Think of the outdoors as your gourmet kitchen this summer, and grab a few new grilling accessories to elevate your barbeque master status. Here are 15 of our favorites.
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Instead of just throwing burgers and dogs on the grill and calling it a feast, why not have this be the summer you up your grilling game to king of the BBQ? Earn the title of grill master with a few new accessories that will elevate your outdoor cooking skills in no time. These grilling accessories also make great gifts for family and friends, newlyweds, new homeowners, and just about anyone you know who's celebrating something. Here are 15 of our favorite grilling accessories.

Best Grilling Accessories for 2021

MEATER+ Extended Range Wireless Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer

1. Meater Wireless Thermometer

Your meat is only as good as the temperature you cook it, and it can get tedious to consistently go back and forth to check your meat. This wireless thermometer solves that problem. Stick it in the meat, and watch the temperature rise from your phone. The result? A perfect steak (or chicken, or fish...)

Buy It: $99; or

Standing Skewer Cooking System
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2. O-Yaki Skewer System

It might be fun to try your hand at making kebabs this summer, but they aren't always as easy as they seem. Kebabs often get stuck to the grill or overly charred if you don't flip them quickly enough. Enter the O-Yaki Skewer system which actually cooks kebabs vertically above the grill instead of laying against it. (Plus, the presentation is pretty cool when you remove them.) Make sure your lid is at least eight inches tall once closed to be able to shut it over the skewers.

Buy It: $36 (was $40); or

Grill Prep Trays, Set of 2
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3. Williams Sonoma Grill Prep Trays

Instead of carrying multiple plates out to the grill — first with raw meat, then with cooked meat — these trays are the perfect solution. They are light weight and nestle together. Red is for raw meat, and the black tray underneath stays clean until you are ready to use it to bring your cooked meat inside or to the table. They are sleek and help avoid cross contamination.

Buy It: $20-50, set of 2;

BBQ Dragon Meat Claws
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4. Dragon Meat Claws

Envious of the pitmasters who shred smoked pork butts or chicken quickly without burning their fingers? Enter these meat claws. Made to withstand up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit, you can start pulling apart strands of tender meat right off the grill.

Buy It: $20; or

Mesh Grill Basket with Wood Handle
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5. Crate & Barrel Mesh Grill Basket

Vegetables are equally delicious on the grill but can sometimes be a pain to cook outside wrapped in foil or straight on the grill. This mesh basket solves the problem of an uneven cook. Toss your vegetables (or any smaller food like shrimp or scallops) in and let them cook evenly on the grill.

Buy It: $30;

OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Grilling Utensil Set
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6. OXO Grill Utensil Set

Grill utensils may not be the most exciting accessory, but they're probably ones you'll use every time you grill. This simple set from OXO is well constructed, durable, and easy to clean.

Buy It: $16 (was $20);

Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan
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7. Made In Blue Carbon Steel Pan

This pan is a powerhouse both indoors and outdoors. It can withstand heat like a cast iron skillet, but it is much lighter and can have the versatility of your favorite frying pan. It's a winner for the grill because it can handle up to 1200 degrees F, but the handle doesn't get hot. No need to cook inside and out with this incredible pan.

Buy It: $89;

Char-Broil Cast Iron Smoker Box
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8. Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoking Box

If you love the wood-fired taste (and smell!) but don't want to invest in something bigger to always cook your food with wood chips, this smoking box is for you. Fill it up with the wood chips of your choice and have it cook along with your food. The result is that beautiful fragrant woodsy smell and taste, perfect for salmon or chicken.

Buy It: $17;

Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven
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9. Ooni Pizza Oven

If you want to step up your pizza making game, this outdoor pizza oven is the way to do it. Choose the model you want — from wood-burning to gas — and be amazed how it heats up and makes perfect Neapolitan-style pizza with ease. You'll be sure to impress your guests (and family!), plus you'll all have fun making them.

Buy It: $300;

Related: The 7 Best Pizza Ovens for Incredible Homemade Pizza

Broil King Imperial Series Roaster Stainless Steel
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10. Broil King Imperial Roaster

Make it easy to roast a chicken on the grill with this stainless-steel contraption that helps you roast the chicken upright. That'll get you crisp skin, a juicy interior, and all of the good drippings hitting the bottom of the pan. Add some vegetables or potatoes to the bottom to soak up the goodness.

Buy It: $40 (was $45);

GRILLART Grill Brush and Scraper Best BBQ Brush for Grill
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11. Grillart Grill Brush and Scraper

A grill brush may not be a glamorous accessory, but it's a very useful one. This stainless steel brush has a scouring pad, a bristle brush, and a scraper, giving you all the tools you need to make sure your grill is as good as new after each use.

Buy It: $22.47 (was $30);

Victorinox Master Competition BBQ Set
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12. Victorinox Master Competition BBQ Set

If the BBQ master in your house is as serious as they come, then it is worth the splurge to get them this master set of knives that will truly take their grilling to the next level. It comes with a carving knife, boning knife, slicing knife, a knife sharpener, and others, all to ensure the most perfect cuts of barbeque meats.

Buy It: $278;

BBQ Blends Rub & Sauce Kit
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13. BBQ Blends Rub and Sauce Kit

Any pitmaster knows (including the backyard variety) that BBQ is very regional, defined by its different rubs and sauces. This kit is a way to try a little from a few of the more popular barbeque regions — Memphis, Texas, Carolinas, and Kansas City.

Buy It: $38;

The Barbecue! Bible Paperback
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14. The Barbecue Bible

This book may not be new to the shelves, but it still stands as the ultimate encyclopedia of what you need to know about grilling. It's filled with tips and tricks and recipes and is the reference book you need to have on your shelf.

Buy It: $15;

OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting Brush
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15. OXO Basting Brush

Basting that tangy BBQ sauce on your meats is such a satisfying part of grilling but the wrong brush can end up shedding or worse, melting. These silicone brushes can handle up to 600°F of heat and don't retain any odors, so you can swap different sauces without worrying about it. Plus, they clean easily.

Buy It: $10-16;