The birds are chirping, gardens are blossoming, and the footy finals are on, yes, it’s springtime! As the weather warms up, so do our barbecues and what better way to make the most out of a barbecue than with a few extra bells and whistles to really up your barbecue game.
The best BBQ accessories not only help you clean and maintain your barbecue, but help you get the most out of it so you can improve flavour, cooking efficiency and overall enjoyment of using your barbecue.
You don’t need to go overboard with your BBQ equipment as you’ll just complicate what can be a really simple yet satisfying cooking process. Instead, a few key pieces will really get your barbecue humming.
Here are the Best BBQ Accessories that any Grilling Guru Must Have:
1. Meat Thermometer
There’s nothing worse than undercooking chicken or overcooking steak on the BBQ. Undercooked chicken can obviously make people sick, and overcooked steak should be a crime, so a meat thermometer can help you avoid disaster. They come in a number of forms including heavy duty stainless steel thermometersand remote control digital thermometers with a variety of settings with in-built timers and alerts when your food is ready.
2. LED BBQ Light
Avoid the hassle of a dimly lit BBQ with a super bright LED BBQ light. They’re super easy to mount onto your BBQ handle with adjustable clamps and screws. The only problem is that you may lose the excuse for an under or over-done BBQ!
3. Pizza pan
No outdoor pizza oven? No problem! Using a non-stick pizza tray, you can transform your barbecue to a pizza oven serving up the crunchiest pizza crust for added excitement at your next barbecue.
4. Heat Resistant Mitts
Not just for clumsy cooks, mitts should be a must have for all barbecue owners to avoid nasty burns.
5. Heavy Duty Tongs
It goes without saying that cooking on a barbecue takes a bit more muscle than cooking on an indoor stove. You’re typically cooking servings of meat for 10+ people, which means your standard kitchen utensils just won’t cut it. Get yourself some heavy duty extra long BBQ tongs built to handle bulk servings of meat that will give you greater control and keep your hands further away from the grill.
6. Rib Rack
For the rib aficionados out there, this will become your new best friend. An upright rib rack will provide the perfect positioning for basting, as well as allowing for better ventilation which means more evenly distributed smoky flavour.
7. Double Head BBQ Grill Brush
Cleaning your hot plates can be done in a breeze with a Doubled Headed BBQ Grill Brush. Be sure to select one with a handy steel scraper to help removes burnt on food and fat residue.
It’s all well and good having a few extra bits and pieces for the barbecue, but you need to have them at the ready while you’re grilling. Get yourself an apron with a couple of large pockets to keep your most used tools handy.
9. Hot Plate Liner
Get yourself some hot plate linersor grill mats - the non-stick mats allow you to cook smaller items like tomatoes and mushrooms on the grill with much less mess.
10. Kebab Skewers
Spice up your barbecue menu and serve your guests some shish kebabs at your next shindig. Choose a nice cut of chicken, steak, or lamb, pair with some easy grilling veggies like capsicum and mushroom, and sprinkle with some middle eastern herbs for a delightfully delicious alternative to your standard snag.
11. Himalayan Salt Block
A bit extra, a bit fancy, but totally worth it. You can use a Himalayan Salt Block on your grill to enhance the taste add a stunning salty flavour - you can even serve your food on it!
12. Beer Can Chicken Roaster
Beer can chicken roasters are perfect for making a delicious moist roast chicken. Simply open a can of beer (or other drink if you prefer), drain or drink about half the can and then add your favourite herbs and spices to what's left. Put the can in the roaster, then put your prepared chicken cavity over the can and push down gently. You then simply place the roaster in a roasting dish and pop the whole thing onto your BBQ.
13. Rotisserie Kit
As long as you have a BBQ with roasting hoods of up to 6 burners, you can roast your favourite meats too. Rotisserie kits come with heavy duty forks, are either mains or battery powered, are easy to setup and help will help you serve up mouth-watering meals!
14. Pulled Meat Shredder Claws
Put those fiddly forks down and get stuck in with pulled meat shredder claws and tear apart that pork shoulder like a boss. When you’re done, chuck them in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Gasmate is Australia’s favourite barbecue brand, and stocks a wide range of BBQ equipment and accessories to wow your guests with your grilling game. Being Australian owned means Gasmate understands the needs of Australian BBQ masters, and has a specially crafted range of outdoor cooking appliances to enhance your outdoor get-togethers.
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