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8 Essential Tools to Upgrade Your Grilling Game

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As you ready your grill for the summer, be sure you have all the essentials by your side. These tools will make the grilling season more efficient and enjoyable.

  • The Great Scrape Woody Nub
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    The Great Scrape Woody Nub

    Wire grill brushes can eventually fall apart, dropping bits of metal inside your grill, but the Great Scrape’s Woody Pro barbecue-cleaning tool can hold up for years because it’s made of durable hardwood. To use, simply scrape the grill with the wood tip; over time, it’ll develop grooves that conform to your grill grate. (Replaceable tips are sold separately).

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    Wüsthof Grilling Skewers

    Sold in a set of four, these sturdy skewers from Wüsthof boast a couple of truly practical features. First, they’re nice and flat, which prevents food from spinning as it grills. They’ve also got wide, curved handles, which not only allow for a solid grip, but also are great for storage—you can hang them when you’re finished cooking.

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    Schmidt Brothers’ Flexible Grill Basket

    This nonstick flexible grilling basket comfortably expands to fit the thickness of a variety of foods, then locks into place without crushing its contents. This basket assures a foolproof outcome, especially when grilling delicate items like fish. It helps prevent fish skin from sticking to the grill grate, and you can flip all of the basket’s contents in one smooth move. When not in use, store the grill basket with a piece of cardboard or foil between the mesh metal plates to prevent the flexible grips from getting tangled together.

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    Weber Rib Rack

    Ribs need to cook over indirect heat, so the section over direct heat is out of bounds. On smaller grills, this means that fitting even two slabs can be tricky. Enter this low-tech gadget, which holds the slabs vertically, so you can cook up to four slabs in the same space as two lying flat.

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    Looftlighter Charcoal Igniter

    Aim the Looftlighter at the charcoal in your grill, and this plug-in fire starter will blow superheated air that’s hot enough to light briquettes in seconds, no lighter fluid required. Hold it there longer, and the coals will be grilling-ready in just five minutes.

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    OXO Silicone Basting Brush

    A good basting brush is essential during grilling season to apply glazes and marinades before, during, and after grilling. Since you’re often brushing raw or partially cooked meat, it’s important to clean them thoroughly, and with this silicone-bristle brush it couldn’t be easier: just toss in the dishwasher. The long handle lets you keep your hand away from the heat.

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    Charcoal Companion Pit Mitt

    This knit aramid-fiber glove protects your hands and forearms from the heat of the grill (up to 475°F), but unlike bulky leather gloves, they hug your hand for dexterity and ease of movement, whether you’re moving a grill grate or turning skewers. The silicone-coated palm and fingers assist with gripping items.

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  • Shun BBQ knife set
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    Shun BBQ Knife Set

    Shun’s classic barbecue knife set provides all the blades you’d ever need for your grilled meats: a Japanese-style poultry knife, a boning knife, and a brisket knife for slicing and trimming. It’s a splurge-worthy gift for any barbecue lover.

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