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Cool Gadgets & Grilling Accessories for 4th of July

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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

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(iDevices)

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.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Works from 150 feet away
  • Illuminated display
  • 200 hours of battery life
  • Magnetic mount makes it easy to place on metal surfaces
  • Four probe capability

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (Flame King)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Hybrid design
  • Provides quick temp readout
  • Trusted brand
  • Large clear LCD display
  • Use just one tool for the job, instead of two or three

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (Ivation)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Wireless, works from up to 300 feet away
  • Alerts you when temp is over your desired setting
  • Works at temps up to 572°F
  • Cute design
  • Backlit design lets you use the device at night

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (Gorilla Gadgets)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Works great for emergency battery backup
  • Inexpensive
  • IC protector design limits risk of overcharging/overheating
  • Comes with 365-day warranty
  • Includes multiple adapters

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (ThinkGeek)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Multiple storage pouches
  • Looks cool
  • Keeps your hands free and your grill organized
  • Great conversation starter
  • Adjustable waist for best fit

  • Cons:

  • 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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