May 29, 2009
It's time to update the BBQ wish list I started last summer. I've been a very good girl this year, and I hope the BBQ fairy rewards me with lots of eye-catching, mouth-watering 'cue delights.
Each year about this time, I turn to grill gods like Steven Raichlen, America's Test Kitchen and the slightly less famous but no less awesome grillmasters in my own life to see what they're grilling, which gadgets they're wielding and how they end sentences that start, "I wish there were a grill tool that...."
Here's what is lighting my fire at the start of this year's grilling season:
Large Silicone Basting Brush = your new baste friend. How does it beat the standard bristle brush? It resists odor, can stand temps of up to 600 degrees, doesn't get all clumpy and looks brand new after a run through the dishwasher — or a quick swim in some soapy water. (OXO)
- ‘Slider’ Mini-Burger Tools (basket, burger press and cutter) make small burgers with maximum ease and adorableness. Take the trend toward mini comfort food and add grilled burgers you can shape and cook in a flash and what does that equal? BBQ S-U-C-C-E-S-S. (Sur La Table)
- Monogrammed steak brand. You heard me. We're talking a branding iron you use to ID your meat. Do you need one? Maybe not. Do you want one? Of course you do, cowboy. (Williams-Sonoma)
- Wine barrel staves once formed a barrel that held red wine and now are ready to be tossed on your grill to add red wine nuances as well as oak. You like a little smoke in your red wine, don't you? Well, now you can add a little wine to your smoke. (The Steven Raichlen Store)
Pair these grilling gadgets with a BBQ-themed Evite invitation like the one below.