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Get All Up in Your Grill with These Essential Grilling Supplies

Backyard barbecue griling meat and vegetables
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It’s Summer, and you know what that means—it’s time to bust out the grill and start barbecuing. With some (or all) of the best grilling supplies by your side, you’ll be cooking up the best backyard barbecues in your neighborhood.

Whether you’re just looking to get the essentials, or you want a well-rounded artillery of amazing grilling accessories, these tools will have you looking—and cooking—like a pro in no time. There are tons of fun and, frankly, helpful tools to choose from, and all of them are designed to make grilling easier, faster, safer, and better.

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Heat-Resistant BBQ Oven Gloves

The Jolly Green Products Ekogrips are perfect for helping you stay cool while handling hot tasks like moving items around on your grill or maneuvering a Dutch oven. Non-slip construction and individual fingers make it easier to grab and manipulate items securely. The silicone gloves are heat resistant up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, have reinforced finger webbing to prevent ripping in that area, and are designed to be waterproof and resist stains and smells.

A Vegetable Grill Basket

If you want to grill some veggies, the Weber Deluxe Vegetable Basket helps is the perfect tool. It allows even the smallest vegetables to properly cook without you worrying about whether they’ll fall between the cooking grates. It’s made of stainless steel, so it’s durable and easy to clean, and it can even double as a way to cook small pieces of meat.

Vegetable Grilling Basket

Weber Deluxe Grilling Basket

Grill vegetables and other small items without them falling between the grill grate in this basket.

A Bluetooth Probe Thermometer

With the Soraken Wireless Bluetooth Probe Thermometer, you can keep an eye on the temperature of your slow-and-low meats from your Android or iOS device while you stay inside and relax. It works up to 100 feet away from your grill if you’re inside (or up to 170 feet away if you’re chilling outside), and comes with multiple stainless steel probes so you can monitor multiple items or all areas of one large item. The thermometer has preset temperature settings for 11 food types, though you can set them manually as well. The magnet on the back of the thermometer allows it to hang on to your grill, so you can read the temperature at a glance, and the built-in alarms will let you know when a temperature is reached.

Bluetooth Probe Thermometer

Wireless Meat Thermometer with 4 Probes Digital Grill Thermometer, Bluetooth Grill BBQ Meat Thermometer Kitchen Meat (White)

Check the temperature of your meats on the grill from your Android or iOS device, and get an alarm when it's at temp.

Stainless Steel Locking Tongs

Whether you’re flipping a steak or working with salad or pasta, the OXO Good Grips 12-Inch Locking Tongs are up to the task. Their stainless steel construction makes them sturdy and easy to clean, while the no-slip handle is comfortable to hold. The tongs lock in the closed position for compact storage, and also have a loop on the end for mounted storage. Plus, the 12-inch design provides a longer reach than most other tongs, keeping you safer on a hot grill.

Long Locking Tongs

OXO Good Grips 12-Inch Stainless-Steel Locking Tongs

Long tongs make it easy to flip meat and vegetables on the grill, or stir salads and pasta.

A Basting Mop

Keep your barbecue moist and juicy with the YFWOOD 18-Inch Grill Basting Mop. It can handle thin sauces, marinades, and oils better than a basting brush, and its extra long handle keeps your hands cool while working on your grill. The mop comes with three replacement mop heads, which are easy to change out and wash in the dishwasher, and the hook at the end of the handle makes for easy mounted storage.

Grill Basting Mop

18 Inch Grill Basting Mop Wooden Long Handle with 4 Extra Replacement Heads for BBQ Grilling Smoking Steak

Baste your barbecue foods thoroughly with oil, marinades, and sauces with this mop.

A Nonstick Grilling Basket

If you’re looking to grill fish, roast vegetables, or cook other delicate foods, the Cuisinart Simply Grilling Nonstick Grilling Basket will protect them as they cook. The basket measures 11.5 by 1.75 inches, so there’s plenty of room for your food, and the lock mechanism keeps your food secure as you flip it over. The food-grade non-stick coating ensures your fish or vegetables won’t stick to the basket once they’re done cooking, and the elongated handle keeps your hands safe from the hot grill.

Reusable Barbecue Skewers

From grilling kebabs to hot dogs, these Flat Metal Barbecue Skewers are the perfect grilling accessory. The 10 skewers each measure 12 inches long and their wide flat design means your skewers won’t roll off the grill or cook unevenly. The skewers are made of food-grade stainless steel and are resistant to rust and corrosion, plus they’re easy to clean and durable. The twisted handles are easy to hold and won’t get hot, so you can rotate them without getting burned.

A Silicone Basting Brushes

These Silicone Basting Brushes are perfect for applying oils and basting sauces to your barbecue foods. The set includes both a long and short brush, which each have high-performance bristles that won’t warp or break off and are resistant to bacteria and mold build-up that can retain odors. They’re heat resistant up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and they have four rows of 15 bristles plus a mesh in the middle that helps distribute sauce more evenly and efficiently, plus the ergonomic handles are comfortable to hold.

A Rapidfire Chimney Starter

The Weber Compact Rapidfire Chimney Starter can have you up and barbecuing in under 15 minutes, which is great if you’re jonesing for grilled goodies. It measures 5.75 inches wide and 8 inches tall, so its compact design also works on smaller grills or for shorter grill sessions. It works best with lighter cubes.

Chimney Starter

Weber Rapidfire Compact Chimney Starter

Start barbecuing on small or large grills in under 15 minutes with this compact chimney starter.

A Reversible Griddle/Grill

With the durable Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, you can cook anything from kebabs and hamburgers to eggs and french toast. The grill is seasoned and ready to use out of the box, and it can withstand use in your kitchen, on a campfire, or out in your backyard grill. Hooks on opposing corners allow for easy maneuverability and mounted storage, though its slim design makes it easy to store in a cabinet as well.

Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle

Lodge LDP3 Reversible Grill/Griddle, 9.5-inch x 16.75-inch

Make a variety of food in your kitchen or out on your grill with this reversible griddle and grill.

Nonstick Grill Mats

Whether you’re looking for an easier cleanup or a way to reduce flare-ups on delicate foods, ThermoPro BBQ Grill Mats are a helpful grilling accessory no matter what type of grill you use. They let in enough heat for your food to get cooked while preventing messes and your grate from getting scratched up. The mats are non-stick and heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and are made of safe materials that won’t seep into your food. Each side of the mat can be used up to 1,000 times, and they can be washed in your dishwasher for easy clean up.

A 13-Piece Wooden Handle Tool Set

The Cuisinart 13-Piece Wooden Handle Tool Set is the perfect gift for new homeowners or a great option for replacing old grilling tools. It comes with a spatula, tongs, stainless steel skewers, corn cob holders, and a cleaning brush. The steel tools are durable, and the mounted wood handles offer a comfortable, classy look while being long enough to keep your hands away from the heat. All of the tools fit securely in a recycled plastic case with a built-in handle.

A Metal Rib Rack

If you’re planning on grilling some ribs, treat them right with the Weber Original Rib Rack for Grilling. The rack elevates ribs up away from the direct heat of hot grill grates and allows the ribs to cook slowly and the fat to render and moisten the meat. It can hold five racks at a time and is dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleaning.

Grilling Rib Rack

Weber Original Rib Rack For Grilling, Small

Elevate your ribs off the grate and ensure they cook on consistent low heat with this rack.

Cedar Grilling Planks

If you’re looking to add a nice smoky flavor to your fish, chicken, pork, vegetables, or fruit, Grill Gourmet Cedar Grilling Planks are the perfect way to do so. With 12 planks in a pack, you’ll have plenty of planks for a few BBQ sessions. They measure 5.5 by 11 by .33 inches and are textured for easy grilling. Soak the planks in water for 3 to 4 hours before using, and discard them after.

Cedar Grilling Planks

Cedar Grilling Planks - 12 Pack - Made in USA

Grill fish, meat, and vegetables and get a nice smoky flavor with these cedar planks.

An Instant-Read Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer is a great way to check in on the progress of the food you’re grilling. The Honjan Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer can take a reading in 2 to 4 seconds and ranges from -58 degrees up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit. It automatically turns on when you extend the probe, and automatically turns off after 10 minutes of unuse, plus its handy backlight and calibration features make it easier to use. The thermometer’s handle is made of BPA-free plastic, and the probe is made of food-grade stainless steel, so it’s durable and easy to clean under running water.

Instant-Read Thermometer

HONJAN Instant Read Food Thermometer Waterproof for Kitchen Cooking with Backlight and Calibration Feature(Orange)

Get a quick temperature read for whatever you're grilling with this instant-read thermometer.

A Grill Brush and Scraper

Keep your grill clean and ready to use next time with the GRILLART Grill Brush and Scraper. It has three brushes in one plus a heavy-duty scraper on the back, and it can rotate 360 degrees for thorough fast cleaning. The 18-inch extended handle keeps you safe from residual grill heat, and its non-slip handle ensures a good grip.

Grill Brush and Scraper

GRILLART Grill Brush and Scraper BBQ Brush for Grill, Safe 18" Stainless Steel Woven Wire 3 in 1 Bristles Grill Cleaning Brush, BR-4516

Clean your grill quickly and easily with this brush after each use so it's ready to go next time.

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