Barbecue Covers, Grilling Trays and BBQ Tool Sets

Last updated on April 20th, 2024 at 04:37 pm

As a true grill enthusiast, you know that grilling is not just about cooking food; it’s an experience, a passion that brings people together, and a way to create unforgettable moments. And to fully enjoy your grilling journey, having the right accessories is key.

You’ve got your grill. Now you need some bbq tools to get the job done right! Here are all the best grilling tools and barbecue gear for your BBQ. Your grilling tools will need to last for years of great cook outs, so first lets review the basic bbq tools needed so that you’ll be ready to fire up that grill, smoker or kettle.

If you are new to barbecue, a few basic BBQ tools are always needed. Your BBQ tool set should include a grill cleaning brush, a grill cover, a scraper, tongs and a good spatula. There are other grilling, griddle and smoking accessories that you may need for your specific equipment but not everyone will have a need for. For example if you grill fish and vegetables, a grilling tray or grilling basket is a must have.

5 Basic Must Have BBQ Tools and BBQ Accessories

I think these are tools that everybody needs. You won’t need the best grill brush or the most expensive grilling utensils, but I guarantee that you will need a brush and you will need utensils. You can save money when buying a good bbq tool set that has all you need.

  • BBQ Tools Set. A good BBQ tool set will have the basics covered: grill brush, spatula, tongs and a fork.
  • A Good Grill Cleaning Brush. Don’t get the cheapest grill cleaning brush you can find. I’ll talk about the Grill Rescue Brush in a minute, its one of the best you can buy.
  • A Good Grill cover. Don’t get the cheapest grill cover. Your best grill cover is going to be the one made by the manufacture for your specific grill.
  • Grilling Accessories. Do you need a fish turner, burger press, heavy weight tongs or a wooden scraper?
  • Smoker Accessories. Silicone gloves, meat tongs, sauce brush or a Wifi smoker thermometer?

Best Selling Grilling Accessories

You can see that the top selling accessories are sold in sets. No individual grill cleaning brushes, tongs or spatulas sold here folks. It will save you some money when buying your grilling utensils.

Bestseller No. 1
OXO Good Grips Grilling Tools, Tongs and Turner Set, Black
  • Durable stainless steel turner is perfect for flipping burgers on the grill
  • Wide, beveled head seamlessly slides under foods
  • Turner’s double-bend design provides leverage for lifting
SaleBestseller No. 2
Cuisinart CGS-5020 BBQ Tool Aluminum Carrying Case, Deluxe Grill Set, 20-Piece
  • TWENTY ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR GRILLING: Chef’s spatula, grill tongs, digital temperature fork, silicone basting brush, four pairs of corn holders, five…
  • SPATULA & TONGS: The perforated spatula with serrated edge for cutting and built in bottle opener, makes it easy to flip, cut, and serve foods. The…
  • DIGITAL TEMP FORK: The digital temperature fork comes with recommended preset temperature and has a built-in alarm, ensuring you wont’ overcook your…

Last update on 2024-06-23  Using Amazon Product Advertising API

BBQ Grill Accessories You Will Likely Need

Once you’ve got the basic BBQ grilling tools, its time to get specific tools for your needs. Not everyone needs a fish grill basket, charcoal starter or meat gloves but you need the right accessories for your type of grilling.

Grill Rescue Brush

This grill brush is a brush and scraper that uses steam to get your grill looking brand new again! The Grill Rescue brush heads are heat resistant and wrapped in a protective high-temp Kevlar layer. It uses steam to get rid of any residual gunk or grease. Just heat your BBQ to 400 degrees, turn off your burners, dunk the grill rescue brush in water and easily clean off your grill.

This brush was created by Scott Mobley, a firefighter who saw two safety issues with grilling: fires and wire bristles. So he created the Grill Rescue Brush. Unlike wire grilling brushes, which could have the wires break off and end up in your food, this is a bristle-free grill brush and scraper. Perfect for all types of barbecue grills and it’s built to last. The Grill Rescue Brush has a 30 day money back guarantee.

Last update on 2024-07-20  Using Amazon Product Advertising API

Fish Grill Basket

The purpose of using a fish grill basket is to keep your fish from sticking to the grates of the grill. Grilled fish have a tendency to stick and fall apart when placed directly on the grill, but a fish grill basket allows you to flip the fish for even cooking without having flaky fish break apart. Wear high-heat gloves when handling any grill basket.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Weber Large Fish Basket with Easy Open Packaging,Silver
  • Fits Weber Q 300 and larger gas grills, 18-1/2-inch and larger charcoal grills
  • Flexible wire design
  • Ideal for grilling delicate foods

Last update on 2024-06-25  Using Amazon Product Advertising API

BBQ Griddle Accessories

If you are a flat top griddle owner, make sure your first accessory purchase is a griddle cover. It is an absolute necessity for protecting the surface of your griddle.

Your second purchase should be squeeze bottles for water and cooking oils. Squeeze bottles help to get a semi-precise amount of liquid on your griddle or in your food quickly.

Next, get a griddle scraper or bench scraper. Your griddle operates a little different than a grill and you will need griddle scraper to prepare your food and for clean up. Use a bench scraper to scrap the griddle surface to clean it and remove debris, to move or chop foods as you’re cooking and to use with a spatula to flip or turn foods.

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BBQ covers

I always recommend getting your specific grill cover for your grill. However, I know that’s not always possible because of availability or budget. But you will need one, so look at the generic covers online or at the big box stores like Lowe’s, Home Dept and Wal Mart. A good grill cover is usually $40-$50 but Amazon has grill covers starting at less than $20.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Grill Cover, 58 inch BBQ Gas Grill Cover for Outdoor Grill, Waterproof, Anti-UV, Rip-Proof, Fade Resistant...
34,607 Reviews
Grill Cover, 58 inch BBQ Gas Grill Cover for Outdoor Grill, Waterproof, Anti-UV, Rip-Proof, Fade Resistant…
  • [Waterproof & Weather Resistance] Made of oxford cloth material, it has the function of waterproof in rain and dustproof and anti-UV in sunny day. No…
  • [Secure Fit & Windproof] Considerate design – adjustable hook and loop on both sides and drawstring at the bottom to prevent the cover from being…
  • [Dimensions] W x D x H: 58 x 24 x 46 inches, fits most 3-5 burner grills up to 58” wide. If your grill width is slightly wider than 58 inches (within…
Bestseller No. 2
Grill Cover 58 inch, iCOVER Waterproof BBQ Gas Grill Cover, Polyester Easy On/Off, Dustproof Fade Resistant for…
  • Product Dimensions: This grill cover measured 58 x 24 x 45 inches ( not the dimensions of the grill itself ), making it suitable for use with most…
  • High Quality Material: Features lightweight while strong oxford material that makes it super easy to put on and take off your grill. The grill cover…
  • Wind-Resistant: Bottom drawstring closure allows to adjust snug fits for different grills.Double stitching to enhance durability, and bound thickened…

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Grill Tongs

As an essential piece of a grill tool kit, grill tongs can make or break your BBQ. Whether you’re flipping burgers or turning steaks your pair of grill tongs should have a comfortable grip and long enough so that your hands aren’t too close to the heat. Your tongs should be a minimum length of 16″. I prefer the longer length tongs of 19″-21″ . Look for tongs with a neat locking mechanism for easy storage.

Bestseller No. 1
Weber Precision Grill Tongs, 18 inch, Stainless Steel
  • Designed for precision control and better handling of food
  • Flat, front edge design for precision control and better handling of food
  • Durable, stainless steel construction
Bestseller No. 2
Grill Tongs, 17 Inch Extra Long BBQ Tongs, Premium Stainless Steel Metal Tongs for Cooking, Grilling, Barbecue/BBQ,…
  • ✅【17″ Extra Long Grill Tongs】The DAILY KISN 17-Inch Grill Tongs are essential for anyone who loves barbecuing, cooking, grilling, buffet…
  • ✅【Non-Slip & Heat-Resistant】The anti-slip strips on the handle offer a secure thumb rest and a controlled grip. The food-grade stainless steel…
  • ✅【Premium Stainless Steel Tongs】These long grill tongs are made from food-grade heavy-duty stainless steel, which is anti-rust and lightweight…

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Grill Spatula

When it comes to burgers, a good grill spatula is one of the most essential tools you will need. Look for a slotted turner spatula. This design features holes or slots that allow oils and liquids to drain and is perfect for turning steaks, flipping burgers and moving veggies. Some spatulas will also have a sharp edge for cutting through meat or slicing vegetables while on the grill. And just like tongs, your spatula should be at least 16″ in length. The longer spatula makes it easier to reach items near the back of the grill and avoid flare-ups.

Bestseller No. 1
OXO Good Grips Grilling Tools, Turner, Black
806 Reviews
OXO Good Grips Grilling Tools, Turner, Black
  • Durable turner is perfect for flipping burgers on the grill
  • Turner’s double-bend design provides leverage for lifting
  • Non-slip grips for a comfortable hold
Bestseller No. 2
OXO Good Grips Grilling Tools, Tongs and Turner Set, Black
  • Durable stainless steel turner is perfect for flipping burgers on the grill
  • Wide, beveled head seamlessly slides under foods
  • Turner’s double-bend design provides leverage for lifting

Last update on 2024-06-25  Using Amazon Product Advertising API

Charcoal Chimney Starter

If you are using a charcoal grill or charcoal smoker, get a chimney starter. A charcoal chimney gets your charcoal ready for cooking before it goes into the bottom of your grill or smoker. This eliminates the need for lighter fluid by using lighter cubes or you can use old newspaper and stick it in the bottom of the chimney starter. Its a simple and effective tool to provide an even heat source and no more food that tastes like lighter fluid and no hot zones or dead areas so you’re cooking consistently every time. 

Bestseller No. 1
KINGSFORD Heavy Duty Deluxe Charcoal Chimney Starter | BBQ Chimney Starter for Charcoal Grill and Barbecues,…
  • HOW LONG DOES YOUR GRILL TAKE TO HEAT? Use our Charcoal Chimney Starter as a grill quick starter to drastically cut the time it takes to get from…
  • KEEP YOUR HANDS SAFE WHEN LIGHTING GRILLS – This quick BBQ starter is built with heat shield and a stay-cool handle so your hands will stay protected…
  • LARGE GRILL CHIMNEY STARTER – This large capacity charcoal chimney starter measures 10.74” x 6.8” x 11.25”so it works well for quick lighting…

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Vegetable Grill Basket

A vegetable grill basket lets you cook your entire meal on the grill. Not all vegetables will need a grill basket. Corn on the cob, baked potatoes and zucchini seems to do fine right on the grill. But you will want to use a vegetable grill basket for smaller vegetables like onions, peppers and carrots. A vegetable grill basket also helps save space on your grill and makes it possible to cook several different vegetables all at the same time for blended flavors.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Weber Deluxe Grilling Basket
7,717 Reviews
Weber Deluxe Grilling Basket
  • Ideal for vegetables and smaller pieces of meat
  • Stainless steel
  • Fits all Weber Q 300/3000 and larger gas grills, and 18 inch and larger charcoal grills

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Finding the best prices on bbq tools, covers and grill brushes.

When it comes to prices, you’ll find that many grill accessory buyers usually fall in one of two categories:

  • Cheap tools and throw it away at the end of the season. You can find low end grill accessories like brushes, tongs and spatulas for less than $5. You will likely get one or two seasons of grilling out of it and toss it. Visit your local Dollar store and you can pick up a complete BBQ tool set for less than $20.
  • Pay more and keep that tool for a few years. I recommend looking at value over initial cost. Find quality BBQ tool sets with utensils that will last 3-5 years in the $40-$60 price range.

Grilling is a lot more pleasant and your results will be improved if you have a set of grill tools that do their jobs well. I’ve got a few years of grilling under my belt and I just avoid flimsy, poorly designed, or the latest gimmicky BBQ tools.

The BBQ tools you choose don’t necessarily make you a better chef or cook, but good tools make cooking BBQ easier. Notice, I said good tools and not expensive tools. Barbecue and grilling tools range from “essential pieces” to the “nice to have” items. My one piece of advice I can offer is that buying the most expensive BBQ tool doesn’t always mean it’s the best for you.

BBQ Grill Accessory Facts

  • Shape and Construction: Grill accessories should feel comfortable and quality made.
  • Heat Resistance: Grilling means working with heat. Find tools that are heat rated for your type of grilling or smoking.
  • Cooking Flexibility: A good grill tool is never one job and done. Look for tools that can multitask when needed.
  • Material and Safety Features: Stainless steel is a popular option for grilling tools but cast iron or corrosion resistant metal is also available for certain items.

Guide To Grill Accessories by Chef Jason, Ace’s Hardware Grilling Expert

What I Love About Grilling Accessories

It is hard to say what type of BBQ grill accessories such as a bbq cover, bbq tools set, cleaning brush, grill cover, smoker and griddle accessories or a grill basket is the best for your needs. Your best option depends upon your preferences and budget. This decision is also dependent upon the person using the grill.

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I’ve cooked on dozens of gas, charcoal, pellet, electric and portable grill models. Some accessories come with a hefty price tag. And you can easily buy good quality individual BBQ accessories for less than $10. So why pay more?

It turns out that while most grill accessories are pretty basic, some are in a league of their own. They simply help you cook differently and I think better, than a cheap dollar store version. They just feel better to me and more comfortable to use and I know they will last more than one grilling season. Buying a single good quality BBQ tool just might get you hooked on buying a complete set.

Ok, maybe some grilling tools are a little pricey

One thing I think you probably already know about grilling is that you will need tools to get the job done right. My advice is to start out with a beginner style BBQ tool set priced around $30-$50.

Remember earlier when I talked about the Grill Rescue brush? That’s a $50 dollar brush. Certainly not for everyone, but I love it and plan on getting 5 years use out of it. Sometimes you just get tired of buying a new grill brush every season and this one eliminates any chance of getting grill brush wires in your food.

Get your tools and grill with them for one complete season and then decide if you want to switch to a different style.

What if you really don’t cook anything but burgers?

I talk a lot about the benefits of cooking different meats on a grill. However, there are those who just cook burgers and not much else. If you are mainly a burger guy or gal, just get a good serrated grill spatula and a burger press and they may be the only tools you need.

It’s just a cool way to BBQ

If you’re ready to try something new with your barbecue game, try your burgers, steaks, veggies and smoked meats using some upgraded tools. The food will likely taste a little better too! Good tools turn out delicious food and make you more efficient.

Barbecue covers, grilling trays, and BBQ tool sets are must have accessories for every grill master. You can buy all of these items from the manufactures sites, or Amazon. I have seen many grill accessories, bbq covers, bbq tool sets, cleaning brushes, grill covers, smoker and griddle accessories, the grill rescue brush and grill baskets at Walmart and other big box retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s.

I am confident a quality grill accessory could be a long term solution for you. You will probably have people asking how it works and where you bought it. In my experience I would say shop for value and not just price. Start with tongs, a grill brush, and a long spatula. These basic BBQ tools can tackle a variety of tasks and are versatile enough to handle everyone’s favorites like burgers, steaks and chicken.

So, grab your apron, ignite those flames, and join us as we discover the world of barbecue covers, grilling trays, and BBQ tool sets. Let’s make every cookout a memorable masterpiece!

Your possibilities are endless so it’s time to grill and chill.

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