Meet the next generation of high-tech toys to rule the 'que.

By Ugonna-Ora Owoh
June 03, 2021
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Barbeque has evolved from a labor-intensive form of cooking to something easier and quite frankly more fascinating, thanks to technology. Whether in one's backyard or on the competition circuit, barbeque cooks now have a range of helpful gadgets at their disposal. Here are five that will help take your barbecuing to the next level.

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Weber iGrill Mini

The most interesting part of a barbeque party is the conversation, and who wants to miss out because they have to keep checking on the food? Well, that's not a problem at all when using a Weber iGrill Mini. This gadget comes with a mobile phone application that uses a probe device to remotely measure the temperature of the food without ever lifting the lid. It sends color-coded updates so you'll know when the cooking's almost done, and when the food reaches the desired temperature, the device alerts you.

Buy it: $38; Amazon

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Looft Lighter Original Electric Fire Starter

Imagine starting a charcoal fire in less than a minute! That's the magic of the Looftlighter. The 13-inch gadget is a handheld wand that emits heat from small-circular holes, offering a safer way to light up charcoal without flames or lighter fluid. The Looftlighter heats to 1200 degrees F within 60 seconds, saving you time and eliminating that chemical aftertaste from lighter fluid. 

Buy it: $93; Amazon

Traeger Ironwood 650 pellet grill
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Traeger Grills Ironwood 650 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker

Say hello to fuss-free barbequing, thanks to Traeger — the most prominent name in pellet grills. With the WiFIRE technology built into its Ironwood 650 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker, you can have full remote control of all aspects of your outdoor cooking from inside the house or across the yard. In addition to home WiFi connectivity, you'll get all the top-notch outdoor cooking features you expect from Traeger.

Buy it: $1200; Amazon

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Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot

Love the grilling but hate the cleanup? Not to worry, the Grillbot automatic cleaning robot does the cleaning for you. You simply place it on the crusty grill, turn it on, and watch it in action. Or just close the lid and walk away. When the Grillbot's finished, it lets you know the dirty work's all done. You can toss the bot's brushes in the dishwasher for a fresh start on the next gritty grill.

Buy it: $100; Amazon

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Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven

Don't let its good looks fool you into thinking this gorgeous pizza oven can't handle the heat. Fueled by hardwood pellets, this beauty heats up to 950 degrees F in 15 minutes, and bakes a pizza in 60 seconds. What? Your pizza parties are about to get legendary. Oh, and it's portable, so you can take your masterful pizza-making with you wherever you go.

Buy it: $400; Amazon

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