Barbecue season is just around the corner – it’s already here in some parts of the country – and there is no better excuse to go into the garden or terrace and safely enjoy the beautiful weather.
We spoke to Peter Agostinelli, culinary director at LaBelle Winery and former Chef of Grill 23 & Bar in Boston, and Los Angeles-based cookbook author and cook Gaby Dalkin about their essential tools for a perfect grilling experience and how to use them Prepare wow-worthy meals. Below are expert recommended tips to get the most out of your barbecue this season.
Agostinelli, who oversees the cooking of hundreds of steaks each night, says, “Let your steaks or meat come to room temperature and salt them heavily about 10 or 15 minutes before cooking. The salt dissolves and forms almost like a brine on the outside of the meat. ”
Dalkin, a longtime grill enthusiast, says her grilling must-have is “a really incredible marinade or vinaigrette that I can use to marinate food, like my basil vinaigrette recipe.”
Lea & Perrin’s Original Worcestershire Sauce ($ 4.99, target.com; Prices vary; instacart.com)
Lea & Perrin’s original Worcestershire sauce
Agostinelli sticks to a classic and says, “Worcestershire sauce is probably my secret ingredient” when grilling, but “I love it on vegetables too. Like a little olive oil, salt and pepper, a pinch of Worcestershire is great on almost anything. ”
And he is super picky: “But it has to be Lea & Perrins.”
Both cooks agreed that grill tongs are key to cooking. As Dalkin explained, “You need something that the food can reach on the back of the grill without scorching your hands and arms.”
Gir Grill Tongs ($ 24; food52.com)
Gir grill tongs
From the popular kitchen brand Gir, these 16-inch tongs are perfect for working on the hot grill because of their easy locking and unlocking function, according to chefs, and the added length that ensures your hand doesn’t get too close to the fire.
Grille Perfect BBQ Tongs Heavy Duty 16-inch ($ 20.98; amazon.com)
Grille Perfect Barbecue Tongs Heavy Duty 16-inch
With a silicone handle, a large handle on one side and a smaller handle on the other, these sturdy tongs will allow you to reach the back of the grill with no hassle (or burns).
Both chefs also put an instantly readable thermometer high on their lists as it quickly tells you the temperature of your meat and ensures that the foods you eat and serve are safe and perfectly cooked.
Taylor Commercial Instant Read Waterproof Thermometer ($ 10.29; amazon.com)
Taylor Commercial Waterproof Instant Read Thermometer
With this instantly readable thermometer, which has an antimicrobial housing to prevent bacterial growth, you don’t have to worry about undercutting or overly long meat, an important feature for professional and amateur cooks alike.
Oxo Thermocouple Thermometer ($ 99.95; amazon.com)
Oxo thermocouple thermometer
This professional grade thermometer shows the temperature within 0.9 degrees and has a rotating probe to allow access to all areas of cooking meat, making it a staple for these cooks.
This tool is “absolutely mandatory when you have a charcoal grill,” says Dalkin. “No matter your yard looks like it’s on fire, you need one to heat the coals before you put them on the grill and add meat.”
According to our chefs, charcoal burns hotter and drier than propane, which makes for better charcoal and a heartier crust.
Outset Chimney Grill Starter ($ 19.39; target.com)
Fireplace grill starter from Outset Out
This 5 pound capacity starter features a wooden handle and heat shield to protect your hands from the heat.
Collapsible Camping Grill and Fireplace Starter ($ 25.47, originally $ 29.99; amazon.com)
Foldable camping grill and fireplace lighter
We love this starter for one simple reason – it collapses. If you are short on space and looking for a reliable starter for your charcoal grill, this is the one for you.
Char griller charcoal grill fireplace ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Charcoal grill chimney
This charcoal fireplace has a trigger that releases the charcoal from below so you can grill quickly and easily.
Oxo fish spatula ($ 13.99; amazon.com)
Oxo fish turner
Agostinelli, who shows his New England roots, says it’s important to have a fish spatula on hand for great grilling. This classic fish turner from Oxo has beveled edges for easy turning.
Grilling isn’t just about meat and fish. Crispy and smoky grilled vegetables can be a real eye-catcher if properly prepared.
Reynolds Wrap Pitmaster’s Choice Aluminum Foil ($ 8.49; amazon.com)
Reynolds Wrap Pitmaster’s Choice Aluminum Foil
Agostinelli has an easy (and budget-friendly) tip for cooking vegetables on the grill.
“I really enjoy making a foil package,” he says. “And that works with corn on the cob or sliced potatoes and onions and herbs. You want to put three or four layers of aluminum foil on top. And then I like to bury them directly in the hot coals and let them roast directly in the coals while I grill over them. ”
Nordic Ware Non-Stick Grill Basket ($ 30; food52.com)
Nordic Ware non-stick grill basket
Another way to toss some veggies on the grill comes from Dalkin who says this grill basket is one of their favorite tools for everyday summer use.
“Load it up with all of your favorite veggies and put it on the grill for that incredible carbonation on everything,” she says. “Make sure you throw things around every few minutes to cook evenly.”
Outset 4-pack of rosewood stainless steel skewers ($ 11.99; target.com)
Outset 4-pack rosewood stainless steel skewers
When it comes to grilling vegetables, Dalkin is very enthusiastic about one tool. “Don’t worry about the wood [skewers]; They’re too easy to light, ”she says. “You can make kebabs left and right with a great set of metal skewers and reuse the skewers daily.”
EarthStone Grill Cleaning Block Pad ($ 7.98; homedepot.com)
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EarthStone Grill Cleaning Block
This cleaning block is made from recycled materials and its pumice-like texture can clean your grill in no time.
Better Grillin ‘Scrubbin Stones and Handle Combo ($ 10.23; homedepot.com)
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Better Grillin ‘Scrubbin Stones and Handle Combo
Another grill scrub block made from recycled materials. This kit comes with two blocks and a handle for easy cleaning.
Kona bristle-free BBQ grill brush ($ 19.95; amazon.com)
Kona bristle-free BBQ grill brush
This brush is bristle-free so no metal bristles fall into your grill when you clean it. It also has a long handle and a sturdy construction so it will last for years.
George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor / Outdoor Electric Grill ($ 149.26; amazon.com)
George Foreman Electric 15-Serving Grill for indoor and outdoor use
Slim, light, and completely portable is this grill that you can use indoors or outdoors when the weather is nice enough.
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-inch ($ 175, originally $ 195; amazon.com)
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22 inches
Simple but powerful, this charcoal grill can hold up to 13 burgers at a time.
Dyna-Glo 3-burner open-cart propane gas grill ($ 119; homedepot.com)
Dyna-Glo 3-burner propane gas grill with open trolley
If gas is more your speed, this three-burner pick has dual shelves and porcelain cooking grids that are super easy to clean.
Cuisinart 18-inch Kettle Charcoal Grill ($ 93.49; homedepot.com)
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Cuisinart 18 inch charcoal grill
With a built-in thermometer, hinged grate and removable ash catcher, you have everything you need to improve your grilling game this summer.
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