The Grilling Tools You Need to Master the Flame
I thought it would be helpful to create a page listing all the grilling tools I use and the ones I highly recommend. This list will constantly evolve as I find and test out new grilling tools.
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Grills & Smokers
Weber Charcoal Grill – I’ve had this grill since the beginning. It is a heavy-duty charcoal grill that lasts the test of time; and most importantly it grills really good. My dad used one when I was a kid, so if it was good enough for him, it was good enough for me. He has since upgraded to Weber charcoal grill like this one with the side table. One of those would be pretty handy, but I get by with the one I have. This one will out last me.
Weber Genesis II E-410 Propane Gas Grill – I’m a fan of Weber grills whether it be gas or charcoal. They just build great grills that last. I like this one because it is well constructed and has a large grilling capacity. If you don’t need one as large, I’d check out the Weber Spirit E210.
Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow Smoker – You can no longer get the offset barrel smoker I’ve got, but this one is very similar to it. When I’m smoking large amounts of meat this is what I use. Once you get used to using one of these, it is easy to control your temps and get a great smoked flavor into your foods.
Pit Boss Pellet Grill – If you want a pellet grill with a large cooking surface at an affordable price, than this is one worth checking out. It has a heavy-duty construction, large cooking range, and it can hold a bunch of food. Another one worth checking out, is the REC TEC Pellet Grill. It’s a bit more expensive, but worth it in my opinion.
Masterbuilt Electric Digital Smoker – When I’m not using my barrel smoker, I like to use an electric smoker. This one is really easy to use, and make some great smoked foods. It has 4 racks with plenty of room to smoke a bunch of food. It has a digital display to monitor your temp & time. It’s nice for when you don’t want to deal with charcoal or propane.
Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter – If you are going to go with a charcoal grill, you need a chimney starter. If you are using lighter fluid, stop now and get one of these. You don’t want your grilled foods to smell and taste like lighter fluid. The chimney starters are simple to use. I just crumple up some newspaper and put it underneath, otherwise you can use lighter cubes.
Weber Hinged Cooking Grate – One of the first things I did when I first got my Weber grill was to replace the grate with a hinged grate. If you are going to do any smoking on your grill or if you need to add fresh coals, you are going to definitely want one of these. Take it from me, it isn’t fun or easy to lift the old grate up while you are cooking to add fresh coals or wood.
Weber Charcoal Holders – These charcoal holders aren’t absolutely necessary, but boy are they handy to have. Just fill one or both of these holder for direct, or indirect grilling. I find that I get better heating with less charcoal using these instead of just pouring the coals into the kettle.
Quality United 18 inch Grill Brush – Whether you have a charcoal or a gas grill you are going to need a decent grill brush. I’ve gone through several brushes in my time, but this is the latest one I’ve been using. It is a lot different from my older brushes, and it works rather well.
Ekogrips Heat Resistant Grill Gloves – I’ve been using heat resistant silicone grilling gloves. I don’t need or use them all the time, but they do come in handy for when I’m pouring hot coals out of my chimney starter, or moving meat around on the grill. They are definitely handy was moving larger meats such as a turkey, or a pork shoulder. I like these because they are silicone and can easily be washed and they allow me to work with the hot foods.
Zeust BBQ Grill Light – I use my charcoal grill year round, and when the days get shorter, I sometimes find myself grilling in the dark. A grill light is an indispensable item if you are going to be grilling at night. You gotta be able to see what your grilling, and one of these lights will clamp onto your grill’s handle and light up your food.
Lavatools Digital Instant Read Thermometer – Who could forget an instant read thermometer. If you are going to grill, or cook for that matter, you need a decent thermometer. I like this one, it is easy to use, quick, and accurate. You gotta know the internal temps of your grilled meats, so you need one of these bad boys.
Lodge Cast Iron Basting Set – I do a lot of basting when I grill, so this purchase was a no brainer. I like using cast iron because I can put it right on the grill to keep my basting sauces warm. I grill a lot of chicken, so I’m constantly trying out different basting sauces, this basting set comes in really handy, it is always warm and right where I need it when it is time to baste.
Stainless Steel Hinged Smoker Box – If you want to some foods using a gas grill I recommend picking up one of these smoker boxes. A lot of gas grills do not come with built in smoker boxes, so one of these comes in really handy if you want to smoke with your gas grill. This one is simple to use, put in your wood chips or smaller chunks and place between your flavorizer bars and grate. Simple smoking with a gas grill.
ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Dual Probe Meat Thermometer – One of these is a must if you want to closely monitor your food temps. With this one you can remotely monitor your temps. Also it has dual probes, so if your cooking two different meats, you can monitor them both. It’s great to have if your using a smoker or a grill for that matter.