Grilling in the summer — when the weather is warm and the drinks are cold — is one of life’s simple and oh-so-lovely pleasures. Grilled chicken, homemade burgers, corn on the cob and a pitcher of something delicious and refreshing all add up to a great time.
Besides the obvious need for a grill (which can be gas or charcoal and as affordable or as over-the-top as you want it to be) what are the most important tools to have on hand? With so many grilling tools, gizmos, and gadgets on the market today, choosing which ones to buy and which ones to avoid can seem awfully complicated.
Not to worry! If you are starting from scratch and don’t want to buy the entire grilling section of your local home-goods store, stick to these four essential grilling tools and you be all set for the summer.
A grill brush
Good grilling begins with a clean grill. Buy a good metal-bristled grill brush to scrape away all of that nasty stuff that inevitably accumulates after a good grilling session. Starting with a clean grill will ensure your food doesn’t stick, cooks evenly, and doesn’t end up with old bits of burnt food stuck to it.
A strong pair of tongs
In order to take control and become a grill master, it is important to be able to move the food around the grill quickly and safely — after all, you don’t want any burnt fingers.
In order to do all this, a good pair of tongs is crucial. Don’t skimp out and buy some flimsy cheap ones — they won’t last for long, and you run a great risk of either burning yourself or making a mess on the grill when the cheap tongs give out underneath the weight of a delicious ribeye. Nothing worse than good food ending up on the floor, is there?
A good metal spatula
For things like grilled fish and burgers, tongs simply will not do the trick. Instead you need a strong metal spatula with a long handle (so you aren’t in the heat of the grill) to help flip those more delicate items swiftly and easily.
A meat thermometer
A simple instant-read meat thermometer is an affordable and important tool to use in any grilling situation. Using one will ensure you don’t serve undercooked chicken or overcooked steak, neither of which are likely to be enjoyed. Don’t end up with grilling regret, use these four essential grilling tools to help you avoid making these 19 rookie grilling mistakes.