We all know the deal — gas grills get going instantly, while charcoal imparts more flavor but can take a while to warm up. Or at least it used to. The BBQ Dragon ($50) is a new grilling gadget that starts charcoal faster than a traditional chimney by blowing large amounts of low-velocity air at the fire. Capable of starting a charcoal grill in just 10 minutes — without the need for lighter fluid — it also works great for campfires, fireplaces, wood stoves, and smokers, all while giving you more precise control over the temperature. Expected to arrive in August, or just in time for Labor Day cookouts.
Think your tiny apartment balcony precludes you from getting your grill on this summer? Think again. The Balcony Grill (€60; roughly $80) is designed to hang on common flowerpot supports, clearing way for chairs, tables, or just more people. It's crafted from stainless steel, and features a sleek black paint job and a cooking area of roughly 161 square inches.
Add to your summertime grilling tool arsenal with a set of these Meat Shredders ($15). Sporting sharp stainless-steel tines, these rugged claws are ideal for shredding larger pieces of meat — pork, roasts, and chicken in particular — into bite-sized chunks. As an added bonus, they also work great for moving larger pieces of meat to, from, and around on the grill.
Preserve the flavor of your summer foods by switching your grill over to Koko Charcoal ($60/24 lbs.). Made from 100% coconut fiber, Koko is fifty percent more efficient than standard briquettes — it burns cleaner, burns hotter, and burns longer — while maintaining 100% natural status. In other words, there's little reason not to give it a shot — even if you're a lifelong Kingsford fan.
Stuffed burgers can certainly be delicious — but if you've ever tried making them, you probably know they can be a little difficult to build. The Stuff-A-Burger Press ($12) makes it easy. This plastic burger press comes with plates that help you create half-pound or three-quarter-pound stuffed burgers with ease. Of course, you still need a way to keep them together once they hit the grill — so if you don't already have a grilling basket, you might want to order the complete set ($24) that includes both the press and the basket, giving you everything you need to become the neighborhood's burger champ.
Let your guests know who's boss by hosting your next cookout in one of these Grillain Villains Aprons ($75-$100). These clever cooking aprons are available in styles inspired by a number of iconic bad guys, including Boba Fett, the Joker, Krang from TMNT, Two-Face, Deadpool, and Stormtroopers. As an added bonus, they give you an easy way to weed out the non-geeks at your function, simply by keeping track of who asks you "What is that supposed to be?"
Bring the complex flavors of your favorite dark liquor to your next cookout with Bourbon Barrel Grill Wood ($14). Made from repurposed bourbon barrel staves, this wood is great for grilling or smoking, and is sure to impart the sweet yet smoky flavors of bourbon to whatever type or cut of meat you happen to be cooking.
Is it a grill? A smoker? Actually, it's a little of both. The adorably plain Hasty-Bake Legacy Grill ($1,000) offers direct and indirect heat grilling, a charcoal oven, and a smoker in a powder-coated cold-rolled steel box. A ventless hood traps smoke and heat, a heat deflector feature forces natural convection cooking, and an adjustable lift makes it simple to control the heat level and cooking method. When it's time to start the fire, just remove the firebox to get it going, and open the access door to add wood or charcoal as needed. Just think of it as a one-stop shop for all your summertime cooking needs.
Nope, it's not some newfangled gadget for grooming the crust of past meals off your grates. Instead, the Grill Comb ($11/2-pack) is a multi-pronged grilling tool designed to replace the traditional skewer by giving you direct access to every morsel of grilled goodness, without the need to trist, pull, or otherwise mutilate your food trying to get it off the spear. Made from food-grade stainless steel, it's also reusable, dishwasher safe, and at a foot long, can handle plenty of food.
By design, smokers aren't exactly the most technologically advanced cooking tools. That's where the CyberQ Wifi ($300) comes in. This unique BBQ control system uses a series of probes and fans to keep the cooking temperature within your set range, and keep an eye on the temperature of your food — all while you relax and monitor the action over Wi-Fi via your smartphone. It will even let you know when the food's ready — giving you more time to mingle with guests or simply enjoy a few brews.
Keep your veggies in check when you're grilling them up with Grill Clips ($15/4-pack). These smart metal clips pack enough holding power to grip entire groups of asparagus, zucchini, green onions, peppers, and pretty much any other food you can think of that's prone to rolling around and/or potentially falling through the grate to a fiery doom. [via]
Are you going to work, or a cookout? No one will know the difference as long as you dress the part and carry a Darwin Briefcase BBQ (£25; roughly $40). Designed to look like a briefcase from the outside, this portable grill opens up to form a triangular platform for the grate and ash pan, yet still offers enough room to cook 3-4 burgers at a time. Grilling tool set disguised as an umbrella not included.