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Other Cool BBQ And Grilling Tools

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Here are some cool tools that just don’t fit our other categories, but some are pretty impressive.

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Heavy D Amps Up The Smoke in Most Pellet Cookers

Want more smoke from your pellet cooker? The Heavy D Stick Burning Heat Diffuser replaces your cooker's current heat diffuser and includes perforated chambers for holding wood logs or chunks that generate smoke for about 2 hours. Read our full review.

Sear Daddy Turns Your Pellet Cooker Into A True Pellet Griller

Looking to get a great sear from your pellet cooker? The Sear Daddy Universal Pellet Grill Searing Station replaces your cooker's current heat diffuser with a funnel shaped one. Its "flavorizer bars" and lava rocks create a dedicated searing station with 360 square inches of grill space. Read our full review.

The Rib-O-Lator, A Rib Rotisserie Insert For Grills

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Meathead

Adding the Rib-o-lator to the rotisserie on your grill allows you to cook multiple racks of ribs perfectly. There is a rod that connects to your rotisserie motor. Turn on your motor and round and round they go like a food Ferris wheel. That said, it can only handle narrow slabs that can be confined within the shelves.

The Ribalyzer, Cooking Ribs In A Hurry

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Meathead

This is a clever way to cook ribs in two hours on a gas grill, but if you have a few hours, you can cook them better without the Ribalyzer. Essentially the Ribalyzer is a device for smoking then steaming, resulting in very soft meat that's not quite as rich in flavor as if they had been dry roasted and zero bark.

Weber’s Inexpensive Rib Rack Helps You Get More Ribs On

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Meathead

Expand the number of racks of ribs you can cook at one time with this handy tool. Thanks to the Weber Original Rib Rack For Grilling, you can fit five slabs of ribs on a small grill, holding them upright with enough airspace between them to allow airflow and smoke penetration.

MAK Rib Rack Makes Smoking Multiple Racks Of Ribs A Breeze

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Meathead

Like the pellet smokers MAK makes, this best of class stainless steel rack for eight slabs of ribs is built to last with thick rails. The gap between the rails is a whopping 1.75 inches, wide enough for the thickest slabs and to allow adequate airflow. I left mine outdoors for months and there was no rust.

A Premium Grill Cover Will Protect Your Investment

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Meathead

If you're considering investing in a grill cover, be sure to choose quality over cost. Cheap covers last only a year or two. A good cover will last five years or more. The plastic or vinyl ones fell apart in 2 to 3 years and canvas lasted a bit longer. The best are canvas laminated with polyurethane or PVC.

Chimney Cap

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Meathead

If you own a ceramic cooker then you have probably experienced rain getting into the cooking chamber. Whether you own a Big Green Egg, Primo, or Kamado Joe, or any other leaky kamado, this easy to install chimney cap the solution. Made from aluminum, it is simple and effective.

Grate Grabber, The Safe Way To Remove Hot Grill Grates

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Meathead

Lift hot grates safely with this valuable tool. Use a Grill Grabber to lift your hot and dirty grill grates, even if there's the food still on them. I use mine when I need to add coals, wood, water to water pans, or to rescue food that has dropped through the grates.

Double Pie Iron Makes Perfect Toasted Sandwiches On The Grill

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Meathead

Use the old fashioned Old Mountain cast iron double pie iron, originally designed for filled pies, for making two perfectly toasted panini style grilled sandwiches at once. Just butter your sandwich on the outside, open up the hinged mold, insert the sandwiches and put it over the coals, campfire, or gas grill.

GearLight LED Headlamp Is The Late Night Cook’s Best Friend

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Meathead

If you find yourself grilling in the dark, the best way to see what is on the cutting board, on the grill, on the smoker, and where that wing you dropped went, is to mount a really bright light l just above your eyes. The GearLight LED Headlamp fits over your head, leaving your hands free to work with your food.

Cuisinart Grilluminate LED Grill Light Turns Dark In To Day

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Meathead

Illuminate your grill with Grilluminate. Six very bright LEDs affixed to the end of a metal tube extend downward far enough to clear the bottom of the hood and deliver more light than one might expect from a compact, battery powered device. Made of metal, not plastic, the body is weather and heat resistant.

Light Up The Grill With KOSIN Super Bright LED Grill Light Set

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Clint Cantwell

This pair of weather resistant LED grill lights from KOSIN feature 4-inch flexible goosenecks that allow the user to aim the light in virtually any direction. The aluminum alloy body of each light has a magnetic base so that they can be easily attached to most metal surfaces, though not with stainless steel grills.

Coleman Butane Burner Add More Firepower To Your Outdoor Grill

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Meathead

If your grill didn't come with a side burner, this portable Coleman butane burner (and other similar models from various manufacturers) is how to make up for the deficiency. Butane burners like this get very hot very fast, and are great for keeping sauces warm or even for frying side dishes.
BBQ aprons and shirts

Barbecue Gear: Funny Aprons, Shirts, Mugs, and More

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Meathead

Cool barbecue gear including aprons, hats, shirts, sweatshirts, other apparel for men, women, kids and pets.

Spot Remover Takes Care Of Food And Grill Grease Stains

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Meathead

A spot remover that will remove the grease stains on almost all my shirts is something I considered to be as elusive as unicorns. So I bought a 2 ounce bottle and tried it. One drop was enough clean a shirt so well that I could not find where the stain had been originally.

Bamboo Steak Markers, Ensuring Guests Get The Temperature They Requested

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Meathead

I love these bamboo steak markers as they are a great tool when trying to keep track of which steaks are cooked to what degree of doneness. They come in a pack of 500 and include five temperatures: rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well. Unless charred, they can be washed and reused.
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Food Photography: The Tips And Equipment You’ll Need

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Meathead

If you enjoy taking photos of your food these tips and recommended tools will help you elevate your photography game.

Paint on BBQ Sauce With a Silicone Basting Brush

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Meathead

Silicone brushes are the best thing to happen to barbecue since the charcoal briquet. I long ago relegated my natural and nylon bristle brushes to cleaning computer keyboards. Silicone brushes load up with lots of sauce, deliver it evenly, and are easy to clean and decontaminate.

The Spoon Spatula Combo Tool You Can’t Live Without

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Charlotte Wager

Called a “Mini Supoon” by the manufacturer Dreamfarm, this nifty spoon/spatula combo scrapes and measure every last drop from jars and containers. It's cheap and comes in several sizes. With a nylon handle and silicone head, its clever bent handle lets the spoon sit up off of the counter so there's never a mess.

Lodge Cast Iron Panini Press Makes World Class Paninis And Grilled Cheese

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Meathead

The pre-seasoned Lodge Cast Iron Panini Press flat weights are great for making grilled cheese sandwiches and other paninis, and even bacon. When I make sandwiches I preheat the press on high on the side burner, and then put the sandwich on the grill grates and the hot press on top so I can cook both sides at once.
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Add Smoke To Your Grill With Wood From These Sources

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Meathead

Here is the ultimate guide to the various online sources for buying grilling wood logs, chunks, chips, and pellets.

Smokist Stainless Steel Mesh Smoking Pouch Adds Smoke To Your Gas Grill

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Meathead

In recent years there have been perhaps a dozen new products brought on the market to hold wood and add smoke to the cooker. I have played with a number of them, and the one that impresses me the most is the cleverly designed fine mesh stainless steel Smokist Smoking Pouch, especially for use with gas grills.

Galvanized Ash Can Review, An Essential Tool For Disposing Of Hot Ash And Coals

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Meathead

Disposing of hot coals and ash can be a real issue without the right tool. So what do you do with the ash from your grill? When my fire cools, I dump my ash in a galvanized iron ash can. You want something with a tight fitting lid to suffocate any live coals.
gasket for ceramic grills

Parts To Repair, Modify, And Upgrade Your Grill Or Smoker

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Meathead

It may be cheap to modify, patch up or upgrade your current smoker. Sometimes you just need to toss it and get a new one. Here are some tools to help you.

Convert A Smoker To Propane With These Simple Kits

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Meathead

Just because you live in a building that doesn't allow charcoal smokers and grills doesn't mean that you can't enjoy cooking on the popular Weber Smokey Mountain smoker thanks to this simple kit from GasSmoker.com for converting it and other smokers to propane.

Propane Gauge So You Never Run Out

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Meathead

Take the guesswork out of determining how much gas is left in your grill's propane tank. The best way to tell how much gas you have left is to weigh it. Not much more than a glorified fish scale, this Original Grill Gauge works just fine. Hoist your tank and the gauge gives you a good guesstimate of how much is left.

Propane Knob Extension Kit Makes Shutting Off The Tank Simple

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Greg Rempe

You're supposed to turn off the propane tank between cooks to prevent expensive leaks and more expensive explosions. But many grills don't have easy access to the tanks, and it sure is easy to forget. Tis propane knob extension kit makes it easy to turn off the gas and easy to remember.

BBQ And Grilling Tool Sets, An Unnecessary Expense

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Meathead

Multi-piece BBQ and grilling tool sets are an unnecessary investment filled with gear you may never use. We've all seen these cool looking cases filled with BBQ and grilling tools but don't let the looks fool you. You are much better saving some money and buying what you need ala carte.

Grill Pads Could Save Your Patio, Deck…Maybe Even Your House!

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Meathead

This lightweight flexible fiber cement pad protects your deck from runaway coals, spills, and grease dropping from the grease pan on my grill. The Grill Pad is made of heat- and weather-resistant material, flexible and durable, and at 8 pounds it is heavy enough to stay anchored to the ground.

Windblocker Chafing Dish Frame

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Rick Browne, Ph.B.

WindBlocker is a portable chafing dish frame that blocks wind while allowing some air under the food and water pans to keep the fuel lit. When used indoors, one lit Sterno is enough to keep the water pan at the desired temperature. For use outdoors in the wind, two Sterno cans will get the job done.

Published On: 6/26/2019 Last Modified: 5/12/2021


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