Must-Have Grilling Tools

Whether you’re a grill master or a novice, you’ll benefit from using the right grill utensils. Here’s a check list of essential tools you’ll need to help you get grilling: 

  • Metal skewers. These are great for cooking small, delicate foods, such as shrimp and onions.
  • Wire-bristle brush. Use this to clean your grill between uses.
  • Thermometer. Take the guesswork out of cooking meat to the perfect doneness.
  • Long-handled tools and barbecue mitts. Protect yourself from the heat of the grill.
  • Grilling forks and tongs. Use tongs to turn foods on the grill; use forks only to lift fully cooked foods from the grill (forks pierce your food and flavorful juices are lost).
  • Separate plates and utensils. Remember to use separate pans, cooking utensils, and marinade brushes for cooked and uncooked foods. Once uncooked food has touched your plates, pans, and utensils, they contain raw juices that can contaminate your meals. DO NOT use original marinades as a final basting liquid — these are also contaminated with raw juices.