Grilling Must Haves for Your Memorial Day BBQ

To get those honey-glazed ribs and juicy patties going on Memorial Day, you need grilling tools you can count on.

Many are looking forward to a Memorial Day BBQ. It is a time to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the service of the country. It is also a federal holiday that includes many traditions, one of which is enjoying a nice barbecue with family and friends.

But it is not the only tradition, though. When Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday for the first time in 1971 — formerly known as Decoration Day — 5,000 participants decorated the graves of Arlington National Cemetery with 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Since then, Memorial Day is celebrated in different ways.

In addition to visiting cemeteries and memorials, many cities and towns across the country host Memorial Day parades, often including military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations.

Many also take weekend trips, because the holiday is announcing the first days of summers, or throw parties and barbecues.

If you are one of the latter and happen to be in the market for new grilling tools, this list is for you!

15.) Weber Summit E 670 Gas Grill

weber® summit e 670 gas grill

Weber

One of the first—and probably most important—grilling tools you need to carefully consider is a grill. If you are opting for a gas grill, go for the Weber Summit E 670. This grill is a work of art with its high-performance features and high quality. You can use it to sear, roast, grill, and make your grilling missions a breeze.

Its main features are:

  • A large grilling area, with fully adjustable heat settings and six stainless-steel burners that can deliver 60,000 BTU per hour.
  • A flush-mounted side burner, Sear Station and smoker burner.
  • A tuck-away rotisserie assembly with infrared burner.

This grill has also unique Flavorizer bars, heavy-duty steel cooking grates, and an individual electric ignition system. Grilling couldn’t get any better!

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14.) The Grillzebo

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Hammacher Schlemmer

This is the gazebo that will make your grilling station complete.

You don’t want to catch a sunburn or have your steak soaking wet. The Grillzebo will protect your outdoor BBQ from the sun, rain, and snow. It also provides two glass shelf spaces and five mounted hooks to hold grilling tools. The Grillzebo is constructed from all-weather aluminum and steel with an arched polyester canopy that has a UPF 30+.

Keep your seasonings, food plates, and grilling essentials right next to you.

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13.) The Lighted Grilling Tools

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Hammacher Schlemmer

Flip your burgers and roast your meat with some of the best grilling tools out there.

Get the grilling case out to reveal high-quality tools, including a spatula, two-prong fork, tongs, and a silicone basting brush.

In case your Memorial Day barbecue is after sunset, turn on the flashlight of each one of these tools to illuminate the grill’s cooking surface. Their cool white LED simulates natural daylight. No more bumping into the grill or burning yourself by mistake. You are now fully prepped to grill by day and by night.

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12.) Weber 7429 Rapid Fire Chimney Starter

weber 7429 rapid fire chimney starter

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If you are opting for a charcoal grill instead, make sure you pick your chimney starter too. It is the easiest way to light charcoal, briquettes, or lump hardwood.

To get your charcoal grilling in no time, first fill the Weber Rapidfire Chimney Started with as much as you need of coal. Then light some fire underneath it (you can use an odorless, tasteless fuel starter or crumpled newspaper to ignite it), and wait for the top briquettes to turn slightly gray. You can then pour it all in the kettle and start grilling instantly.

Make sure you don’t handle it with your bare hands. Use grilling gloves to protect yourself instead. Keep reading to discover our top gloves choice.

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11.) Smoking Chips Sampler Pack (Set of 3)

smoking chips sampler pack (set of 3) grilling

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You may have been trying to get that BBQ joint meat flavor since you have started grilling but to no avail. The thing is that you were missing out on one ingredient: smoking chips.

They are the secret to adding that smoky and deep flavor you have been looking for. This Memorial Day, you can choose between two sets: smoky and sweet. The smoky set includes three bags of northwest blend, hickory, and mesquite smoking chips. The sweet set includes three bags of maple, alder, and cherry smoking chips. All are free of chemicals and additives.

Take your BBQ game to a new level.

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10.) Nordic Ware Indoor/Outdoor Kettle Smoker

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We all crave some smoked food during the colder days. However, it is always a tough task to keep the heat at an optimal temperature when it is freezing out.

This kettle smoker will solve this problem instantly. You can use to cook any time of the year, on any surface, outdoors and in. Don’t underestimate the size of this kettle. It can pack a lot of food in it. It also has a thermometer to keep a close eye on the temperature of the food.

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9.) Nonstick Mesh Grilling Bags (Set of 3)

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Tired of small little food bits rolling out of the grill every now and then?

Don’t lose them to the grill thanks these mesh bags. They will let all the good smoke and heat in and will help the food grill evenly one flip at a time.

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8.) Emile Henry Flame Fish Stone

emile henry flame fish stone red for grilling

Sur la table

The flame fish stone is specifically made to cook over charcoal grills and open fires. Its burgundy clay provides gentle and even cooking, perfect to bring out every ounce of flavor in the food.

It is also highly resistant to thermal shock, so don’t be afraid to move directly from the freezer to the grill. The oval stone has raised ridges to leave grill marks, in addition to pouring spout to help drain any cooking liquid mess-free.

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7.) Wireless Meat Thermometer

sur la table corn basket with removable handle for grilling and corn

Amazon

Take the guessing out of your grilling game. Make sure your food is cooking at the right temperature with this thermometer and its remote monitor.

It has preset temperatures and cooking levels for 11 kinds of food. Simply attach your food to the probes (up to six probes available for a maximum of six foods) choose a high/low temperature, and set your timer. You can then monitor the temperature levels and remaining cooking time for each of the foods connected through a mobile app.

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6.) Sur La Table Corn Basket With Removable Handle

sur la table corn basket with removable handle for grilling and corn

Sur la table

Nothing says summer days like the smell of grilled cob.

To cook your corn evenly and quickly, this stainless corn basket will be your best friend. Its handle can get detached and reattached with a single push of a lever. You can take your corn from the grill to the table and present it in this aesthetic basket after removing the handle.

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5.) Grillaholics Grill Mat

grillaholics grill mat heavy duty bbq grilling tools

Amazon

You’re torn between cooking on a pan and cooking on a grill? Get the best of the two worlds and get yourself these grill mats!

They have been tested for thickness to find that sweet spot where it’s light enough to handle and leave grilling marks and thick enough to resist the heat. This mat is one of our favorite versatile and customizable grilling tools since you can cut it into any size and shape to fit your grilling need or double it as a baking mat.

The mats are made of premium heat resistant PTFE-Fiberglass coating with no PFOA, silicone, or any harmful chemicals.

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4.) The Grill Steam Cleaner

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Hammacher Schlemmer

Want your grill grates sparking clean and nothing less? The Grill Steam Cleaner will help.

This steam-powered grill brush can clean and sterilize your barbecue with two cups of water. It has a chamber inside the handle that holds the water. It then releases it onto the hot grill grates. The steam generated melts away the impurities the grates gathered including baked-on food, grease, and grime.

But that’s not all: this stainless-steel brush head works on porcelain and cast iron. It is also rust-proof and dishwasher safe.

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3.) FIREOR Barbecue Grill Light With Magnetic Base

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Amazon

Your grill is about to be li — literally.

This BBQ light features nine high-density LEDs that provide bright and glare-free wide beam to your grilling station. Its powerful magnetic base secures it firmly in place for maximum steadiness.

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2.) Patty Buddy Stuffed Burger Press

deluxe stuffed burger press with 60 free burger papers & exclusive

Amazon

Pitch-perfect round patties, regular patties, stuffed burgers, sliders, and mini-burgers are on their way.

The Deluxe Stuffed Burger Press will give you perfect patties to flip on the grill to make the healthiest burgers. The press comes with a recipe e-book to inspire you to become the best chef you can be.

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1.) Sur La Table Barbecue Grill Hands

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Sur la table

Grill but don’t be grilled. Protect your hands from the searing heat with these heat-resistant gloves.

They are made of thick aramid-and-cotton designed to withstand intense heat. A grid of non-slip material on the palm and fingers helps you hold objects. Let’s start grilling!

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Now that you have all the grilling tools you need, head to our next article to discover 10 grilling tips from Master Chef Bobby Flay.

grilling must haves for your memorial day bbq

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