Top 10 Grilling Accessories

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Do you have a grillmaster in your life that you want to get a gift? Or are you delving into the world of grilling for the first time? You want to be prepared with a list of the most important grill accessories to help you or that special someone have the best experience grilling possible.…

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Top 10 Grilling Accessories

Do you have a grillmaster in your life that you want to get a gift? Or are you delving into the world of grilling for the first time? You want to be prepared with a list of the most important grill accessories to help you or that special someone have the best experience grilling possible.

When it comes to grilling, there are some key areas we look at when it comes to accessories.

  1. Food Internal Temperature Monitoring
  2. Personal Safety
  3. Grill Maintenance And Upkeep
  4. Fire Creation And Management
  5. Food Handling Tools

This list of 10 items and tools will help you manage these five key areas. Read on to see our picks and the benefits of each tool.

IMAGE MODEL FEATURES
byb2-table__imageThermoWorks Thermapen One
  • 1 sec Temp Readings
  • Backlit Display
  • Water Resistant
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrill Gloves
  • Handles 1472 Degree Temps
  • Silicone Grip
  • Inner Hanging Rope
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrill Brushes
  • Three Wire Hexes
  • Strong Clamping Force
  • Long Lasting
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrillHogs Tongs
  • Durable
  • Strong Clamping Force
  • Stainless Steel
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageOXO Grill Spatula
  • Silicone Grip
  • Large Spatula Head
  • Hanging Hook
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageFire Starters
  • Natural Charcoal Starters
  • 50 Pack
  • Long Burn Time
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageSmoker Tube
  • Easy To Load
  • Affordable
  • Chips or Pellets
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrill Pan
  • Non Stick
  • Perfect for Veggies & Seafood
  • Durable
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageVortex
  • Creates Searing Heat
  • Durable
  • Versatile
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageSkewers
  • Metal = Durable
  • Reusable
  • Strong
CHECK PRICE

Why You Need Grill And Smoker Accessories

You’ve finally put together that brand-new grill or smoker and you’re excited to fire it up and get the meat on the grill grates. However, you need the right tools and accessories to do that safely and the best way possible.

Using bad quality grill and smoker accessories can cause all sorts of problems. It can affect the quality of the food you cook. It can make grilling or smoking take longer than necessary. You can have food get ruined or put people, including yourself, at risk. Here are the accessories that we think are must haves.

  1. Gloves: Having a great grill glove can keep you or whoever is minding the food from getting burned. Depending on what type of grill or smoker you have, you could be working around temperatures between 200-450F. The last thing you want to do is drop that brisket when you’re getting it ready for the wrap.
  2. Instant Read Thermometer: Good thermometers can ensure you don’t overcook food or serve raw chicken. A good instant-read thermometer is one of a grill master’s best friends, while a remote thermometer can help a pitmaster ensure that food is being wrapped or removed from the smoker at the right temperature.
  3. Tongs: A bad pair of tongs can lead to food being dropped when transferring it from the grill grates to a plate or even dropped through the grates when turning the food over.
  4. Spatula: A good spatula can help get those burgers flipped perfectly while preserving those grill lines and sear, while a bad spatula could be flimsy and make it hard to move your meat safely.
  5. Charcoal Supplies (Fire Starters etc. : Every great grilling and smoking experience begins with lighting something on fire, whether that’s charcoal or wood. Don’t use lighter fluid. It can leave a bad aftertaste and can be harmful to your health.
  6. Smoke Box/Smoke Tube: If you only have a grill, you may want to add a little extra smoke to your cook the odd time. These items add versatility to your cooks.
  7. Grill Brush: A good grill brush can keep old bits of food from getting into whatever is being cooked. Using a cheap grill brush can result in unclean grill grates and even the possibility of bristles getting stuck to the grates and coming off in food. That poses not only a risk to the quality of your food but also your health and the health of anyone who is eating food off that grill or smoker.
  8. Weber Kettle Grill Accessories: The Weber Kettle is a great charcoal grill, but with a couple of neat accessories you can turn it into a mean smoker or a steak searing monster.
  9. Grill Pan: Grill pans are under rated and can really up your grilling game especially when grilling veggies or seafood. Here us out on these.

Those are the necessities, but we also include some nice-to-haves below.

How We Came Up With Our List Of Grill Accessories

An essential is something that you absolutely need. So drawing on our years of grilling experience, we looked at what tools or accessories we need to produce great grilled food. Some of that experience comes through trial-and-error, some from listening to others who came before us.

We aren’t interested in giving you fluff when it comes to grill accessory essentials. We understand from personal experience just how many tools and accessories are out there, and you can be left asking what accessories do you actually need. We at Angry BBQ are here to help you find what you ACTUALLY need to level up your grilling game.

Angry BBQ’s Top 10 Grill Accessories


1. Instant Read Thermometer – ThermoWorks Thermapen One

There’s a reason you’ll find Thermapens in the hands of chefs, backyard grillmasters, and even in barbecue and grilling competitions. The Thermapen ONE is the complete package for an instant-read thermometer. It offers lightning-quick measurements (less than one second) so you can temp a steak you’re searing over high heat without worrying about burning your hand. It is also accurate within half a degree Fahrenheit so you know what temp it says is correct.

Not only do you get a fast and accurate thermometer with the Thermapen ONE, you get a thermometer that is easy to use as well. Like a large number of instant-read thermometers, it turns on simply by swiveling the probe out from the notch in the body of the thermometer. 

Where it distances itself from its competitors is the display. The screen is large and easy on the eyes. It also boasts an auto-rotating display so that no matter what way you contort your arm to check a temperature, you don’t have to strain your neck. If it’s dark out, the Thermapen ONE also boasts a light sensor to activate the backlight display. I’ve fired up my grill after a long day of work and the sun’s gone down, and I was still able to clearly check the temperature of chicken breasts thanks to the backlight.

This instant-read thermometer is a vital part of every cook, chef, and grillmaster’s cooking arsenal. If you cook and grill regularly, it’s well worth the price tag to ensure you’re cooking your food properly. That’s for both food safety and to make sure you aren’t overcooking. 

Our number one priority is now checked off.

What We Love…

  • The quick and accurate reading helps ensure you pull meat when it’s ready without having to hold your hand over a fire for a long time
  • The display updates making reading the temperature easier in all sorts of conditions
  • ThermoWorks made the ONE easy to hold with a surface that won’t slip out of your fingers

What Makes Us Angry…

  • Nothing really. This is one of the best instant-read thermometers on the market and has a fantastic five-year warranty to boot in case something ever goes wrong.


2. Grill Gloves – Grill Armor Gloves

Grill Armor Gloves

Speaking of dealing with high heat and safety, you want to make sure the only thing that’s getting seared is your food, not your fingers. That’s why we believe one of the most important grilling accessories is a good pair of grill gloves, and the Grill Armor Gloves from Grill Armor are our favorite pick. 

The most important thing when it comes to grilling gloves is protection. You aren’t going to enjoy whatever it is you grilled if you burn your hands. Grill Armor gloves are made with two types of fibers that ensure you will be safe as the gloves are rated to handle temperatures up to 932°F. I’ve used them for handling wood around the firebox of an offset smoker and for pulling cast iron off my grill. 

You may assume all that protection will leave you uncomfortable. You’d be wrong, though. The gloves are lined with cotton so you won’t deal with scratchy fabric. These are flexible as well so you aren’t sacrificing your ability to grip tools. 

The only problem I’ve encountered isn’t even an issue specific to Grill Armor. Any fabric-based heat-resistant glove will lose all of that heat protection if it gets wet. Thankfully, if you’re going to be working around particularly wet or damp environments, you can check out Grill Armor’s full offerings and find their waterproof gloves as well.

You can find Grill Armor Gloves in gray, orange, glow-in-the-dark green, red, yellow, pink, and black. 

Check off personal safety from our list, and you can do it stylishly, too.

What We Like…

  • The mixture of M-ARAMID and P-ARAMID fabrics gives these gloves plenty of protection from heat while maintaining durability
  • The final layer of silicone gives these gloves plenty of grip whether you’re checking the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer or grabbing a cast iron skillet
  • These gloves are machine washable, so if you get them covered in sauce, meat juices, or ashes, just throw them in the washing machine and let them completely dry before using again

What Makes Us Angry…

  • It’s not truly something that makes me angry, but you do need to be aware that you need to let these gloves dry completely if they get wet before you grab anything hot. Otherwise you will burn yourself.


3. Grill Brush Suited To Your Grill Grates

Different grills have grill grates made from different materials and different materials require different care. You will use one type of brush on cast iron grates while you would want something completely different for stainless steel and even another for porcelain-enameled grates. You can get a full breakdown by checking out our list of the best grill brushes, but we’ll summarize here.

If you’ve got cast iron grill grates, we are big fans of Poligo’s 18” grill brush. The three banks of coiled wires can clear just about anything off, and it has a scraper for the really stubborn messes.

If you’ve got something a little more prone to damage like porcelain-enameled grates, we recommend the Grillaholics brass grill brush. It uses a standard wire design but it’s made from brass which is strong enough to clean without scratching and ruining that enameled surface.

Finally, you might have grill grates that are bare stainless steel. Unfortunately, if you scratch that surface, you lose all the benefits of stainless steel. So we recommend something a little easier (and unorthodox,) Char-Broil’s nylon brush. Now you cannot use this with your grill hot, otherwise, the nylon bristles will melt and give you a much bigger mess. However, I’ve used it on cold grill grates and it does an astonishingly good job. It also has a scraper if you’ve got some incredibly caked-on debris.

One of the most important parts of our number three priority, grill maintenance, is good to go.


4. Grill Tongs – GrillHogs 9, 12, & 16-inch 3 pk

It doesn’t matter if you’re turning ribeyes or just the cheap hot dogs from the grocery store, you want a good set of tongs. Otherwise, you might end up dropping your food in bad areas. That’s why we recommend this three-pack of tongs from GrillHogs. 

There are two major reasons we like these tongs: strength and gripping of the meat. I’ve had issues with flimsy tongs flexing and going off-center as well as tongs that simply can’t grip meat. Regardless of the reason, I’ve lost food because of bad tongs.

That won’t happen with GrillHogs tongs. The metal arms are strong enough to handle the thickest cuts of meat, and the clamp ends are scalloped so you will have a good grip on your food. 

If you’re concerned about storage, all the tongs lock closed so they can fit into a drawer without jamming it closed. They also have a metal loop on the end so you can hang them (handy for keeping them close by during your grill session, too!)

What We Like…

  • Multiple lengths for different uses and grills. A longer set of tongs is perfect for the big grill or smoker while the smallest set works well inside or for use with your portable grill.
  • The scalloped clamp ends grip whatever food you’re picking up tightly
  • The wood handles are easy to hold and a nice touch
  • Tongs lock closed and hang for easy storage rather than taking up a lot of room while open

What Makes Us Angry…

  • There were a couple of complaints of the metal being bendable where the arms of the tongs meet the clamp ends, but it hasn’t been the case for most
  • The wood can lose some of its finish if washed in the dishwasher

Now we are starting to address our number five priority, food handling tools.


5. Grill Spatula – OXO Good Grips Grilling Turner

Speaking of food-handling tools, now we turn to the grill spatula. We all love grilled burgers, right? You want a tool that will be big enough to handle the biggest patties you’d throw on a grill while not sliding out of your hand or leading to you burning your hands. We are big fans of the OXO Grill Spatula due to its size and comfortable yet safe handle.

The head of the spatula is almost four inches wide and five inches long so you can handle the thickest stuffed burgers you want to throw on your grill. It’s made out of stainless steel so it can stand up to the moist (and sometimes messy) environment of your grill. The handle has a non-slip silicone grip to keep your hand comfortable even if you’re serving burgers for the entire neighborhood. The spatula also has a metal hook for storage so you can hang it by your grill between flips.

Between the GrillHogs tongs and this spatula, we’re off to a great start to our number five priority, food handling.

What We Like…

  • This is a big and sturdy spatula, ideal for flipping burgers and helping lift food on a grill
  • Comfortable silicone grip to help hold
  • Large spatula head for even the biggest burgers

What Makes Us Angry…

  • If you don’t like a heavy spatula, this might be a bit heavier than you like


6. Charcoal Supplies (Fire Starters, Charcoal etc.)

Cooking over charcoal is an experience unlike any other. It takes some patience (though nowhere near as much as smoking barbecue,) but it gives your grilled food a depth of flavor that cooking over gas just doesn’t match. However, you want to make sure you have the right tools to ensure. You’ll want good charcoal, a charcoal chimney to hold the charcoal, and a fire starter to get the charcoal burning.

When it comes to charcoal, there are two major types: lump and briquettes. Lump charcoal is more natural and produces more heat but burns fairly quickly and is irregular in size. Briquettes are uniform in size and last longer but don’t produce as much heat as lump charcoal and can have extra fillers. Our vote for the best charcoal briquette is Jealous Devil Max due to its longer burn time and higher heat than other brands we tested. If you’re going with lump charcoal, we recommend FOGO Super Premium Lump Charcoal due to its consistency in size and long burning time.

Once you’ve figured out your preferences of charcoal, now you need to figure out how you’re going to get your fire started. We recommend using a charcoal chimney which helps accelerate the starting process due to vents both below the charcoal and along the side. We recommend the Weber RapidFire Chimney Starter due to its large size and safety features to keep your hands protected during use.

Finally, you need a way to actually start burning your charcoal. If you’re using a chimney like the Weber one above, you’ll need to put some type of fire starter below the charcoal chamber. We recommend Grill Trade Fire Starter Sticks because they are easy to use, are all-natural, and can work with the chimney or just among a pile of charcoal.

All of these fall under number four on our priority list, fire creation and management.


7. Smoke Box or Smoke Tube

Grilling is traditionally cooking meat at high temperatures quickly. Essentially, it’s the exact opposite of smoking barbecue. That doesn’t mean you can’t add some wood smoke flavor on your grill, though. Whether you have a gas grill or a charcoal grill, you can use a smoke box or a smoke tube filled with wood chips or wood pellets for that smoky flavor. Napoleon Grills, makers of high-quality gas grills, also makes some accessories including a smoke tube. You can even smoke on a gas grill, something that might surprise you.

To use Napoleon’s smoke tube, all you need to do is load it with wood chips (this tube comes with four flavors: maple, cherry, hickory, and whiskey oak) and place it on your grill’s diffuser plates over a lit burner (or over charcoal if you’re using a charcoal grill.) The heat will cause the wood chips to start to burn slowly and release smoke flavor.

You don’t have to use a smoke tube for hours to add some smoky flavor. Just get it burning before you put on steaks or burgers for some extra wood smoke flavor.

Another tool for our number four priority, fire creation and management.

What We Like…

  • Easy to load wood pellets or chips
  • Lights easy and can burn long as long as temps aren’t too high
  • Affordable

What Makes Us Angry…

  • If you overload it, it can burn out quickly
  • Watch how hot you get keep it so it doesn’t burn out quickly


8. Grill Pan – HexClad Hybrid BBQ Grill Pan

While we typically think about meat when we think about grilling, cooking over an open flame can add flavor to just about any type of food including vegetables. However, that can be difficult sometimes as it’s easy to lose cut-up veggies in between the grill grates. That’s why we’re big fans of Hexclad’s Grill Pan

It’s non-stick surface ensures that you aren’t losing bits of your food as you cook. The pan also has small holes drilled throughout the cooking surface so you can ensure the heat and any smoke is actually getting to your food.

Now you may worry when you hear non-stick coating. After all, we can deal with some pretty high temperatures in our grills, plus most of our grilling utensils are metal. So that spells ruin for traditional non-stick pans. However, HexClad says this pan can withstand temperatures up to 900°F and is safe for use with metal utensils. 

Getting a high-quality grill pan is a great way to add even more versatility to your grill as you can cook both your main dish and sides on the grill at the same time.

Check off another tool for number five, food handling!


What We Like…

  • Completely Non-Stick Cooking Surface
  • Metal Utensil Friendly
  • Withstands up to 900F. Great for searing heats as well.

What Makes Us Angry…

  • Price may be high for some customers


9. Vortex (For Charcoal Kettle Grills)

Whether you have a Weber kettle grill or another brand, these charcoal grills are arguably the most popular style of charcoal grills. However, they all suffer from one specific drawback: They aren’t known for producing the highest heat which can be a problem if you love searing steaks or getting super-crispy grilled chicken wings. Enter the VORTEX (IN)DIRECT HEAT cone.

That may sound like a weird name, (IN)DIRECT HEAT, but there’s a reason. It can be used in multiple ways, but the most common way is to have your charcoal fire inside the cone so it funnels all the heat straight up. This is perfect for searing steaks directly over the fire, but it also helps create an indirect heat so you can array your chicken wings around the outside part of your grill grates to create crispy skin without burning them. You can also use the Vortex to create a charcoal snake for smoking by using it as a guide for laying your charcoal around the outside of the cone and putting your cut of meat directly over the cone.

Whether you want to sear steaks better than ever on a charcoal grill or try your hand at crispy grilled chicken wings, the Vortex is a must-have for kettle grill owners. It also comes in multiple sizes to suit whatever size of grill you have.

The Vortex is a big part of the number four priority on our list, fire creation and management.

What We Like…

  • Gets your kettle pumping out high focused heat for searing
  • Helps with indirect cooking

What Makes Us Angry…

  • They charge enough for a simple product


10. Skewers

Skewers are a great way to add some versatility to your grilling experience while also making an enjoyable way to serve food. Cooking a combination of meat and vegetables together can help impart more flavor into the meat. Plus, if you get metal skewers like these Royal Imports metal skewers, you could even skewer a marshmallow or two for roasting after you are done grilling but still have some good heat from your charcoal.

If you want to enjoy the experience of cooking on a skewer without the hassle of cleaning the skewers later, wooden skewers like these bamboo skewers are a great option as well. They’re safe for using on a grill or over a fire pit and make cleanup a breeze. I would recommend soakign them in water beforehand to help ensure they don’t burn up on the grill, especially if you’re putting them close to the flames.

We wrap up with another tool for food handling, our number five priority.


Final Thoughts

You might be purchasing your very first grill or helping someone get started in the world of grilling. Either way, this list will help get you started down the road to being a grillmaster. As always, tools themselves do not guarantee perfect results. However, having the right tools does increase your chances of success!

If you’re looking into getting into smoking barbecue at home, check out our list of the best smoker accessories. Just like this list of grilling accessories, these smoker essentials will help you get your backyard barbecue journey off on the right foot.

Do you have any grilling accessories that you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

IMAGE MODEL FEATURES
byb2-table__imageThermoWorks Thermapen One
  • 1 sec Temp Readings
  • Backlit Display
  • Water Resistant
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrill Gloves
  • Handles 1472 Degree Temps
  • Silicone Grip
  • Inner Hanging Rope
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrill Brushes
  • Three Wire Hexes
  • Strong Clamping Force
  • Long Lasting
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrillHogs Tongs
  • Durable
  • Strong Clamping Force
  • Stainless Steel
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageOXO Grill Spatula
  • Silicone Grip
  • Large Spatula Head
  • Hanging Hook
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageFire Starters
  • Natural Charcoal Starters
  • 50 Pack
  • Long Burn Time
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageSmoker Tube
  • Easy To Load
  • Affordable
  • Chips or Pellets
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageGrill Pan
  • Non Stick
  • Perfect for Veggies & Seafood
  • Durable
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageVortex
  • Creates Searing Heat
  • Durable
  • Versatile
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageSkewers
  • Metal = Durable
  • Reusable
  • Strong
CHECK PRICE

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