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").
Most of the best stuff at Ikea is simple, cleanly-designed, and affordable. This IKEA Lillon Grill ($100) is no exception. Featuring a glossy black enamel paint job that's made friendlier by the curves of the handles, grill body, and legs, the Lillon also offers versatility, in that it can be used as a standing grill with the included legs, or as a tabletop affair by swapping them out for the polypropylene feet. With a cooking area of just over 250 square inches, it's not going to be cooking up any huge meals, but for a single, couple, or small family, it should do just fine, while providing a splash of style to your outdoor living area. [via]
Ever wish your grilling tools could be just as rugged and reliable as your real tools? They can be with the Klein BBQ Tool Set ($16). Crafted from rust-resistant stainless steel, the set includes both a 17" spatula and a long fork, both of which feature the same cushion-grip handles as the company's normal tools. In addition, both tools feature a Tip-Ident on the end of the handle that helps make them easy to identify in a crowded drawer. Matching bottle opener sold separately.
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?"