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It really doesn’t matter if you fancy yourself as the next Gordon Ramsay or a simple one-off garden-griller – you’ve simply GOT to have the right tools for the job. Let’s face it, grilling is an art and you’re only ever going to get it right if you’re tooled up to the eyeballs with a range of gadgets and gizmos designed exclusively for alfresco cooking. True, most will attempt to work their magic on the best grills money can buy with nothing more than an old spatula and a fork, but why sell yourself so short?
Tools for grilling have come a long way over recent years, so if you’ve taken the time and effort to invest in the best grills and the best smoker you can lay your hands on; consider the following goodies mandatory for any outdoor cookout:
The very best grills in the business feature these as standard, but chances are you’ll be able to find one cheap and simple enough to attach to any grill. These really are as good as it gets for roasting whole birds and other sizable chunks of meat as evenly as possible while keeping in valuable juices. And of course, they’re also quite mercifully labor-saving!
Fork it Over
This is the name of a new entry to the world of tools for grilling which is essentially a fork which looks like it escaped from a Star Trek movie set. Looking more like a weapon than a utensil, its unique shape is nonetheless perfectly cut out for flipping steaks, burgers and indeed anything else with ease.
Vertical Chicken Roasters
You’re unlikely to find one of these babies on even the very best grills out there today – a VCR is essentially – and as the name suggests – a simple tool to allow you to roast a bird in an upright position. There is also a handy reservoir below where the cavity of the bird will be to fill with beer, ale or your chosen moistener of choice. And why would you want to do this? Try it out once in the best smoker or BBQ oven you can find and there’s no way you’ll ever ask again!
Every artists, engineer, carpenter and so on has his or her tool belt to help them along – why not the garden-griller? These can be picked up either with an array of tools already included or as a bare-bones belt for you to add your own personal tools of choice to, but either way the convenience is second-to-none.
Talking Temperature Probes
Even the best grills in the world won’t talk to you and tell you when your steaks are cooked to perfection, but this will! Just as the name suggests, these probes can be inserted into meats or vegetables at any time during cooking and will then politely let you know when the desired temperature has been reached. Some say this takes all the fun out of the process – others argue 100% flawless steaks every time are all that matters!