Six Essential BBQ Tools For Fathers Day
Dozens of crappy Grilling-Gifts-for-Dads clutter the aisles of kitchen stores this time of year, and you should avoid most of these gizmos like a Kiss-the-Cook apron.
What things should every BBQ cook own? Basic yet serious tools that will improve your cooking skills, especially if you plan on following the Grill Marks series through to our discussions on low-and-slow smoked barbecue.
1. An instant-read meat thermometer
|Basic. Cheap. Must-have|
|The Thermapen - there is none finer|
Every restaurant supply store or Smart & Final sells professional instant-read thermometers for around $7. Most of them read up to 220 degrees Farenheit, which is plenty for checking your food. If you can find ones that read up to 550F, you can also use it to measure the temperature inside your smoker or grill. Get one that can be calibrated - it will have a hex nut behind the dial.
Don't believe in doing things half-way? Then get the king of meat thermometers, the $89 Thermapen. Its extra-thin probe reacts extremely fast and is a favorite of competition BBQ cooks.
2. A probe thermometer
|For large roasts - a probe thermometer|
For the grill, you want ones 12 inches or longer to reach over high heat zones on your grill. Don't bother with the silly ones made just for the grill, with the ridiculously large tips, or oversized handles. Why not buy tongs that you'll use inside the kitchen too? I recommend Edlund's heavy-duty locking tongs which take hard punishment with no complaint. Local sources at bottom!
4. Grill brush
You want to spend money for Dad's gift? Get the stainless steel Grillfloss for $25, or the $15 Billybar. Both are durable tools that won't clog with nasty grease like a brush will.
5. Welding gloves
6. Chimney starter
|The best chimney money can buy|
The last word in chimney starters is the $20 Weber version sold at every grill shop and hardware store in the US of A.
Stop buying junky gizmos and get tools that you'll use in your kitchen all the time. Every Dad and grad needs an Octodog, though. Or maybe a Starship Enterprise pizza cutter.
For tongs and thermometers, shop local restaurant supply shops like:
Chefs Toys, 18430 Pacific St., Fountain Valley, (714) 435-9222.
2000 Plus, 11065 Condor Ave., Fountain Valley, (714) 435-4080
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The author is an award-winning BBQ Pitmaster who teaches Smoking 110 classes. Details on professorsalt.com