Grilling 101: The Right Tools
Going to the store to pick up some new toys for your grill? How many different types of spatulas does one really need? Should you get the fancy digital thermometer or will the old standard suffice? Knowing what to get for your grill in advance can keep some money in your pocket.
Starting a new collection of grill gear? Replacing well-worn utensils? Here are some tools that all grillmasters should have in their collection.
The essential tool for a properly cleaned grilling surface. The grill brush helps to eliminate gritty, charred residue on grilling surfaces and also aids in less sticking to the grilling surface.
Tongs work for portioned proteins that are firm in muscle texture such as sausages, steaks, poultry, and chops. Forget the fork—forks should be used as an eating utensil.
Spatulas are great for less-firm proteins such as fish fillets, burgers, and sausage patties. Two spatulas may help when working with grilled fish.
Grill baskets offer greater control over the cooking process. You can turn, move, and remove a number of grilled items at once if necessary. If your proteins begin to brown too quickly, lift the basket and turn it over or move it to a cooler spot on the grill.
There are two popular styles. An instant-read style thermometer quickly reads internal temperature with great accuracy. A remote thermometer uses a probe and heat-resistant cable that connects to a digital thermometer. This allows you to keep the lid closed to maintain even cooking temperatures—great to use for long-cooking items or items that are cooked on a smoker.
Until you get used to the heat of an extremely hot fire, use grilling mitts to protect your hands. Hand protection like mitts and gloves come in various materials and sizes. Find one that is the most comfortable for you.
A great set of tools can help you prepare the best meals possible and give you more time to refine your grilling technique. Now that you know what to look for, you can spend more time doing what you do best—creating great times with great food.