Gadgets and Gear for the Master of the Grill
There are many reasons to look forward to the warm weather months and cooking outdoors is at the top of our list. The grill becomes our go-to for everything from simple, flavorful vegetables to smoky, slow-cooked meats. If you’re as excited about outdoor cooking as we are, you won’t want to miss our new book, Master of the Grill. The one-stop resource for all things grilling, it’s an essential manual for any home cook. It features 450 recipes ranging from the most basic burgers to some seriously impressive steaks.
—Carolyn Grillo, Associate Editor, ATK Reviews
The pliant leather gave us great control when manipulating tongs and grabbing hot grill grates. Long, wide cuffs protected our forearms and let air circulate to keep us cooler over a scorching hot grill. Our only gripe? They’re not machine-washable.
BUY FOR $27
Comfortable, lightweight, and sturdy, these passed every test with top marks. The pincers picked up multiple spears of asparagus in one swoop, cupped corn firmly, and did not damage tender rib meat. One tester said, "I could perform heart surgery with these."
BUY FOR $16
This looks like a car gas gauge. You hook the indicator to the collar of the tank; when you lift the tank three inches off the ground, it registers the gas level by weight.
As an everyday grill brush, this soft pumice scrubber isn’t very convenient, given that it generates a lot of dust, wears down quickly, and puts hands too close to preheated grates. But for returning dirty grates to like-new condition once or twice per season, it works like a charm. The pumice rapidly conforms to the shape of the grates for thorough cleaning.
BUY FOR $8
Our test kitchen winner from 2006 once again beat the competition—at about half the price of other models. We loved its sturdy construction, generous capacity, heat-resistant handle, and second handle for pouring control. With the most ventilation holes in its canister, coals ignited quickly.
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