Summer is in full swing, and that means outdoor dining season is here. Whether you’re busy gearing up for that blowout July Fourth barbecue you throw every year or just looking to update your daily grilling routine, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some of our newest obsessions to keep your cooking skills on point and your entertaining game strong. See below for our favorite flame-broiling accessories. Hungry yet?
Go from cold to cooking in no time flat with the Looftlighter. The device works without gas or flames, relying entirely superheated air to ignite your charcoal. Also works great on wood, and has an integrated bottle opener. About $70 on amazon.com and other online stores; visit looftlighter.com for local retailers.
Grill Daddy basting brush
Protect yourself from heat, splatter, and messes with the Grill Daddy basting brush with heat shield protection. The brush removes for cleaning and is dishwasher safe, and the clever 90-degree angle helps you reach every nook and corner. $9.99 at buygrilldaddy.com
Taylor Grill Dry Rub Shaker
This Dry Rub Shaker from Taylor Grill raises the bar on tenderizing. Fill the 6-ounce shaker with whatever seasoning suits your fancy and use the rubberized tips to massage it in. Made of silicone and plastic; dishwasher-safe in the top rack. $9.99 exclusively at target.com
Guitar BBQ Set
Make some noise while you’re cooking outdoors with this musically inclined guitar-shaped BBQ set. Made of stainless steel, with pine wood handles. $25 at kikkerland.com
Sommar 2017 pitcher from Ikea
No barbecue is complete without something cold to drink. Keep beverages frosty even on the hottest days with the Sommar 2017 pitcher from Ikea. The 68-ounce plastic pitcher features a removable insert that can be frozen to help maintain temps all afternoon long. Hand wash only. $4.99 available in-store only at Ikea. Visit ikea.com for more info.
Char-Broil Cold-Spot Wireless Thermometer
Make cold spots and under- or overdone bits a thing of the past with the cold-spot thermometer from Char-Broil. The innovative device measures temperatures in five different places simultaneously, allowing you to find the spots that need more attention. Features include an LCD screen, and built-in taste and meat selections. $29.99 at charbroil.com
OXO Good Grips SimplyPull Napkin Holder
Windy days won’t stand a chance against the OXO Good Grips SimplyPull Napkin Holder. A rubber grip keeps napkins in check, and a weighted base keeps the whole thing in place. The arm swings open for easy refilling, and it all folds flat for easy storage. $19.99 at oxo.com
Hammered Steel Rivet Steak Knives by Jefferson Mack
Looking for something that’s tough and beautiful? These hand-forged, hammered-steel rivet steak knives should do the trick. Created by San Francisco metalsmith Jefferson Mack, the riveted design comes in tough blackened stainless steel. $69 at rh.com
Bring a bit of the ocean to your grill with these SOS Shells. Made of medical-grade stainless steel, each shell holds 3 to 5 ounces of food, and theyre safe for gas or charcoal grills. Perfect for cooking any foods (like oysters!) that are too small to sit on top of the grill. Made in the U.S.A. $35 for 12 at sosshells.com