Everything You Need for a High-Tech Barbecue

With advanced gadgets and connectivity, the backyard barbecue has entered the 21st century

Set the lighting, mix the tunes, light up a cozy firepit, even operate the ’cue without leaving your deck chair. (Leah Woodruff)
grill

Used to be grilling was a dark art. The coals had to be just so, the sauce made from a recipe handed down through the generations. It made for good eats, but it was time-consuming and, frankly, a little intimidating. Like most everything else, however, tech is making it easier. “Nowadays,” says Max Good, owner of Black Swan, which produces a line of premium sauces, “you can throw some meat on the grill and check the temp with your phone.” Indeed, a host of new devices—not to mention Bluetooth everything—allow you to orchestrate an entire Fourth of July cookout from your deck chair: set the lighting, mix the tunes, light up a cozy firepit, even operate the ’cue. Here’s a look at what’s outfitting this summer’s high-tech patio parties.


Coolest Cooler ($450)

grill
(Courtesy of Coolest)

A 55-quart, battery-powered behemoth with a wireless speaker, a USB charger, internal lighting, a bottle opener, a cutting board, and—no joke—a full-size blender? Damn right. Because Lord knows you’re not going back inside for any of those things.

Buy Now


Celluon PicoBit Projector ($429)

grill
(Celluon)

Screen movies on any surface. The five-inch HD PicoBit syncs with your phone and has enough battery power to accommodate indulgent summer CGI fests.

Buy Now


BioLite SiteLight Mini String Lights ($20) 

grill
(BioLite)

You want enough illumination to see without achieving a floodlight effect. You can control the intensity of the SiteLight Mini from your phone when it's paired with the BaseLantern

Buy Now


Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker ($200) 

grill
(Bose)

Bose’s latest Bluetooth box radiates your tunes 360 degrees. It’s also a good listener: a built-in mic lets you talk to Siri and other voice-activated software on your phone.

Buy Now


GrowlerWerks UKeg 128 ($257)

grill
(GrowlerWerks)

This bit of steampunk ingenuity is a handheld version of the commercial keg at your favorite bar. Vacuum sealed and pressurized, the 128-ounce copper UKeg keeps your IPA carbonated and fresh for weeks.

Buy Now


Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit ($164) 

grill
(Primus)

This 21-inch-tall steel grate folds flat and lets you set up a campfire anywhere. Wind guards and air vents make getting the fire roaring quick and easy.

Buy Now


Lynx SmartGrill Barbecue ($10,359)

grill
(Lynx)

The Tesla of barbecues. With enough real estate to satiate a block party and an honest-to-God rotisserie, this propane-fueled wonder can be run from your smartphone or via voice commands.

Buy Now

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we earn an affiliate commission that helps pay for our work.

From Outside Magazine, July 2017
Filed To: Food and Drink / Gear / Technology
More Gear

Obsessed with Gear?

Thank you!

Pinterest Icon