By Allrecipes Editors
May 19, 2015

It's the season for firing up the backyard barbeque. With the right grilling tools, you can focus on doing the job right.

Tools of the Grilling Trade | Photo by Meredith

Handling the Grill

Extra-long mitts and long-handled basting brushes and spatulas help you handle the heat, putting a comfortable distance between you and the flames. Spring-loaded long-handled tongs keep you comfy and let you gently grab rather than stab food.

A timer is useful for following minute-by-minute instructions.

Grill Baskets are long-handled wire baskets, often shaped like a fish, they make turning whole fish easy. Grill baskets can also hold small items, keeping them from falling into fire.

Grilling basket with cut veggies | Grilling Basket

Wooden or metal skewers are essential for kabobs. Flattened skewers keep food from rolling as you turn.

Basting Brushes are also handy for oiling the grate.

A Meat Thermometer is essential for determining the doneness of thick roasts and chickens.

Meat thermometer and basting brush for the grill | Photo by Meredith

Tame the Flames

A fire chimney is especially useful if you'll be out there grilling for a while, when the fire will need refreshing regularly.

When using the indirect cooking method, place disposable drip pans under fatty foods to catch drippings and prevent flare ups. Fill drip pans with water, wine, or marinade to flavor food and provide wet heat.

If the flames do flare, knock them back down with a few blasts from a trigger-operated water bottle. They're also handy for anyone caught poaching off the grill.

Charcoal glowing white hot in a fire chimney | Photo by Meredith

Keep it Clean

Grilling is a messy business. A good wire-bristled grilling brush with a metal grill scraper on the front edge will make clean-up time quick and painless.

Handy wipes let you quickly clean your hands. And, of course, an apron will keep your duds safe from splatters and other messes.

A whisk broom is always handy for cleaning away ash from charcoal grills.

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