Who doesn’t love a summer barbecue? Mitch McConnell, probably. But the rest of us do and it’s high season for straight up grillin’ with a side of chillin’. What better time to throw a doozy than the Fourth of July? But admit it, you’re last few have started to feel a little uninspired…

Maybe you haven’t looked around in a while, but there’ve been major improvements and inventions since dad bought that basic hibachi back in the ‘90s. Whether it’s for a gift or just treating yourself this year, we’ve collected some of the coolest summer barbecue gadgets, gizmos, and new food items to kick this year’s party into another stratosphere—or at least this century.

Heavy Machinery

Weber Performance Deluxe ‘22

Weber Performance Deluxe 22" charcoal grill

Weber Grills

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 Popular Mechanics did to review some of the most popular versions on the market. Of the 12 they tested, the Weber Performance Deluxe ‘22 outpaced everyone and clocks in at an extremely affordable $400.
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Uuni 3 Pizza Oven

Uuni 3 wood fired pizza oven

Uuni

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 Uuni, which heats to a luciferian 932 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes (but, how though?). It can cook a Neapolitan-style pie in around one minute (one minute!) and Uuni runs on dense and affordable wood pellets.
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Opal Nugget IceMaker

Opal Nugget Ice Maker machine

Opal

Lots of ice is an essential component of any party but when the mercury rises, it is truly do or die. It’s been proven by science that nugget or pellet ice is the best ice, for cocktails or even just chewing on, so spring for this Opal Nugget IceMaker from GE and leave those crummy trays for the birds.
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Grilling Toys

Kovot 6-in-1 BBQ tool

Kovot 6-in-1 BBQ multitool

Kovot

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 scrapes, bottle opener, and even a built-in flashlight for those hard-to-see moments. Less than 25 bucks and totally 007 approved.
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Pop-Up Mesh Net Cover

pop-up mesh net cover food protector to keep bugs off of food

Oakmont Trading Store

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.
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NiceOne Non-Stick Grill Mats

non-stick copper grill mats

NiceOne

Non-stick mats are the new rage for keeping your grill clean. Use these for for meats if you like, but they are especially handy when grilling foods that tend to fall apart and slip through the cracks, like veggies and seafood, and are a snap to clean.
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Food Game

Snake River Farms Meats

Snake River Farms American Wagyu Ribeye

Snake River Farms

If you really want to kick this thing into gear, try throwing something on the grill that’s also found the world’s most iconic eateries. 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.
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Beyond Burgers

Beyond Burgers fake meat hamburger

Beyond Meats

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.
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Chevoo Marinated Goat Cheese

Chevoo marinated goat cheese

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Listen up. This new 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.
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Booze

Aroma 1.5 Liter Cocktail Blender

Aroma 1.5 Liter Cocktail Blender

Aroma Housewares

Something we all look forward to as spring bleeds into summer is those oh so “ahhh”-inspiring frozen drinks. This super spinner has enough voltage to make margaritas for the entire neighborhood and the handy built-in spout means you can keep keep things moving with absolutely zero spillage. You’ve got enough cleaning up to do, right?
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Final Touch Watermelon Tapping Kit

watermelon tapping kit for watermelon keg

Final Touch

Maybe you’ve seen it. The large batch watermelon cocktail made and served IN an effing watermelon! This year you’re doing it and everyone’s going to Instagram the $#*% out of it. Pick up one of these and let everyone live their social media fantasy.
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Looking for more ideas to take your grilling into the future? Check out CNET’s 8 Unexpected Ways to Cook with Your Grill.

Header image courtesy of Beyond Meat.

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