If you’re in the market for a new grill, grill brush, or basically any other BBQ tool, grill accessory, or service (we’re looking at you, prime meat delivery subscriptions), we’ve rounded up the best of the best to help you make your choices—so you can get out there and fire up the grill already. It’s almost Labor Day, after all; fall is just around the corner.
Grills & Gear
Buying a grill is usually a big commitment, so you’ll want to do your research first. Luckily for anyone in the market for a new grill, CNET tested a lot of them and picked their favorites. (If you’re only interested in cooking with gas, see their picks for The Best Gas Grills of 2020.)
Beyond just gas vs charcoal, there are hybrid grills, electric models, kamados, and smokers. If you’re not sure of the pros and cons of each (or even what a kamado is), this cheat sheet will help you out, with some top choices in each category. See our Guide to Different Types of Grills.
When you’re trying to decide which new grill brush or barbecue sauce to buy, it’s always helpful to crowdsource. Hence, we rounded up The Bestselling Grilling Tools and Accessories on Amazon.
Get some chef recommendations for a few other grilling tools that will come in handy, from heat-resistant gloves to a chimney starter if you’re a charcoal devotee. See The Best Grilling Accessories for Summer.
From a few more nifty tools to innovative meat alternatives, there are lots of high-tech gadgets that will make every summer BBQ the best ever. Check out our favorite Innovative Grill Accessories.
Because you don’t have to burn a lot of money to make better BBQ this summer. See The Best BBQ Accessories Under $25.
A lack of outdoor space doesn’t have to mean you can only grill at those communal picnic hibachis. Check out this round-up of compact grills of all varieties and make your apartment-size BBQ dreams come true. See our picks for The Best Compact Grills for Small Spaces.
If you’re taking your BBQ on the road (or just bringing the bacon—or steaks or ribs) to your friend’s house with the big backyard and sweet barbecue grill, you need to keep your meat chilled in transport. So see CNET’s Best Coolers of 2020.
Related Reading: The Most Stylish Coolers for Summer
Once you’ve got all your gear in order, there are still the actual ingredients to gather—and chances are, meat will be on the menu. If so, you’ll want to pick the best cuts you possibly can, and these mail-order meat companies can help. See our round-up of The Best Meat Delivery and Butcher Subscription Services on CNET.
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These end-of-summer sales guarantee a great grilling sesh over Labor Day weekend, but you’ll want to order early to make sure you get yours on time. See our picks for The Best Labor Day Meat Sales on CNET.
There’s nothing wrong with the classics, of course, but you can do so much better than the supermarket standard. Check out The Best Gourmet Hot Dogs & Hamburgers to Buy.
Even the greatest steak (or portobello mushroom) will benefit from the right marinade. If you need a shortcut, there are several store-bought options worth using. See our picks for The Best Marinades You Can Buy for Steak, Chicken, Pork, and More.
Similarly, dry rubs impart a ton of flavor to ribs, chops, chicken, and steak—and if you don’t have time to make your own, you don’t need to sacrifice flavor. Check out The Best Dry Rubs You Can Buy for Any Type of Meat.
If you want to DIY, we spoke to some chefs about their favorite ways to marinate meat, from steaks to venison. See Chefs’ Favorite Marinades for Grilling Every Type of Meat.
The greatest grill masters and meat heads around have pretty much all written barbecue bibles, so we rounded up the best BBQ cookbooks to ensure you’re never at a loss when it comes to what’s for dinner this summer. See our picks for The Best Barbecue and Grilling Cookbooks.
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