Memorial Day isn’t just the unofficial start of summer. It’s also the first official day (unofficially, of course) to fire up the grill and take meals — and cooking — outdoors. But dining outside doesn’t mean skimping on extras like fun napkins, clever grilling accessories, and ways to keep favorite foods fresh even under the steamy afternoon sun. Below, some of the latest ways to make this year’s barbeque season the best one yet.
Oh what a grill from the MoMA
Though not quite pocket-sized, this remarkable portable stainless steel Una Grill is about as small as they come. A mere 4.25 by 19 by 6.75 inches when closed, the dishwasher-safe Una offers two cooking heights, slots for skewers and a leather handle. $139 at store.moma.org.
Made of mussel with Le Creuset
Not everyone wants a slab of ribs. For your friends who prefer a little surf with their turf, this eight-quart mussel pot is just the thing. The enamel-on-steel construction works equally well on a wide variety of heat sources, and the knobs are heat-resistant. $100 at lecreuset.com.
Bottle service from OXO
It's not a barbeque without some sauce -- or marinade, for that matter. Keep your favorite flavors close at hand and easy to dispense with this two-piece set of Chef's Squeeze Bottles. The set includes one 12-ounce and one 16-ounce bottle with interchangeable lids; attached caps; plus a thin tip for accuracy that can be switched out for a wide tip to accommodate heavier sauces. $9.99 for the set at oxo.com.
Sign of the times at 20x200
Keep barbeque season around all year long. This 1937 Dorothea Lange photo of a handpainted Georgia roadside sign is both curious and curiously funny. Is it about food? Burger thieves? Something else? Keep 'em guessing all year long. From $60 at 20x200.com.
Napkin time from Michaels
Make mealtime fun with these Grillin' and Chillin' burger barbecue luncheon napkins. The 6.5-by-6.5-inch, two-ply paper napkins come 16 to a pack. $2.09 per pack at michaels.com.
Towel off with JCPenney Home
Keep it clean with this microfiber JCPenney Home two-piece kitchen towel. The barbecue-themed set features two machine washable 26-by-16-inch towels. $14 for the set at jcpenney.com.
Pressed for time with Artisanal Kitchen Supply
Ready to be used and safe up to 500 degrees, this Artisanal Kitchen Supply pre-seasoned cast iron grill press is perfect for the grill but also suitable for cooktops. The 5-by-8-inch, double-riveted spun wire handles help disperse heat, and it's hand washable. $14.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com.
Tool time from Kuhn Rikon
Treat yourself to a new set of tools. This five-piece kit comes with turner, locking tongs, fork, silicone basting brush and grill brush, and it's all made with nonreactive stainless steel. Each tool has extralong handles, and the whole set comes in a cloth-lined aluminum case. $125 at kuhnrikonshop.com.
Double dip with Guac-Lock
Give guests something to snack on while dinner's cooking. This Guac-Lock (available with and without a chip tray) is designed to keep your guacamole fresh and prevent it from browning, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until the party starts. The bowl stores up to 24 ounces, and it's made from shatterproof, odor proof, stain — resistant, BPA-free plastic. $19.99 to $29.99 at casabella.com.
Tray chic from Sommar
This stainless steel Sommar 2018 barbecue tray is the thing you didn't even know you needed. Place the 12.25-inch-long tray on top of your grill and use it to cook smaller pieces of food without worrying about them falling through. $7.99 at ikea.com
Hot potato baker from Charbroil
Deliver the best grilled potatoes ever with these stainless steel Baked Potato Screws. The twisted design creates an evenly heated core inside potatoes, and works better than standard potato nails. The set of six comes in its own storage case. $8.99 at charbroil.com