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.
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.
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.
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.
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.