Everyone Loves a Good BBQ
Can you think of anything better than an outdoor barbecue? The smell of the grill with a cold drink in hand and friends and family by your side – it’s simply an experience that everyone loves.
But firing up a grill with old school methods can be quite inefficient at times. With technology permeating almost every aspect of our lives, it’s only appropriate that we incorporate some of it into barbecuing.
Feast your eyes and nose on this list of cool grilling gadgets that even Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver would approve of!
21 Cool BBQ Gadgets for Every Occasion
These gifts for grillers will make barbecuing so much easier whenever anyone’s in the backyard grilling up their famous chicken wings. For example, we’ve included some ingenious grilling gadgets such as the bacon grill rack and the non-stick rib rack. They make any barbecue so much more fun and efficient.
Ever wished you could make your own pizza at home? Oven-baked or microwaved pizzas never seem to cut it. What you need is a proper charcoal oven to achieve that delicious smoky flavor.
The PizzaQue Pizza Kit transforms your Kettle grill into a pizza oven within minutes. It comes with a stainless steel Kettle converter, a 15 inch round cordierite pizza stone, a 13-inch wide folding aluminum pizza peel and a charcoal fence.
This pizza kit lets your Kettle grill reach up to 900 Fahrenheit, and the cordierite pizza stone ensures your pizza is cooked evenly throughout. The PizzaQue is easy to install and gives your pizzas an authentic smoky flavor without the cost of an actual wood-burning oven.
A common problem when grilling is people tend to mix up their raw and cooked food. Not only is this frustrating, but it’s also potentially dangerous. The last thing you need is cross-contamination in your food.
With this charcoal companion grill station, you never have to figure out which is which. One tray is marked ‘RAW’ while the other is marked ‘COOKED.' The trays also have a labeling surface for easy marking with a dry-erase pen.
There are many uses for the charcoal companion grill station. Use it to keep food chilled by filling one tray with ice and setting the other tray on top. Use it to store marinated food – the ridges on the inside lets marinade flow evenly throughout.
The lids fit both trays and even comes with an accessory caddy that hooks to the sides of the trays for quick access.
My personal pet peeve during a BBQ is losing food to the grill. Ever experienced that? You’ve got a nice grill going, only to find out that a piece of chicken is now stuck to the grill.
With the Grillaholics Grill Mat, you never have to worry about food falling between the grill grates as well. It’s perfect for all kinds of food – chicken, steaks, burgers, hotdogs, shrimp, fish, even pizza!
This grill mat works with any type of BBQ grill including electric grills. It can also be cut to fit any shape or size.
The best part? The Grillaholics Grill Mat is reusable and dishwasher safe.
If you’ve ever thought of making your own burger patties at home, then this burger press is exactly what you need.
It’s the ultimate tool for making burgers with its 3-in–1 design. Every burger patty can now be consistently sized and made with your favorite flavors. All you need to do is add ground meat to the base cup, compress it with the top press, add stuffing ingredients and top off with more meat. The press cap ensures that the meat and flavors are sealed in for a perfect grill.
The Cuisinart Burger Press is dishwasher safe and features a non-stick coating for making the perfect burger.
If you’re still grilling with a pair of cheap barbecue tongs, then you need to step up your game. This 19-piece BBQ tool set may not make you a master chef, but at least it’ll show that you mean business.
This tool set comes with jumbo tongs, a slotted turner with tenderizer and a built-in bottle opener, an all-purpose 8-inch knife, a heavy duty barbecue fork, a gourmet basting brush, 4 steak knives and 8 corn holders. It even comes with a digital thermometer so you can ensure your food is grilled to absolute perfection.
This 19-piece BBQ tool set comes with an aluminum storage case for storing all the accessories and makes a great gift for grillers too.
The Cuisinart Melting Dome is one of those barbecue gadgets that you never thought about having. With this special tool, you can get the perfect cheese melt in your home-cooked burgers. It lets your food cook slowly and evenly for that perfect texture.
You can also use the melting dome to trap the smoke of a grill for a delicious smoky flavor. Aside from meat and poultry, the Cuisinart Melting Dome can be used to grill vegetables without them drying out.
The next time you plan on grilling some peppers, onions, and asparagus on your grill, think about how you’re going to go about it. Placing them neatly on your grill is a definite no-no.
What you need is this vegetable basket that retains heat and allows vegetable juices to flow out. It sits nicely on your grill, leaving more space for your wings and steaks. You can even combine it with the Cuisinart Melting Dome for the perfect combination!
These fire starters make starting a grill easy. All you need to do is place them in your grill and light them for an even fire. With these, you don’t even need lighter fluid. These fire starters are made from recycled wood chips and are tasteless, odorless and chemical free. So the next time you think about using lighter fluid to start a grill, think about the environment and use these instead.
Another benefit of these fire starter squares is they make an excellent camping accessory. Use it to start a campfire – they are guaranteed to burn for 12 minutes even when wet.
If fire starters are too tame for you and you like your gadgets (we know you do), then consider this electric fire starter. It ignites using the latest barbecue technology – 1,300 degree Fahrenheit temperature air for cooking. The built-in blower then fans the flames towards your charcoal for a red hot burn.
With this electric fire starter, you can get a barbecue going in 2 to 3 minutes. Plus, there is no need for lighter fluid or wood fire starters. The ElectroLight Fire Starter is one of the best gifts for grillers – especially for someone who loves cooking outdoors all the time.
What’s a SLOTDOG? It basically helps your hot dog cook faster by allowing heat to reach the center of your hot dog. This unique method creates diagonal slots and expands as your hot dog cooks.
The SLOTDOG also creates crispy caramelized-edged squares that are perfect for condiments. Kids absolutely love hot dogs made with the SLOTDOG!
Why settle for ordinary oven mitts when you can get a pair of high-quality grilling gloves? The Ekogrips are designed to protect your fingers from burns and accidental cuts from knives.
These barbecue grilling gloves are made from silicone and are completely BPA free. They can be used for grilling, cooking, baking, camping and much more. Do yourself a favor and stop wasting your time and money with cheap oven mitts. Invest in a pair of Ekogrips instead. Your fingers will thank you.
The iGrill is a Bluetooth device that acts as a grilling thermometer. It takes the guesswork out of your grills and ensures a perfectly cooked steak or burger every time.
The iGrill works by inserting a meat probe into your food. It’s capable of measuring between –22F to 572F, and the wireless design means you can step away from your grill to attend to other matters. The companion app lets you know when your grill has reached the optimum temperature.
It comes with a set of presets and custom temperature alarms and can be paired with multiple iGrill devices to your smartphone. We highly recommend the iGrill for personal use and as a gift for grillers.
The Grill Daddy Pro is an efficient way of cleaning your barbecue grill via steam. Instead of using harmful chemical solutions, you can now clean and sterilize your grill without worrying about contaminating it with chemicals.
With the Grill Daddy Pro, no endless scraping or elbow grease is needed. It uses steam to melt away grease and baked-on food. All you need to do is glide the stainless steel brush along the grill to remove leftover grime. For hard-to-clean areas, the double-duty scraper brush does the job.
The Grill Daddy Pro is made from heat-resistant ABS plastic and is safe to use on iron, ceramic and stainless steel grills.
If you’ve ever had an outdoor cookout in the late afternoons, you’ll know how annoying it gets when evening approaches. Trying to cook in the dark or with a torchlight is just unacceptable – not to mention incredibly amateurish.
With this, you can now continue cooking after dark. Ten super bright LED lights completely illuminate your grill surface. It’s powered by 3 AA batteries and can provide up to 18 hours of power, which is more than enough time for you to cook till the next morning! In fact, the auto turn-off feature allows the energy efficient LED lights to extend up to 50 hours.
This barbecue grill light comes with an adjustable screw clamp that attaches to your grill handle easily. They can fit most oval, round or square handles. It’s made from heat-resistant nylon glass fiber and was made specifically for this purpose, so you never have to worry about it melting on your grill!
15. Bacon Grill Rack
Everyone loves bacon, but cooking it on a grill usually means a lot of hard work. The bacon grease always catches fire and flares up.
With this bacon grill rack, you can now cook your bacon to absolute perfection. The rack allows proper convection cooking for a crispy bacon on both sides. The stainless steel tray catches the bacon grease. Problem solved!
Also, the rack can be folded for easy storage when not in use. In my opinion, this is one of the best BBQ gadgets ever invented. Anything that cooks bacon efficiently scores a win in my book.
This leg and wing grill rack is perfect for the grill, smoker, and even the oven. All you need to do is hook the chicken legs or wings at the top of the rack for an even grill on all sides. The 12 chrome plated slots allow plenty of space for grilling. This is one of those barbecue tech gadgets that you always wished you had when you’re trying to barbecue wings.
This rib rack makes cooking ribs a piece of cake. It will hold 4 racks of ribs upright for grilling and leave you plenty of space for cooking other foods (try pairing this with the leg and wing grill rack for the ultimate space saver).
This nonstick rib rack is perfect for slow cooking and barbecues and will fit most ovens and smokers. The vertical design ensures consistent air flow all around the ribs for an even grill – perfect for small baby backs and jumbo beef ribs.
The rib rack features a steel construction with a porcelain coating and has a non-stick surface.
This unique gadget uses a simple beer can to cook a chicken. Why a beer can, you ask? Frankly, this gadget does the job in a novel way. It allows you to cook a chicken using a beer can method that’s filled with seasoning.
You start off by half emptying a soda or beer can and then filling it with seasoning. Next, you place the can in the center of the rack. The circular base prevents the can from getting knocked over. When the can is heated, the seasoning creates a fragrant steam to keep the chicken moist. It takes one to two hours before a chicken is properly cooked.
It’s a great gadget for an outdoor party and keeps everyone entertained. Why waste that can? You might as well use it to cook something!
Like the ChickCAN Rack above, this grill gadget features the same concept. You cook a chicken by placing a can in the middle and filling it with your seasoning or marinade of choice. The difference with this is you can grill vegetables at the same time using the grill basket. It’s made from high-grade stainless steel and is dishwasher safe.
Everybody loves a good barbecue, but no one likes cleaning up. With the Grillbot you can now leave the cleaning to it. All you need to do is place it on your grill and press a button. It works on charcoal, gas and electric grills and is suitable for stainless steel, cast iron and porcelain grills.
The Grillbot comes with three cleaning cycles – 10, 20, or 30-minute cycles. You even have the option of running different cycles back-to-back.
The Grillbot works by automatically scrubbing your grill while you rest or entertain your guests. It comes with a rechargeable battery, and the brushes are top-rack dishwasher safe.
If you love s’mores, you’ll love this gadget! Talk about a high-tech barbecue gadget...this device lets you make a delicious snack using your grill or oven without creating a mess.
With this grill basket, you can stack 6 s’mores and lock them in place. Slot them in your oven or over your grill and wait 5 minutes for the perfect toasted treat!
This s’more maker also works as a great gift for grillers who have a sweet tooth. It’s the perfect dessert treat for a barbecue.
Whether you’re a casual griller who enjoys the occasional barbecue every now and then or the weekend grill enthusiast, these 21 high tech BBQ gadgets will make life easier for you. As an added bonus they also work as great gifts for grillers. What are you waiting for, it’s time to stop reading and start grilling!