If you grill with gas, chances are you've been there — you get all the necessary stuff together, and are all set to cook up a great dinner, when you realize you've run out of gas. But with the Refuel Smart Propane Tank you can leave these problems in the past, because you'll always know how much propane you have left. It uses a waterproof scale to keep track of your propane levels, wirelessly transmitting the information to an app on your phone. An included wired indicator attaches magnetically to your grill, so you can tell at a glance when it's time to fill your tank, even without pulling out your phone.
Everyone loves grilled food. But no one likes all the space traditional grills take up in their vehicles. Enter the Spare Tire Mount Grill. This ingenious little invention features laser cut grill and griddle sections made from stainless steel, which rest upon solid steel legs that hook over a spare wheel — preferably the rear-facing grill of a rugged SUV — and fit 29" to 37" tires. As for the food and the fire source, well, those are up to you.
Take the guesswork out of your grilling with the Lynx Smart Grill. This voice-activated wonder automatically cooks your food based on your commands, linking to an online database to determine ideal cooking time and temperature for each ingredient, going so far as to tell you where on the grill to place everything to ensure that everything's done at the same time. Even better, it can send you text notifications when your food's ready, so you're free to entertain/watch the game/drink a beer while it takes care of the cooking. The only downside? It's not coming out until 2015.
With the Yoder Frontiersman Smoker your backyard barbecues, family gatherings, and legendary tailgates will never be quite the same. The moment you roll this beast of a smoker off your trailer — or out from your garage — conversations will stop, gazes will be drawn, and mouths will begin to water. Weighing in at nearly a ton, this massive cooker will swallow up entire pigs, thanks to its gigantic smoker and dual grilling surfaces. Its fat tires and heavy-duty black rims help support the thing, giving it just the right amount of portability, while a built-in heat management system gives cooks the kind of control they've only ever dreamed of.
Effortlessly step up your dessert game at the next cookout or tailgate party with this Smores Roasting Rack ($20). Its stainless steel construction is as functional as it is simple, helping it last for years of smores goodness to come. This wire rack includes two skewers, perfect for holding marshmallows, and a warming rack to perfectly toast the graham crackers and melt the chocolate. It's also dishwasher safe, so you never have to worry about cleanup.
Seriously step up your tailgate game just in time for football season with the Top Dawg Hot Dog Machine ($135). While everyone else is carefully cooking up dogs piecemeal like suckers, you can just let this machine do the work, focusing on the important stuff (like watching the game, and drinking your beer before it gets warm). It has room to cook 18 dogs at a time — so you can load it up with plenty of brats, metts, franks, cheddarwursts, sausages — and its stainless steel rollers rotate completely, so you know everything will get cooked to stadium perfection.
Sometimes simple rubs and marinades just don't deliver the kind of flavor your meat needs — and it's just those cases that call for the SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector Gun ($60). Offering five and a half inches of meat penetration, this injector gun will get your marinade deep inside your meat, so you don't ever have to eat bland, poorly-seasoned food again. It comes with two needles, one with a slanted tip for chunkier marinades, and one with side perforations for liquid marinades. It's made from nickel-plated brass, die-cast zinc, and food-quality rubber, so you know it's safe and long-lasting.
Leave no doubt who's in charge of your next backyard cookout when you throw on the Pitt Boss BBQ Belt ($110). Made to hold everything you could possibly need to work a grill, this belt is packed with pockets, rings, and loops. Three insulated pockets — one in the back and two around front — hold your beer, keeping it cool while you cook. D-rings and carabiners hold tongs and spatulas, while loops hold a butane lighter and a meat thermometer. It has two large pockets for seasonings and sauces, as well as a phone pocket to keep it close at hand.
Give your meat the flavor of wood with the grilling ease of charcoal or gas using Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grills ($1,000). A digital controller allows you to precisely maintain the temperature of your grill, perfectly cooking every time. An included meat probe gives you accurate readings of the meat's internal temperature, while a thermal sensor adjusts the air and pellet flow relative to the temperature outside. A peaked lid lets you grill large birds without them touching the top, and an optional remote control lets you control the grill from up to 100 feet away.
If you've ever tried to bake a pizza in a charcoal grill, you know what a frustrating challenge it can be — while you may occasionally end up with something smoky and delicious, more often than not your pizza ends up charred and inedible. The KettlePizza ($185) turns any 18.5- or 22.5-inch kettle-shaped grill into a capable pizza oven. The kit helps keep the temperature in your grill constant, while giving you easy access to your pizza. Comes with a stainless steel sleeve, handles, a thermometer, an aluminum pan, a pizza stone, and a wooden pizza peel.
No matter how tough you are, you're still not immune to flames — and a burn on your hand is a sure way to spoil an otherwise fun night of fire-making. So, next time you're building a bonfire, spit roasting a pig, or indulging in a little seasonally-appropriate pyromania, throw on a pair of Spitjack Barbecue & Fireplace Gloves ($26), and leave the singed fingers to the professionals. Full-palm protection, foil lamination, and kevlar stitching means you won't feel the heat when holding a pan, wielding a hot poker, or launching a friendly bottle rocket at your buddy.
We love to grill out, that much is obvious. But some living situations make it completely impossible to safely get the experience and flavor of meat cooked on the grill (read: small apartments in the city with little-to-no yard or porch to speak of). The LotusGrill ($300) is a smokeless charcoal grill that uses a battery-powered fan, allowing it to cook faster, and more efficiently. Available in red, black, orange, green, and purple.