5 Things You Really Need

With a warmer than usual spring season leading into hotter summer temperatures, who wants to be stuck in a hot steamy kitchen when cooking outside is so much more comfortable, fun and efficient? Not to mention clean up is so much easier! Yes, the season for backyard grilling is in full swing starting now, and with these best-sellers from amazon.com, you can improve your skills from last year considerably!

Avoid Food Loss

First, everyone must have a grill mat to keep the cooking food on top of the grill instead of in the grill. Ever lost your vegetables or meats between the tines of the grill? A grill mat will eliminate that from happening ever again. Plus, with this recommended 4.8 star grill mat, you will still get the charred grill marks that give visual assurance that you food was actually grilled – making it visually taste so much better!

Grillaholics Grill Mat

Grillaholics makes a Non-stick BBQ grill mat that is heavy duty, and easy to clean and comes with a full warranty – AND a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee! Currently a #1 Best Seller in the category, the Grillaholics Grill Mat (Set of 2) is on sale on amazon.com for $19.95

Skip Disappointment

Second, if you are not a vegan (and even if you are), every outdoor grillperson must have a good food thermometer. Avoid dry, over-cooked steaks, undercooked chicken (the worst!), or even under or over cooked potatoes and corn.

GDEALER Instant Read Thermometer

GDEALER makes an instant-read digital thermometer with a collapsible internal probe for not only grilling, but for making candy in the kitchen as well. This cooking thermometer will give an almost instant digital readout within 4 to 6 seconds in either ºF or ºC. It has a temperature range of -58ºF to 572ºF and has an auro-shut-off feature to save battery life. At $14.95 on amazon.com, and customer rated at 4.8 stars, it’s a steal!

You Need A Firm Flipper

Next, the right grilling tools can save your food and your reputation as a master grill chef. Some spatulas aren’t built to hold the weight of a couple of burgers. And for the men in your family, a limp spatula is… well, an embarrassment that they want to avoid at all costs.

Blackstone 5-Piece Professional Grade Grill, Griddle and BBQ Tool Kit

Blackstone makes a 5-Piece Professional Grade Grill, Griddle and BBQ Tool Kit that includes two (2) stainless steel spatulas (one solid, one with slots), two (2) premium leak-free fine tip bottles for condiments and liquids like water, oil or wet seasonings, and one (1) stainless steel chopper/scraper to dice food and scrape griddles clean. Now on sale at amazon.com for $27.99 you can save 11% off of retail and with AmazonPrime you get free shipping! This item is rated 4.5 stars by people who bought it!

Keep Pure Flavors

Of course you have to have a clean grill to cook on. You want to have your chicken taste like chicken, your steak taste like steak, and your vegetables taste like they were intended – the way God made them. For people like me, who grill every night in the summer, this can be a problem. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to replace those cheap, plastic, brass-brush cleaners that seem to only last a week before either melting, rusting or turning to dust!

Best Stainless Steel Grill Brush

The BEST Company makes a 5 star rated, stainless steel Grill Brush with a 10-inch handle with wire bristles and a soft, thick, comfortable handle. the unique design cleans all the way around the grates of the grill and the three stainless steel brushes will not rust. With a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee, the BEST Grill Brush is now 60% off retail at only $11.89 at amazon.com.

Looking Good Helps Food Taste Better

And finally, a grill chef has to look cool – like everything is under control – at all times, even as the fire rages. The proper casual attire while grilling is the essence of relaxed hospitality and nothing can enhance the experience of hosting an outdoor grilling party like the proper apron on the chef.

Chef Works Bronx Bib Apron

Chef Works makes a Bronx Bib Apron made of 100% denim in either black or indigo blue that will protect the chef from spills and keep him or her cool, even in the most disastrous of grilling situations. At $25.87 at 14% off on amazon.com, the look and function are unmistakably that of a master griller. And to top it off – especially on those really hot summer days – how about a matching pork-pie hat that clearly says, “So glad you could come… I’m have a great time too!”

One last tip for all you summertime grill chefs – don’t be cheap on the meat! Forget the sale cuts of meat on go for the prime choice cuts from the butcher shop for your grilling staples. There is no mistaking the quality in the taste. Between these recommended tools and grilling necessities, and the preparation of only fine quality foods – your grilling experience will be awesome.

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All products mentioned this article are available at amazon.com. Click on product name for more information.

All books are available at amazon.com. Click on titles for more information.

Cooking With Fire
by Paula Marcoux
Grilling for the Real Meat and Fish Lovers
by Alex Jones
Betty Crocker Outdoor Cooking
by Betty Crocker

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