Well, it’s been a long time coming but it seems that summer has finally decided to make an appearance. Among other things, that means BBQ season. For the purpose of this list, we assumed that you already have the essential tools (the tongs, the spatula, the basting brushes, the cleaning brush…). But what about some of these gadgets that merit an appearance at your next barbecue party. And, not that we mean to be stereotypical in the least, but think Father’s Day gifts too as you review the items below:
|Coleman Fold N Go Charcoal Grill: This little grill has innovative folding design that gives it 150 square inch (say wow) cooking surface. It’s easy to pack up, to carry and to clean. Take it to the beach, the park, tailgaiting… Buy on Amazon for approx. $50.|
|Bodum Fyrkat Portable Charcoal Grill: Is this the cutest grill ever? The Bodum Fyrkat compact picnic grill comes in yummy colors (also in turquoise-blue, lime-green and boom-red). Its lid shuts closed and its silicone handle (stays cool) allows for easy carrying. Buy on Amazon or BodumUSA for approx. $59.00.|
|The Grill Pillow provides an alternative, eco-friendly option for disposing of outdoor grill drip-pan grease. Watch this short video to immediately see how easily it works. Buy directly from GrillPillow.com for $9.95 for a 3-pack.
|Bottle Cap Catcher: Beer being the natural companion to barbecues, we certainly thought that this fun gadget had its place on the list. This bottle opener collects bottle caps, so there are no worries of littering bottle caps which are just no fun to step onto… Buy on Amazon for $9.99.|
|The Spice House Grill & Barbecue Deluxe Gift Set: I LOVE this store. There are a few spice blends that I can no longer cook without (Sunny Spain and the Greektown Billygoat Seasoning to just name a couple). Their Grilling & Barbecue spice blends are equally remarkable featuring the flavors of many grilling traditions (Creole, Trinitad, Quebec…). Buy at The Spice House for $49.95|
|The Monogrammed Barbecue Branding Iron: Proud of your barbecuing skillzz? Show them they’ve come to the right place as you brand your meats with this personalized branding iron. Allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery. Buy on Hammacher Schlemmer for $58.95.|
|Wynders Spiral Hot Dog Cutters: The kids will love this one. So will the adults though not all will readily admit it. Any good family BBQ needs some corkscrew hot dogs. Buy on Wynders.com for $12.95.|
|iGrill Grilling/Cooking BBQ Thermometer: A grilling thermometer with Bluetooth technology. No, we’re not kidding. This thermometer communicates with your iPhone and iPad with the iGrill App to help with big decisions like determining cooking time, setting a timer and also offers recipes. Decide how you want your meat cooked and the electronic probe will let you know exact temperature. Buy on Amazon for approx. $99.95.|
|aFire Coconut Charcoal: Guilt-free grilling for the environmentally focused. We wrote about aFire last year and definitely think that this product needs another mention. Buy from aFire for $12.99.|
|Gourmet Grilling Planks: We also love these grilling planks from aFire. The meats or fish will absorb the fragrant smoke from these various woods. Choose according to what you are grilling as various woods impart different flavors better suited to chicken, fish, beef or game. See the choices here.|
|Copper Mesa 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Barbecue Tool Set: And just in case your existing BBQ tool set is not quite up to par, we would like to recommend this very handsome 3-piece tool set includes a spatula, tongs, and a fork. Made of seamless stainless steel with copper accents. Buy on Amazon for approx. $42.50.|
Stay tuned for our super easy, ALWAYS-a-winner recipe grilled vegetables.