Outdoor grilling is a fun, popular way to mix up your favorite cooking techniques and create flavorful masterpieces. If you love to grill, whether you are new to it or not, there are many accessories that you may want to consider to help make your experience the best possible. There also are, however, a lot that may not be worth the hype.
Wondering which grilling tools are best for your experience? This article explains the various types you might want to consider, and helps you sift through some of the options you have to help create flavorful dishes.
What Grill Accessories Do I Need?
Technically, you can make amazing grilled dishes without much more than your grill and a spatula or a pair of tongs to help turn your food. And technically, in a pinch you could use a few forks to do that as well. However, there are many tools you might want to consider that will make your experience easier, and even help perfect your favorite grilled dishes.
Before exploring which accessories you need, you should think about what types even exist. There are a surprising amount of cool tools for all sorts of cooking help, but not all are necessarily needed.
Grill attachments include options such as lighting, smoker boxes, drip pans, propane gauges and other types of helpful options that can help you make your experience easier, and influence an excellent meal.
Depending on where you live and where you have your grill, you may want to invest in a grill cover or protection of some sort. Weather and sun can take a toll on your grill exterior overtime, and sometimes small critters like the small spaces grills offer. So if you have been wondering what is the best grill cover and how long a grill cover should last, take a look at our suggestion below.
Grilling Tools and Utensils
Thermometers, grilling baskets, grill mats, and tools like skewers and tongs help make grilling various meats and foodstuffs easier to perfect. These are generally affordable choices that create great gifting ideas and help you find personalized choices for your own needs.
Cast iron options, griddles, roasters and various racks can help create space, and provide control over a plethora of various recipes that might not always be considered a traditional grilled dish.
Grill Cleaning Tools and Supplies
Keeping your grill clean is essential for a clean cooking surface, and getting the most out of the flavor your grill can infuse into your foodstuffs. Scrapers, brushes, ash and oil drip trays, as well as various cleaning agents are all worth having on hand.
Grill Carts and Tables
Some grill designs are made to sit at a lower profile, and despite their quality, may be more easily used when within reach. Grill carts and tables are great additions to help you both cook with, and move, your grill.
Our Top Grill Accessory Picks Explained
We’ve reviewed some of our top editor’s picks to provide you a selection of the most helpful grilling tools you may want to consider. These are the accessories you are most likely to use on a regular basis for both cooking and keeping your grill clean and working as it should.
Best Grill Basket
The term grill basket actually encompasses a fairly wide range of basket-like products that can be used on your grill. For this top pick we are more interested in the style that has raised, perforated sides and open tops, and look more like a traditional basket for cooking purposes.
We recommend the GRILLART Grill Basket for Vegetables & Meat. The 0.35 inch circular openings encompass both the sides and bottom of the 2.4 inch deep basket made specifically for vegetables and other smaller foods, such as stir fry, to keep it from falling through the grill grates. It also is very popular for grilling fish and other seafood. Nonstick coatings also exist, but many times begin to flake off with high temperature use, which is why a stainless steel option used properly is so popular.
The stainless steel design is highly durable and can stand up to high heats without any issues, and is preferable for flavorful foods when cooked in any style. It helps distribute heat evenly and provides the smoky charred taste BBQ lovers enjoy.
Reinforced corner brackets and curved handles ensure it stands up to rigorous use and is easy to shake for even heat and move from one place to the next.
To get the best use out of it, spray lightly with olive oil and preheat over the grill before adding foodstuffs. It can be easily washed as well and is dishwasher safe.
Best Grill Cover
There are a ton of grill covers on the market, but you need to ensure you get a durable, long lasting product that can withstand direct sun and heat, is waterproof, as well as staying put in the wind. It also is very important to find one that fits your grill properly, so you’ll first need to measure your grill prior to purchase.
The Grillman Premium Grill Cover comes in a variety of sizes to fit most standard grill sizes, including those with side burners and extra wide spaces. The super heavy duty material is not only waterproof, but also withstands destructive UV rays, and is tear resistant. All stitching is thoroughly sealed to keep from separating through use.
Adjustable side straps secure to the cover on each side to keep it in place even in the most blustery weather. This is a very important detail as most covers that simply pull over the grill often blow off, or are pulled against the grill and eventually wear thin or rip.
As mentioned, to get the proper fit, you need to make sure you have the proper dimensions of your grill. Be sure to measure the length, the width, and the height and also take into account any side burners or serving tables.
Best Grill Tongs
Grilling tongs are a must for easy placement and turning of foods on the grill. They provide a secure hold to avoid slipping or dropping, and their length is designed to help keep you safe from the grill’s direct heat. Silicon, which can withstand high heat, may be used to coat the ends or handles of many cooking tools. Silicon is not designed to be used with temperatures over around 350 degrees fahrenheit for long periods of time, so many grilling tong options do not use it.
Not all tongs are created equal, and although there are many products worth considering, we recommend the Grille Perfect Heavy Duty Grilling Tongs. Made from heavy duty stainless steel, these tongs are 16 inches long and have an extra wide grip to ensure you can evenly flip steaks, chicken, burgers, and whatever else you are cooking without losing it mid-flip. It also helps meat from being torn apart when moving as so many other, more narrow tongs do.
It comes with a hanging ring, so it can stay within reach at all times, and also can be locked in a closed position for easy storage. An ergonomic grip allows you to hold it comfortably, and also is heat resistant to make sure you don’t burn your hands.
Best Grill Spatula
Spatulas are must have in all cooking situations. They provide a thin, workable surface you can use to help keep foods from sticking, as a way to stir or mix up meals, and a tool for lifting and flipping meats and veggies. It also is very helpful to slide under food stuffs to help keep it from sticking, or prior to turning just in case any part has stuck to the grates.
The high heats of a grill determine you need a durable, stainless steel option to avoid ruining the tool. Our top pick is the FlipFork Boss 5 in 1 Grill Spatula. This “Swiss Army Knife” of spatulas has everything you need to help lift and flip your foods, as well as having a few helpful tool integrated into the stainless steel design.
It not only serves as a spatula, but also works as a fork, to help hold down food; a knife, and has a sharp edge; a meat tenderizer, located opposite the knife edge; and a bottle opener, so you always have a cold beverage handy.
The 18 inch length includes an Acacia wood handle which is water resistant, and durable for long use. It is also highly resistant to fungus and is of the same wood many cutting boards are made of. 100% dishwasher safe, you never have to worry about it warping.
Best Grill Cleaning Brush
Steel bristles have long been considered the best material for cleaning baked on foodstuffs and grease of grill grates. And although they are a durable, dependable item, they do have one major drawback in that bristles that break free may get stuck on the grates- and then transfer to your meal. In many cases, this has created major emergencies when accidentally consumed.
Because of this we have sought out the absolute best alternative without sacrificing the cleaning power of a steel bristle. The GRILLART Bristle Free Grill Brush is the perfect choice, and is made from a stainless steel, hardwired mesh.
At 18 inches long, it provides a strong, easy to grip handle to keep pressure on the grill as you brush and scrape with the 6 inch wide, 3 rowed durable mesh and attached scraping blade. Getting the grates clean between cookings is incredibly important for the life of your grill, as well as the flavor of your food. You want to scrap and brush without fear of a handle bending or snapping when used.
The shorter ‘helix’ side also allows you to get down in between the grates to scrape baked on grease and char, and it can be used when the grill is both hot and cold without worry of it being ineffective.
Having a selection of grilling accessories to choose from when you begin to plan an epic meal is a great way to help make your job easier, and easier to perfect. The tools we have highlighted are some of the best to have on hand for helpful ways to both cook, and keep your grill working as it should.
Of course, there are many more options you can add to this list as you become more familiar with grilling, or learn new techniques. We’d love to hear about your favorite accessory choices below, and what masterpiece you regularly grill up.
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