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Meatballs on the grill

The Meatball Grill basket makes it easy to bring a kitchen staple into the backyard.

Fire makes everything taste good. Williams-Sonoma

In a perfect world, all food would get cooked on the grill. Our modern kitchens make that dream impractical if not impossible. Walls, and a ceiling overhead do little for open fire cooking. Not only would it be difficult to achieve, but downright dangerous. There's a reason why bags of charcoal always insist upon outdoor use. So while it may be difficult to bring the grill inside, the next best thing is to bring the kitchen outside.

Burgers and hot dogs may be what most people think about when they think about firing up the grill, but times are changing. The Meatball Grill Basket is another step in the evolutionary chain that has slowly but surely migrated the kitchen into the backyard. A foldable stainless-steel tool, the grill basket features 12 recessed wells in which to cook meatballs. Each reservoir is perforated allowing smoke to get in and fat to drip out. With the lid closed, the meatballs are held in place and a simple flip allows both sides to cook evenly.

Fire adds a whole other dimension to familiar meals. Consider spaghetti and meatballs, if the meatballs were prepared on the grill: smoky, slightly charred goodness. I don't think I've ever had that, but it sounds delicious. Of course, with this grill basket you can use any type of meat (or veggie) mixture such as lamb, beef or pork, so you can transform your everyday meals into something new and exciting. No walls needed.