|Tongs – my hands on the grill|
Memorial Day has passed. Grilling season is now open!
To start you off right, here is my list of essential grilling tools.
*PS: Want a summer of worry-free grilling? Now is the time to clean your grill.
2. Grill brush
The key to non-stick grilling? A hot, clean grill grate. I preheat my grill grate (five minutes for charcoal, fifteen minutes for gas), then brush it until all the burnt pieces of my last grilling session are gone.
3. 8 inch by 3 inch offset spatula
Tongs are my tool of choice at the grill, but for burgers and flaky fish, I need a spatula. Get a long spatula with a flexible metal head. I’ve used one with a wooden handle for years, but a inexpensive food service model works just as well and can go in the dishwasher.
How do I answer the question “is it done yet?” By using an instant read thermometer. I’ve sung the praises of the thermapen before – it’s expensive, and worth every penny.
5. Silicone basting brushes
I add a lot of sauces and bastes at the end of cooking, and I need a brush to do that. Silicone brushes don’t spread sauces as easily as natural bristle brushes – but they come close, and I can toss a silicone brush coated with barbecue sauce in the dishwasher.
7. Aluminum foil
Heavy duty aluminum foil is my all-purpose tool on the grill. I foil-wrap vegetable pouches to make a easy side dish, form it into drip pans when I cook fatty meat over indirect heat, and make shields to protect bamboo skewers when I make yakitori. It’s a key tool for wood chips – wood chips burn up in an instant if they aren’t wrapped in a foil pouch first.
9. Grill safe griddle or pan
More and more, I use a pan in the grill itself. It protects tender vegetables from the fire, keeps small ingredients from falling through the grates, and keeps bastes warm so I can roll meat in them. Cast iron is the traditional grill pan material – but I have problems with rust. Enameled cast iron takes care of the rusting issue, but is more expensive. Enameled steel is cheap and durable, but thin and prone to hot spots. I use all three; pick whichever one works best for you.
10. Vegetable grate
If you want your vegetables to have a kiss of fire, but worry about them falling through the grill grate, a vegetable grate is your best friend. I loved my cast iron vegetable grate…until it started to rust. This stainless steel model from Weber gets good reviews, and is the next purchase for my grill.
What did I forget?
Anything you use every time you grill? Tell us about it in the comments.
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