Best Grilling Tools
Long-handled utensils
Long-handled utensils—especially tongs and a wide-bladed spatula—for positioning and turning a variety of foods.
Fireproof basting brush
A fireproof basting brush for oiling the grid (the grill's metal rack).
Stiff wire brush
A stiff wire brush for cleaning the grid.
Aluminum foil pan
A cheap aluminum foil pan to use as a drip pan when roasting or, upside down, to partially cover foods that need concentrated heat to cook through.
A powerful flashlight so you can see the food if you're cooking after dark.
Chimney Starter
A chimney starter to ignite your coals for a kettle grill. It also allows you to light a second batch of coals to add later, for long-term roasting.
Small-mesh rack
A small-mesh rack to hold smaller items and delicate fish that might otherwise slip through the grid.
Bamboo or metal skewers
Bamboo or metal skewers for satays, brochettes and kebabs.
Instant-read thermometer
An instant-read thermometer if you are planning to cook roasts (it's not practical for steaks and chops).