Best Barbeque Accessories Reviewed
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
When buying accessories of any kind, the crucial thing of every piece is to provide easier and better use of the function it has. The same refers to BBQ accessories. Their prime function is to make everyone’s grilling experience more enjoyable and less gruesome. For many people, the moment you start prepping your grill until it is put off and ready to be cleaned, even the cleaning itself, represents a moment of art. And in order to perform the art in the best possible way, good equipment that will aid the process is more than needed. Thus, the accessories that we have selected are designed to provide assistance and better experience with the grilling process. From the scoring that each item or set of items they have, their ranking is very high, meaning that they are very easy to use and provide sufficient help in the grilling process.
Nobody likes to buy the same thing several times a year, less is never even an option, so the durability of each item is more than valued. Durability is reflected in the use of the items as frequently as possible and their resistance to impacts or showing no signs of wear and tear. These ten items on our list seem to be featuring a very long life span and many satisfied buyers say that they had been using these products for many years or seasons. They are not prone to breaking, wearing off or dismantling and that is the reason for the scoring they have.
The effectiveness can be closely related to practicality and the convenience of each of the items suggested here. We considered the purpose they have and correlated it with their practical usage. How effective a certain item is, can be seen in the frequency of use and the necessity when grilling. There are items that are crucial and there are items that make the whole process much easier, much more fun and enjoyable. So, besides their utmost use and purpose, we tried to estimate their function within the category they represent. Without a spatula, a fork or a knife you can’t even think about preparing the food, but gloves, mats, etc are equally important to make the processes enjoyable and fun.
The choice of materials the manufacturers use when making a product will influence the overall effectiveness and the durability of the product. Regarding BBQ items, the most important materials would be those that are heat resistant, anti-corrosive materials or materials that are food-grade level. Thus, stainless steel is among the most frequent choices because it is heatproof and it doesn’t easily corrode. Wood handles are much more preferred options when dealing with fire because they don’t get easily heated and provide great heat insulation. If we talk about gloves then we prefer those made of heat resistant materials which don’t contain BPA and aren’t toxic.
This criterion puts together all the segments of the products that we have talked about in addition to the price tag they feature and the user’s satisfaction while using these products. We wanted to make sure that practical, real-life experience of the buyers with each item will be reflected in our selection since that is what this guide is intended for. So, when you see the scoring of this criterion, bear in mind that the product matches the description that the manufacturer has given and that it meets the expectations of the customers. When it comes to their respective prices, as you could understand from our remarks on each product or set of products, they have highly affordable and reasonable prices that are not going to make you feel sorry that you have wasted your money. So, the scoring in the bottom line is the complete picture of each product or set of products on our list.
Best Barbeque Accessories Reviewed
1. Grillaholics Grill Mat
Have you cooked your grill meat or vegetables on a dirty old grill grate? I know, it is disgusting! But you don’t have to feel appalled by the dirt and the nasty look of your grill or buy a new one, because this grill mat is going to make your grilling time enjoyable again. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the meat being stuck on the grate or losing some meat chunks inside the grill, since the mat is here to keep it on it. It is a fireproof mat that is so well made that the meat will look and taste just perfect.Read more
What is it made of?
The mats are toppers placed on the grill grate intended to protect the meat from falling inside the fire, sticking on the grate and protecting it from a dirty or nasty grate. The material they are made of is extra heat resistant PTFE-Fiberglass coating. They do not contain any silicone, PFOA or other harmful chemical elements, and have the ability to withstand amazing 500 degrees Fahrenheit without being damaged or burnt. They aren’t too thick, nor too thin but just the right thickness to retain the flavor of the grill and leave grill marking on the meat and at the same time to keep the durability and the heat resistance.
These mats have a variety of purposes, even though the main purpose is to keep the meat well cooked on the grill. It can be used on all types of grills such as charcoal, propane, gas, electric or smoker. It is large enough to fit the largest-sized grills, but in case your grill is a smaller size it can be cut to fit its regular size. Besides functioning as a grill mat it can be used as a baking mat for the oven, too! And when you have finished grilling, you don’t have to worry about how to clean it since it is machine washable which means cleaning will be a breeze after you start using these mats.
Cost and Value
This set of two mats is what everyone needs, really! No more frustrations over cleaning the grill grates or the annoyance when your perfectly marinated meat or vegetable falls inside the grill ruining the perfect idea you had on how to serve your meat. It is heat resistant and large enough for every grill. You can cut it down to the size you need in case it is too large for your grill. Plus, it is the only grill mat that is recommended by Chris Kimbal from America’s Test Kitchen. The best part is that it is affordable and comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
2. Alpha Grillers Grill Brush
Being around the grill with your friends and family is a wonderful enjoyment, however, what comes next after everyone goes home is less than a pleasure. There’s no fun in cleaning the dirty and fatty grates, especially not if you leave them overnight. However, what comes as a second best on our list is this super awesome brush made of stainless steel bristles which have this superpower to clean all the dirt in less than a minute without wasting your time and effort on useless rubbing.Read more
You don’t want to spend your time on rubbing the grates while your friends are enjoying their cold beer, neither will you feel optimistic about it even if you postpone it for some time. The grates need cleaning and the sooner you do it the better. Otherwise, the meat tastes bad, smells rotten and your next BBQ round can be ruined in advance. Luckily, with this brush, you are just minutes apart from your favorite beer. It works on all grate types, porcelain, cast iron or stainless steel. It won’t scratch your grill, but it will make it shiny clean.
The brush is 18 inches long which means that you can use it even when the grill is heated because that length will keep you away from the heat. It features triple the size of standard brushes and the bristles are made of stainless steel which means they are durable and impact resistant. They are sturdy and unlike many other standard brushes, they won’t easily come off. It can be easily cleaned with hot running water and a mild detergent.
Cost and Value
You don’t buy grill brushes every day, so when you buy one you want to make sure that you’ll have it for a while. The Alpha Grillers BBQ Brush is sturdy and durable brush quarantining easy clean without putting too much effort. The company offers 100% money back guarantee in the case for whatever reasons this brush fails to meet your expectations. Plus, the price isn’t expensive at all and you’ll enjoy your time with your friend instead of cleaning it.
3. Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set
Grilling can be a piece of art, especially if you put into some talent, a bit more dedication and a lot of enthusiasm with it. And, as with every artist that needs some gear, thus cooking and grilling require some equipment for mastering the art. So, we are more than happy to present you this excellent 20-piece set that will come more than handy for grill lovers and masters of the grill. You can take it everywhere you want with you because those 20 pieces come packed in a nice case. Let’s take a look at the case and see what’s inside!Read more
There are 20 pieces of utensils inside the case and they include everything a master cook would want for a perfect BBQ event with friends and family. There’s a chef’s spatula that can turn the most delicate food, there are eight corn holders, there are grill tongs, a silicone basting brush, there’s a cleaning brush in case you lack one plus a replacement brush head, five skewers, and a digital thermometer fork. All that packed in an aluminum storage case that can be taken wherever you are up to have your BBQ event.
The material these utensils are made of is stainless steel, which means they are very durable and do not get rusty. The hit of the set is the thermometer on the handle that features the actual and the desired temperatures. Plus, it features LED light and an alarm that alerts you when the meat is ready. The handles are perfectly weighted and long enough to keep your hands away from the heat. The chef’s spatula is wide enough for turning any kind of meat, including fish, and it also has an integrated bottle opener and a cutting edge. The spatula and the brushes can be hanged on the rings that are placed at the end of the handles.
Cost and Value
This is among the most sold sets and there are thousands of comments saying that the set is just perfect. It is a smart solution for any grillers, from amateurs to professional chefs because it is compact, includes many practical elements, and can be taken wherever you go. The price it features is reasonable and affordable because sometimes even a fork with a thermometer can have the price of the whole set. It is definitely a great value for the money.
4. AMZ BBQ Club- BBQ Gloves, Meat Claws and Thermometer
Do you know what accident happens the most frequently while having a barbeque? No surprise it is hand burning and occasionally some cuts. People are never careful enough when it comes to protection of their hands. However, what everyone needs to have when preparing BBQ are good heat resistant gloves that will prevent any accident from occurring. Imagine what a bummer it would be if you burned your hands and couldn’t enjoy the party. That’s why we are happy to introduce you with another set that consists of a pair of gloves, meat claws, and a thermometer.Read more
These heat resistant multipurpose gloves are paramount to a successful and incident-free BBQ party. The material is thick enough to protect you from cuts, but at the same very comfortable and flexible to your hands. They are made of food-grade silicone and a heat protective layer that guarantees maximum safety while you are dedicated to grilling. There should be no excuses for burned hands anymore!
The BBQ Thermometer
It is a modern digital thermometer that provides an instant reading on foods’ temperature. It has the ability to read temperatures from -58F to +572F. It has the option to hold temperature in place and to memorize the last obtained measurement. There is a switch between the maximum temperature and the minimum recorded temperature. Plus, it displays the temperature in F or C. There is a power saver mode which automatically turns it off after ten minutes and when the battery is low there is a low battery sensor and a display.
These multipurpose claws are a very useful tool that is often unfairly neglected. However, they can be very handy for transferring meat from one place to another or for holding bigger pieces of meat while cutting it. They can be used as shredders for meat or poultry too, especially if you are up to making super delicious meals. They are made of heat resistant material with very sharp tips.
Cost and Value
Among all the sets that are available on the markets today, this set will definitely find its use in every possible occasion when it comes to grilling. The price tag it has is affordable, reasonable and it will make a good value for your money.
5. AIGMM Portable Grilling Basket
If you are like many grill lovers who prefer all their food grilled, then this basket would be the thing you are desperate about. Why desperate you might ask? Well, unless you have any other type of basket, then you know how hard it is to prepare seafood, small vegetables, and small fish on a BBQ. This basket is the perfect solution to have your shrimps or trout well-grilled without being worried if they’ll taste well or not.Read more
The manufacturer boasts that it is made of some of the most durable materials used nowadays, 430-grade stainless steel. This material is known to be much stronger than the usual stainless steel and features anti-corrosive properties. It is easy to clean and it doesn’t have the capacity to retain dirt. The handle is long enough to keep you away from the heat and it is made of wood which does not provide heat transfer.
The basket has a very large grilling surface which can be locked so that the food that is placed inside stays in place. When it is locked, you can easily flip the basket on both sides and make sure everything is cooked as it should be. The amount of food that can be placed there is enough for two to three people. It is appropriate for seafood, steaks, chicken wings, shrimps, burgers, meat and so on. When you purchase the basket you get a bonus basting brush with it.
Cost and Value
This is one of the most practical, convenient and lightweight grilling baskets that will immediately find its use for your next BBQ lunch. It might not be the cheapest piece of BBQ accessory but it surely is among the most needed. For such a basket, we can say that the price is very reasonable.
6. KITZINI Kitchen Tongs Set
To handle the food on the grill and out of the grill one needs the proper equipment. And as it often happens, it’s not only the food that needs to be well taken care of but the plates where the food is placed too. Sometimes some utensils can scratch the plates or the dishes where we put the food, and even spatulas can do harm on grates if we accidentally use more force, if we push harder or if the food is stuck on the grates and we try to remove it from there. Due to this reason, we have selected this set of three tongs that have a silicone coating that won’t damage the cookware.Read more
Cooking and serving the food will be a breeze with these tongs. They are heavy duty and sturdy utensils that are able to lift and hold a heavy type of food without bending or wrapping the food. They are suitable for dealing with any kind of meat, vegetables, bakeries, and even pasta. You can use them for gripping barbeque grilling, flipping, frying, vegetable stir-frying and salads making.
The set includes three tongs with different sizes, 7, 9 and 12 inches. They are made of stainless steel and the tips are covered with a food-grade BPA-free silicone. They are hygienic, can be washed in a dishwasher and will not absorb any odors or flavors on the silicone. The silicone tips are especially useful if you need to handle food that is very delicate and whose shape can be easily distorted if not managed with proper care or with metal tongs. They can endure a high degree of heat, i.e., 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cost and Value
This is a useful and convenient set that can be very beneficial for any cook, from amateurs to well-skilled chefs. They are practical, easy to clean and store, designed in several color options and very durable. They are surprisingly affordable and highly recommended by many satisfied buyers.
7. Masterbuilt Smoker Kit
If you need something extra affordable for your grilling accessories, this is the one you need to have. This set includes gloves, a rib rack, and a mat. Even if you don’t need some of the items in this set, an individual item is merely more expensive than the three together. The set is very practical and if you are ribs lover than it is the right for you.Read more
The gloves come in blue color only and they are one size only, too. They are made of cotton twill that is dipped in plastic, so they are comfortable to wear. Their purpose is to protect you from getting burned and to be able to handle the meat. They are large, so if your hands are small you might have a problem with the sizing.
The mat is made of silicone coated fiberglass mesh which does not allow the food to get sticky on it. It is very practical and can be placed on any smoker or grill’s grate in order to prevent the food from slipping from the grates in the inside. In this way the meat and the vegetable are protected and plus it is much safer to place your meat or vegetable on a mat, instead of a grate, especially if your grill is older and not well-cleaned.
The Rib Rack
We have already talked about the importance of gloves and a mat, however, we haven’t said anything about a rib holder. You know that to prepare tasty ribs you need skills and patience to make them just right. The rib rack holder keeps the ribs upright as they are grilling or smoking. The ribs cooked like this will be tastier and equally cooked on all sides.
Cost and Value
As we said at the beginning this is the cheapest set when it comes to grilling and each separate item costs more than the three taken together. It will provide you with a great grilling experience and keep your hands safe too from cuts or burns. Excellent value for the money for sure.
8. Marshmallow Roasting Set
Do you remember those hot summer nights when you’d sit together with your buddies around the bonfire chatting, drinking and endlessly roasting marshmallows? Why not repeat it again? It can be with your family this time, in your backyard, or with your kids. The thing is, wherever you use them, you are going to enjoy them. They are going to remind you of the times with your friends or they are going to create memories with your family or neighbors. The ones that we have chosen for our list look a bit vintage to bring the spirit of the past and bridge it with the future.Read more
This is a pack of eight marshmallow forks. They are made of chrome and are heavy enough to be able to hold the marshmallows on the prongs. The handles are made of wood in different colors and they look a bit retro. They are pretty much long, 22 inches each, which is considered a safety length because it keeps you away from the fire. The two prongs are wide enough to have two marshmallows roasted together.
These are perfect for roasting marshmallows by the open fire. As they have handles made of wood, they can be used by kids too. They are an excellent choice for theme parties and can be used for hot dogs too. If kids are using them make sure they are well protected and preferably the kids have gloves on. They are not super sturdy, so make sure you handle them carefully so that they don’t break. They can be easily cleaned and safely stored due to the straps on the handles.
Cost and Value
In case you plan a big get-together party with your friends around the fire pit, you need to consider to include these due to their practicality and ease of use. Plus, you will surely feel the spirit of the good old days with them. The pack contains eight pieces, so they can be categorized as inexpensive and affordable.
9. Grillaholics Smoker Box
Have you ever heard the saying that some people eat through their nose? Indeed, what increases our appetite and makes us hungrier is the smell of the food while it is being cooked. Even double effective is the smell of the grilled meat on a charcoal grill and the smoke that comes out it, entering your nostrils and drawing you into your zone of freedom and enjoyment. This box is designed to bring that smell back to life, it will totally alter your grilling experience and if you are a lover of smoked food than this is the right thing for you.Read more
The purpose of this box is to relive that charcoal smoky smell of grill and make your meat and vegetable infused with extraordinary smoky flavor. It can be used on any kind of grill and it does its job perfectly well. What you need to do is to fill the box with dry wood chips with your favorite aroma flavor. It is advisable to put them in water to get soaking wet before placing them in the box and then position the box under the grates. After about 15 minutes you will start feeling the wood chips smoking and reaching your senses.
It is a metal box made of stainless steel and very durable. The box is thus made that it won’t warp even after being exposed to strong fire for a long time. It has a hinged lid that opens and closes and makes it easy to access the wood chips and refill it. It can be used over and over again without any problems and it has the capacity to contain very large wood chips. Everyone who has tried it claims that grilled meat has never tasted any better.
Cost and Value
This high-quality metal box is a real thing when it comes to putting to life the sense of smell and experiencing grilled food at a very different level. The box itself isn’t cheap at all, but if you consider the durability it has and the long-term use that it will provide, we can say that it is a good value for the money.
10. The Himalayan Salt Plate
This plate will provide you with a unique experience of grilling by adding gradually salty flavors to your food while it is being grilled. The Himalayan salt plate comes from a huge pink salt boulder taken from the Himalayan mines and then crafted in a form of a plate. It can be heated in grills to cook the food slowly or cooled in refrigerators to cool it and present cold foods to your guests. The lifespan of the plate is limited, meaning as you use it, it will start developing surface depressions and then it will dissolve completely. However, it has a rather long life span and with proper care, it will be prolonged.Read more
The plate is used to grill your food in a different manner compared to regular grilling. As the food is being cooked, it will gradually flavor the food on it resulting in milder but more consistent salty flavor. The Himalayan salt is not only rich in iodine, but it abounds in many trace minerals so as the food is placed on it, it will acquire some of its properties too. The Himalayan salt has low moisture attributes, so you can heat or chill the plate to extreme temperatures. If you use it as a grill plate, first you’ll need to put it inside the grill on a very low temperature for about 15 minutes, then increase gradually temperature slowly and gradually until it gets completely heated up and then you can add your food on it and continue cooking the food inside the grill or off heat. As the plate cools off the food will acquire more salty flavor. Never use it in a preheated grill since the plate might explode and break into pieces. You can also place your food on it and keep it in the fridge for a while and then serve it to your guests.
Taking care of it
The plate features natural antimicrobial characteristics and doesn’t require any special cleaning or cleansers. After every use, you just need to wash the plate under warm water and lightly scrub it with a soft sponge or a brush. Never submerge it in water and never put in a dishwasher and it has to be air-dried for about 24 hours before you use it again. One more thing, it shouldn’t be used in an oven.
Cost and Value
The Himalayan salt plate is the new cool when it comes to grilling and serving out of the ordinary food. There are many different food types that can be cooked/grilled/ served on this plate and it is always a good way to amaze your guest. For a salt plate that is going to last for months, sometimes even years, depending on the frequency you use it, the price is very reasonable and acceptable. The manufacturer offers a free replacement or even a refund in case you are not satisfied with it.