Grill It: Grill Accessories for a Newbie

Article Posted By: Laura Sullivan

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Q: I’m getting a new grill! What tools do I really need to get the job done? 

A: Grill accessories are where it’s at! Clear a drawer in the kitchen or grab a new plastic tote because you are about to get accessorized. The essential grilling tool that you can’t live without is a wide spatula. Let its width be generous, so it can take on monster burgers, big slabs of veggies and much more.

Another grill accessory to consider is grill tongs, which are great for those items that just love to roll off or escape the flat spatula, like hot dogs, shrimp or scallops. Depending on the scale of your soon-to-be grilling tasks, you could also pick up a meat fork. Please note: These forks should not be used to turn smaller everyday items like burgers or steaks because they puncture the meat and will drain it of its juices. They’re ideal for moving meat around when you are carving it and also for moving larger items, like roasted chicken breast, to a plater or to the table.

Other items that you’ll want to have at arm’s reach: a grill brush, some flame-resistant grill mitts and a good meat thermometer. Now, the (grilling) world is yours!

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