Grilling

Reminder: Our Guide to Backyard Cooking is Awesome

For Tools & Toys readers in the US, Labor Day is just a week away. It’s the perfect time to close out the summer with a great cook out with friends and family. We’ve got a great guide to make sure you have the right gear for all your backyard cooking. Even if you’ve got a great grill already, I highly recommend you…

Littlbug Collapsible Camping Stove

The Littlbug is a super-light stainless steel camping stove able to be collapsed and stored in a backpack when not in-use. It can burn wood or alcohol, can support large pots, and only takes about 15 seconds to assemble. Its height and shape creates a nice chimney effect, so you shouldn’t even need all that much burning wood to get the job…

iGrill 2

The iGrill 2 is a Bluetooth-enabled grilling thermometer designed for pros and serious enthusiasts but simple enough for amateur grillers to use. Building on the design and features of the original iGrill, the iGrill 2 has upped its probe capacity from 2 to 4 (though it only comes with two) and can now be magnetically mounted onto the side of your grill…

Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush

Cleaning a grill grate after cooking some meat is probably the least fun part of backyard cooking. Thankfully there are tools like the Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush to make our lives easier. The brush’s handle holds two cups of water, which is released through the stainless steel bristles onto your preheated grill and instantly turned to steam. This loosens up all…

The Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

One of the gifts my dad got me for Christmas this year was a charcoal chimney starter — the $15 Weber 7416 Rapidfire, to be exact. This is is the chimney starter found in our guide to backyard grilling. But why is such a thing useful? Well, as Shawn originally put it: “…an inexpensive chimney starter like this one Weber makes is…

S’mores Roasting Rack

Personally, I like to toast marshmallows one-at-a-time, catching each one on fire and letting the exterior burn to a crisp. But most people I know seem to prefer only a slight toasting, and if you’re going to be making a bunch of s’mores at once, you might as well use something like this stainless steel S’mores Roasting Rack by Charcoal Companion. It’s…

Baking Steel

Baking pizza at home seems like it should be a simple project, but it can be a little tricky. The outer crust and the pie center don’t always cook evenly, and you might even end up with some burnt zones. The Baking Steel, essentially a flat slab of steel that you use like a pizza stone, will conduct heat more evenly –…

Mini-Review: The iGrill

When I first heard about the iGrill, I wasn’t all that impressed with the idea. Why would I need my iPhone to know about what was going on in my Weber Grill. Then I got sent one as a review unit, and man, it’s pretty cool. Sure there are some great regular thermometers on the market, but the iGrill is smart. Powered…

Curly Dog Roasting Sticks

Lost more hot dogs and marshmallows to fires than you care to think about? Well, thanks to these curly roasting sticks, those kinds of tragedies can be a distant memory. Made of high-quality, hand-twisted steel, these handy tools will keep your food safe (thanks in part to the sharp end-point being twisted back in towards the dog) so you can focus on…

Weber 741001 Grill

With fall here, there’s no better time to start grilling. Sure, burgers and hot dogs are great during summer cookouts, but fall grilling involves a lot less heatstroke. If you are in the market for a grill, why not go with the classic Weber? The 741001 has a 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill that’s easy to work with, thanks to the deep charcoal bowl.…

Honey Badger Habanero BBQ Sauce

It’s a homemade recipe that uses hand-chopped habanero peppers, honey, and probably a few other secret ingredients. It sounds delicious, but I’m not yet sure how well a couple of designers with english accents who live in northern California can compete against the award-winning sauces found here in Kansas City (the BBQ capital of the world). But I’m willing to take a…

Weber FireStarters Lighter Cubes

These bad boys are the greatest invention since the chimney starter. Actually, you’re supposed to use them in conjunction with your chimney starter. For the past several summers, when I go to light my charcoal grill I spend about 5 or 10 minutes keeping the fire going underneath the chimney starter so that my charcoal lights and ashes properly. About a month…

KettlePizza Add-On For Your Weber Grill

If you want to turn your Weber grill into a backyard wood fire brick oven for making pizza, there’s only one way: The KettlePizza. It’s built with 20 gauge steel and comes in sizes to fit your 18.5- or 22.5-inch Weber charcoal grill. However, the security fence you’ll have to install in order to keep your neighbors away during dinner time is…

Bear Paw Meat Handling Claws

Bear Paw claws are standard equipment in any BBQ King’s castle. They come in great for handling meat during three types of occasions: (1) when you’re dealing with raw meat and don’t want to wash your hands every time you need to move one slab of ribs to marinate the other; (2) when you’ve got an enormous freshly-cooked turkey, pork shoulder, or…

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

Happy Turkey Day. I’ll be smoking my turkey in a Weber this year, because real men slow cook their entrées in a smoker. And, what’s great about this Weber, is that for the times when you just want to slap a steak on the grill, the Smokey Mountain Cooker converts to a charcoal grill.

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