Every summer, dads everywhere hit the BBQ while family and friends relax out back and hang by the pool. While tending to the grill may seem like hard work, most dads take honor in mastering the grill. We slave over the hot charcoals, only to sit back and watch everyone else gobble up the food. But that’s okay, because we know searing a juicy steak to perfection is a badge of on. But, creating a masterful dinner on the grill not only takes talent but the right accessories. That’s why we’ve compiled our best BBQ grilling accessories for this summer to help dads everywhere maintain get or maintain their “grill master” status.
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You don’t always need a high-quality grill to churn out Food Network-quality bites, but it definitely helps, especially when it comes to consistency. Our best all-around grill is the Weber Genesis II E-310 liquid propane grill. It’s not only well-constructed but provides top-notch ability to generate and maintain heat retention, ensuring a consistent burn at all temperatures. With 513 square inches of grill space and a 156-square-inch warming rack, there’s plenty of room to feed the whole family and then some.
For those who are on a limited budget, I also love the Char-Broil Performance 475 4-burner liquid propane grill for its value. For less than $250 you get 475 square inches of cooking space and burner power of 36,000 Btus. Not to mention, this bad boy heats up quickly and does a great job of retaining heat. Not bad for a low-cost option.
Finally, for dads who want it all, we recommend the Blaze Professional 34-Inch 3-Burner Freestanding Natural Gas Grill with Rear Infrared Burner. Yes, it’s pricey, but the looks on your buddies’ faces when they see it for the first time, will be priceless. What do you get for such a high price tag? For starters, it has a lifetime warranty and heat zone separators so you can cook several types of food at the same time. This is especially helpful when you’ve got a dozen friends over for while you’re watching the Big Game. Every component of the Blaze is made from the highest quality, from cast stainless steel H-burners to the heavy duty 12 gauge flame stabilizing grids that cover the entire grill for minimizing flair-ups.
While all the bells and whistles are nice, the main reason I recommend shelling out so much for a grill like this is because it will last you a lifetime. The last thing you want to do is buy a new grill every couple years. Why? As you cook with the same grill over time, you get to know how the grill performs, which will ultimately help you churn out award-winning food.
We could go on all day about this grill, but you should take a look for yourself.
Every grill master has his own set of tools. I have several sets for different occasions, depending if I am tailgating, traveling to a friend’s house or setting up shop in my own backyard. Since I am an Arizona Cardinals football fan, I never tailgate without my NFL BBQ Kit, which comes with comes with a convenient cooler bag and all the tools you need to churn out prime burgers or steaks. If you’re an NFL fan like me, this kit is a must-buy. I especially love that is comes with an insulated cooler that can hold up to 46 cans of soda, beer or sparkling water for mom. Not a Cardinals fan? Don’t worry because Amazon has every team. Just follow the link and you’ll see a drop down button next to Team Name.
Now, if you aren’t the sports type and just need a reliable, convenient kit to haul around, I highly recommend Home-Complete’s 16-piece set for those who are just getting their feet wet with grilling. It’s not only super affordable, the tools are all made with stainless steel and it has all the basic necessities, including power tongs, a Swiss knife spatula, basting brush, cleaning brush and so much more. For those who want a little more in their set, I recommend the 26-piece kit by U-Miss. It’s only about $10 more and you get 10 more tools, including a set of knives and forks and more skewers.
If you’re a purist, like me, you hate the thought of having to use a thermometer. It kind of feels like admitting you don’t know how to handle your meat. But, there are many times when a thermometer should be used, especially when slow cooking big slabs of meat. A roast that takes a few hours is definitely going to need a temperature check, otherwise you could end up over- or under-cooking it. Besides, it is worth the extra checking on something that takes so long to cook because you won’t necessarily have a back-up plan if you make a mistake. Unlike quick burgers and dogs, there’s no redos.
So, my favorite thermometer on the market right now is the ThermoPro TP20 wireless thermometer. Why? It’s easy to use, durable, very accurate and there’s no syncing required. Just plug and play (or, eat). Wireless thermometers, like the TP20, are amazing because you don’t have to stand over the meat to keep track of the temperature. Simply insert the probes and monitor the handheld device, with oversized LCD display, from as far as 300 feet away, all from the comfort of your couch. And, don’t worry about damaging the wires. They are built to handle temperatures of up to 716 degrees.
Of course, not everyone wants to shell out $60 for a thermometer, so I recommend you at least keep a digital thermometer with your tool set, just in case. The GDealer Instant Read thermometer will do the trick and it boasts a large LCD display for easing readings.
Don’t see your favorites? Chime in a let me know in the comments below your best BBQ grilling accessories.