BBQ accessories can help take your barbeque game up a notch. They help bring efficiency and finesse to your cooking and help you maintain your barbeque too.
You do not need to spend a lot on your BBQ accessories. A few simple add ons will do the trick. Here is our list of must-have BBQ accessories.
A Good Pair of Tongs
You already know that cooking on a barbeque takes a bit more effort than cooking on a stovetop. Barbeques mean a lot of people and a lot of meat—your regular kitchen tongs won’t cut it!
You need heavy-duty tongs that can handle more weight since you’ll mostly be using them for meat. Make sure your barbeque tongs are long so you don’t need to stand too close to the heat.
You need a good grip to handle slippery pieces of food, so get tongs with a rubber covering on the handles. They will protect your hands too, as the handles won’t get hot.
The biggest concern with cooking meat is accidentally undercooking or overcooking the meat. Undercooking can be dangerous while overcooked meat tastes chewy and bland.
A meat thermometer can save you from a barbeque faux pas. There is a wide variety to choose from like stainless steel, analog or digital. A lot of them have timers that alert you when the meat is ready, so you don’t need to hover by barbeque all night.
Digital ones also have a light that helps you read them in the dark and many of them shut off automatically, saving battery.
Oven mitts can help you avoid barbeque accidents. Getting burned is always a concern when working with direct heat at such high temperatures. Investing in a good pair of oven mitts can save you many ER trips in the future.
Good oven mitts should be thick, heat resistant, and flexible enough to let you bend your fingers. If they have a silicone or rubber grip on the fingers, you’ll be able to hold your meat and vegetables too.
Machine washable mitts will make maintenance a lot easier.
If you find yourself squinting at the meat while barbecuing at night, unable to tell if the meat is done, this is the BBQ accessory for you. LED BBQ lights are very bright and can be mounted right onto your barbeque.
They have adjustable screws that let them be mounted onto any barbeque. Better visibility will help you cook your meat better and will help you avoid accidents too. It is best to have a well-lit barbeque in all conditions.
The marinade can be injected right into the muscle of the meat for maximum flavor. Always get a metal injector. They are sturdy and have the juice to penetrate tough pieces of meat.
Plastic meat injectors aren’t of much use for barbecues. They cannot withstand a lot of heat and fall apart quite easily.
A grilling tray is a great way to get that smoky, woody flavor into the meat. The flavor comes from the fat from the meat dripping onto the fire. The fat becomes smoke, which rises up and flavors your meat.
A grilling tray gives you the same effect. The fat stays in the grooves of the tray where it eventually burns out and flavors the meat in the tray. This way, you avoid accidental flare-ups from the fat dripping onto the fire.
A grilling basket is a very handy barbeque accessory—especially if you have vegetarian friends. Gone are the days of asparagus and bell peppers slipping through the grates and perishing on the fire.
The vegetables will cook a lot faster, more evenly and you can prepare them in advance too. A hinged grilling basket will make the process even more convenient.
It will keep all the vegetables contained in one place and you can just flip it over to cook the vegetables on the other side. You can flavor the vegetables with a splash of olive oil. Cleaning the basket is also hassle-free as most of them are dishwasher safe.
Everybody loves a pizza party! Having a pizza tray or pizza stone is a great way to get more use out of your barbeque. Your barbeque becomes a pizza oven with this handy accessory.
Using a pizza stone on a barbeque will give you an almost wood-fired pizza with a crunchy crust and smoky flavor. Just set your pie on the tray and leave it on the barbeque for a delicious, flavorful pizza.
Kebab skewers let you add some variety to your usual barbeque fare. A nice cut of meat paired with peppers or mushrooms sprinkled with some herbs make for a delicious barbeque treat.
They will save you the trouble of remembering to soak the bamboo skewers in water before every barbeque. With bamboo skewers, you also run the risk of getting splinters in your food which can be very unsafe.
Decent steel skewers will have enough space for meat, the ends will be curved or barbed to prevent food from falling off when you flip them. They’re also easy to clean and even an amateur can use them with success.