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.
Buy it: Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen, $89; thermoworks.com.
Buy it: Le Creuset BBQ Brush, $20; cutleryandmore.com.
Buy it: Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-piece Stainless-Steel Tool Set, $70; homedepot.com.
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.
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.
Buy it: The Gardener & The Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, $20; runningpress.com.
Buy it: Weber’s Charcoal Grilling: The Art of Cooking with Live Fire, $13; amazon.com.
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.
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.
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
Buy it: Fish Grilling Basket, $23; amazon.com.