Guide to the Ultimate Summer BBQ

BY GuruHub Squad
2 weeks ago
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Oh, sweet summer! We’ve been patiently waiting for the arrival of warm-weather so we can; break out the shorts, go spontaneous trips to the beach, hit the waterparks and spend more time with family and friends. Although, with all those activities in mind summer wouldn’t be complete without a barbecue… or two. It’s an obligatory part of the season, it would just be wrong to not host or at least attend one this summer.

So whether you plan to throw the biggest Fourth of July bash on the block or just having a few pals over for dinner, let us introduce you to 20 grilling, picnic and backyard items that will make sure to elevate your typical summer cookout. Be prepared – this isn’t your regular barbecue checklist, these items will help you throw the ULTIMATE summer barbecue!

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1. BBQ Tool Set
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1. BBQ Tool Set

To start off a list about the ultimate BBQ you will need all the gadgets and gizmos for grilling…. and you’ll definitely have everything you need with the Cuisinart Backyard BBQ Tool Set. The full set comes with 36 pieces everything from heat-resistant grilling gloves, tongs, grilling spatula, basting brush, grilling skewers, bottle opener and so much more all in its own carrying case.

2. Lock & Slide BBQ Skewers
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2. Lock & Slide BBQ Skewers

Skewers are already a part of tons of BBQs across the nation, but the Jokari Lock & Slide BBQ Skewers change the game dramatically! You get all of the convenience of grilling your meats and veggies in one place plus the Lock & Slide technology make it easier to slide your gilled bits to serve. You won’t have to worry about burning your lips on the hot skewers anymore with this baby.

Check out our favorite skewer recipes:

Grilled Fajita Skewers

Garlic Lime Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Steak, Potato & Mushroom Skewers

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3. Cast Iron Smoker
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3. Cast Iron Smoker

The Char-Broil Cast Iron Wood Chip Smoker is one of the best smokers for roasting wood flavors into your meats and vegetables. If you have ever thought about elevating your grilling game to the next level a wood chip smoker might be the item you need to invest in your next BBQ. Just make sure you do your research about what types of wood gives off what certain flavors. For example, Charbroil says that cherry wood gives off a “sweet mild and fruity” flavor and is recommended for all meats. While maple woods has “mild and slightly sweet” flavors and is recommended for poultry, small game birds, vegetables, and cheeses.

4. BBQ Sauce Making Kit
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4. BBQ Sauce Making Kit

If you ever wanted to make the perfectly tangy and smoky BBQ sauce the Artisanal BBQ Sauce Making Kit is for you. You can become a sauce scientist with this kit from William Sonoma. It allows you to control the spiciness, savoriness or how seasoned you enjoy your sauce. Also if you enjoy this you might also like their Homemade Hot Sauce Kit.

Check out our favorite and innovative BBQ sauce recipes:

Texas Style BBQ Sauce

Smoky Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

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5. Revolving Liquor Dispenser
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5. Revolving Liquor Dispenser

Not only are your grilling gadgets important, but you can’t forget about the refreshments to keep you hydrated on a warm day next to a hot grill. To make bartending a tad bit easier check out the Oggi revolving liquor dispenser. The time you’ll be saving on pouring out the alcohol you can spend hanging out with family and friends… or most importantly eating more!

Check out our favorite whiskey and tequila recipes to try at your next cookout.

6. Grilling Basket
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6. Grilling Basket

The AIGMM Grilling Basket makes grilling veggies, seafood and meats quicker and more convenient. It’s a better alternative than skewers for making larger portions because instead of individually flipping each skewer you can just turn over the entire basket. Other types of grilling baskets like the Grillux are also best for a feast.

Check out our favorite grilling basket recipes:

Asparagus & Potato Basket

Marinated Grilled Veggies

Veggie & Steak Basket

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7. Wireless Thermometer
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7. Wireless Thermometer

A meat thermometer is always smart to have so you can cook your meats perfectly. But if you’re trying to have the ULTIMATE bbq then you might want to check out the Meater, the first wireless meat thermometer. The Meater thermometer uses Bluetooth connectivity to send the temperature of your meat to your device and helps determine how long to cook your food.

8. Grilling Gloves
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8. Grilling Gloves

The Grill Armor Gloves are heat resistant up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit so there is no excuse to ever get burned while grilling. The gloves have an extra silicone coating to help give you extra grip and happen to be machine washable. Plus these double as heavy-duty oven mitts if you’re not grilling every day.

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9. Utility Grilling Apron
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9. Utility Grilling Apron

We’ve seen aprons, but have you ever seen anything with as much utility as The Grill Sergeant Apron? Forget making a fashion statement, it’s the cargo shorts of the apron world! There is a place for everything; beer, sauces, spray bottle, cooking utensil slots, bottle opener, whatever you need while cooking you can have on your chest.

10. Cheese Melting Utensil
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10. Cheese Melting Utensil

If you’ve ever seen those videos on Instagram where they top veggies, meats and bread with melted cheese you can do that at your next cookout with the Frank Bleker Portable Cheese Melting Utensil. Pick your favorite type of cheese and place it on the pan to melt above the tea lights it comes with or directly on top of the grill.

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11. Fruit Keg
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11. Fruit Keg

Tired of regular ramekins for displaying your mixed drinks? Let us introduce you to the all-natural Fruit Keg Tapping Kit from Uncommon Goods. We’re not only breaking down the greatest grilling gear, but the essentials to host the best backyard bash. You’ll definitely be the talk of the block if you fill your fruit keg with watermelon margaritas or for the non-alcoholic route check out our favorite fruit infused water recipes.

12. Kickball Ice Cream Kit
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12. Kickball Ice Cream Kit

Kids will already be playing ball in the yard, so why not put them to work with the UncommonGoods Play Your Way Ice Cream Maker. All you do is add your ingredients into the ball with ice, play and just life that you have your very own churned ice cream. It will keep the kids entertained and fed!

Check out our favorite homemade ice cream recipes:

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream 

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13. Smart Lawn Chair
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13. Smart Lawn Chair

You’ll need to take a break from your super host duties at some point during your party so why not rest your bum in the Shaze: Ultimate Lawn Chair. The Shaze is an Indiegogo project that is sold based on how much of a contribution you fund their project. The features that make this one of the best lawn chairs and sets them apart from any other are the anti-rust legs, wood finish armrest, speaker system, USB charging port, draining cooler, a place to hold a towel, charging solar panel, attachable table and secure storage bin with a combination lock.

14. Salt Grilling Slab
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14. Salt Grilling Slab

Natural Living Ideas have stated that salt block slabs have health benefits that “balance your body’s pH, stabilizes hydration levels, improves digestion and reduces acid reflux.” The meats and veggies that you cook straight on a Sur La Table Grilling Slab gives the food a unique taste or can be used as an innovative way to present food.

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15. SMARTGRILL BY LYNX™
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15. SMARTGRILL BY LYNX™

We all know about smartphones, we’ve all heard about smart homes, but have you ever heard of a smart grill? If you’re a grill master you NEED the professional grade SMARTGRILL BY LYNX™ in your life! This is one of the highest tech and best gas grills on the market if you’re willing to spend some serious money. You may ask why is it worth the almost $10,000 price point it includes; infrared gas burners, 1200-sq. in. cooking surface, “Automated Cooking via MyChef™ operating system” which monitors cooking times and temperatures of your food, LED backlights in the grill knobs and surface lights and is voice/smart device controlled to just name a few of the impressive features.

16. Smore Maker
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16. S'mores Maker

Summer without s’mores should be illegal! A backyard barbecue or campground cookout would not be complete without the consumption of the delicious combination of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallow. You can make a massive amount of s’mores at once with this S’mores Maker from Bed Bath & Beyond if you wanted to avoid the need for roasting ever marshmallow. With this device, you get the benefit of having your graham cracker nicely toasted and the chocolate melted into the squishy marshmallow.

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17. Travel Wine Kit
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17. Travel Wine Kit

The Wine Travel Bag and Picnic Set from KOVOT are perfect if you’re throwing or attending a summer barbecue at the beach or at a park. It’ll keep the goods protected and cole so that it is easy to travel with. Plus the set comes with everything you need for enjoying your wine. Everything from “two acrylic wine glasses, two wine glass stakes, a cloth picnic napkin, a corkscrew, a bottle stopper and an elegant insulated carrying bag” ready for your next event that calls for wine on the go.

18. Lightup Corn Hole
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18. Light Up Corn Hole

You can’t have an ultimate summer BBQ without a few lawn games to add to the summery atmosphere. Corn holes is always a safe choice because it’s easy and four people can play at a time, but mix it up with an electronic scoring board from Lightning Corn Hole. This will get rid of the heated arguments about people lying about how many points they’ve scored!

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19. Coolest Cooler
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19. Coolest Cooler

If you’re planning to have an ultimate BBQ at a campsite, park or at the beach you may want to invest in a Coolest Cooler. This bad boy is filled with features that you never knew you needed in a cooler like; a built-in blender, Bluetooth speakers, a USB charging port, a LED light in the lid, a built-in bottle opener, tie-down bungee cords, and accessory storage bin. The Coolest Cooler is by far the best cooler for people who enjoy spending time outdoors.

20. Grillbot
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20. Grillbot

The Grillbot is the best grill cleaner for those of us that love our technology… or lazy. But nonetheless all you have to do is set this little buddy on our grill, turn it on and let it do the work while you get to enjoy the party. No need for spending time or elbow grease on scrubbing gristle.

Leave us comments about items you always have for barbecues and cookouts.