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9 Tools for Smoking on your Grill to make your passion easier

If you’re new to this whole grill smoking business, then you probably only have some slight idea on how to smoke vegetables and meats and you probably also have limited knowledge about the tools used for it.

Things like accurate temperature monitoring and heat absorption are two critical aspects of producing high quality smoked meats.

The key to a successful smoking or grilling of a good brisket and other BBQ recipes is to have the proper smoking tools and provisions.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the most essential barbecue smoker accessories that professional pitmasters and smoked meat enthusiasts use that should also be in your list of smoking/grilling tools.

Digital Meat Thermometer

Smoking meat is a delicate matter that requires precise temperature measurements as the process itself can take several hours, days and sometimes even weeks.

In order to get accurate temperature readings inside the belly of a scorching smoker grill, you will need a quality smoker thermometer.

A good smoker digital thermometer should have the following qualities:

  • Multiple probes in order to detect and monitor any number of heat sources simultaneously.
  • Wireless connectivity to allow for remote and push button operations.
  • Rugged, durable design which can withstand the extreme temperatures inside the smoker and helps save you more money from purchasing a new one every month or so.
  • Easy to use, has a clear display and gives out accurate readings.

Our top 5 recommendations:

  1. ThermoPro TP18
  2. Maverick ET-733
  3. DozyAnt Temp Gauge
  4. ThermoPro TP-16
  5. Lumsing Wireless Thermometer

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Grill Utensil Set

The next thing to consider acquiring for your smoker tools is a grill untensil set.

A typical grill utensil set includes spatula, fork, tongs basting brush, knife, 4 skewers, 8 corn skewers, grill brush with replacement head, 1 replacement head, and salt & pepper.

All the tools must be made of good quality stainless steel and rubber, so they won’t rust or crack and can be relied upon for years.

If you’re lucky enough, then you should be able to find ones that have 5 – 10 years warranty with them!

The top 3 products we recommend are:

  1. Mr. Bar-B-Q Silver Prestige
  2. Home-Complete Stainless Steel
  3. Teikis 19-Piece

Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves

a man is grilling meat and using handgloves

Your hands, by design, are very useful and just about every person on Earth have enjoyed using theirs for their own benefit as well as have benefited others.

However, they are also sensitive and can get damaged easily like when you’re working under extreme conditions such as grilling or smoking food and meat.

To keep you very useful yet very delicate hands from suffering minor burns while working on a grill smoker, you would have to wear heat resistant gloves for grilling.

These things are made with multiple layers of protection which are all fire-resistant, so you’ll stay protected even if you reach into the coal pit of your grill or smoker.

Our top 5 picks include:

  1. Grill Heat Aid 932°F Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves
  2. Man Law BBQ Gloves
  3. Grill Armor 932
  4. Ekogrips BBQ Gloves
  5. Mitt Pitt

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Charcoal Chimney Starter

As an experienced pitmaster, I can tell you that starting up those charcoal lumps or briquettes takes forever to do.

In order to mitigate this obvious obstacle, the company saw potential for this market and started creating the charcoal chimney starter.

A chimney starter is a small cylindrical device designed to light up charcoal fuel faster than doing it in the charcoal chamber in BBQ grills and smokers.

By utilizing lots of oxygen going through sizable amount of holes on the bottom plate of the starter as well as around the lower extension of it, you can set the charcoal briquettes on fire in 30 minutes or less.

You also don’t need to use lighter fluid or any type of liquid catalysts like kerosine or gasoline to light the charcoal lumps, all you need are old newspapers or natural lighters or firestarters.

Choose from these brands to add another item to your grill smoker tools:

  1. Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter
  2. Char-Broil SureFire Electric Charcoal Starter
  3. OUTXPRO Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter
  4. BBQ Dragon Charcoal Starter and Fire Supercharger
  5. Char-Broil Half-Time Charcoal Starter

Meat Shredding Claws

Sometimes the simplest of things suddenly becomes a difficult task simply because you do not have the proper tools to handle them.

Like for example, transferring those chunks and slabs of meat from the grill grates to the dinner plates.

The smoldering heat from the coals is roughly between 250 – 350 °Celsius, so you can’t grab the meat by your hands and even if you were wearing heat resistant gloves you might also ruin the meat or drop it by accident creating more mess in the process.

The answer to this predicament are the meat shredding claws! I know their name sounds like counterintuitive, but trust me they do the job well.

These meat claws are good for lift a heavy roast as well as shred pork and since they are made from they are made of sturdy BPA-free nylon, you can easily clean them in the sink or dishwasher.

Here are some reliable brands to buy from:

  1. Bear Paws Shredder Claws
  2. iArtker BBQ Meat Claws Pulled Pork Shredder
  3. Zenware Set of 2 BBQ Meat Pulled Pork Shredder Claws

Kebab Skewers

skewers on a tray

If you want to grill any combination of various meats, vegetables, seafood, or fish, then you will need those kebab skewers.

In Turkey they call this type of grilling “shish kebab” and this practice goes way back to ancient times, with mutton or lamb being the most common meat of choice at that time.

You can buy skewers made of wood or stainless steel, although it is highly recommended that you go for the metal ones as they can be used many times and are easy to clean.

For best kebab grilling choose a stainless steel skewer that is flat-bladed as it does not allow foods from spinning along their axis which can result in uneven cooking.

We recommend these brands for you to get kebab skewers from:

  1. Kabob skewers Pack of 500 8 inch Bamboo Sticks Made from 100% Natural Bamboo
  2. Goutime 23 Inch, 1 Inch Wide Stainless Steel BBQ Skewers
  3. CLIENSY 17″ Barbecue Skewers, 20Pcs Stainless Steel Kabob Skewers Flat Metal Skewers

Natural Lighters/Firestarters

Firestarters are from saw dust, wood chips and other wood debris collected and recycled or repurposed for starting fires in charcoal grills.

They’re quite useful in starting fires to light up your charcoal lumps/briquettes without having to use lighter fluid or any liquid fuel, which are dangerous and undesirable in lighting up charcoal.

They catch quickly, even in damp (seaside/rainy/winter) conditions, and burn at least as fast as 15 minutes, which is a lot faster than starting the fire directly in the grill.

Buy only from these brands:

  1. Kamado Joe KJFS Fire Starters – 24 Count – 2 Pack
  2. Midwest Hearth Fire Starter Squares Quick-Light Non-Toxic (144-count)
  3. Pine Mountain StarterLogg Select-A-Size Firestarting Blocks, 24 Starts Firestarter Wood Fire Log for Campfire, Fireplace, Wood Stove, Fire Pit, Indoor & Outdoor Use
  4. Light-A-Fire, All Natural Fire Starter. BBQ, Charcoal, Wood Fire. 30 Pods with Container
  5. Better Wood Products Fatwood Firestarter Burlap Bag, 10-Pounds

Fish/Vegetable Grilling Basket

It is unfortunate that sometimes just by not having the right tools you are unable to grill fish or vegetables on your charcoal grill.

Spaces in a grate make it difficult to keep small foods from falling through to the coals, and sometimes skewered food is a pain to hold together.

However, that all changed when the grill basket was introduced in the grill industry and pitmasters as well as grilling enthusiasts couldn’t be more happy about it!

Just set the fish or vegetable inside the basket and then you can grill away with zero worries about foods falling through the grill grates.

You can flip it from side to side and the food will remain in place, because the basket will not allow it to fall off.

Here are some great grill basket brands to select from:

  1. Weber 6470 Small Stainless Steel Grill Basket
  2. Fish Grilling Basket – Trout BBQ Grill Basket – Holds 4 Whole Fish – Stainless Steel With A Soft Grip
  3. Steven Raichlen Stainless Steel Meatball Grilling Basket
  4. Camping Grill Rack BBQ Clip Folder Grill Roast Folder Basket Tool Meat Fish Vegetable BBQ Tool Wooden Handle
  5. Outset 11-Inch Diameter Jumbo Non-Stick 3-In-1 Chef’s Grill Basket And Skillet With Removable Handle

With this efficient tool you can even smoke indoors!

Rib Rack

What is grilling without tender pork spare ribs?

It would be incomplete; however, the problem with grilling ribs is that they take up so much space that you either cook them 2 pieces at a time, which will increase the wait time for dining up to 2-3 hours; or use a rib rack to cut the time to do it by 70%.

The rib racks will also reduce the space-hogging pork ribs down by about two-thirds of the entire cooking surface of the grill as the spare ribs will be lying vertically across the grill grates.

The result is a faster cook time and you also save space and be able to grill more spare ribs than when done the usual way.

Top brands to pick rib racks to complete your grilling tools:

  1. Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Nonstick Ultimate Rib Rack
  2. 270 Smokers Rib Rack
  3. Traeger Rib Rack
  4. Sur La Table Pro Ceramic Upright Rib Rack
  5. KALREDE Rib Rack BBQ

Grill Grid Lifter

The one unavoidable task that you’ll need to do while grilling your favorite recipes is lifitng the grill grates to replenish the charcoal briquettes or wood smoking chips in order to keep the heat at ideal temperatures.

The problem with this thing is that the grill grates will reach temperatures in excess of 200 °Celsius and it wouldn’t be safe to touch it even if you were wearing heat-resistant BBQ gloves.

Fortunately, there is a device called the grill grid lifter and what it does is exactly as it’s implied in its name – to lift the grill grates.

Now you can safely remove the grill grates and be at a safe distance of 2.5 feet while replenishing the coals or wood chips in your grill.

It’s a nifty device that has a long stainless steel rod, a silicone handle and a bottom square contraption that has a locking mechanism that securely holds the grill grates in place, so you can lift it.

Once you’ve placed the grill grate safely on the ground, then you can unlock the grill lifter via a trigger on the handle and your hands will be free to do other things like pour more coals or wood chips, prepare the next batch of food to grill, etc.

Here are top 5 grill lifters:

  1. Charcoal Companion CC1089 Grill Grate Lifter, Steel
  2. KamadoJoe BJ-XR Big Joe Accessory Rack
  3. Big Green Egg Grid Lifter
  4. Hisencn Cast Iron Barbecue Universal Grid Lifter, Grate Lifters, 8″ Long
  5. Dracarys Big Green Egg Accessories Plate Setter Lifter, BBQ Heat Deflector Tools Pizza Stone Plate Setter for Medium,Large Big Green Egg Heat Deflector and Kamado Joe

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