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The ABCs of Grilling Gear

Fine Cooking Issue 79
Photos: Scott Phillips
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From basting brushes to locking tongs, here’s everything you need to get grilling this summer.

B is for basting brush. The angled neck of this silicone basting brush, by Grill Friends, makes it extra easy to brush on barbecue sauces. $9.99 at Laprimashops.com.

Basting brush.

C is for charcoal chimney. A chimney starter lets you bring charcoal briquettes to flame without lighter fluid. This one from Weber sells for $12.99 at Thekitchenstore.com. 

G is for grill thermometer. This thermometer from Taylor sits right on the cooking grate so you can know exactly how hot your grill is. $13 at Williams-Sonoma. 

Charcoal chimney.
Grill thermometer.

H is for hardwood charcoal. Forget briquettes. This makes a naturally cleanburning and super-hot fire. We like Lazzari brand, available in some supermarkets—visit Lazzari.com to find retailers near you.

M is for mitt. Kool-Tek’s 15-inch oven mitt delivers excellent heat resistance without sacrificing manual dexterity. $29.95 at Cooking.com.

Hardwood charcoal.
Oven mitt.

Q is for quarter-sheet pans. These heavy-duty pans from Chicago Metallic are great for hauling supplies from kitchen to grill. $11.95 at Bakerscatalogue.com.

S is for skewer. With Steven Raichlen’s 6-1/2-inch double-pronged bamboo skewers (perfect for small bites), ingredients won’t spin when you flip your kebabs. $6.99 for a set of 20 at Amazon.com.

Heavy-duty pans.
Bamboo skewers.

T is for tongs. Messermeister’s new silicone-tipped locking tongs come in assorted colors. $8.99 at Kendelcutlery.com.

W is for wire grill brush. KitchenAid’s barbecue grill brush has a replaceable head and a dishwasher-safe handle. $19.99 at Kitchenaid.com.

Locking tongs.
Barbecue grill brush.


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