Aside from a searing-hot grill and regularly replenished margaritas, here are a few essential tools that are guaranteed to take your backyard game to 11.
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1 of 5Courtesy of Amazon
Tongs and Spatula
Oxo’s stainless steel set has extra-long handles to protect hands from heat. The sturdy tongs can flip a T-bone, but they offer enough control for delicate ingredients, too. The spatula’s easy-to-slide beveled edge is your new best friend on burger night. $20 for set; amazon.com.
2 of 5Courtesy of Thermoworks
Never overcook meat again. We couldn’t have designed a better instant-read thermometer ourselves–especially for the price. The ThermoPop is fast, incredibly accurate and has a rotating head so you can read it from any angle. $29; thermoworks.com.
3 of 5Courtesy of Amazon.com
Long, flat, sturdy metal skewers like Norpro’s stainless steel ones keep food from spinning when you turn them. And unlike the wooden type, there’s no need to soak them ahead of time. $7 for six; amazon.com.
4 of 5Courtesy of Williams Sonoma
Hinged models are often too small or too wide. This open-top nonstick model is just right for everything from small veggies to a whole chicken.$50; williams-sonoma.com.
5 of 5Courtesy of Home Depot
Get your fire going fast (in about 10 minutes) and chemical-free with the large-capacity Weber Rapidfire. Now, about that next margarita.... $18; homedepot.com.
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