11 summer BBQ tools to upgrade any outdoor meal

Ellie Conley

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There’s nothing like a juicy burger hot off the grill paired with potato salad, corn on the cob and a cold lemonade or a stiff big batch of punch. Whether it’s Memorial Day or another summer weekend, a backyard cookout with all the fixings is something to look forward to. And with these BBQ tools, you’ll definitely have a meal worth savoring.

So fire up the grill, and get ready to throw a party (even if it’s only with the family or friends you live with). Your summer barbecue skills will only go up from here.

1. Shop: Home-Complete 16-Piece Stainless Steel Grill Set, $26.85

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This grill set includes a spatula (with a bottle opener built in), pair of tongs, cleaning brush, basting brush, Swiss knife, corn holders and skewers, which all fit into one handy and durable carrying case for storing. The tools all have heat-safe handles and are dishwasher-friendly. Plus, this set has over 900 positive reviews from Amazon customers.

2. Shop: Sur La Table Cast Iron Shrimp Pan, $31.96 (Orig. $39.95)

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This pan helps make the most perfectly grilled, buttery shrimp. By keeping the shrimps tail side-up, it holds in all the juices and seasonings as they cook.

3. Shop: Sur La Table Kabob Grilling Baskets (Set of 4), $14.99 (Orig. $19.95)

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Keep your heavy kebabs together and from falling through the grill gates with these non-stick grilling baskets. Their rosewood handles make it easy to turn the kebabs too, so all four sides can get even heat exposure while cooking.

4. Shop: BrüMate Hopsulator Slim Double-Walled Stainless Steel Insulated Can Cooler, $19.99+

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BrüMate’s slim can cooler will keep your White Claw, Truly, Michelob Ultra, Redbull and other drinks sold in a skinny can cool, so you can enjoy your drink at your own pace no matter how hot the sun is.

5. Shop: Stainless Steel Corn Holders (20 Pack), $14.99

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Hold corn on the cob without getting your hands all buttery as you eat with these stainless steel corn holders (that look like mini corn cobs!). Stick one in on each side, and you’re good to go.

6. Shop: Weston Burger Hamburger Press, $17.75 (Orig. $19.99)

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A burger press can help you make your own perfectly packed burgers, so they can cook more evenly on the grill. This press is adjustable and can make burger patties from 1/4 of a pound to 3/4 of a pound, both 4.5 inches in diameter. Plus, you can use this burger press to make stuffed burgers, crab cakes and more. Pro tip: Patty paper makes it really easy for removing burgers from the press and storing them before cooking.

7. Shop: George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, $89.99

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This is Amazon’s best-selling electric grill, and since all you have to do is plug it in, you don’t have to worry about swapping in a new propane tank or stocking up on charcoal. Not to mention, with the lack of open flames, which can cause charring and smoke, you can count on safer, healthier grilling.

8. Shop: Sur La Table 2 Gallon Beverage Jar Dispenser, $19.99 (Orig. $50)

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Serve up a big batch of cocktails or lemonade in this decorative beverage dispenser. And, get it while it’s over 50 percent off!

9. Shop: Hanging Solar-Powered Mason Jar Lid Lights (6 Hangers and Jars Included), $49.99

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Light up your table, stairs or patio with these solar-powered Mason jar lights. They’re cute, portable and will add a little sparkle to your backyard.

10. Shop: Yueshico Stainless Steel Watermelon Slicer Cutter Knife, $8.77

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Cutting up a whole watermelon into evenly sliced cubes is so easy with this unique cutter. Plus, this one comes with a bonus scooper for melon balls if you prefer.

11. Shop: “Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion,” $17.90

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No party is complete without a solid offering of snacks and appetizers, and backyard barbecues are no exception. Whether it’s a cheese board, a taco board or a dessert board, this book will give you tons of ideas with instructions for concocting your own delicious board.

If you enjoyed reading this, you might always want to read about Le Creuset’s new grill pan at Williams Sonoma.

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