Looking for some cool gadgets and grilling accessories to beef up your 4th of July BBQ? We’ve got our top picks for the best grilling accessories.
1. iGrill Remote Grilling Thermometer With Bluetooth
This iGrill model from iDevices is the ultimate grilling gadget. If a family member or friend thinks he’s the master of the grill, this handy, Bluetooth-enabled device also makes a great “Thanks for having me at your BBQ” gift. The remote thermometer lets you probe a piece of meat to get its internal temperature, but the display lets you check on the meat from up to 150 feet away.
Works from 150 feet away
200 hours of battery life
Magnetic mount makes it easy to place on metal surfaces
Four probe capability
A little on the pricey side
Runs on batteries, battery cost over the summer could be high
Some user reviews state the build quality is a bit low-end
Display can be a bit hard to read in direct sunlight
Four probes may be more than some dads need when grilling
2. Flame King Hybrid BBQ Temperature Tongs
Those digital thermometer grilling forks are a dime a dozen. It’s much harder to find a pair of grilling tongs that will also let you take the temperature of a cut of meat. This cool hybrid device blends the best parts of a grill fork, tongs, and a probe thermometer. If you plan to cook some larger, unwieldy cuts of beef or pork, this may be the right tool for moving meat around your grill.
Provides quick temp readout
Large clear LCD display
Use just one tool for the job, instead of two or three
Could be cumbersome to use for moving some cuts of meat
Doesn’t have built-in settings for grilled fish (supports only Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork, Chicken or Turkey)
Batteries not included
May require rush shipping to receive in time for July 4th
Doesn’t appear to have a locking mechanism
3. Ivation Long Range Wireless Meat Thermometer
In July, it can be uncomfortably hot to stand in front of the grill. This wireless meat thermometer is great for BBQing because you can put some distance between you and your Weber grill. You will love it because you can sit indoors where it’s cool, and observe the thermometer from the comfort of an air-conditioned room…or maybe even your pool.
Wireless, works from up to 300 feet away
Alerts you when temp is over your desired setting
Works at temps up to 572°F
Backlit design lets you use the device at night
Food probe wire limited to six inches, this may be too short for some mammoth primal cuts
Probe wires are only heat resistant to 716°F
Runs on batteries, which must be replaced over time
Can be less accurate on thinner cuts of meat
Some user reviews indicate probe reports temp higher than it actually is
4. Gorilla Gadgets Uhuru! 2800mAh External Portable Battery Pack
While it’s not a grilling gadget per se, this external battery pack can keep your phone juiced up. In a situation where you’re grilling on a camping trip, or just using your phone to review a recipe for backyard grilling, having a full battery is key. This lightweight battery pack is great for charging on the go, and provides a great emergency backup.
Works great for emergency battery backup
IC protector design limits risk of overcharging/overheating
Comes with 365-day warranty
Includes multiple adapters
Depending on device type, you may only be able to get about one full charge from this pack, as opposed to two or three charges as with some other charger packs (other sizes are available)
Limited color options
Limited guaranteed life cycle of 500 charge cycles
Takes three hours to charge
This size lacks LED flashlight feature found on larger models
5. ThinkGeek Tactical BBQ Chef’s Apron
This “tactical” chef’s apron for grilling draws design inspiration from the tactical vests worn by SWAT teams. This machine washable apron boasts tons of storage, including two large pouches and three smaller pouches. You could use this apron to store grilling implements, spices, a smartphone, or even a beer. This apron not only looks cool, but also has great functionality.
Multiple storage pouches
Keeps your hands free and your grill organized
Great conversation starter
Adjustable waist for best fit
May not have enough storage for some serious grillers
Black vest may make you feel very hot under direct sun
Must be washed with like colors
Must be line-dried
More expensive than a regular grilling apron
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