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The Essential Grilling Tools Every Cook Should Own

Here are the grilling and BBQ tools we consider essential and always keep on hand in our Test Kitchen for grilling season. They make the job a lot easier!

Essential Grilling Tools

Here are a few tools we keep handy in our Test Kitchen for grilling season. They make the job a lot easier!

Wire grill brush: This is an essential cleaning tool. Look for one with a long wooden handle and brass or steel bristles.

Tongs: Your best bet is long kitchen tongs. Make sure they open wide, close tightly, and are sturdy.

Spatulas: These are great for turning fish or burgers. Look for one that has an offset, rigid, yet thin blade to get underneath stuck-on food without tearing.

Instant-read thermometer: A thermometer provides the best way to check meats for doneness on the grill. Digital ones are very accurate but expensive compared to analog models.

Skewers: Essential for kebabs, these are made of either metal or bamboo. We prefer metal skewers because they can be reused, clean easily, and come in a variety of styles and price points, from plain to fancy.

Other stuff: Pot holders, timers, basting brushes, a spray bottle of water, a roll of aluminum foil, and paper towels are all good things to have on hand during grilling season.

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