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Looking to enhance your backyard BBQ game without busting your budget? Check out these $25 and under BBQ accessories before Labor Day sneaks up on you and summer ends all too soon.

Buying a grill is certainly a worthy investment for fabulous flame and smoke-kissed meals but the price of admission can be costly. If you just dropped a bundle on that fancy Kamado or tricked out Dyna-Glo the last thing you want to think about is burning even more money on gadgets and tools. That’s why we’ve highlighted 10 of our favorite grilling accessories that are not only worthy of multiple fire emojis but won’t put too much heat on your wallet.

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Schmidt Brothers 3-In-1 BBQ Tool, $14.99 from Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Eliminate clutter with this multi-purpose tool that combines three grilling essentials. Included in the package are a spatula and fork which through the magic of magnetism combine forces and, voila, you’ve got yourself a sturdy pair of tongs.Buy Now

ThermoPro TP09B Wireless Remote Digital Meat Thermometer, $23.99 from Wayfair


Thanks to this wireless thermometer there’s no need to hover around the hot grill to ensure the perfect cook. Keep the remote handy within a 300 foot radius and you’ll get a beep when your meal is ready. Take advantage of preset temperatures for nine types of meat and poultry or input your own if you have a particular preference. Buy Now

Grill Sheets (Set of 2), $12.50 from Sur La Table

Sur La Table

If an item is too small or delicate to cook directly on the grates, don’t let that deter you from using your grill. Simply lay down these sheets made of flexible PTFE and you can cook eggs, chopped vegetables, or that pricey fillet of fish without worrying about any food falling through the cracks. Don’t be afraid to crank up the heat—they can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees. As an added bonus, the sheets are dishwasher safe so cleanup is a cinch.Buy Now

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket

Home Depot

Don’t flip out if you’re tasked with manning a busy grill. This heavy-gauged chrome steel basket will ensure an even cook on multiple items with a single turn. Its extra large size can handle anything from grilled fish or thinly sliced summer squash to a thick porterhouse steak.Buy Now

Cuisinart Butter Wheel, $21.58 from Amazon


Buttering your buns is a BBQ must, but if you have a lot of burgers and dogs on your plate, the task can become cumbersome. But thanks to this nifty gadget you can get your slather on quickly and easily. If grilled cheese, garlic bread, or corn on the cob is on the menu, be sure to take it for a spin.Buy Now

Grillight GrillClaws Shredder, $12.95 from Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Engage in some TMNT villain cosplay while shredding some delicious barbecued meat. The ergonomically shaped handles on these sharp claws (a set of two is included) will help transform your Boston butt and breasts into pulled pork and chicken quickly and easily—not to mention using them is a whole lot of fun.Buy Now

Cedar Grilling Planks, 4 for $19.95 from Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Cedar Grilling Planks

Williams Sonoma

Elevate grilled salmon, pork, and vegetables by cooking them atop cedar planks which ensure a gentle cook and add a distinct but gentle smoky flavor. The spread makes for a fun, rustic table setting, so no need to transfer to a serving plate. The planks are reusable and even when they begin to deteriorate they can be repurposed as smoking chips.Buy Now

RWM Silicone Basting Brush, $13.89 from Amazon

RWM Silicone Basting Brush


You won’t find a better baster than this heat resistant mop. It will never shed a bristle in your sauce, and the design prevents rust from building up inside the handle when you wash it. A couple of replacement brush heads come with it in case you want to use separate ones for meat and veggies. Buy Now

Kona Ceramic Coated Nylon Grill Cleaning Brush, $19.95 from Amazon


The dreaded scraping of the grates brings about as much joy as receiving a lump of coal for Christmas. If you want a quick and easy way to remove all the gunk that’s gotten up in your grill, behold the genius of ceramic coated nylon bristles which are three times more effective with each stroke than your standard brush. But wait, there’s more! The brilliant circular shape provides a 360 degree cleaning so you won’t have to worry about missing a spot.Buy Now

Professional Grade Chef Apron, $23.95 from Amazon

bbq apron adjustable zip pockets


Look sharp and remain stain-free with this durable and size-adjustable apron. Equipped with a towel loop and four pockets (including one that zips so your phone doesn’t fall out when you bend over), you can keep your cooking tools (and anything else you need) close-at-hand.Buy Now

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David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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