10 Essential Grill and Smoker Accessories

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Grilling is fun — plain and simple. It is also simple, especially with a really good setup.

You need a grill and some great grilling utensils. A good smoker is also a great addition, especially if you like barbecue or barbecued foods.

A ton of great accessories will also make sure you’re able to get the most out of your grilling experience. Let’s take a closer look at the 10 most essential grill and smoker accessories. These are the tools you need to set up a great grill in your backyard.

NameCategoryProduct
Dexter-Russell S131F-6PCP Boning Knife Sani-Safe WhiteBest OverallDexter-Russell S131F-6PCP Boning Knife Sani-Safe White
Meat shreddersBudget PickMeat shredders
AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Industrial GlovesUpgrade PickAMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Industrial Gloves

1. Dexter-Russell S131F-6PCP Boning Knife Sani-Safe White

Our rating: 9 / 10

Dexter-Russell S131F-6PCP Boning Knife Sani-Safe White

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to clean
  • Made of very high-quality Japanese stainless steel
  • Perfect for slicing chicken, beef, and pork
  • Also great for cutting through bone or fish
  • The grip is super comfortable

Cons:

  • It’s not suitable for kitchen tasks that are done on a daily basis
  • It’s designed for professionally trained chefs

The Dexter Russell S131F-6PCP is truly a remarkable knife to cut through all the hard vegetables and meat with ease. It’s a great tool for cutting vegetables into slices or dices to facilitate easy consumption.

The Dexter-Russell is designed to slice through the delicious meat of your favorite meats and it’s also good for cutting through the bones and fish. This is truly one of the greatest knives to have in your kitchen and it will go a long way to aid you in preparing food in the kitchen.

The only complain we have is that it’s not friendly for regular household chores. This is a professional knife that is intended for professional chefs.

2. ThermoPro TP08S Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer

Our rating: 9 / 10

ThermoPro TP08S Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer

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Pros:

  • Food probe is great for meats
  • Dual probe cuts cooking time
  • Accurate readings
  • Easy to assemble
  • Is easy to clean
  • Large temperature range (-58〞F to 572〞F)
  • Comes with auto shut-off after 30 minutes
  • Night light
  • Large easy to read display
  • Programmable

Cons:

  • It doesn’t monitor the ambient temp
  • 1 probe has to go inside the meat; the other has to sit on the grill grate
  • LED lights have to be on
  • Too many functions
  • Food probe has to be cleaned after each use

It will come in handy if you are a fan of smoky flavors and love to slow cook your meat. The wireless thermometer opens up a whole new world of food preparation. The package comes with a thermometer and a wireless temperature probe which means you don’t have to stand beside the grill forever checking on your food. It has the highest temperature threshold of any thermometer we’ve tested.

The large food probe measures up to 350 degrees in the thickest part of roasts, and the fast thermocouple can monitor the thin-skinned foods at up to 572 degrees.

3. GRILLHOGS Barbecue Grill Tongs

Our rating: 9 / 10

GRILLHOGS Barbecue Grill Tongs

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Pros:

  • High-quality
  • Utensil free
  • On budget
  • Stainless Steel
  • 16 inches long
  • Modeled after the spatula
  • Heat resistant up to 500F
  • Tongs and spatula in one
  • Easy to clean
  • Strong and sturdy

Cons:

  • Heavier
  • Plastic pieces

GRILLHOGS Grill tongs are great for flipping your barbecue and grill items grilled food such as meats, fish, veggies, potatoes, and other vegetables without using utensils.

These Weber BBQ Grill tongs made from premium stainless steel with a long lasting oak wood handle which gives you better control over your food and heats resistant up to 500F.

The tongs are designed to fit the hands more naturally and with a handle that is wider than your standard kitchen tongs. Despite the extra width, the handles are a little short which may make it more difficult for you to flip larger items like a whole chicken.

4. Cuisinart CGS-7014 Bamboo Tool Set

Our rating: 8 / 10

Cuisinart CGS-7014 Bamboo Tool Set

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Pros:

  • Includes a built-in bottle opener
  • Includes 6 reversible BBQ forks
  • Includes skewers
  • Includes 2-prong BBQ fork
  • Includes a thermometer
  • Durable and easy-to-clean bamboo handle
  • Includes a metal spatula
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY!

As a mobile professional who loves to host summer BBQs and more, we find this BBQ tool set by Cuisinart to be a real life saver. It is available in 5 different colors, comes with 13 pieces in total and is made using high-quality wood. We love the bamboo handle, which allows for easy grilling and handling of this barbecue set.

You can use it for any grilling activity. If you choose to cook meat on your indoor grill, then this tool set will work perfectly. It is also a fantastic choice for outdoor grilling.

This set includes a spatula and tongs in addition to a brush, basting brush, slotted turner, slotted spoon, meat fork, 6 reversible utensils, 6 skewers, a thermometer, a bottle opener and a recipe book.

5. GRILL HEAT AID Extreme Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves. High Dexterity Handling Hot Food Right on Cast Iron

Our rating: 8 / 10

GRILL HEAT AID Extreme Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves. High Dexterity Handling Hot Food Right on Cast Iron

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Pros:

  • Special 4-layer design made of cotton and rubber
  • High-dexterity handles and fingers
  • Heat shielding insulation on palms and fingers
  • Perfect for handling hot grill grates, food or scraping off drips
  • Individually packed to ensure quality and cleanliness

6. AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Industrial Gloves

Our rating: 8 / 10

AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Industrial Gloves

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Pros:

  • Made of quality material that helps protect your hands from burns
  • Can get rid of the grime that has built up over time
  • They don’t tear or lose their shape
  • They are easy to put on and take off

Cons:

  • In some cases, they smell a bit weird
  • In some cases, they shred easily

The AMMEX GPNB46100 is a pallet of black nitrile gloves that you can use for grilling, cooking, and smoker maintenance.

Each box contains 5 Pairs of gloves for a total of 10 gloves.

7. Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack

Our rating: 8 / 10

Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack

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Pros:

  • Non-Stick Pans for Healthy Food Preparation
  • 4-Slots for Holds Ribs
  • Heat-Resistant Polypropylene Body
  • Durable and Long-Lasting
  • Long Suffering and Rust Resistant
  • Long lasting Grilling & Barbecuing
  • Available in Multi-Colors

Cons:

  • If you do not use it carefully, it can develop rust
  • Metal Rack

If you like to grill and season your food with a variety of sauces, then you need a rib rack that can hold various types of ribs in order for you to cook. The Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack is what you need to get.

This rib rack is made to resist rust and is very long lasting since it is made with durable and long lasting materials. It holds up to four rib bars making it ideal to grill a variety delicious and mouthwatering food items. It has non-stick pans which promote healthy cooking.

It is very affordable since it is in a reasonable price range. It is very easy to clean it and makes it convenient to use for storage when not in use.

8. GRILLHOGS Silicone Sauce Basting Brush

Our rating: 8 / 10

GRILLHOGS Silicone Sauce Basting Brush

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Pros:

  • Resistant to high heats
  • Well-molded handle
  • Allows for high maneuverability
  • Affordable pricing

Cons:

  • Durability issues
  • The basting brush is flimsy

GRILLHOGS Silicone Sauce Basting Brush makes it easy to work with your barbecue grill to produce a succulent meal that you can share with the entire family or party guests. It features heat-resistant silicone bristles, so you can even use it on the grill to coat chicken or steak with a layer of delicious barbecue sauce.

Best barbecue style brush features a stainless steel handle that is easy to grip, and high-quality stainless steel bristles that won’t become brittle or fall out over time. It’s also easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

9. Grillaholics Heavy Duty Grill Basket

Our rating: 8 / 10

Grillaholics Heavy Duty Grill Basket

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Grillaholics Heavy Duty Grill Basket – Large Grilling Basket for More Vegetable, Stainless Steel Grilling Accessories Built To Last, Perfect Vegetable Grill Basket For All Grills And Veggies.

The Grillaholics grill basket will make your grilling experience with vegetables as tasteful as meat! Whether you're in a rush or want to keep things as healthy as possible, you can throw all your vegetables in the grill basket.

Made of high quality stainless steel, the grill basket is not only top quality but affordable as well. The dimensions are 14 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 7 inches in diameter.

10. SoulFino Bamboo Butcher Block

Our rating: 8 / 10

SoulFino Bamboo Butcher Block

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Pros:

  • 100% natural bamboo material
  • Wash in dishwasher and sanitize completely
  • Prevents cross-contamination
  • Bamboo is naturally antibacterial
  • Eliminates odor
  • Durable
  • Long-lasting and beautiful
  • Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
  • Sustainable and easy to care for
  • Independently third-party certified

(25 inches Long x 15 inches Wide x 1 inch thick)

This cutting board is made of durable and long-lasting bamboo, which is why it’s appearing on our list of essential grill and smoker accessories. It has a small groove which allows for juices to flow into, letting your cutting board serve double duty as a drip tray.

Bamboo is naturally antibacterial, so you can put it in the dishwasher without fearing that it will be dioxins and it's very easy to care for. You don't have to worry about oiling this cutting board to sanitize.

11. Meat shredders

Our rating: 8 / 10

Meat shredders

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Pros:

  • Commercial grade
  • The meat grinder has a very powerful motor
  • It can grind the meat, veggies, beans, nuts, and even fruit
  • Drip-free suction cup feet
  • Non-slip rubber feet to prevent the grinder from moving around during grinding
  • The grinder is easy to clean and tomaintain. You can handwash it or use the dishwasher
  • It is backed by a lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • It is heavier and slightly larger than other meat grinders on the market
  • It is a bit pricey, but it is worth the price

No matter whether you are a professional guy in the kitchen or you’re an amateur this meat grinder is made for you. It is built to last and can grind all different types of meat and even fruit. You can serve meat freshly ground by this grinder at your BBQ parties and impress your guests.

The UEG meat grinder is not just a meat grinder; it is a multipurpose kitchen tool, because you can also grind some nuts, beans, and veggies with it. It will save you a lot of time and money because you don’t have to buy additional tools and grinders for grinding different types of food.

12. Kona Safe/Clean Grill Brush

Our rating: 7 / 10

Kona Safe/Clean Grill Brush

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Pros:

  • Lasts for long term
  • Rust proof and sturdy
  • Large size brush is very convenient

If you’re looking for a good grill brush to clean your BBQ before the next usage then this kona brush is a very good option for you.

This brush comes in a set of 2 bristles-free brushes. They’re made up of 100% rust-proof stainless steel and they’re safe to clean almost every type of BBQ, which includes cast iron, porcelain, ceramic or steel.

The brushes are very strong and they’re very long lasting. They’re great value for money and the product is being sold at a very affordable price.

13. Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter

Our rating: 7 / 10

Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter

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Pros:

  • Holds up to 20 charcoal briquets
  • Fits 16-inch charcoal BBQs
  • Easy-to-use design
  • Comes with a 24-inch handle
  • Meets all CPSC standards

Cons:

  • It can only be used with charcoal
  • The handle can become hot while in use
  • Can be hard to light
  • Breaks easily

The Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter can hold up to 20 charcoal briquets in its large bowl. It is designed to light up charcoal fast and efficiently. It is very easy to use and can be lit with matches or a lighter. The Weber chimney starter comes with a 24-inch handle that is used to move the chimney starter around and to support it when in use.

The bowl and handle can get hot while in use so you must use care when working with it. The bowl is made of steel and is surrounded by a fireproof coating. The bowl has a hole at the bottom which lets you feed the coals down the chimney starter and into your grill or smoker.

14. GRILLHOGS BBQ Basting Mop

Our rating: 7 / 10

GRILLHOGS BBQ Basting Mop

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Pros :

  • They attach to any grill easily
  • Their mop heads can be replaced when needed
  • They are ideal for basting
  • They are built to last long

Grilling is an art. You need to keep your food moist, char it to perfection, and brush it with amazing sauces. You need the best basting mops to do all of these things. These BBQ basting mops are made to do all of these things and more.

15. Pink Butcher Paper Roll

Our rating: 6 / 10

Pink Butcher Paper Roll

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Pros:

  • 100% KRAFT PAPER – ONLY PEACH PEELING PAPER MADE FROM NATURALLY PEACH PEELS
  • NON-TOXIC PLAIN UNBLEACHED UNCOATED FOLDS DIRECTLY INTO STEAK/CHOPPER/PORK ROAST WRAPS
  • PRODUCES SMOOTHER AND SMOKIER SMOKED MEATS IN 90% LESS TIME WITH 80% LESS SMOKE
  • NO BURNED OR BURNT FLAVORS
  • NON-TOXIC NATURALLY PEACH PEELING PAPER MADE FROM PEACH CORE PEELS

Cons:

  • PEACH PAPER STILL CONTAINS PEELIVES SO IT WILL CONTAIN SMALL PARTICLES
  • THIS IS NOT A HONEYCOMB GRILL PACKING PRODUCT BUT HONEYCOMB THICKNESS IS RECOMMENDED FOR A SMOOTHER SMOKER
  • The paper on the sheets that we received was actually the same as the individual rolls, however, as long as the description gives that tiny detail, you are good to go. We just pack our original paper in larger boxes and wrap tape around them and fold it like an envelope and it works just fine.

Paper – (Attributes: Pack of 1 )

16. Maverick Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set

Our rating: 6 / 10

Maverick Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set

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Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Gorgeous design
  • Accurate temperature reading
  • Perfect size

This thermometer set is a great choice for the grill aficionados that don’t want to be confined to a wired system. Although wireless thermometers still need to be calibrated, they can make the cooking process a lot more relaxed once you set them up.

This wireless Maverick ET732 is simple plug and play. There are three meat probes, so multiple meats can be monitored simultaneously. The accuracy of the system is great. The recommended temperature of your meat will appear on your smartphone so you can decide if you need to bring the food back on the grill or not.

This thermometer set isn’t just a wireless system but rather a full-blown smart system. You can monitor every single piece of meat on your grill from the temperature to cooking progress to time. Precise advice on the meat’s temperature is provided to the user through the smartphone app, so they can use the main thermometer to check if it needs to be moved on the grill again.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What accessories do you need with a smoker?

With a smoker you need to be sure you have the right amount of accessories. To be sure you have the perfect barbecue, here’s what you need for your smoker:

BBQ thermometer: You need to be able to keep the temperature of your food under control while it’s cooking.

Cleaner: This helps prevent any buildup of grease in your smoker, which can affect the taste of your food.

Charcoal: With a smoker, you use charcoal to create your smoking flame.

Charcoal chimney: Usually made of metal, the charcoal chimney helps you to light your charcoal and create the perfect smoldering flame.

Fire starter: You need a fire starter to give your charcoal enough heat to get it smoldering.

Wood chips: Wood chips give your food that authentic wood smoked flavor you can’t get from gas.

What grill accessories do I need?

It’s nearly impossible to list all grill accessories out there. You might be surprised what is out there to make grilling easy! However, here are the most essential and must-have grill and smoker accessories for your meal prep.

Do I need a smoker and a grill?

Both a grill and a smoker are great choices if you have the room and budget for one. Each is great for different types of meats, and you can even make small adjustments to each type of smoker in order to customize for the type of meat being smoked. If you can’t justify purchasing both, that’s ok too!

A barbecue grill can still do a great job for smoking. You can get a horizontal smoker box that’s inserted into a barbecue grill, allowing it to house your meat for an extended period of time. This is great for infrequent smokers who do not have the room for two different smokers.

Alternatively, a vertical smoker box is another way to smoke on a grill. It can be placed ontop of the grill and used to smoke meats like sausages and other types of small food items.

What is the best smoker grill combo?

The most important tool while cooking is a good thermometer. Never go out to the grill without having an accurate internal temperature gauge.

Do not go with a seemingly good deal when shopping for a thermometer. The chances are that you have purchased a substandard one.

The Utopia Kitchen Cooking Thermometer is a perfect, inexpensive choice for any grill or smoker. With a slope entry, that only measures the surface temperature. It comes with a wide temperature range for cooking applications.

It has a stainless steel probe; simply insert it into the meat before grilling. The Utopia Kitchen Cooking Thermometer will give you accurate results over the entire reading range. It is easy to read, as it has a dual LCD display with all the details.

Conclusion

Grilling and smoking are both extremely popular ways of preparing food to achieve smokey, smoked and grilled flavors.

Whether you want to turn a burger and hotdog griller into a smokey grill master, or turn your smoker into a versatile grill, the accessories this article by Phil The Grill Guy lists for you will help you to get started right away.

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NameCategoryProduct
Dexter-Russell S131F-6PCP Boning Knife Sani-Safe WhiteBest OverallDexter-Russell S131F-6PCP Boning Knife Sani-Safe White
Meat shreddersBudget PickMeat shredders
AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Industrial GlovesUpgrade PickAMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Industrial Gloves