Gone are the days when all you.
Gone are the days when all you needed to get grilling was an open flame, a serviceable spatula and a springy set of tongs. Today’s BBQ booster needs a smoking arsenal of tools and accessories.
1. Williams-Sonoma’s four-piece grill tool set ($144.95, 100 Bloor West, 416-962-9455, and others, williams-sonoma.com) packs a high-tech spatula, fork, tongs and basting brush into a metal case worthy of a James Bond super-villain.
2. When one beer-can-style chicken won’t do, this two-in-one roaster ($72, Williams-Sonoma) doubles the size of your dinner’s poultry output.
3. Grill that meat just right with the help of this rapid-read thermometer fork ($43.95, Williams-Sonoma).
4. Stumped about how to serve up a perfectly charred steak and other BBQ staples? It’s Stephane Reynaud’s Barbecue & Grill book ($32, Good Egg, 267 Augusta, 416-593-4663, goodegg.ca) to the rescue.
5. A set of four Opinel multicoloured paring knives ($60, Good Egg) means each one of your sous-grillers gets to simultaneously help prep veggies.
6. Keep your marinade toasty with PC Home’s non-stick basting pot and brush set ($9, Real Canadian Superstore, 2549 Weston, 416-246-1906, and others, superstore.ca).
7. Even if you’re all business at the barbecue, eating the fruits of your grilling labour doesn’t have to be so serious. That’s where pig-shaped corn holders ($7/set of four, Real Canadian Superstore) come in.
8. Only an amateur would focus all his or her marinating attention on the outside of an al-fresco-cooked roast. Master Chef’s marinade injector ($7.99, Canadian Tire, 65 Dundas West, 416-979-9056, and others, canadiantire.ca) delivers flavour deep in the meat.