Seeing as how you’re cooped up in your home and have all this time on your hands, why not hone your grilling technique. Whether you are a novice griller or a serial tamer of the flame, here are some of our favorite tools and gear that will help take your BBQ to new heights.
Barbecue is an art form and Aaron Franklin is a superstar pitmaster. He went from cooking brisket for his friends, to opening a food truck, to owning a now world-renowned restaurant that has sold out of meat every single day since it has opened. People travel from all over the world to sample his barbecue. This book is a detailed chronicle of how he produces his spectacular barbecue.
An essential book for anyone who wants to improve their grilling techniques backed by science.
When it comes to a pellet smoker, Traeger is the go to brand. Super easy to use and does the job and does it well. The precision with which a beginner can smoke makes it feel like cheating
Most things you cook in it are “set it and forget it.” Basically, put the meat in there, close the lid, and don’t open it again until it is time to take it out or prepare it in another way. Basically you just need to watch your hopper to make sure it is full, and keep an eye on the temp just in case.
Another great and less expensive option for smoking meats is the Weber Smokey Mountain.
The Weber Charcoal Grill is an American classic and is a must for anyone who enjoys grilling over charcoal.
The Vortex Indirect Heat lets you hack your Weber and turns any 22-inch kettle grill into a smoker
Rapidfire Chimney Starter– fastest, easiest way to light coals in one attempt—and doesn’t rely on lighter fluid
The GrillGrate lays directly on your existing grate and allows for more even cooking, flare-up resistance, and exceptional sear marks.
This Grill Basket makes it easy to grill meats, fish, fruit, and various other delicate foods that could easily fall through your grill rack
A grill master can’t do squat without the proper tools. This set has everything you need and then some
Stay safe when removing grates, hot meat, and more with high heat gloves
Instant Read Thermometer – To ensure your meat is perfectly cooked everytime
A Probe thermometer can remain in the meat so you can monitor the temperature while it cooks without having to open the grill lid.
This sturdy Burger Press will dole out perfectly shaped burgers everytime and is super easy to clean
Proper maintenance is just as important to grilling success as proper technique, and a clean grill is a happy grill. So after every grill session, run a sturdy brush like this—one with thick bristles—up and down your grates until they gleam
You can’t go wrong with Montreal Steak Seasoning for steaks. Really great flavor!
When it comes to cutting boards, Boos Block is the shit!
And don’t forget the apron