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These cool grilling gadgets could be just the thing to take your summer soiree from lame to fame. Check out a few of the best grilling tools and BBQ innovations to make that backyard barbecue life easier and more fun. 

Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? Mitch McConnell, probably. But the rest of us sure do and it’s high season for straight-up grillin’ with a tasty side of chillin’. What better time to throw a (crowd-controlled) doozy of a BBQ bash than for Father’s Day or the Fourth of July (both around the corner)? But admit it, the last few have begun to feel a little…uninspired, shall we say? How about seasoning your summer shindig with a bit of high-tech BBQ gadgetry?

Maybe you haven’t checked in a while, but there’ve been major improvements and inventions since dad bought that hibachi back in the ‘70s. Whether it’s for a gift or just treating yourself this summer, we’ve collected some of the best summer BBQ gadgets, tools, and even a few food innovations to kick this year’s party into another stratosphere—or at least into the 21st century.

Dyna-Glo 4-Burner Gas Grill, $284 on Home Depot

Dyna-Glo

We’ll start with the undisputed king and anchor for any barbecue: the grill. There are thousands to choose from but we’re loving all the hard work our sister site CNET did to review some of the most popular grills on the market in 2020. Of the many they tested, the Dyna-Glo 4-Burner Gas Grill outpaced everyone and clocks in at an extremely affordable $284 at Home Depot.Buy Now

Grill Daddy Steam-Cleaning Brush, $15.99 on Bed Bath & Beyond

Grill Dozer

Cleaning cruddy grill grates is one of my absolutely least favorite jobs ever but this genius grill cleaner will absolutely take some of the sting out of it. It smartly releases water which turns to steam while it cleans your hot grate and easily removes gunk and char but also sterilizes the grill for the next use. Buy Now

Made In 11-inch Blue Carbon Steel Outdoor Frying Pan, $75

Made In

A frying pan designed to use over an open flame? We’re listening. Made In is one of our total obsession direct-to-consumer cookware brands and is set to launch this beauty of a campfire, grilling toy. It’s not going to be much help over your gas or charcoal grill, admittedly, but if you’re heading into the wilderness where an open fire is the only cooking source this frying pan with 62 perforations (holes) allow the hot flame to tickle your meats and veggies for that coveted char.Buy Now

OONI Fyra Pizza Oven, $249 on Williams Sonoma

Ooni

Meat on the grill is the obvious choice for any summer barbecue but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. Surprise everyone by whipping out this portable wood-fired pizza oven from Ooni, which heats to a Luciferian 932 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. But, how. It uses dense wood pellets to get scorching hot and cook a Neapolitan-style pie in around one minute (one minute!).Buy Now

Frigidaire Countertop Ice Maker, $117.99 on Home Depot

Frigidaire

Lots of ice is an essential component of any party but when the mercury rises, it truly is do or die. It’s been proven by science that square, sort-of-brittle ice (you know the kind I’m talking about) is the best ice, for cocktails or even just chewing on, so spring for this Frigidaire IceMaker and leave those crummy trays or oblong messes for the birds.Buy Now

Soundcast VG3 Indoor-Outdoor Speaker System, $139.99 on Amazon

Amazon

OK, so admittedly this thing will not cook food, not at all, so don’t try. But it will fill your entire yard, (and your annoying neighbors) with some of the sweetest, smoothest beats to keep the party rolling long past fireworks. Portable and lightweight with a 3-inch sub-woofer, this indoor-outdoor unit is Chowhound tested and fully approved. Also, $139.99 is an incredible price for all the speaker you’re getting here.Buy Now

Kovot 6-in-1 BBQ Tool $22.99 on Amazon

Kovot 6-in-1 BBQ multitool

Toss out that highly one-dimensional spatula with decades of caked-on grease and break out this ingenious hybrid cooking tool with extended tongs, serrated knife, grill scraper, bottle opener, and even a built-in flashlight for those hard-to-see moments. Less than 25 bucks and totally 007 approved.Buy Now

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Charcoal GrillGun, $144 from GrillGun

GrillGun

Charcoal is great and some people absolutely swear by it but starting it can be a total pain in the keister. Enter Grill Gun. While my official stance is always anti-gun, this baby may be the exception to the rule. The Grill Gun, which is more of a torch anyways, uses propane (ha!) to do everything from lighting charcoals fast and searing meat like brisket or ribs. For more read CNET’s full review of the GrillGun here. Buy Now

MEATER Wireless Smart Thermometer, $69.99 on Amazon

Meater

A next-level digital meat thermometer that allows you to walk away from the grill (or oven) and still keep on eye on those precious meats. Never again let a steak or pork loin overcook because you had to dash off to keep Aunt Janet from having her 5th glass of wine. Meater sends notifications to your phone when meat hits the optimal temp. Especially good for big cuts of beef and chicken.Buy Now

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Pop-Up Mesh Net Cover (set of 2), $6.99 on Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond

It’s summer and inevitably the bugs will come for both your flesh and your food. You can at least save your food with this by plopping down one of these nifty devices and wait for the chorus of “that’s such a good idea” to begin.Buy Now

Snake River Farms Meats, prices vary

Snake River Farms American Wagyu Ribeye

How you get meat into the house has been innovated lately too. Snake River Farms, a Boise, Idaho producer of American Wagyu and Kurobuta pork, purveys to the likes of Eleven Madison Park, Alinea, and The French Laundry but also ships their meats anywhere in the U.S. Want to get guests talking? Treat them to some American Wagyu Ribeye, which serves 6-8 very happy carnivores. Check out some of their limited time deals on start of summer meat packages.Buy Now

Beyond Burgers, $3.99 on Instacart

Beyond Burgers fake meat hamburger

Barbecues are generally not a vegetarian paradise but food labs like Beyond Meat have completely changed the game. Treat your veg friends to these plant-based meat alternatives—a pleasant upgrade from the frozen black beans patties they’ve become accustomed to.Buy Now

Chevoo Marinated Goat Cheese, price and availability varies

Chevoo marinated goat cheese

Listen up. This new (ish) chèvre (goat) cheese blended with herbs and spices and marinated in California olive oil is the greatest thing to hit your barbecue meats or pizzas since salt and pepper. Highly addictive flavors include Sea Salt & Rosemary, Dill Pollen & Garlic, and Aleppo-Urfa Chili and are available at Whole Foods. Run, don’t walk, to get a jar or two. Your friends will love you forever.Buy Now

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