Grilling is easy when you have the right tools. See what you need with this Guide to Grilling Tools.
1. A Grill
Obviously, to grill first you need a good grill. To find the right grill for you I can only point you to the expert, Derrick Riches, About.com's Guide to BBQ. He has guides for gas grills of all price levels, charcoal grills, smokers, and portable grills at bbq.about.com
Quality charcoal makes a big difference in the final grilled product. Avoid charcoals with starter added (who needs those extra chemicals?), and look for "natural" charcoal made from this crazy thing called "wood."
Mesquite is justly heralded for its ability to reach nice, high heats. Mesquite trees can grow from bits of root left in the ground and over 56 million acres of it are grown in Texas, so grill away!
3. Flat Heavy Metal SkewersAll-metal skewers allow you to position the skewer however you like on the grill without worrying about plastic bits melting or wooden parts burning. Flat or wide skewers help food stay in place, even when you lift the skewers to turn them. If you want to cook larger pieces on skewers, try using two skewers to help stabilize everything.
4. Heavy Metal SpatulaA heavy metal spatula made for grilling will stand up to grill heat – and handle large pieces of meat and fish with ease. If you cook a lot of fish, you might want to consider buying an extra-wide, fish-fillet-specific spat too.
5. Heavy Metal TongsLarge, long, heavy metal tongs allow you to move food on the grill effectively without getting too close to the heat yourself.
6. Meat ThermometerThere are scads of thermometers out there. You can find digital read-outs, alarms, and more. I'll stick to my $10 instant-read probe, thank you very much, Sure, they break. But when they do I can easily replace it with another without blinking an eye. Plus, in my anecdotal experience they are more accurate much more of the time.
7. Silicone BrushSilicone brushes are awesome. There, I've said it, they're awesome. The bristles don't melt when you get close to the heat and they're easy to clean (at least when compared to traditional hair or nylon bristle brushes). Look for ones with fine bristles - they mimic traditional brushes better and hold more basting liquid than the wide bristle versions.
8. Spray Water BottleA small spray bottle filled with water can tame flare-ups and save dinner.
9. Wire Scrub BrushA stiff wire brush cleans off the nastiest grill. Buy one and use it often - or at least between grillings every now and again. Remember to replace it every year (or two).
10. Wood Smoke Chips
Wood smoke chips impart a great smoky flavor to grilled foods. Different woods, different flavors - see this Guide to Wood Smoke Chips