Nothing compares to the aroma of a steak or a rack of pork ribs sizzling on the grill. While some people might think that spring is still too far off to think about grilling, barbecue enthusiasts are already thinking about ways they can tune up their techniques before the season officially arrives. Here are some barbecue accessories that are sure to interest both beginning and expert grill chefs.
While many people have converted to the gas grill for its efficiency and ease of lighting, most will admit that only charcoal can give that classic grilled flavor. One popular solution to this quandary is the charcoal basket. Made of durable stainless steel, charcoal baskets are designed to sit right on top of a gas grill’s burners. This enables the coals to heat quickly and be ready for cooking in no time at all, providing the best of both grills: the simplicity of the gas and the great taste of the charcoal.
For a delicious wood smoke flavor, wood chips of many different varieties, including hickory, alder, maple or applewood, are available for grilling or smoking food. Each different type of wood imparts a different flavor. Many gas grills come with baskets or drawers that are especially for wood chips, or a basket for this purpose can be purchased separately.
The Rib-O-Lator is a great new gadget that can transform the inside of a grill into a rotisserie. Easily installed inside most medium to large grills, the difference between Rib-O-Lator and other rotisserie attachments is its four tray design. This accommodates many items that ordinary rotisseries can’t handle, such as ribs. Food on these trays is cooked by indirect heat, which has many benefits. It has been proven to seal the juices inside the meat, making it tender, moist and more flavorful than ever. The trays help to contain the juices, preventing dangerous flare-ups and keeping the grill cleaner. Furthermore, its trays afford space to cook a lot of food at once, and it requires much less supervision than traditional barbecue techniques.
Another interesting product is the Flavordome Barbecue Flavoring System, which is a set of grilling products that trap in heat, smoke, reduce fire and burn, and create cleaner smoke flavor. It comes with several excellent rubs and sauces to use in conjunction with the tools.
Grilling baskets are simple yet ingenious – a great way to grill delicate foods such as fish and vegetables without them dropping through or sticking to the grating. These baskets are like small cages that hold food securely, and come with a handle so that you can easily flip them. They come in regular and non-stick varieties as well as in many sizes. Use of a corn basket, for instance, can eliminate the all-too-common problem of charring when grilling whole corn ears. Larger grilling baskets can accommodate vegetables and smaller meat items at the same time. Many of these baskets feature long, detachable handles. This allows the grill lid to be closed during cooking to maximize flavor.
Iron brands for marking food on the grill make a unique gift for barbecue enthusiasts. Grill chefs will enjoy the fun of stamping a “signature” on their barbecue masterpieces. Brands might say Dad or Chef, but can also be customized with initials or names.
Grilling techniques from chef to chef are as unique as barbecue enthusiasts themselves, and everyone has their own tips and tricks for making that perfect steak or rack of ribs. Whether you’re looking for a way to reduce cleanup time or an entirely new method of using your grill, these tools offer something for just about everyone.