No doubt about it, we Americans love to grill. Whether you're a fan of charcoal and the classic Weber kettle or prefer the convenience of gas, there's something almost primal about cooking outdoors. So as you prepare to get your grill on this summer, here are five Character Approved tools and accessories that will make you love grilling even more.
Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor. Combine the ease of gas grills with the delicious smoky taste of a wood fire. Fill the Charcoal Companion CC4057 V-shaped Smoker Box with the wood chips of your choice and nestle it between the flame deflector bars to infuse your steaks, chops and ribs with intense smoke flavor. Ashes stay in the durable nonstick metal smoker box, keeping your grill clean. [Image: The Companion Group]
Keep your shrimp on the barbie, not in it. Grill shrimp, sliced veggies, meatballs and more without everything falling through the grill. The tiny perforations in the Williams-Sonoma 12" Steel Grill Fry Pan let the smoke through while keeping even the smallest ingredients inside. And the handle detaches, making it easier to close the grill. [Image: Williams-Sonoma]
Turn medium rare requests into “well done!” When it comes to grilling, cooking times should be measured in degrees, not minutes. Sur La Table’s Dual Thermometer lets you measure surface temperatures from a distance with an infrared sensor. And the flip-down probe gives accurate readings of internal temperatures in seconds, so everything is done to perfection. [Image: Sur La Table]
If you can’t stand the heat, don’t worry. Roast knuckles won’t be on the menu with the Pit Mitt. Also from Charcoal Companion, this grilling glove is made with tough, heat-resistant aramid fiber and is heat safe up to 475ºF. It’s reversible for left or right hand and has a soft cotton lining for comfort and a silicone textured surface for superior grip. [Image: The Companion Group]
No grill? No problem. Even yardless apartment dwellers can enjoy authentic grill marks on perfectly seared foods with Staub's 12" Square Grill Pan. The satisfyingly heavy cast iron pan distributes heat evenly for browning foods and can go into the oven for finishing. [Image: Staub USA]
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