Ah, summertime. The perfect time of year to hang by the pool or relax on the beach and spend your evenings grilling up a storm.
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed pitmaster or new to the world of barbecue, having nifty gadgets on hand can make your time spent grilling much easier (and more enjoyable). Even better? You don’t have to leave your home to pick up these products—they can be bought from Amazon.
We know: There are tons of tools on the site. That’s why we tapped the experts to find out which ones are their dependable favorites. From grill mats that can help prevent messes to cool claws that can shred meat in a cinch, here are the Amazon products barbecue experts recommend. Be sure to add these to your cart before your next cookout.
Fact: Every great grilled dish starts with a good thermometer.
Robbie Shoultscelebrity chef and owner of Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall, TX, is a fan of this digital one that’s available for under 20 bucks.
“It’s important to me to be able to monitor the temperature of the meat through the whole cooking cycle,” Shoults explains.
Not only is this thermometer great for grilling, but it’s a good fit for cooking, smoking, and baking, too.
“It has a wire probe that can be placed in the meat while it is on the grill or smoker, for the duration of the cooking cycle,” added Shoults.
“The Bear Paws meat shredder claws are an absolute game changer, especially for our pulled pork dishes at Freddy J’s,” says Grant Knebleowner and pitmaster at Freddy J’s Bar & Kitchen in Mays Landing, NJ.
These claws easily and perfectly shred meat and turn what once was a time-consuming task into something incredibly simple, adds Kneble. He likes to use them with the BBQ Butler heat-resistant silicone gloves.
“These gloves allow me to safely handle hefty cuts of meat, thanks to their heat resistance and firm grip,” adds Kneble.
Luckily, the claws and gloves are also available as a set on Amazon.
A messy grill got you down? Pick up this wooden barbecue tool recommended by award-winning celebrity chef Ming Tsai. Made of solid red oak and beech hardwood, this cool tool comes in various sizes.
To use it, Tsai recommends first heating the grill for 10 minutes and then getting to scraping. Even though the tool comes flat, it forms onto your grill grates to give you the most thorough clean.
“Unlike the wire brushes, [this tool] does not break off and leave wire on your grill,” adds Tsai.
There’s nothing more frustrating than going through the trouble of grilling only to realize the finished product is lackingluster. Thankfully, there’s a product out there that can help make boring, bland barbecued meats a thing of the past.
“If you’ve ever struggled with getting that perfect flavor deep into your meat, then you need to try the meat injector syringe,” suggests Asim Choudhryco-founder of The Halal Butchery.
“This little gadget allows you to inject marinades, brines, and even butter directly into your meat, ensuring that every bite is bursting with flavor,” says Choudhry.
If you want a kitchen tool that will save you time and energy, pick up this innovative cutting board.
The highly rated product is a cutting board, basket, and wash tub. Use it to rinse, chop, and hold the vegetables destined for the grill.
The space-saving design features a handle for easy toting and a slot to store your knife when you’re not using it. It’s also offered in colors like light blue and green if orange isn’t your vibe.
How annoying is it when small pieces of food fall between the grill grates and onto the coals? Answer: extremely annoying!
Enter this convenient set, which comes with a barbecue basket, heat-resistant gloves, and bamboo skewers.
Use this kit to neatly and easily grill kabobs, fish, chopped vegetables, burgers and steaks.
Every pitmaster or barbecue lover should have a notebook on hand to take grill notes and jot down recipes.
“The Pitmaster’s Log Book is valuable,” explains Kneble. “It’s where I record my experiments, record my successes, and reflect on lessons learned.”
This journal, which has an eye-catching deep brown cover, also makes a great present for the person in your life who loves to grill.
Grill mats are a game changer if you’ve ever struggled with removing charred food stuck to your barbecue’s grates.
And these handy liners recommended by Choudhry can withstand high temperatures and be cleaned easily. The best part: They are reusable, so you don’t have to worry about ordering more each time you plan to barbecue.
“They’re perfect for delicate fish filets, veggies, or anything that tends to fall apart on the grill,” Choudhry points out.
If you’ve ruined too many grilling experiences without having the right tools on hand, pick up this 20-piece barbecue set.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to have the right tools at your disposal,” says Choudhry. “This one includes everything from tongs and spatulas to corn holders and skewers.”
Bonus: This set comes with a carrying case, so you can easily take it with you during camping trips.
Speaking of skewers, these marshmallow roasting sticks are a must-have if you love to make s’mores around the campfire (or grill).
Featuring a two-prong design, they have an adjustable length and a heat-proof handle, so you don’t have to worry about getting burned.
They also come with a nifty storage bag, making it a breeze to transport these to campsites and picnics.