These bbq tools are the ones we find ourselves using over and over again. Some are exceptionally versatile, in that you can use them on or off the barbecue, and others...not so much, but they make up for it in a myriad of ways. (Myriad of ways = flavour, ease, safety.)
Cast Iron Pans
It may seem counterintuitive to put pans on the barbecue, especially since perfect grill marks are such a satisfying sight to behold. But they take grilling to a whole new level. Use a cast iron skillet to sear small vegetables, seafood, and other ingredients that might stick or fall through the grates, like Brussels sprouts and cherry tomatoes. It is much more versatile than a bbq grilling basket, as you can use it indoors on your hob too. Burgers also benefit from the even surface of a pan to seal in the juice and flavour, as well as fatty cuts of meat, like bacon and sausage, that cause flare-ups. A cast iron saucepan lets you make sauces on the grill, putting the barbecue in barbecue sauce. Materials that aren’t cast iron (or carbon steel) cannot take the heat. Our favourite pans for the job are made by Finex, which has ultra-thick casting and coiled stainless steel handles that make them easier to lift off hot surfaces; shop here. View all our cast iron cookware here.
Long Tongs (& Turners)Extra-long tongs and turners that are specifically designed for barbecuing are absolutely essential for safe and hassle-free grilling. Kuchenprofi has a bbq turner—regular and perforated—and tongs with beautiful rosewood handles for a comfortable grip as well as convenient hanging hooks. We also carry bbq tool sets from Big Green Egg (here) and Rosle (here) that include tongs, turners, and more.
A charcoal starter, also called a chimney starter, gets lump charcoal hot and at an even temperature from the get-go, ensuring a smooth-sailing bbq experience. The Rosle Charcoal Starter minimises lighting times and has a built-in spark guard, as well as stay-cool nylon handles that protect your hands when you’re pouring out the hot coals, and an adjustable second handle makes the process easier. Shop here.
Left: Finex Cast Iron Skillet. Right: Rosle Charcoal Starter.
Grilling skewers are ideal for party-friendly pieces of meat, and who doesn’t love a kebab? These clever metal skewer sticks from Gefu come in a set of five, and include an integrated serving slider to easily push food from skewer to plate (shop here). We also carry a set of six flat metal skewers from KitchenCraft that prevents food from turning while cooking (shop here).
Wireless Meat Thermometers
If you’re investing in a high-quality piece of meat, then there’s no worse feeling than cutting into it (and wasting juice!) only to see an uncooked interior. That’s when a thermometer comes in handy. The best meat thermometer for grilling can be used for way more than meat, from cakes to candy-making: the ETI Super Fast Thermapen 4 Digital Thermometer. It takes three seconds to read temperature, has a patented 360° rotating display, and folds for easy storage. We also like the Big Green Egg Quick Read Pocket Size Thermometer for its handy size and cover.
Pulled Pork Fork
A pair of metal shredding claws comes in handy (no pun intended!) when you want to quickly and effectively shred meat. You can also use them to lift large pieces of meat off the grill. We think they’re worth it for Scott’s South Carolina Pulled Pork Burgers alone, which is served with a unique ‘gold’ barbecue sauce made with mustard. We have them from Big Green Egg (here) and Rosle (here).
Left: Gefu BBQ Skewers. Right: Rosle BBQ Suede Gloves.
Alder PlanksTo infuse food with subtle smokey, nutty flavours, there’s no better tool for the job than a wooden plank. Big Green Egg’s Northwest Alder Grilling Planks (here) are especially perfect for seafood, like in this recipe for co-founder David’s Maple Salmon.
Protect your hands from burns with insulated, heat-resistant fabric like these BBQ Suede Gloves from Rosle (here). If using cast iron pans on the grill—or any other time—the Lodge Max Temp Hot Handle Holder (here) is one of the most useful tools you can have around.