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17 Things You Need at Your Grilling Station

It's time to fire up the grill and get your backyard cookout sizzlin' with the best new grill accessories and gadgets.

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Kitchen towels


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Be prepared for an inevitable spill with a stack of basic dish towels. They’re well-equipped to wipe up barbecue sauce, catch grease splatters, and more. Make sure you know how often you should be washing your dish towels.

Why it made our list: The gingham check pattern is perfect for summer.

Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.

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Basting pot with brush


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You can set this stainless steel pot on your grill to keep your barbecue sauce warm. And a basting brush (beloved by pitmasters for its generous sauce distribution) easily rests in the handle. Here are 31 delicious grill ideas for the best summer BBQ.

Why it made our list: The basting brush has a silicone handle and will stay cool as you cook.

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BBQ tools


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Every griller—whether a beginner or a pro—needs a set of quality tools. This 3-piece collection has everything you’ll need to whip up an amazing BBQ recipe. This is what every state would bring to a summer BBQ.

Why it made our list: Long handles make it easy to keep your distance from the heat.

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Flexible skewers


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These bendable skewers are perfect for maximizing your grill space. Plus, they make marinating in a bag or bowl a breeze!

Why it made our list: No need to pre-soak ’em either!

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Grill grates


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Designed by professional pitmasters, these interlocking grate panels fit over any grill surface. Diehard fans swear that they cook more evenly and prevent flareups. P.S.

Why it made our list: Your food will get those picture-perfect sear marks.

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Oven mitts


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Your grill is going to get hot! Stay cool (and protect your hands) with an oven mitt. The black and white design looks stylish, too. Check out these grill facts you haven’t already heard 10 times before.

Why it made our list: This cute mitt works indoors, too.

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DiamondKing smoker


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You can turn any grill into a smoker with this deceptively simple box ($55). It sits on the grill grates and produces all the heat and smoke you need to make delicious barbecue without using charcoal or propane. Professional chefs have revealed their favorite grilling tricks—make sure to add these to your BBQ repertoire.

Why it made our list: The large designs holds a lot of wood—so your food turns out extra flavorful.

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Canvas grilling apron


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Protect your outfit (and keep grilling tools close at hand!) with this smart canvas apron. Who knew simple could look so good? We’ve answered your 11 biggest questions about grilling.

Why it made our list: The front pocket can hold tools or a cold one.

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ThermoPop easy-read meat thermometer


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Accurate, simple, and more affordable than a wireless option, this thermometer has won the hearts of many a home cook because the digital display adjusts no matter what angle it’s at so you can read the temperature in the upright position—no more pain in your neck.

Why it made our list: It’s available in tons of fun colors!

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Nothing completes a grilled meal better than a sprinkling of freshly cracked pepper. And this rustic peppermill is the perfect tool for the job.

Why it made our list: You can adjust the mill for a finer (or coarser) grind.

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Cedar grilling planks


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Infuse your grilled goods with a hint of cedar. These sturdy planks are perfect for holding salmon, vegetables, and more. We can bet you haven’t tried these 12 things on your grill—but you absolutely should.

Why it made our list: Rainy day? These planks work in the oven, too.

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Beer can chicken roaster rack


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Catch all the drips in this stainless steel roasting rack, then toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. Making beer can chicken is just one of the 8 useful things to do with beer (besides drinking it).

Why it made our list: Included spikes let you roast veggies along with your chicken.

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Wooden cutting board


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Bring your prep station outside with this durable wooden cutting board. It’s sturdy enough to hold a steak filet or chop up some vegetables but is portable enough for camping trips or tailgating. Take care of your new cutting board with these expert tips.

Why it made our list: A rope handle makes this board easy to store.

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Grill basket


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This heavy-duty grill basket from Grillaholics fits any grill and is sized just right so food doesn’t fall through it. You just might have the best grilled veggies on the block.

Why it made our list: It’s dishwasher-safe so cleanup is a breeze!

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LED grill light


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Made with ten ultra-bright LED lights, this clamp-style, weather-resistant grill light will help you power through the elements and the darkest of nights to deliver grilled perfection to the dinner table. Here’s how to choose the right type of grill for your cooking style.

Why it made our list: It’s perfect for stainless steel grills!

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Tool crock


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Don’t spend precious time searching for the tongs. Ensure all of your grilling necessities are in one handy place with this simple utensil crock. And while you’re at it, check out these 32 secret uses for ordinary kitchen gadgets.

Why it made our list: The tough finish will keep this crock looking beautiful for years.

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Wooden grill scraper


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Ditch the wire scrapers that get gunked up and try a wooden paddle scraper to clean your barbecue. As you use these hardwood scrapers from Great Scrape, they conform perfectly to your grill’s specific grates. Now that you have all the tools you need to succeed, make sure you’re aware of the grilling mistake that can send you to the emergency room.

Why it made our list: This scraper is made from all-natural materials.

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Kristin Sutter
A big fan of homegrown cooking, Kristin has been a writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has mastered the art of learning from her inexpert riffs on other people's truly good recipes.