Our Favorite Grilling Tools
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.
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
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
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.
Buy it: Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen, $89; thermoworks.com.
Le Creuset BBQ Brush
Buy it: Le Creuset BBQ Brush, $20; cutleryandmore.com.
Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-piece Stainless-Steel Tool Set
Buy it: Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-piece Stainless-Steel Tool Set, $70; homedepot.com.
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
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
Buy it: Bar-B-Que Grips Grill-N Mitt, kitchengrips.com for retailers.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Light Your Fire
This minimalist Danish design couldn't look any sleeker.
Buy it: Eva Solo Grill Globe, $595; gracioushome.com.
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
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
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.
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.
Buy it: Beach-Side Grill, $150; surlatable.com.
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.
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
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
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
Buy it: Cedar Grilling Papers, $7 for eight; fireandflavor.com.
Monogrammed Steak Brand
Buy it: Monogrammed Forged Steak Brand, $32; williams-sonoma.com.
Fish Grilling Basket
Buy it: Fish Grilling Basket, $23; amazon.com.