Step away from the infomercial and score these essential grill tools, all for $25 or less.
Grilling season is a gadget lover's time to shine. The grill you choose -- whether full-sized or portable, charcoal or gas -- is likely the most important purchase you'll make in your ascent to grillmaster, but there are some essential accessories to aid you during your next backyard barbecue. Not all grill tools are created equal. To find the best, budget-friendly barbecue gear for 2023, we got our hands on dozens of them and these are the best grill tools and accessories under $25.
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If you're only using your tongs for tonging, they could definitely be working harder. These innovative tongs have a spatula and scraper built right in to save you some space on the rack.
If your grill isn't in a well-lit place, consider a simple clamp-on grill light such as this $25 number and sizzle late into the night.
If you've ever tried to flip a filet of fish on the grill you know a normal spatula isn't really cut out for the job, and tongs don't typically fare much better. What you'll want is a thin fish spatula such as this one with a razor-sharp front edge that sneaks under the flaky flesh without tearing it up.
A bit of smart design allows for multiple uses with this grilling companion. The deep container will hold your meats and marinade without spilling. Later, when things are cooked, collapse it down into a cutting board to slice and serve. Just make sure to rinse it or flip it to prevent cross-contamination.
With a good thermometer, there's no need to stress or guess about meat doneness. There are expensive, wireless models out there but this $14 ThermoPro gets the job done just as well.
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If an item is too small or delicate to cook directly on the grates, don't let that deter you from using your grill. Simply lay down these sheets made of flexible PTFE and you can cook eggs, chopped vegetables or that pricey fillet of fish without worrying about any food falling through the cracks. Don't be afraid to crank up the heat -- they can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees. As an added bonus, the sheets are dishwasher safe so cleanup is a cinch.
Don't ask me why, but most grills don't come with a drink holder. This Cuisinart magnetic beverage caddy is here to help.
Don't flip out if you're tasked with manning a busy grill. This heavy-gauged chrome steel basket will ensure an even cook on multiple items with a single turn. Its extra-large size can handle anything from thinly sliced summer squash to a thick porterhouse steak.
You won't find a better baster than this heat-resistant mop. The key is the multinubbed silicone bristles that are able to retain more sauce than your average BBQ brush. Clean-up doesn't get any easier -- just unscrew the head and let the dishwasher do the work.
The dreaded scraping of the grates brings about as much joy as receiving a lump of coal for Christmas. If you want a quick and easy way to remove all the gunk that's gotten up in your grill, behold Weber's three-sided wire brush featuring shorter sides to clean edges and dislodge debris from those grates.
Engage in some TMNT villain cosplay while shredding some delicious barbecued meat. The ergonomically shaped handles on these sharp claws (a set of two is included) will help transform your Boston butt and breasts into pulled pork and chicken quickly and easily -- not to mention using them is a whole lot of fun.
Elevate grilled salmon, pork and vegetables by cooking them atop cedar planks, which ensure a gentle cook and add a distinct but subtle smoky flavor. The spread makes for a fun, rustic table setting, so no need to transfer to a serving plate. The planks are reusable and even when they begin to deteriorate they can be repurposed as smoking chips.
Look sharp and remain stain-free with this durable and size-adjustable apron. Equipped with two loops for towel and tongs and four pockets (including one that zips so your phone doesn't fall out when you bend over), you can keep your cooking tools (and anything else you need) close at hand.
These fireproof gloves might not be a total essential for every grillmaster but they are nice to have around, especially if you tend to get a little loose when tending to the grill.