Summertime means backyard barbecues, neighborhood cookouts, and prime grilling season. Whether you're experimenting with fresh grilled-shrimp recipes or mastering the art of cooking a perfectly medium-rare steak, you'll need a few reliable grilling accessories.
From flavor-packed salt planks to a pair of sturdy tongs, here's your list of must-have grill accessories for the season.
1. Meat Thermometer
Whether you're grilling up a rack of ribs or wanting to indulge in bulk of mouth-watering brisket, controlling your meat's temperature is essential when cooking BBQ. No one likes to play the time-sensitive, temperature guessing game of handling meat.
An accurate, practical, meat thermometer. The Habor Digital MeatThermometer gauges temperature in a speedy 4 to 6 seconds thanks to its precise internal sensor. Easy to use and even more comfortable to store this meat thermometer will truly step up your grilling game.
From snatching chicken legs from a bubbling braise to roasting hotdogs and hamburgers for your summer grill out, investing in a pair of sturdy tongs is a must for any grill maestro.
While grill toolsets make a beautiful, shiny gift, they're not very practical. Often they're packed with monster tongs too heavy to handle. Our pick: the light, grip able 16-inch Oxo tongs. You'll love the extra length that keeps your hands away from the heat but still offers you more control than the monster tongs.
You can grill your heart out any time of day with these best-selling magnetic grill lights. Their robust magnetic base allows you to firmly mount them to your grill in any position, adjusting them to any angle illuminating your cooking or grilling surface.
Enhance your next batch of grilled veggies with this beautiful hand-carved Himalayan salt platter. Not only will it provide you with a natural source of seasoning, but it also heats evenly, ensuring you don thave to stress about overcooking.
The grillmaster title is not given; it's earned. It's time to double down on the grill. Take this time to practice new recipes—and to make sure you're adequately prepped for BBQ parties to come, with one of our favorite recipes by Kitchn:
Foolproof Grilled Chicken
Serves 4 to 6
35minutes to 40 minutes
2 1/2teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2teaspoons ground sumac or smoked paprika
3/4teaspoon ground coriander
3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
Season the chicken. Combine the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, sumac, and coriander in a small bowl. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with the salt mixture — this can be done the day before, several hours in advance, or 30 minutes before cooking (refrigerate if salting for more than 30 minutes). Let sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes while the grill heats. Meanwhile, make the sauce if using.
Make the sauce. Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat the grill for both medium and high heat cooking. Heat a gas grill by either heating 2 of three or 3 of four of the heating elements to medium heat. Heat the remaining element to high. For a charcoal grill, light a full chimney of charcoal, arrange the lit coals on one half of the grill, and heat until the coals get white and ashy. For both kinds of grills, preheat about 15 minutes, until the temperature is 350 to 400ºF.
Grill the chicken covered over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Scrape the grill grates clean if needed. Place the chicken on the cooler side of the grill (over the medium burners on the gas grill or the empty side of the charcoal grill). Cover and cook, flipping and moving the chicken around every 5 minutes until the thickest piece registers 155°F on an instant-read thermometer. It will take 20 to 30 minutes depending on how thick the pieces are. The skin will be light golden brown with some darker spots.
Move the chicken to direct heat to crisp the skin, and baste if using the sauce. Move the chicken to the hotter part of the grill. If basting, baste the chicken with the sauce. Continue to grill the chicken, flipping and basting every 2 to 3 minutes, until the skin is crisped and dark golden-brown, and the thickest piece register 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 5 to 8 minutes more.
Here at BBQ Box, we're as committed to fine foods as you are. And we want to help take some of the struggles out of your cooking experience. We hope these 10 must-have grilling accessories for the season help enlighten you so that you can go on to grill one heck of a meal.