Posted by BBQ Island on 8/7/2017

The tool belt is a hallmark of manliness. Visit any construction site and you’ll see workers strapped to the hilt, their tool belts containing hammers, screws, drills and anything else needed to complete a project. Cops wear them. Masons wear them. At BBQ Island, our grillers often wear the tools of their trade in an apron or belt, too.

So, what goes in a BBQer’s tool belt? Here are 5 must have grilling accessories to stock your apron with.

1. Tongs: Whether you’re making spicy Szechwan chicken thighs, filet mignon, or herb-crusted pork ribs, you’ll need tongs to help flip your meat. (Don’t even think about using your fingers; that’s a serious BBQ safety no-no.) Choose tongs that are durable, easy to use and fit naturally into your hands. Read online reviews and rating sites if you’re unsure which brand to go with.

2. Dedicated BBQ Oven Mitt: No glove, no BBQ love. Whenever you’re getting saucy you’ll need to protect your hands from the heat. But don’t skimp on the protection – this is NOT the time to raid your mom’s knit potholder collection or steal your wife’s Williams-Sonoma mittens. Grill gloves come in myriad colors and materials, from natural calfskin to silicone and fabric. Check online for comparisons and reviews of each product type.

3. Bear Paws: Don’t you dare use a fork for pulling pork! Put your mitts in these babies and you’ll tear into meat like Wolverine through an enemy. The animalistic claws make shredding easy, plus cleanup is a breeze compared to hand-pulling.

4. Spatula/Slotted Turner: Which one do you need for the job? That depends on what you’re grilling. A spatula can easily slide under any meat. A slotted turner allows grease and oil to drip through the holes, thereby “draining” it from your meat. Not great for that prime steak, but awesome if you are grilling up delicate foods like fish. Choose a turner with wide, large slots to maximize drainage.

5. Specialty tools: Consider your project. Nearly every meaty recipe requires the basics: grill fork, thermometer, basting brush for sauces. If you are using a griddle, invest in a specialized scraping setInvest in a kit with a pie hook like this Fornetto set for pizza ovens. If you’re cooking over charcoal, you may want a starter to get your grill fired up.

Purchase a premade tool belt specifically designed for grillers, or make your own with heavy-duty fabric and leather. Ideally, your BBQ tool belt should be equipped with all the tools and accessories you’ll need to go from raw meat or veg to beautifully seared barbecue. Think outside the belt. Add squeeze bottles, premade hot sauce, dry rub spice containers – whatever gets your mouth salivating and your creative juices flowing.

Share |
Add Comment

Cooking Classes

How to Grill Epic Vegetarian Dishes
5 AZ Craft Beer & BBQ Pairings
How to: Use a Kamado Grill
Labor Day BBQ Menu
Quiz: Match Your Meat to the Sauce
What Goes in Your BBQ Tool Belt?
How to Use Salt and Smoke to Cure Meat
Beer-Y Healthy Beer Marinades that Wow
The 5 Worst Grilling Mistakes
How to Host a Summer BBQ on a Budget

September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
September 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011

BBQ Island | 8425 South Emerald Drive, #103 | Tempe, AZ 85284 | 877-474-5669

BBQ Island | 15815 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | 480-503-1110

BBQ Island | 8155 W Bell Rd, #111 | Peoria, AZ 85382 | 480-500-5154
Shopping Cart
0 item(s) / Total: $0
View Cart