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Grilling Utensils, Gadgets & Tools



Grilling-specific utensils with long handles to avoid the grill's intense heat are your best bet. A good pair of tongs, a spatula and meat fork are essentials for nearly every grilled dish and are often available in sets with handy storage cases.

Basting Brush

Basting brush

Lay it on thick! A good basting brush lets you add a variety of flavorful sauces to your ribs, chicken and more.



Meat or vegetable kabobs are a traditional grilling favorite, making metal or wooden skewers a must-have for every outdoor fete. Use them to roast marshmallows when the fire begins to wane!

Grilling Basket

Grilling basket

Don't flip out, wire baskets make grilling easy as can be. Keep your fish, burgers and more neatly in place and evenly-cooked with the help of a good wire basket.

Grill wok

Grill wok

For a new twist on traditional stir-fried dishes, try a grill wok. Its perforated design allows your meats and veggies to soak up a wonderfully smoky, grilled flavor.

BBQ rack

BBQ rack

When there's a lot on the menu, utilize every inch of your grill with a space-saving BBQ rack. Simply stand up your slabs of ribs or chicken for efficient upright cooking.

Smoker box

Smoker box

Fill this vented box with special barbecue wood chips to release loads of smoky flavor for your foods to soak up. Popular wood chip varieties include mesquite, hickory, cherry and apple.

Grilling planks

Grilling planks

Soaked in water, wine or fruit juice, grilling planks offer up a savory cooking surface for fish, meat, poultry and more.



A good beeroaster will help you create a deliciously moist chicken with perfectly crispy skin. For a different twist on beer can grilling, try filling your beeroaster with wine, stock or herbs.

Food thermometers

Food thermometers

Grilling meats can get tricky, but a good dial or digital thermometer made especially for your grill will solve most temperature conundrums.

Grill light

Grill light

Eliminate guesswork when grilling at night with a handy mountable light. Most grill lights use bright, long-lasting LED lights and are made with weather-resistant housing for durable use.

Grilling Basics

Whether you're a novice griller or an experienced outdoor chef, a few tips and tricks can go a long way. Check out our list of suggestions to help you create your best grilled meal yet!

Marinate or season your foods prior to grilling for deep-down, delicious flavor. Your thawed meats can marinate in a bag or closed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Make sure meat is at theright temperature before grilling. Let your meat and poultry stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour and add any additional seasonings during this time for maximum penetration.

Gauge the temperature of your grill before adding your food. A special grill thermometer ensures the most accurate reading.

Create two heat zones on your grill. If space allows, creating a hot zone and a moderate hot zone allows you to have more control over how quickly your different foods cook.

Prevent grill flare-ups by cooking with the grill lid and vents closed as much as possible. It'll help prevent fat from dripping onto the heat source and cut off the oxygen needed to create the small burst of flames.

Turn meat and poultry with tongs rather than piercing it with a meat fork. Piercing causes loss of flavorful juices.

For meat, vegetable or shrimp kabobs, be sure to soak wooden skewers for at least 20 minutes to prevent scorching.

Keep hamburgers juicy by avoiding pressing on the patty. Pressing will squeeze out the precious juices and fats that make the burgers tasty.

Check the doneness of your steak by pressing your fingertip lightly on the top. Rare steak will feel soft while well-done steak will feel firm and bounce back.

Try something new! Everyone loves burgers, brats and steaks on the grill, but you can build a special menu by trying a few of these less-meaty options:

  • Bell or chili peppers
  • Jalepenos
  • Eggplant
  • Portobella mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Summer squash

Keep your grill clean. Scrub off the grilling grate after each use to prevent build-up and stuck-on messes. A wire brush is the best tool for the job.

Gas Grilling vs. Charcoal Grilling

Gas grills feature quick start-up and easily adjustable temperatures, but many will argue that nothing beats the flavor from charcoal grilling. Run through our quick list of pros and cons to discover your grilling style.

Charcoal Grilling Gas Grilling
Pros Cons Pros Cons
Smoky flavor from hot coals Longer heat up Fast heat-up Loss of smoky flavor
High heat from charcoal is great for searing Less accurate temperature control Precise temperature control Typically more expensive
Many charcoal grills are easily portable Charcoal can be more costly than propane Easy to use and clean Larger, more elaborate models aren't very portable

Still undecided? Many other factors can contribute to your decision to go gas or charcoal, including space limitations and climate.

  • For apartment patios or small yards, shop for a variety of space-saving grills, both charcoal and gas.
  • For all-season grilling in colder climates, keep your grill protected with a durable waterproof cover. Gas grills are ideal for cold-weather cooking.
  • When outdoor grilling isn't an option, consider indoor electric grills, raclettes or oven smokers, all available online at

Grilling Temperatures

Keep food safety at the top of your grilling to-do list with the following tips and guidelines:

  • Investing in a good dial or digital food thermometer will help eliminate any worry you have about undercooked meats.
  • Thoroughly thaw frozen meat and poultry before grilling so it cooks more evenly. Use your refrigerator for slow, safe thawing or thaw sealed packages in cold water. Microwave defrosting is a viable option for food that will be placed immediately on the grill.
  • For added safety, never partially grill meat or poultry and finish cooking later. However, precooking food partially in the microwave, oven or on the stove is a great way to reduce grilling time. Simply make sure the food goes immediately on the preheated grill to complete cooking.

The USDA recommends the following internal temperatures:

Whole Poultry 165°F
Poultry Breasts 165°F
Ground Poultry 165°F
Ground Meats 160°F
Beef, Pork, Lamb & Veal 145°F and allow 3 minutes resting
Reheating Fully Cooked Meats 165°F

*Temperature guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Keep it clean!

To avoid cross-contamination, use separate utensils and platters for raw and cooked foods. Harmful bacteria in raw meats and poultry and their juices can contaminate your cooked food.

When camping or tailgating, try to find a source of clean water. If one isn't available, bring bottled water for preparation and cleaning. Pack clean cloths or moist towelettes to clean surfaces and keep your hands clean.

Tailgating Tips

Be prepared! Prepping your food in advance gives you more time to enjoy the tailgating festivities. Season your burger patties or marinate your chicken the day before and be sure to keep them cool during transport.

Line your portable charcoal grill with foil for quick and easy cleanup.

Pre-freeze water bottles to keep in the cooler. They'll thaw quickly and provide an ice-cold drink right when you need one while working perfectly as an ice pack for your meats and other foods.

Bring along plastic storage containers, plastic baggies or extra foil for leftovers. Don't let good food go to waste!

Don't forget folding or portable tables and chairs for you and your friends.

Keep all your tailgating gear packed away in a large plastic storage bin and keep it there all season for neat, organized use.

Go green! Bring two garbage bags along – one for recyclable cans and bottles and one for all other garbage.

Show your team pride! From t-shirts to hats, banners, blankets, coolers, cups and much more, you'll want to go all out for your tailgating party. Shop our entire selection of team apparel, accessories and more on

Let the games begin! If space allows, bring along a few tailgating favorites such as bag toss, ladder toss or a football for a fun game of catch. Shop our entire selection of outdoor games on

Tailgating checklist:

  • Small, portable or folding grill
  • Portable table and chairs
  • Grilling utensils
  • Meat and buns
  • Condiments
  • Disposable/recyclable plates, cups and utensils
  • Napkins
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Bottled water
  • Foil
  • Garbage bags
  • Games
  • Rain poncho
  • Sunscreen