You have the marinade just right, the drinks in pitchers, and the table set just right for guests, but are you ready to grill? No matter what you're grilling, there are a few essential tools that you need to get started. We've rounded up some of the most crucial tools to prepare you for anything.
Around grills or any kind of heat source, safety is always the most important thing. Remember that when you're grilling, it's important to not only pay attention to how the meat is cooking, but to watch children, animals, and party guests around the hot grill. What seems like an obvious danger to you may not be that obvious to someone else.
Tools also play a huge role in safety. The short tongs that you use for indoor cooking are fine for a quick sauté or grabbing crusty bread out of the oven, but they are too short for the grill. Long tongs protect your hands and arms from the heat while still rotating corn cobs perfectly.
After safety is taken care of, it's time to grill. To get the char just right, include some of these tools in your barbecue toolkit and you will be set to go!
A marinade brush is a must for you barbecue toolkit. With this tool, you can easily brush on barbecue sauce or a spicy marinade evenly to meats and vegetables. When brushing on raw meat, make sure to clean it afterwards thoroughly before touching ready-to-eat food.
Large spatulas are best for flipping meat. Make sure you have a heat-proof version so plastic doesn’t melt over the hot grill as you flip and turn.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.