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What's the Best Summer BBQ Gear?

The peak of the season calls for maximum relaxation (bonus points for style). Here’s what to keep at the ready for all the best days of the year.

What's the Best Summer BBQ Gear?

The best gear for the peak of summer works for the beach or the backyard. Photo: piskunov/iStock


Fourth of July may be over, but barbecue season is not. Here are six made-in-America products to continue the celebration of long days and warm temps in style.  

Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair ($100)

©Earl Harper   Photo: Cascade Designs

The Treo packs into a sturdy plastic tripod, making it a bomber and portable travel companion. Set up, it measures 13 inches tall, which is just high enough to prevent you from feeling like you’re sitting on the ground. 

Cooks Flips Salvage Sandal ($60)

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We love the simple, comfortable design of Cooks Flips sandals, which are handmade in Marietta, South Carolina. The Salvage strap is made from upcycled polypropylene, a material that dries lightning fast and is so sturdy that the company guarantees them for life. Bonus: The cork footbed stays sticky even when wet. 

Of One Sea Paddleball Set ($90)

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Get active without getting too serious. While this handcrafted paddleball set costs about nine times as much as the Smashball set of your childhood, know that you’re investing in Northern California craftsmanship when you buy this two-tone birch paddle that looks good enough to mount in your office when you aren’t crushing serves in the backyard. 

JungMaven Vintage Black Tea Overdye Baja SS Tee ($102)

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This organic cotton and hemp T-shirt has enough American flag flair to help you show your patriotism while still being subtle enough to wear all summer. The Baja SS is dyed with black tea, which reduces its environmental impact. 

Chubbies Au Naturale BBQ Apron ($35)

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Austin, Texas–based Chubbies sells incredible Americana shorts, but we like its Au Naturale BBQ apron even more. We’re strong believers that you shouldn’t take yourself seriously if you’re wearing an apron, and the hairy chested Au Naturale is guaranteed to get some laughs.  

SeaVees Custom Swim Trunks ($88)

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Katin trunks have been a California surf staple since the ’50s. SeaVees teamed up with iconic company to create these Custom Swim Trunks. The retro styling with a leg stripe and draw cord makes the shorts look just as good at the beach as they do in the backyard. 

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