People have been grilling and cooking outdoors for as long as time. Whether it’s in your backyard or while out at a campground, grilling over an open fire gives food a unique flavor that you can’t get anywhere else. I enjoy getting out and grilling whenever the weather is good. Favorite recipes for our family are Spicy Grilled Pork Chops with Peaches and Beer Can Chicken. I have put together my list of essential grill tools and a few nice to have extras that make grilling easier.
I hope you find this essential grill tools list helpful in getting out to cook your favorite recipes today!
Essential Grill Tools
Grill – When you want to grill outdoors, you have a few choices; propane grill, charcoal grill, or contained fire (like a campfire or fire pit). Each type of grill uses a different type of fuel and everyone has their preference.
Propane Grill – I like using propane because it’s easy to use and can be used as soon as the grill is hot. I have this grill that features a sturdy lid and sear plates that help evenly distribute heat and prevent flare ups.
Charcoal Grill – My husband prefers using charcoal. He has this large cast iron smoker/grill that he enjoys using to barbecue and smoke. The thick gauge metal helps hold the heat and evenly cooks whatever is inside.
Wood Fire – Cooking over an open wood fire while camping takes few essentials. There are a few nice to haves that I’ll mention in just a bit.
Lighter – If you don’t have a propane grill with an ignition switch, you will need some way to light your grill/fire. A long handled lighter is a great tool in your grilling kit. You can light your fire without burning your fingers or hand.
Healthy Cooking Spray – When you grill, you don’t want your food to stick to the grill. So you need a way to prevent that from happening. A good quality cooking spray, like the ones available from Chosen Foods will do the trick. You can spray the grill directly or spray the food just before putting it on the grill.
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Grill Tools – You can get a whole grilling tool kit, but you only really need these two items; a pair of long handled tongs and a spatula.
Long Handled Tongs – Most of the work you do on the grill will be done with this tool. A long handled set of tongs will move things around and help protect your hands from burns. One made with heavy-duty steal is best. Instead of the traditional pair of tongs, what about these fun Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver Tongs.
Spatula – A durable spatula is a must for grilling It is useful for everything from burgers to fish. A wide spatula will get the most use. Look for one with a solid metal core so it will support heavier foods. Just like with the tongs, show your personality with this Star Wars Vader Metal Spatula.
Grill Cleaning Brush – A clean grill is a healthy grill. You don’t cook with dirty pots and pans. So clean your grill each time you use it with a brush. Scrap off any food residue and leave your grill clean and ready for next time.
I like the Grill Daddy Pro. It uses steam to make cleaning the grill easier. $24.99
Barbecue Mitts/Gloves – Long gloves or mitts are a MUST for grilling. When cooking with fire, you want to protect your arms, hands, and wrists from burns. Look for thick gloves made with suede or heat resistant material that is washable. Silicone mitts won’t catch fire and can be easy to use.
I recommend these extra long leather gloves from Outset. $19.99
Instant Read Thermometer – You need one of these to test the internal temperature of food. When cooking poultry and pork, you want to ensure that the food is cooked properly before serving. A digital instant read with automatic settings is simple to use and will tell you when your food is done.
I have this Char-Broil Instant Read Thermometer ($16.08) and really like it. It makes grilling to the perfect temperature easy.
Clean Platter – Once your food is cooked, you’ll want something to place your food on. A platter or serving dish is essential for that reason.
This summer, I’m loving the bright colors found in the plates and platters from French Bull. This bold geographic pattern is my favorite at $18.
Fire extinguisher – Safety first. I keep a fire extinguisher in my kitchen and another outside near my grill. Look for kitchen specific ones that can put out a grease fire or other type of fire. Better safe than sorry.
Nice to Have, But Not Essential
Grill Basket – This is essential for me, but my husband doesn’t agree. This square basket is great for cooking vegetables. They don’t fall through the grill grate and can be quickly removed from the grill. I also use it to heat up bread directly on the grill.
Basting Brush – Used for saucing, basting, or mopping food. When we make Carolina style BBQ, we baste a vinegar sauce over the pork while it’s cooking. A silicone grill brush comes in handy for that. I like the silicone brushes because they are heat resistant and dishwasher safe.
Grill light – This is a nice to have if you grill into the evening hours. It’s always nice to see what’s cooking and what you are doing on the grill/
Chimney charcoal starter – If using charcoal, this is an easy and efficient way to get your coal started. Most starters are made pf heavy-duty metal with a heat resistant handle. Using one of these eliminates the need to use toxic lighter fluid.
Vertical Chicken Roaster – I actually have two of these for when I make Beer Can Chicken. Vertical roaster allow you to stand whole chickens upright and steamed for extra flavor. Look for a roaster that can hold up a 4-6 pound chicken that can be used on the grill or in the oven.
Fire grate – Earlier I mentioned cooking on an open fire. When we camp, cooking over an open fire is an easy way to prepare meals. Having a heavy duty fire grate makes your fire ring into a grill. You can cook on it just like you could a charcoal grill.
These are my essential grill items and nice to haves. These are things that make grilling in our house a little easier at home and while camping.
What items do you find essential when you grill? Share them with us below in the comments.
I received complimentary items for review purposes. All opinions are my own.