Here at Food & Wine, we’re always on the lookout for exciting new cooking equipment and technology. However, when it comes to summer grilling, we’re all about ease and convenience. No one needs that fancy grill basket or hot dog roller – what do you do with these gadgets the other 9 months of the year? We’ve found that a few unexpected items that you already have around the house can be your most valuable grilling tools. Here, 6 of our favorites.
1. Aluminum Foil
Aside from a pair of tongs, aluminum foil might be the most essential grilling tool. This is no surprise—you can use it to keep your food warm, to make packets for grilled vegetables or fish, to wrap around slow cooked ribs, you name it. However, foil also makes for a great impromptu grill brush. Simply crumble a large sheet of foil into a ball, and then using your tongs, use it to scrub your grill grates clean. No messy brush encrusted with burnt BBQ sauce to wash—just toss in the garbage when you’re done.
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2. Hair Dryer
When pitmaster John Lewis of Lewis BBQ in Charleston wants to get a serious sear on his meat, he uses an old hairdryer to crank up the heat. “Just before taking your meat off the grill, stoke the coals with a hair dryer for a crisp sear. I have a bright green ‘designated grill dryer’ that I keep in my truck. My buddies always do a double take when they climb in the backseat—it's not everyday you see a barbecue dude with a hair dryer.”