Your tools don't have to be drab to get the job done. These functional-meets-fun gadgets and trivets add panache and whimsy to your grill station—even after the fire has died and the tools are hung up to dry.
Grilling on a wood plank made from hickory, maple, mesquite, or cedar enhances the flavors of meat, fish, and poultry. (Try salmon grilled on a cedar plank—it's one of our favorite flavor pairings.) For super easy flipping, check out these meat turners. The lathe-turned handles, made from select hardwoods, are as unique as your secret family recipes.
Buy it: Maine Grilling Woods Natural Oval Planks, $21 for a 4-pack; mainegrillingwoods.com. Barnhart Woodworks Meat Turners, from $50 each; 863/678-3325.
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Super Silicone Angled BBQ Mop
This brush is angled for basting hard-to-reach spots, and the removable silicone mop head is heat-safe to 500º.
Grill meats to the proper temperature with no worries about under- or overcooking. Designed for cooking professionals, this digital thermometer accurately reads food’s internal temperature in less than four seconds.
Inside the aluminum carrying case is every tool you’ll need to grill up a storm, including carving knife, tongs, corn holders, grill brush, skewers, and a lifetime warranty.
Buy it: Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-piece Stainless-Steel Tool Set, $70; homedepot.com.
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Dressed to Grill
We like barbecue sauce—just not on our clothes! How to look effortlessly put together while slaving over a hot grill? Don a nautical apron and grab a bright lobster potholder—because the chef deserves a little attention.
Spice up your stash of recipes with this collection of tasty new twists starring fresh farmers' market fruits and veggies. (Try the Planked Peaches & Blueberries with Amaretto Sauce—mmmm!)
Buy it:The Gardener & The Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, $20; runningpress.com.
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Weber’s Charcoal Grilling: The Art of Cooking with Live Fire
Charcoal enthusiasts, rejoice! With more than 100 grilling recipes, this barbecue almanac by Chef Jamie Purviance contains easy-to-follow instructions, tips, and beautiful photography. We highly recommend the seafood chapter, with recipes for grilled oysters, planked salmon, and driftwood-grilled lobster tails.
Buy it:Weber’s Charcoal Grilling: The Art of Cooking with Live Fire, $13; amazon.com.
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Cook a summertime feast for the whole neighborhood with a grill that boasts six burners (and even a side burner perfect for simmering sauces). Get plenty of storage and instant counter space thanks to stainless steel doors and side tables—plus the capability to sizzle long past sunset with lights that automatically come on when the lid is raised.
Buy it: Weber Summit S-620, from $2,149; weber.com for retailers.
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Light Your Fire
This minimalist Danish design couldn't look any sleeker.
You have the best steaks, so why not brand them? Sear the meat with your initials to let everyone know who's boss of this ranch. Wooden pre-labeled markers ensure that guests craving rare or well done never have to know how the other half lives.