Save your hands from a summer filled with random burns and scorched hairs with the Pit Mitt ($20). Featuring synthetic aramid fibers, it creates a flexible barrier between you and the heat of the grill or oven — up to 475ºF — and also offers an extra-long cuff for forearm protection and reversible skills to protect righties or southpaws.
Gas grills have the benefit of instant, no-fuss ignition. Charcoal grills impart more flavor. Luckily, you don't have to choose between the two, thanks to the Weber Performer Grill ($350). With Touch-N-Go gas ignition system, the Performer starts up in no-time, and offers a 363 sq. in. cooking surface, a heavy-duty metal cart with built-in charcoal storage container, a lid-mounted thermometer, a plated steel hinged cooking grate to make adding extra briquettes easier, two Char-Basket charcoal fuel holders, and a large thermoset work table to keep your tools, spices, and other necessities within arm's reach.
Nothing can kill a well-grilled piece of meat than flavors and char marks from patties past. Keep your grill in a state of perfect cleanliness with the Grand Grill Daddy ($60). Using a water reservoir inside the handle and a heated grill surface, it provides a steady stream of steam to loosen baked-on grit, while the stiff, stainless steel bristles scrub your grates clean. Granted, it's a little expensive, but it sure beats the elbow grease-powered alternatives.