If America had a national food category, it’s safe to say that it would be barbecue and grilling. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, an organization that collects industry statistics and identifies trends, the country’s passion for live-fire cooking is so strong that we purchased nearly 14 million grills in 2014 alone — and that means that we’ll be purchasing just as many (if not more) gadgets and tools to go along with all of those smokers, barbecues, and outdoor grills.Kingsford.com and the recently launched BBQ and grilling site Grillocracy, I frequently travel around the country and can attest to the fact that all you have to do to start a lively conversation with virtually any stranger is bring up the topic of barbecuing and grilling. The nuances that define outdoor cooking in various regions of the United States — tangy vinegar-based sauces in North Carolina, mayonnaise-based white barbecue sauce in Alabama, or dry-rubbed ribs in Memphis and beef brisket in Texas, for example — are always a topic for friendly debate, and the holy trinity (smoke, fire, and food) is the universal truth in which all committed live-fire cooks believe.
For die-hards like me, firing up the smoker or grill isn’t limited to the warm days of spring and summer (it’s not uncommon to find me flipping steaks or tending to a smoked pork butt in the middle of torrential rainstorms or blinding snow), but for most of us, peak grilling season is just getting underway. If you want to succeed in your outdoor cooking adventures, you’re going to need a few tools of the trade. Here are 10 grilling tools that will help you make the most out of grilling season.
Orginally published on April 16, 2015