’s two of them in a package: 9-inches and a 12-inches.

Buy Now $13.99

1byhome Barbecue Grill Brush Bristles 18

A clean grill is the only grill to cook on. The stainless steel woven bristles of this 18-inch long grill brush are hearty enough to pull up all the gristle and hardened sauce that populate those grill grates.

Buy Now $29.99

OXO 1118100 Good Grips Large Silicone Basting Brush,1 EA

Heat resistant to 600 degrees F, the real reason to buy this basting brush is the tiny silicone circles in the center of the bristles. They make it easier to transport sauce from bowl to grill without losing precious drops. Another bonus: the silicone bristles don’t fray or shed over your food. The 14 inch brush is long enough to paint sauce on even the most aggressive of cuts.

Buy Now $11.95

SpitJack Heat Resistant Fire Protection Gloves for Grill, Welding, Fireplace Cooking, Wood Stove, Oven and BBQ

Whether you’re basting a pork butt or tugging a rack of ribs to a different heat zone, a good pair of grilling gloves keeps your hands — and forearms — protected from the hear. This monster pair from Spitjack have five layers of protection that make them feel damn near indestructible. We say feel because no gloves are fire proof. But with these, you can pretty much pick up a hot coal for a second to move it around and not feel the burn.

Buy Now $24.95

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