When I was starting to think about writing about grilling essentials and what I use I also looked at what others believe are the tools you need to grill.
I did some good thinking and came up with some things I believe you need to be able to cook up some good BBQ food.
Grilling Essentials For A Perfect BBQ
I know there are things that can make life easier, and I have a few of them, but there are some basic tools you need for the grill.
I know this is an obvious one but it is the first thing you need.
To find what grill you need I suggest you start by looking at the main menu to see what types of grills are available and pick the one that will fit your needs.
This is a basic grill tool you can’t skip out on. It is very versatile and can be used on a gas grill, charcoal grills, and of course on flat-top grills.
Some food is better picked up and handled with a pair of grill tongs.
Buy a sturdy one that will have a good grip on your food. In the past, I lost food because I was using some flimsy tongs.
Keeping a clean grill is a food safety issue and nothing makes that easier than a good grill brush.
Depending on your type of grill grates you have to choose between a stiff bristled or a softer type of brush to clean your grill.
You can read my grill brush reviews and pick the one that fits your grill.
BBQ Tool Set
If you don’t know what to buy at first I would suggest you to buy a BBQ Tool Set. Most of them come with about everything you need.
Just make sure not to buy a very cheap one. You know that in most cases you get what you pay for.
You can look at this page my BBQ tools set review to see what I think are good sets.
You might maybe think that this is not a necessity for grilling, but I think it is. After buying my wireless thermometer for the grill the quality of the food I prepared on the grill or smoker got soo much better.
If you know what the temperature is at the grill grate level and in your meat you are cooking and not guessing.
You can have a look at the grill thermometer reviews for some tips on if you should buy a handheld or digital grill thermometer.’
Grilling Essentials – My Opinion
When I started grilling all I used was my affordable charcoal grill and a fork.
One of the first things I invested in was a Weber charcoal starter and that made it so much easier to start my charcoal.
I was lucky that at the restaurant I had several quality tongs and spatulas that I could bring home to use.
Recently I have even started using grill tools with lights and that made it easy to cook after dark.
Although all these products are for using the grill I suggest having good BBQ knives for after you are done and for preparation.
It does not matter if you are just getting started or are an experienced competition pit master. Quality tools are not just a trick of the trade for professionals but they are a pure necessity.
Remember that you are dealing with food and the use of these tools can have an effect on how safe the food is that you serve.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he can find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews and the outdoor cooking tips he is writing about. You can read more on the About page for Eddie van Aken