10 Products That Will Turn You Into a Grill Master

You can get by with a kitchen spatula and seasoning salt. Or you can run a better barbecue.

Here's what you need for a better barbecue this summer. (Inga Hendrickson)
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Wildwood Grill Master Collection Planks and Smoking Chips ($25)

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Different woods—like the hickory, cherry, maple, cedar, and alder in this set—bring out different flavors.

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Field Company #10 Field Skillet ($135)

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A cast-iron skillet is a great way to diversify your grilling game, from cheesy corn bakes to pizzas. Field Company’s model is a preseasoned 11.5-inch pan that’ll last a lifetime and develop a nonstick patina the more you use it. Thanks to thinner construction, it’s smoother (so more delicate meals don’t break apart) and 25 percent lighter than comparable pieces.

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Weber iGrill2 Smart Thermometer ($110)

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The iGrill2 lets you monitor your meal with your phone while grabbing more beers and guac. You’ll get a ping when you’ve hit that perfect medium rare.

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The UCO Flatpack Grill ($50)

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Folding up to just 1.5 inches thick, this simple, stowable grill slips into even the most overstuffed packs. It deploys in a single motion (think camp chair) and cooks with charcoal or wood. The grilling surface fits a couple of steaks, and while they’ll take longer to cook than with gas, the end result has a smoky goodness that only flames can provide. —A.C. Shilton

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Moore and Giles Capps Leather Work Apron ($375)

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Grilling is a messy job if you’re doing it right. The Work apron has two front pockets big enough to fit at least four utensils. Plus, the full-grain aniline leather looks better with use.

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Growlerwerks uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler ($159)

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Think of the uKeg as a portable kegerator. Instead of a screw cap that lets all the carbonation escape, there’s a tap handle for pulling frothy pints. The pressurized unit keeps half a gallon (four pints) of beer cold for up to two weeks.

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'Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto' ($30)

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Elevate your ’cue with lessons from a true master. This book, written by the founder of the titular Austin, Texas, BBQ joint, details recipes, smoker construction, and wood selection.

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Grill Armor Gloves ($30)

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(Courtesy Grill Armor Gloves)

Toss your clumsy old oven mitts. These gloves are made with a blend of extremely strong, fire-resistant fibers, so they won’t ignite or melt when exposed to an open flame—they’re rated to withstand temperatures up to 932 degrees.

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Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Grill Set ($40)

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Barbecue chefs are only as good as their tools. This set includes a spatula (with a built-in bottle opener), tongs, basting brush, grill--cleaning brush, and eight corn holders. All 14 pieces are made with stainless steel, so you know they’ll last.

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Treehouse Brewing Company Haze Double IPA ($4.30)

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This Massachusetts brewery is a household name among beer geeks, and Haze is our pick for summer cookouts. Tropical and citrusy without too much bitterness, it pairs well with bold, savory flavors from the grill.

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