We know – it's not officially summer yet. But with June upon us and Father’s Day rapidly approaching, now’s the perfect time to look at some of the best inventions for grilling, chilling and otherwise enjoying backyard sizzle.
Here are our top picks and clickable links to them. Definitely feel free to comment with your own recommendations.
GrillGrate. This is “the great equalizer” of grills – an inventive grate that tops your normal grate to provide a non-stick surface that also vaporizes drippings to re-use the moisture and prevents flare-ups that turn your medium rare burger into a well done hockey puck. Retail price: $22.49.
The Backyard Warrior. Yes, this grilling accessory looks like some medieval weapon. But that’s only half the fun. It also does a mean job flipping, hooking, and piercing items quickly. Retail price: 12.95.
Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush. Not to sound too much like an infomercial, but this brush harnesses the power of steam to remove even the toughest stuck-on messes and sanitize your grilling surface. The two handles also give a really good grip. Retail price: $21.50.
Magnetic Mini Stainless Steel Grill Light. Not every backyard barbecue ends at sundown. But turning on the lights can kill a mood… and attract mosquitoes? Fear not – here’s a little light that attaches to a grilling tool (or to the grill itself) with powerful magnets, letting you aim three LEDs right where you need them. Retail price: $15.
Husqvarna Automower 260 ACX. This robotic lawnmower – think Roomba with teeth – has no direct role in grilling. And it’s obscenely expensive. But we just had to mention it, because we love robots, and also because it's something to show your friends & neighbors while you’re waiting to achieve that perfect low & slow brisket. Retail price: 4,000 Euro (~$5,700).