The beers are in the chiller, the chairs are all laid out for the guests and you’ve brought the food out of the fridge ready for cooking. But before you start working up the magic on your grill or Best Electric Smoker, you need what every barbecue enthusiast should have in their arsenal: a good barbecue toolkit.
Aside from just helping you cook the best food in your smoker from Smoky Goodness BBQ, you also need tools to help clean your cooking appliances so you can keep making that sizzling food for many summer’s to come. Read on to find out the essential items you’ll need in your BBQ toolkit.
Stainless steel spatula
Don’t even contemplate having a barbecue without a good spatula to hand. All those juicy burgers are going to be red raw inside if you don’t have a strong spatula to press them down with. And for general flipping and tossing of food, a spatula is essential. You need one that can slide under food without leaving most of it stuck to the grill, so don’t buy a thick plastic design.
As essential to a barbecue toolkit as a spatula, tongs allow you to get a good grip on your food. Agood pair are easy to squeeze but springy at the same time. You also want your tongs to be able to grip small or large pieces of food without crushing it or cutting into it. So the best types have a gripping edge that delicately grips your food without doing any damage to it.
No matter how experienced you are with cooking, you aren’t going to be able to tell the inside temperature of a piece of meat ñ and in turn whether it is cooked through or not – without a thermometer. You want a good, reliable one that is sturdy enough to last after many cooking sessions. You also want the probe to be stainless steel and thick enough so you can plunge it into the thickest bits of meat without it buckling. The best meat thermometers are wireless, and some even let you leave the probe inside the meat, close the smoker/oven door and take a reading on the temperature on the monitor outside.
Some of the tastiest and juiciest barbecue foods need a good marinade or sauce to bring out the flavor of the meat and vegetables, and with these dishes are marinade brush is going to be indispensable Brush over your meats or vegetables with this tool, but remember to wash the brush after you have applied it to raw meats.
If you are serious about your barbecues then you are going to be lighting things on a pretty regular basis, so instead of using a box of matches, spend some bucks on a good barbecue lighter. Looftlighter’s are more than just a lighter, though, as they have a fan that blows heat to quickly ignite coals in seconds. It also has a blower to stoke the fires once you have your coals burning.
Steel Grill Brush
A must after every barbecue session, these little tools are cheap and easy to use. Buy the better brushes that have replaceable steel scouring pads that clean your grates better and faster than cheaper wire bristles.