The first time you spark up the grill in spring feels like the official end of winter. The sizzling smells of grilling kick off the start of barbecue season, and signify longer days and time spent outdoors that are soon to come.
Get warmed up for the season with ideas and tools that will help make grilling a breeze so you can spend more time enjoying outdoor fun.
7 Ideas and tools to Get Inspired for Grilling:
1. Prep your grill
Begin the season by cleaning and preparing your grill. No matter the type of grill, you’ll want your grill in tip-top shape so you can spend more time cooking up some excitement. This guide shows you how to clean your grill properly and safely for all types of grills.
When your grill is ready to go, you’ll be ready to ignite and enjoy.
2. Get the most out of your grill
Brush up on ways you can use your grill before guests arrive so cooking will be a snap. Some of the most common types of grills include smokers, gas and charcoal grills.
Learn about the best ways to start your gas grill. If you’ve got a taste for slow-cooked food, check out these ideas for using your smoker. Chargrilled food is a crowd favorite. Learn about the three ways to start your charcoal grill.
3. No grill? No problem
There are plenty of grill options out there. Choose from compact grills for cooking in tight spaces, camping and tailgating, to monster-sized grills that help you feed many.
Looking to feed a crowd? Check out Weber Spirit (pictured above). These workhorse gas grills let you cook plenty of burgers, check the temperature with a built-in thermometer and flip easy with cast-iron grates.
4. Stay organized
Because you’ll be grilling at every chance, you’ll want to keep all your grilling tools at hand. This DIY grill tool storage box easily transports your grilling tongs, spatula, fork and other grill utensils right to your grilling space. It also holds barbecue sauces, marinades and spices.
For a shortcut on this same project, take a pre-made tool box, add paint, or stain, and a bottle opener, and you’re ready for grilling prime time.
5. Cook in style
Make cooking on the grill easier with the right grill accessories. Here’s a quick look at several we know you just can’t live without.
- Grill baskets. Sometimes skewers can’t do the trick. That’s why having a grill basket, such as the above Weber, helps. The stainless steel basket protects sensitive veggies from the heat of direct flames while roasting them for delicious flavor.
- Grill utensils. Flipping burgers or turning over your chicken, seafood or steaks at just the right time is an art. Your grill tools can help with that. Try the new Nexgrill non-stick grill tools. Your food will flip with ease.
- Thermometers. From inexpensive to high-tech, grill thermometers help you keep track of food temperatures; some brands even offer the convenience of a smartphone app. Check out this range of grill thermometers to choose the one that’s right for you.
- Grill cover. When the party’s over, let your grill cool down then cover it until the next gathering. Keeping your grill covered will help it last longer.
6. Fuel up
Have you ever run out of fuel in the middle of a get-together? Don’t let that happen to you. Get your grill fuel before you barbecue, and enjoy.
7. Keep fresh herbs on hand
When cooking on the grill, it always helps to have fresh herbs nearby.