Our Favorite Grilling Tools

From fish-shaped trivets to portable hibachi grills, we've got the tools to spice up your barbecue.

Grilling Tools

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Cool Tools

Half the fun of grilling is getting fun new toys. Here are some of our favorites:

Double Duty

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Double Duty

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.

Buy it: Havenwyld Ceramics Fish Trivets, $50 each; havenwyld.com. Bodum Fyrkat Grill Tools, $17 each, and Bistro Sauce Pots, $25 each; bodum.com.

Walk the Plank

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Walk the Plank

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.

Super Silicone Angled BBQ Mop

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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.

Buy it: The Super Silicone Angled BBQ Mop, $14; shopbowery.com.

Steak Button Thermometer Set

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Steak Button Thermometer Set

Take the guesswork out of grilling steaks with the Steak Button Thermometer Set. These tiny thermometers register when your meat is rare, medium, or well done.

Buy it: Steak Button Thermometer, set of four, $20; surlatable.com.

Thermapen

Thermapen

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.

Buy it: Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen, $89; thermoworks.com.

Le Creuset’s BBQ Brush

Le Creuset BBQ Brush

With its 15½-inch handle, this brush keeps you a safe distance from the heat while you’re basting. The silicone bristles are heat-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and shed-proof.

Buy it: Le Creuset BBQ Brush, $20; cutleryandmore.com.

Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-piece Stainless-Steel Tool Set

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Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-piece Stainless-Steel Tool Set

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.

Dressed to Grill

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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.

Buy it: Williams-Sonoma Apron in Claret, $20; williams-sonoma.com. Petit Coterie Anchor Apron, $38; petit-coterie.com. The Beach House Store Lobster Potholder Dishtowel Set, $14; thebeachhousestore.com.

Pit Grilling Mit

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Pit Grilling Mit

Made from the fibers used in firemen's gloves, this mit can withstand heat of 425º.

Buy it: Pit Grilling Mit, $20; williams-sonoma.com.

Bar-B-Que Grips Grill-N Mitt

Bar-B-Que Grips Grill-N Mitt

When flames flare up, keep your hands safe inside these puppet-style grill mitts, which withstand heat up to 500º.

Buy it: Bar-B-Que Grips Grill-N Mitt, kitchengrips.com for retailers.

Lauren's Spicy Recipe Bar-B-Que Sauce

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Lauren's Spicy Recipe Bar-B-Que Sauce

Habanero chiles, vinegar, and mustard team up for Lauren's Spicy Recipe Bar-B-Que Sauce's tangy kick.

Buy it: Three-bottle gift pack, $20; saltlickbbq.com.

Southern Red BBQ Sauce

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Southern Red BBQ Sauce

In the best Charleston tradition, Southern Red presents a piquant blend of ketchup, vinegar, and mustard.

Buy it: 18oz bottle of Southern Red sauce, $5;  melvinsbbqstore.com.

Bear-Man Tummy Rub

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Bear-Man Tummy Rub

Try it on meat, fish, or poultry for a hint of heat tamed by brown sugar.

Buy it: The Bear Man Tummy Rub, $6.50; bear-man.com.

BlackJack Barbecue Grill Marinade

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BlackJack Barbecue Grill Marinade

BlackJack Barbecue Grill Marinade's combines an electrifying blend of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar that stands up to meat.

Buy it: BlackJack Barbecue Grill Marinade, $5 for 18 oz.; foodforthesouthernsoul.com.

Cook by the Book

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Cook by the Book

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.

Weber’s Charcoal Grilling: The Art of Cooking with Live Fire

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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.

Super-size It

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Super-size It

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.

Light Your Fire

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Light Your Fire

This minimalist Danish design couldn't look any sleeker.

Buy it: Eva Solo Grill Globe, $595; gracioushome.com.

One-Touch Platinum Charcoal Grill

One-Touch Platinum

Weber's brick-red classic charcoal grill is updated with a built-in thermometer, two worktables, and a lid holder.

Buy it: One-Touch Platinum, $250; weber.com.

Son of Hibachi Portable Grill

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Son of Hibachi

This portable grill kit features a "snuff out pouch" with a flame-retardant lining so you can pack up right after cooking.

Buy it: Son of Hibachi portable grill kit, $73; sonofhibachionline.com.

Grillworks 36 Wood Grill

Grillworks 36 Wood Grill

Serious cooks love this one for its crank-wheel system that raises and lowers grates above the flames for precise heat control.

Buy it: Grillworks 36, $4,175; grillery.com.

Broilmaster P3 Gas Grill

Broilmaster P3

The Broilmaster P3 gas grill is light on extras but rates high on performance.

Buy it: Broilmaster P3 and Garden Cart, $1,386; broilmaster.com.

Beach-Side Grill

Beach-Side Grill

No need to leave the beach when appetites grow. This adjustable cast-iron grill lets you cook directly over a beach campfire or fireplace.

Buy it: Beach-Side Grill, $150; surlatable.com.

Use a Wok

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Wok It Out

Small food, large grates? No problem. This catch-all grill wok makes sure nothing slips through the cracks, so you won't lose any tasty tidbits to the flames below.

Buy it: Sur La Table Grill Woks, $40 for a two-piece set; surlatable.com.

Fancy Fixin's

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Fancy Fixin's

Plastic containers just don't cut the mustard. Serve condiments in style with ceramic jars that mimic the look of their grocery store alter egos.

Buy it: Williams-Sonoma BBQ Condiment Set, $38; williams-sonoma.com

Make Your Mark

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Make Your Mark

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.

Buy it: Williams-Sonoma Monogrammed Forged Steak Brand, $40; williams-sonoma.com. Crate & Barrel Meat Markers, $6 for a set of 160; crateandbarrel.com.

Potato Grill Rack

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Potato Grill Rack

Roast potatoes on the grill in half the time with the Potato Grill Rack. The prongs conduct heat directly to the center of the spuds.

Buy it: Potato Grill Rack, $13; surlatable.com.

Charcoal Companion Platinum Gas Grill V-Shape Smoker Box

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Charcoal Companion Platinum Gas Grill V-Shape Smoker Box

Fill this handy gadget with wood chips to turn your gas grill into a smoker.

Buy it: Charcoal Companion Platinum Gas Grill V-Shape Smoker Box, $20; amazon.com.

Cedar Grilling Papers

 Cedar Grilling Papers

Wrap fillets of fish, shrimp, or veggies in these thin pieces of cedar wood to enhance your meal with a mild smoky flavor.

Buy it: Cedar Grilling Papers, $7 for eight; fireandflavor.com.

Monogrammed Steak Brand

Monogrammed Steak Brand

From beef to tuna steaks, personalized entrées make an impression.

Buy it: Monogrammed Forged Steak Brand, $32; williams-sonoma.com.

Fish Grilling Basket

Fish Grilling Basket

If you’ve ever had grilled seafood stick to the grate, you’ll love this gadget. Whether you’re grilling a whole fish or just a fillet, the fish basket protects your catch.

Buy it: Fish Grilling Basket, $23; amazon.com.

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