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As the weather warms up, the backyard grill beckons. We sought out the best accessories to give extra flare to your cookouts this summer, and the finds don’t disappoint! From grill-cleaning robots to lightweight solar cookers to instant beverage coolers and more, we’ve got the barbecue accessories and gadgets to ensure your best barbecue ever.
Weber iGrill Mini
If you haven’t tried this handy grill tech yet, it’s time to give it a whirl. The Weber iGrill Mini ensures perfectly grilled meats every time with their app-connected thermometer. Just hook up the iGrill Mini and probes (there’s one included with each purchase), then relax and enjoy drinks with guests as your meat cooks. No worries or constant checking; the iGrill Mini sends a notification to your phone when your food reaches optimal serving temperatures and you’re ready to serve. Buy it here.
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Alpha Grillers Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Right out of the box, the Alpha Grillers Instant Read Meat Thermometer is ready to monitor your meat temps – no charging needed – and gives a perfect read-out in 2 to 5 seconds of inserting the probe. An Amazon’s Choice item, this helpful gadget carries 4.5 stars after over 2,000 customer reviews. Comes with a lifetime money back guarantee. Buy it here.
Zenware Natural Himalayan Salt Block
Cook and present like a pro with the Zenware Natural Himalayan Salt Block. Heat the salt block gently to the proper temperature, sprinkle your favorite oil on your meats and veggies, then grill it all up and enjoy the naturally-salted flavors and trace minerals of the Himalayan foothills! Some are convinced of additional health benefits like improved digestion and reduction of acid reflux when using the salt block but we’ll let you decide for yourself. These can be used on outdoor grills, chilled in the fridge or indoors on the stove top. Buy it here.
Grillbot Robotic Barbecue Grill Cleaner
The Grillbot Robotic Barbecue Grill Cleaner has been compared to a Roomba for your grill. Place it on your barbecue, hot or cold (up to 250 degrees), and let the motorized brushes scrub and rotate to remove gunk and debris while you relax. The quick release brushes can be tossed in the dishwasher once finished, and the enclosed battery is rechargeable for the utmost convenience. The Grillbot comes with a 3-year warranty and 100% money back guarantee. Buy it here.
The Velocity Grill
Pressed for time? The portable Velocity Grill heats up to 1,000 degrees in less than five minutes so you can get grilling fast. Using only wood for fuel, the grill’s reverse fan blade optimizes air flow while minimizing noise and giving your foods a slightly smoky taste. With a base that stays cool, your surfaces are protected. And at only 17 pounds, it can go with you anywhere. (Want an even more compact countertop grill? Check out the Cinder Grill! It’s app follows your directions on what’s cooking, sends you a notification when done, and promises to never overcook your food.) Buy it here.
Grillaholics Grill Mat
Tired of foods sticking to or falling between grill grates when you barbecue? Wish you could eliminate clean-up time? Grillaholics Grill Mats can be placed across any type of grill for a convenient, flat, non-stick cooking surface and it can be reused over 1,000 times per side! Once the grilling is over, rinse the mat off and toss it onto the top rack of your dishwasher for super easy clean-up. Comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Buy it here.
GoSun Go Portable Solar Grill
Outdoor adventurers, off-the-grid folks and those who just like to ramble without a care, take heart. The GoSun Go Portable Solar Grill is an impressively lightweight (2 pounds) portable solar cooker, ready to prepare your meals anywhere, anytime, in as little as 20 minutes. All you need is sunshine! Even on days when the sun isn’t so bright, the GoSun can still capture and hold heat from ultraviolet light. As long as you can find well-defined shadows, you can cook. It even boils water! Just put your food in the tube and wait. Buy it here.
Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller
When your guests suddenly outnumber the drinks in your fridge, don’t fret. The Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller chills any canned beverage in 1 minute, soft drink bottles in 3.5 minutes and entire wine bottles in 6 minutes with no foaming or exploding. By rotating the beverage while spraying it with ice water, the Cooper Cooler can chill your party’s drinks down to cold or ice cold temps (33°F/1°C). For an added benefit, the cooler can even heat up baby bottles within 1-2 minutes. Comes with a 1-year warranty. Buy it here.
Le Creuset Revolution Basting Brush
Brush your secret sauce on your sizzling meats and veggies with the tapered silicone bristles of the Le Creuset Revolution Basting Brush. Uniquely-shaped ergonomic wooden handles allow for easy gripping and the removable brush heads hold liquid at their base for a slow-releasing baste. Won’t retain odor. Silicone heads are dishwasher safe and heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. Buy it here.
Winco UT 16HT Extra Heavyweight Utility Tongs
Ideal for any grilling skill level, the Winco UT 16HT Extra Heavyweight Utility Tongs are durable, stainless steel and essential for any cookout. Grasp and turn meats firmly without getting your hands near the fire with the tongs’ 16″ length and extra heavyweight versatility. Buy it here.
U.S. Forge 400 Welding Gloves
Protect your hands and forearms when grilling with a pair of U.S. Forge 400 Welding Gloves. Specially designed for safety from ultraviolet rays as well as molten metal, these leather welding gloves offer top comfort and durability. Buy it here.
Royal Oak Ridge Briquets
Stubb’s Charcoal Briquets
Grab a few of these if you find them in stock – they tend to sell out fast. Stubb’s All-Natural Barbecue Charcoal Briquets are also 100% natural, 95% hardwood charcoal, infusing foods with original Southern smoky wood-grilled flavors. Buy it here.
Which items will you be getting first? Do you have another favorite grilling or barbecue accessory that you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments below.
Enjoy your summer cookouts!