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.
There is no better time of year to fire up the grill than Summer — but sometimes grilling standards (burgers, dogs, brats, metts) get a little tired. Throw chicken into the mix with the Chicken Leg Grill Rack ($20). This 15-inch-long rack holds a dozen chicken legs, and can be placed directly on your grill, cooking the meat to perfection. Stainless steel construction makes it a breeze to clean, and means it will last for grilling seasons to come. So, bring on the barbecue sauce and get grilling.
If you have a hard time reconciling your love for backyard barbecues with your sustainable mindset, then the SolSource Grill ($249) is here to ease your conscience. Not only is it environmentally-friendly, it's also a great grill — it heats up quickly and can cook a large meal in minutes. The average gas grill makes four times the emissions of your home stove, and a charcoal grill more than doubles that. This solar grill makes none, so your next cookout can be entirely guilt-free. Since it doesn't need charcoal or gas to work, you can use it miles away from anything, letting you cook great meals anywhere on the planet.
Whether you sell propane and propane accessories, or just prefer to taste the meat and not the heat, you'll want to grab a Truma Propane Levelcheck ($90). This handy little device uses ultrasound to check the level of the liquid gas left in your cylinder. The LED turns green if it senses liquid, and red if it senses none, so you can tell at a glance when it's time to refill. That means less time spent knocking on and shaking your propane tank, and more time spent on extracurricular activities, like enjoying a nice cold can of Alamo out back with the guys.
Put your mark on that perfect piece of meat — no that's not what we mean — with the DCI BBQ Branding Iron ($18). This metal and wood branding iron is the perfect addition to your collection of grilling tools. It includes the entire alphabet (plus extras and spacers), so you can write just about any message you think of. Letters easily slide onto the rack, with no need for additional tools. Stake a claim to that porterhouse, or amuse your friends with your favorite Ron Swanson-ism ("You had me at meat tornado").