Top Questions about Grill Accessories
What are the most important barbeque accessories?
A grill cover and a grill set are probably the most important accessories to start with. Grill covers don't usually come with a BBQ grill tool set, but they are important because they protect grills from the elements. Even if they are stored under cover, they can also deter insects from taking up residence. When you can't decide on what tools you'll need, a BBQ tool kit typically provides the most common tools such as the following:
- Two-pronged fork
- Grill brush
- Basting brush
Do I need a smoker box?
Smoker boxes are convenient barbeque accessories to add smoke flavor to your meat without investing in a separate smoker or having the hassle of placing piles of wet chips directly on the coals. Smoker boxes don't usually come in a BBQ grill tool set, but they are easy to use. Just add your favorite wood chips and then place what you're cooking close to the flame. You have several types of wood to choose from when using your smoker box. As a rule, fruit tree woods have the mildest flavor and work the best with fish and chicken. Woods like hickory, maple, pecan and oak work best with pork as well as with beef and game. Birch and alder are in-between woods. What this means is that they're stronger than fruit woods but lighter than the other woods. The heaviest wood is mesquite, and it is best used sparingly or in combination with another wood.
What type of grill brush do I need?
Your BBQ tool kit is likely to come with a stiff wire brush to remove food residue and burnt buildup. After cleaning with a metal brush, use a nylon scrub brush or paper towel with vegetable oil on a cool grill.
How do I use a grill mat?
Grill mats are excellent grill accessories that allow you to cook nearly anything on your grill. The best grill mats impart delicious grill flavor as well as grill marks while also providing plenty of heat and durability. The best part of using a grill mat is that you won't have to spend much time cleaning your grill afterward. Non-stick grill mats can even allow you to cook foods like fried eggs, vegetables, pancakes, and more. Flare-ups are also unlikely with grill mats as there's no grease dripping down into the coals or flame.
Should I buy a grill glove?
If your grill set doesn't come with a glove, you may need to buy one. Grill gloves generally stand up to the high heat of grills better than oven gloves.