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Best BBQ Tools: Grillmaster of the Season

Summer is officially here and that means its time to fire up the grill or smoker for the BBQ season. However, that is also met with the challenge of bringing out last year’s old grilling tools. Many times they’ve hardened, rusted, or just can’t be found since it’s been so long since we have used them. And in truth every year the powers that be come up with some major advances to make our lives easier out by the pool to enjoy those freshly grilled steaks, burgers, sausages, or smoked hens.

I enjoy my trip out every year to see the latest and greatest. This year I have put together our TOP 10 MUST HAVE BBQ TOOLS of the season!

#1 BBQ Grill Accessories Set 21pc with Thermometer – Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Grilling Utensils with Non-Slip Handle in Aluminum Case

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Guarantee: 2 YEARS LIMITED MANUFACTURE WARRANTY and Romanticist offers a FULL REFUND if you are not satisfied with their tools.
My Overall Rank: 9.5 out of 10

This is my top choice this year for a fully equipped accessory toolset. It comes with a spatula, fork, tongs, knife, basting brush, grill brush, extra brush head, 8 corn holders, and 4 skewers and a digital meat thermometer. All tools are stainless steel, heat resistant, have rubber nonslip handles, and it comes with a sturdy case.

I bought a set from Romanticist about 3 years ago and I have to say I am tempted to buy this new one. Although my set is still in great condition because these tools really stand the wear and tear of grilling. Plus the case is nearly indestructible because if nothing I have done to it has hurt it, then not much else can.

#2 Smoker Box for Wood Chips – Use a Gas or Charcoal BBQ Grill and Still Get That Delicious Smoky Barbecue Flavored Grilled Meat – Brushed Finish Stainless Steel

Brand: Mountain Grillers
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Guarantee: Amazon returns policy.
My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10

Now I love to grill with wood chips! If you don’t know how you may want to check out my blog How to Grill with Wood Chips? Top Picks & Tricks. This tool takes a lot of extra work out of the equation for you. All you have to do is put it directly on the burners and under the grate and enjoy and as it smokes up the delicious flavors into your meat. A major upside to using the box is the ability to switch out the wood chips whenever you want to, go from oak to cherry to mesquite with ease. Certainly makes the idea of using wood chips a lot simpler if you have ever been intimidated to do so.

Now, remember that size matters. This particular smoker box is for average grills/smokers. Thus, if you have a large one then make sure you opt for the larger size smoker box. Additionally, with all woods, you still have to be mindful to give it time to get start smoking; approximately 10-15 min.

#3 BBQ Basting Pot with Basting Brush – Stainless Steel Barbecue Sauce Pot with Silicon Basting Brush, 32 OZ

Brand: iZAN
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Guarantee: Amazon return policy and product warranty.
My Overall Rank: 9.5 out of 10

I can’t even tell you how many times I have been outside making my BBQ masterpiece and run out of sauce or worse make a mess as the sauce either spills, swat at bugs trying to get into the sauce, hit the brush that flies out onto the ground, and all the joy is removed with frustration. This tool is the answer to all our problems. I am so excited about this product I have already ordered myself one. First off, its 32oz which means it will last for a lot of BBQ before I am running inside to grab more special sauce. It’s all heavy duty stainless steel, bristle-free, heat resistant up to 446F and above all else it has a secure silicone seal lid. The pieces come apart for easy dishwasher safe cleaning.

#4 Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer

Brand: Weber
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Guarantee: Amazon returns policy. The manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service.
My Overall Rank: 9.5 out of 10

This is listed in the top 5 grill thermometers of the season and there is no doubt why. It has four probe capacity meaning that you can be checking your ribs, steaks, chicken, and rack of lamb all at the same time to monitor when they are getting done with nothing getting overcooked. Heat resistant up to 716F and its magnetic so while the probes are in your meat the digital reader can be attached to the outside of the grill/smoker.

A huge bonus with this thermometer is its mobile Weber iGrill app. This way while you are chilling with a beer or talking to family all you have to do is check your phone and keep track of how everything is cooking and the app is free.

#5 Extreme Heat Resistant Grill/BBQ Gloves | Premium Insulated Durable Fireproof Kitchen Mitts Designed For Cooking, Grilling, Frying, Baking

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Guarantee: Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Amazon returns policy.
My Overall Rank: 10 out of 10

These are the top premier gloves for high heat cooking for both men and women. Heat resistant up to 932F keeping you completely protected while you grill up some perfection. These are a great overall investment because you can use them outside on the grill or inside in the oven but either way you don’t have to worry about burning your hands. Made of high grade para-aramid and meta-aramid fibers which are what firefighter uniforms are made of. Talk about high-performance gloves for maximum protection.

#6 Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set with Salt Plate Recipe Book, 8 x 12″

Brand: Charcoal Companion
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Guarantee: 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. If you have any concerns with your salt plate or salt plate holder, Charcoal Companion will refund or replace immediately.
My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10

If you have never grilled with a Himalayan salt plate than you are in for a real treat. These are perfect for steaks, meats, seafood, and veggies as it provides a light salt flavoring while it cooks your food. It comes with a steel holder and a whole recipe book paired just for the salt plate just in time for grilling season. You can also use the salt plate as a serving plate when bringing the food to the dinner table.

Now a big tip with a Himalayan salt plate is to only clean it with some running water and never put it in the dishwasher. When on the grill, try to heat it up gradually over the flames up to medium heat which can take around up to 30-45 min but the taste is well worth the wait. Always give the salt plate a day of rest to dry between uses. This also comes in various sizes so if you want a bigger size to remember that upon checkout to opt for the larger version.

#7 Weber 6731 Poultry Roaster

Brand: Weber
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Guarantee: Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Amazon returns policy.
My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10

A great addition to the grilling season is a poultry roaster. I love having smoked chicken straight from the grill/smoker as it gives the chicken a flavor that nothing else can. However, we all know that cooking chicken on the grill is not the easiest of tasks. Having a poultry roaster is a major benefit to make our lives easier. Weber has created one that is nonstick, ceramic coated, fits great with full-size grills, and allows for the chicken to breathe for better moisture and flavor basting.

Now, this roaster is for 22in grill sizes so if you have a really small one then you will need a smaller roaster. Likewise, the roaster like anything else will be extremely hot when it’s done cooking your chicken so be careful when removing it from the grill and use your new cloves, prongs, or other tools in order to get off the chicken or whole roaster.

#8 Skewer Rack Set for Grilling Barbecue Shish Kabobs – Removable Wooden Handle and Heavy Duty Non-Stick Stainless Steel – BBQ Meat, Vegetables, Fruit – (1 Rack, 4 Skewers)

Brand: Camerons Products
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Guarantee: Product warranty and Amazon return policy.
My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10

A major challenge for grilling is shish kabobs. So often they fall apart on the skewers, some pieces burn to the grill, they are difficult to turn as the pieces stay still and only the skewer turns, and let’s not forget how messy they can get if you try to put any sauce or base on them.

Well, I just found the solution! This skewer rake solves all our problems. First, it has four nonstick skewers that are large for a good ample amount of kabob. Its made of stainless steel and heat resistant for the grills/smokers. The skewers go onto the rack which has a detachable wooden handle that you clip on when you’re ready to flip the kabobs without any mess or fuss. You then have perfect kabobs grilled on both sides with any base you want and you did it easily because there is a tool for that.

#9 Brandy Soaked Wood Chips


      Port Soaked Wood Chips

Brand: Charcoal Companion
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Guarantee: Amazon returns policy.
My Overall Rank: 9.5 out of 10

I am always looking for new and wonderfully flavored wood chips. Wood chips allow unique and infused flavors to be combined with your meats for a mouth-watering explosion of joy. These new flavors for Brandy or Porto Wines are two brilliant flavors that are must tries for the season. They come from wineries of Spain and Portugal and aged in barrels of French, American and European oak. OMG, this makes me hungry just thinking of the smokiness smell and taste soaking into my ribs. I may need a new recipe just to pair with the new wood chips to compliment each other!

#10 Ash Rake for Grills, Charcoal Grills Tool with Rack Lifter, Ash Tool

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Guarantee: Amazon returns policy. 100% Guarantee.
My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10

This is a must-have tool for grilling season for anyone that has ever had the challenge of needing to move around hot coals or needing to pull up the racks to clean up the grill after your done grilling. This tool will take care of your needs and it’s multifunctional for stoves and fireplaces as well. This rake is built with stainless steel, rust-proof, and has a reinforced plastic handle to make it easier to grip. Believe it or not, it’s dishwasher safe! Talk about helping to solve the problems while giving you peace of mind, ease of use, and tons of benefits. Exactly the kind of product I love.

Genius Grillmaster

Whenever I think of an outdoor adventure at the grill I always want the best tools to make the job easier. After all, grilling is meant to be fun as we cook our meats and veggies over an open fire with rubs, glazes, and sauces with unlimited flavors. It is supposed to be enjoyed and not a chore. Thus my go-to answer for all things BBQ and grilling are simple: I BET THERE IS A TOOL FOR THAT!

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  1. Loving your list Charity,

    And oh my god, that basting brush with stainless steel pot is perfect! That would make marination and sauce pouring much simpler! I’m using the traditional way of putting the sauce in a bowl and brush separately but it’s messy and being obsessive compulsive, I dont like it! Plus with the flies, I had to always cover the bowl with either a plate or a newspaper which is tedious. 

    Out of curiosity, is it a tight seal cap, or just a normal pot clasp?

    1. It has the rubber seals under the lid so I believe its a suction grip to keep it closed which is perfect for keeping the good stuff in and everything else out. Happy grilling!

  2. Hello

    First thing first, reading so much about barbeque made my mouth water. I might do some grilling tomorrow now, haha. I really liked all the 10 products. I didn’t even know some of them existed like that intelligent thermometer and the salt plate. Can you share some cooking tips or ideas? I haven’t tried smoking meat at home, so I would love some tips there.


    1. Yes, I can certainly get some specific tips for smoking meat tips up and going for you soon. My pleasure. Happy Grilling!

  3. With the 4th of July weekend coming up, I’ve been thinking about BBQing.    I have always preferred to use charcoal or wood. I discovered that I will have to be content using the gas grill this year.   I really liked your suggestion about the smoker box for wood chips.    

    In my opinion, the smoke and wood is water make BBQ taste extra good.   I need to see if I can get it ordered so it will arrive by the 4th.   

    I never thought about using brandy soaked wood chips before.   That one suggestion has given me a host of  new ideas that I would like to try.  Thanks!!!!     

  4. I really do love having a barbecue in the back garden with friends and a few beers, it’s great, but as you said last years stuff needs some attention before it can be used, it’s a case of clean it up or replace it, I love the fact that you seem to have covered all of the accessories needed for having a barbecue, I think the thermometer is a good item to have, the food may look cooked on the outside, but it can be under cooked in the middle, can this thermometer be used to check the food after it’s cooked or does it have to be used during the cooking.  

    1. Hello Russ, 

      This thermometer can be used in both instances. And always remember with meat that it continues to cook for about 5-7 min even after you take it off the grill so the temp will continue to rise. Thus it’s a great idea to keep the prong in the meat in order to take it out a tad early and monitor it so you can get it to your desired level of perfection. Happy grilling!

  5. Hi Charity,
    I live in Spain so cooking and eating outside is a 10 month a year event around here!
    I loved your list of products especially the skewer rack. What a great idea. I haven’t seen one here so I’m really pleased that Amazon deliver to spain in just over a week.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your great reviews.
    All the best,

    1. Judy,
      I am thrilled to hear that this list was right in line with what you have been needing! I aim to please. Please stick around for more upcoming content and at any time if you have questions, requests for content or looking for something, you are welcome to reach out to me anytime. I make it a point to stay available to my viewers! Happy grilling!

  6. Charity, I love your barbecue tools list and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time of the year. We have a wonderful weekend of barbecuing coming up this weekend and you just made our adventure a little more sweeter. The skewer set and gloves are definitely at the top of my list. Thank you so much for such an excellent and informative blog. I look forward to reading many more of your blogs!!!

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