Few things say "summer fun" more clearly than having a group of friends over for a barbeque - and nothing beats the feeling of having those friends ooh and ahh over your grilling abilities. But that's not going to happen if you serve the same old dishes every time - and especially not if you're dishing out food that is burnt or overcooked. These seven essential barbeque tools will help you create a wide variety of succulent and delicious meals on the BBQ, wowing your friends and starting your party off right.
Protection While Grilling
Believe it or not, there is something more important than great-tasting food while grilling, and that's your personal safety. Your friends probably will have difficulty enjoying their food while their host moans and groans with pain, so start out your grill equipment checklist with some safety equipment. A flame-retardant apron and heat-resistant gloves will make grilling safer and protect you from heat and splatter.
Nothing is more heart-breaking than letting a perfectly-cooked tidbit fall through the rungs of your grill and into the fire. To ensure that your food makes it safely onto the plate, you'll need to have the right BBQ utensils for the job. A spatula for flipping, tongs, and a long, two-pronged fork are good utensils to start out with. Stainless steel utensils with a heat-proof rubber grip are excellent for grilling.
Hot dogs, sausages, and hamburgers are traditional grill food. But how would you like to expand your repertoire with vegetable kebobs, grilled fish, and crispy-skinned chicken? If that sounds like a good way to bring your BBQ parties to a new level, then you'll need a selection of high-quality skewers and a rotisserie large enough to hold a whole fish or a good-sized chicken.
Fruit and Vegetable Rings
Lots of people concentrate on grilling meat and seafood and overlook other food groups like fruits and vegetables. Barbeque rings can make grilling fruits and vegetables both easy and delicious. Fill an apple with chocolate and caramel chunks and allow them to melt into a delicious dessert, or stuff peppers with rice or simply barbeque jacketed potatoes for a delicious side dish.
When people think barbeque, they often think of succulent and juicy pork falling apart at the touch of a fork. If you'd like to have traditional BBQ on your grill, invest in a smoker box. Once you've tried your own smoked pork, chicken, fish, and beef from your grill, you won't want to go back to store-bought.
Broiler baskets let you grill delicate food like ribs, fish, or seafood and smaller items like vegetables and fruits without sticking or burning. With one single motion, you can turn the entire contents of your grill to let the other side brown, without worrying that any of your delicious food will drop into the coals.
BBQ Tools for Easy Clean-Up
Grilling is all fun and games until it's time to clean your barbeque. Then it turns into a tedious mess. However, you can make the job much easier with the right tools. A good set of grill brushes that won't rust or leave bristles on the grill will make cleaning your grill quicker and less grueling. Add a scraper to remove that stuck-on residue.
Finally, ensure the comfort of your guests is paramount with comfortable seating and adequate table space for all guests. Nobody wants to sit squashed up to the next person or sitting at the children's table with little room to eat.
Also ensure that you have picked a warm day to hold your barbeque. There is nothing worse than sitting outside on a cold windy day. Alternatively, think about a patio heater or an outdoor fireplace. This can mean all year round outdoor entertaining.
Mixing great food, great company, and great weather is the reason why the grilling season is one of the most enjoyable of the year. These must-have barbeque tools will help you get the most enjoyment possible out of the season, while giving you a wide range of recipe options for your parties and get-togethers.