Wanna try barbecuing? Maybe you’re hosting a party this weekend or you just want to spend quality time with your family? Either way, barbecuing is a good time to bond! But before that, you should be fully equipped with all the necessary tools, right? What are these barbecuing tools you should have anyway?
Invest in a grill that fits your needs: are you planning to bring along your grill on a camping trip? If yes, then choose charcoal. Is convenience more of a necessity for you? Then choose propane instead. Gas grills are more convenient than charcoal grills, since they are turned on with a knob. But charcoal grills cost less, are portable, and produce a hotter fire.
A good spatula for barbecuing should have an offset handle that allows you to slip the spatula under any type of food with ease. Silicone and metal spatulas work best for grilling, and a long handle to keep the heat away from your hands is a good choice too.
An instant-read meat thermometer will be your best friend if you want to everyone in your party to be healthy and happy. Look for a thermometer that you can insert into the center of the thickest part of the food and away from the bone. Since grills can cook at very different rates, check meat near the end of the recommended cooking time so not to overcook.
Tongs can be used with any kind of food from thick steaks and hamburgers to thin asparagus spears. Reaching for tongs rather than a big fork will help maintain the shape and juiciness of the food as the fork will pierce and let the flavorful juices escape. Also, the long, slender handles keep your hands away from the heat.
Kebabs are accommodating, easy to customize, and they’re a natural for mixing ingredients and flavors. Wooden skewers are inexpensive and available in your grocery store. Just be sure to soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using or they’ll burn. If you grill often, invest in a set of metal skewers.