Tools of Summer: 7 Summer Barbecuing Essentials

Oval Junior

Oval Junior    Photo: Courtesy of Primo Grills

Primo Oval Junior

The beauty of Primo’s Oval Junior is that, as with all ceramic grills, you can go low and slow for fattier cuts of meat (beef brisket, beer-can chicken) or get it smoking hot for searing elk steaks. The oval design and optional divider plate ($42) also make it possible to stack charcoal on one side and cook with direct and indirect heat simultaneously.

Bose SoundLink Wireless Speaker

SoundLink wireless speaker
SoundLink wireless speaker   Photo: Courtesy of Bose

Bose’s book-size SoundLink wireless speaker makes it easy to add music wherever you fire up the grill. It connects to your phone, tablet, or laptop via Bluetooth, delivers eight hours of play time at normal volume, and, Bose being Bose, sounds roughly twice as good as most wireless speakers.

Zeal Ridgeline

Ridgeline sunglasses
Ridgeline sunglasses   Photo: Courtesy of Zeal Optics

With adjustable nose pads and polycarbonate lenses, Zeal’s Ridgeline sunglasses are a great fit for mountain biking, paddling, and trail running.

Patagonia Go To Shirt

Go To shirt
Go To shirt   Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia

Patagonia’s aptly named organic cotton-poly Go To shirt pairs perfectly well with Zeal’s Ridgeline sunglasses.

Birkenstock Adria Flip-Flops

Adria flip-flops
Adria flip-flops   Photo: Courtesy of Birkenstock

Birkenstock’s leather-and-cork Adria flip-flops also pair well with the Ridgeline sunglasses and Go To shirt.

Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler

Stainless steel cooler
Stainless steel cooler   Photo: Courtesy of Igloo Coolers

Any barbecue should have a generous supply of beer. Keep it ice-cold in a classic like Igloo’s Stainless Steel cooler, which holds about three cases of the canned stuff.

Jose Cuervo Platino

Platino   Photo: Courtesy of Jose Cuervo

When it comes to liquor, make sure you have an ultra-smooth silver tequila on hand, like José Cuervo’s Platino—for margaritas, of course. 

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