Don't get caught unprepared. Grab the equipment you need for an awesome backyard cookout now.
At my family's house in New Jersey, as soon as the first hint of sunshine peeks through the clouds (usually around Easter), someone drags the grill out of the garage, the Bubba burgers emerge from the freezer after a long winter, and we fire up the grill. It doesn’t even have to be that hot outside. Even a single ray from the sun is enough for someone to suggest breaking out the condiments—relish, pickles, spicy mustard, ketchup, and cream cheese if we’re also grilling hot dogs because I have converted them all to the Seattle way of dressing the bun—and just like that, a couple beers appear on the table and it’s a backyard party.
Today is the first day the temperature has reached 70 degrees (in New York at least) which means that we might actually be able to call this—midway through April—the unofficial beginning of Spring. So take a cue from my family: Dust off your grill and start relishing this warmer weather while it lasts.
But chances are your equipment needs an upgrade. You can’t host a family reunion, pool party, barbecue, or backyard cookout without equipment that can feed a crowd without breaking down.
We’ve put together a list of the five best deals on outdoor cooking equipment from Amazon, to help you get ready to feed your family, your friends, and your neighbors who only come over when they can smell the steaks cooking, all summer long. Thank us later. In terms of getting the cover off your pool, I can’t help you there. We put it off until the last minute, too.
For taking your grill game on the go
Smoke Hollow portable tabletop grill, $75 on amazon.com
For pizza lovers
Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven, $284 on amazon.com
For grilling without much space
Weber compact liquid propane grill, $199 on amazon.com
For the cook feeding a big group
King Kooker outdoor cooker with two frying baskets, $72 on amazon.com
For the cook looking for a classic grill
Char-Broil Performance liquid propane gas grill, $193 on amazon.com