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It's Grilling and Smoking Season ~ What Utensils Do You Need?

by Ilana Simon

It's Grilling and Smoking Season ~ What Utensils Do You Need?

The right tool can make all the difference when you’re grilling and smoking. You can find these tools in kitchen shops, hardware stores or barbecue and grill stores.

Because they’ll be used outdoors and in contact with heat and smoke, choose utensils that are heavy, of superior quality, and very durable. Long handles are preferable on everything, to keep you at a safe distance from the fire.

Remember to oil your utensils, grill racks and gadgets on both sides to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.

 The Barbecuer’s Toolbox: 

    A stiff wire brush with a scraper makes cleaning the grill a simple job (tackle this while the grill is still warm).

    Two natural-bristle basting brushes, one for applying oil to the grill grates and the other for basting food during grilling or smoking, will make these tasks a breeze.

    Perforated grill racks are grates placed on top of the grill to accommodate small or delicate items, such as chicken wings, fish fillets, scallops, shrimp and vegetables. Oil them before use.

    Hinged grill baskets hold foods in place and make turning an easy process.

    Heat-resistant oven or grill mitts offer the best protection for your hands.

    Long-handled spring-loaded tongs are easier to use than the scissors type. They are great for turning most food and skewers.

    A spray bottle filled with water will douse any flare-ups.

    Charcoal chimneys or electric fire starters are terrific for starting charcoal fires.

    A long-handled offset fish spatula with a 5- to 6-inch (12.5 to 15 cm) blade makes turning fish fillets easy.

    Two long-handled spatulas are also welcome utensils, especially when you’re turning a large fish fillet. Position the spatulas at each end of the fillet and roll quickly to turn.

    Disposable aluminum pans hold liquid during the smoking process. You can also use the pans as tents to cover thick steaks that need a bit more cooking time on the indirect side of the grill.

    Instant-read thermometers give a quick temperature read when you’re cooking meat and poultry.

    Metal smoker boxes are useful for holding wood chips or pellets. Their perforations allow smoke to escape but keep chips from falling out.


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