17 popular BBQ Accessories (grilling gadgets you’ll love)

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With barbecue season in full swing you may come across circumstances where you wish you had a certain accessory or gadget while grilling. Like more shade, a place to set your spices, better BBQ tools, etc…

This list of popular BBQ accessories should help you out because if you’re struggling with something, chances are others have too. And they’ve created products to help solve those problems.

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Grilling Gadgets you’ll Appreciate

There are lots of cool BBQ accessories and grilling gadgets out there. Check out some of the popular and proven options below.

17. Rolling BBQ Baskets

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I had never seen these before! They look very cool.

You put your food in here – like veggies, place them on your grill then roll the basket around to adjust which food is closest to the heat.

If you want to try something new and unique, check these out.

16. BBQ Cast Iron Griddle

Onlyfire Universal Cast Iron Cooking Griddle, Pre-Seasoned Nonstick Coating Griddle Flat Top Grill Plate with Extra High Sidewalls for All Gas Grills and 4 Burner Range Oven, 23" x 16"

Convert any grill into a griddle with a removable cast iron griddle like this one from Onlyfire Chef.

Want to make smash burgers, bacon and eggs, pancakes, etc… then look into getting a griddle that’ll fit inside your bbq grill.

15. Prep and Serving Trays

Cuisinart CPK-200 Grilling Prep and Serve Trays, Black and Red Large 17 x 10. 5

Red tray for raw. Black for cooked. Prevent contamination with this color-coded system.

And with these trays, there is no need to use up all your plates before dinner is even served.

Click here for details on these Cuisinart trays.

14. Magnetic Kitchen Timer

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Get your timing down with a magnetic kitchen timer.

We all need a little reminder some times.

13. Digital Meat Thermometer

Alpha Grillers Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Grill and Cooking. Best Waterproof Ultra Fast Thermometer with Backlight & Calibration. Digital Food Probe for Kitchen, Outdoor Grilling and BBQ!

Make sure your meat is cooked properly this time and every time with a digital meat thermometer.

They provide super quick results so you don’t have to have the grill lid open for a long time.

I have a digital thermometer that is the same style as this one and I really love it. (My family loves it too because I’m not feeding them undercooked food.)

12. BBQ Condiment Caddy

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Have your favorite sauces, condiments and sauces within easy reach when you use a barbecue caddy like this.

11. BBQ Tool Set

Alpha Grillers Grill Set Heavy Duty BBQ Accessories - BBQ Gifts Tool Set 4pc Grill Accessories with Spatula, Fork, Brush & BBQ Tongs - Grilling Cooking Gifts for Men Dad Durable, Stainless Steel

Does your favorite BBQ’er have a birthday coming up?

Or perhaps they can never find their barbecue tools when they need them?

If so, check out this popular grilling tool set.

10. Magnetic Tool Bar Rack

Magnetic Stainless Steel Tool Bar Rack - Strong Magnet Knife Strip w Adhesive Attaches to Grill - Hands Free Utensil Organizer Holds up to 10 Tools - Great Grilling Accessories

With a magnetic tool bar like this, the grilling master in your life can have their metal bbq tools close at hand.

I usually just set mine on the side counter of my barbecue, but then I end up getting sauce all over the place.

9. Magnetic Paper Towel Holder

Katzco Magnetic Paper Towel Holder - 12x4x3-Inch Rubber-Coated Magnet Paper Towel Holder - Adjustable Towel Holder with Magnet Pads - Versatile Design for Fridge, Kitchen or Workbenches - Set of 2

A stable magnetic paper towel holder keeps the paper towel close to griller yet they’re easy to remove so they can be brought inside (out of the rain) when dinner is ready.

I usually have a piece of paper towel stuffed in my back pocket when I’m barbecuing so I have to look into getting something like this.

8. BBQ Spices and Rubs Set

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These make a great gift for people that love to barbecue. This popular set provides a variety of flavors that they’ll love experimenting and cooking with. (And hopefully you can eat the rewards.)

7. Gazebo for the Grilling Area

Kozyard Andra Soft Top BBQ Canopy - 8'X5' Outdoor Grill Gazebo Grill Canopy (Tent) with 4pcs Detachable LED Light, Perfect for Barbecue & Grill, Outdoor Canopy

The show must go on. And now, with this shade and rain protector, the BBQ must go on too.

It is an 8’x5′ gazebo canopy designed to fit over most grilling stations. (I know it is a photoshopped product photo, but it gives you the idea of what it accomplishes.)

Plus, the two metal shelves on the side provide a convenient place to set condiment caddys, food, or other grilling needs.

You might be surprised by the price of this one.

6. BBQ Bear Claws – Meat Shredders

Alpha Grillers Meat Shredder Claws - Stocking Stuffers BBQ Grilling Gifts for Men, Barbecue Smoker Accessories Bear Claws for Shredding Meat BBQ Pulled Pork, Chicken in Kitchen, Grill

Still trying to create pulled pork or shredded chicken with two forks?

Check out these meat-shredding bear claws. Make some great food – and look downright primal while doing it.

5. Outdoor Rolling Grilling Cart

Royal Gourmet PC3404S Rolling Dining Table with Trash Bag Holder, Outdoor Garden Patio BBQ Kitchen Food Prep Table Cart, 34"L x 20"W Stainless Steel Tabletop, Silver & Black

When you’ve got friends over for a barbecue – especially friends with kids – you don’t necessarily want everyone inside the house at the same time preparing their hot dog or hamburger buns.

So a rolling kitchen cart with a countertop provides a nice surface to prep the buns.

This cart from Royal Gourmet is really popular and well-rated. The top is stainless steel: it will get hot in the direct sun, so keep that in mind.

4. BBQ Cleaning Brush (Bristle-less)

Grill Rescue BBQ Replaceable Scraper Cleaning Head, Bristle Free - Durable and Unique Scraper Tools for Cast Iron or Stainless-Steel Grates, Barbecue Cleaner (Scraper Brush)

If you’ve heard the stories of metal bristles breaking off and ending up in food, you may want to go with a bristle-less cleaning brush.

This one is called the Grill Rescue brush and features a replaceable and washable fiber head.

It has received thousands of customer-submitted ratings and reviews on Amazon.

3. Wooden Grill Scraper

Cuisinart BBQ Wood Grill Scraper, CCB-1143

Another bristle-free option for your cleaning your grill is a wooden grill scraper like this one from Cuisinart.

It is a good option if you don’t want to buy replaceable heads for products like the Grill Rescue brush.

2. Vegetables Grill Tray

GRILLART Grill Basket Heavy Duty -Large Grill Baskets for Outdoor Grill Vegetables -Stainless Steel Veggie Grilling Basket/Pan - Lasting Grill Vegetable Basket BBQ Grill Accessories, Gifts for Dad Men

Meat always gets all the attention when it comes to BBQ’ing.

But it doesn’t have to.

A veggie grilling tray like this one from GrillArt will allow you to cook up some tasty veggies too.

1. BBQ Apron

Hudson Durable Goods - Professional Grade Chef Apron - Black - 100% Cotton

Barbecue in style with this tough, industrial-looking apron

There are tons of joke aprons out there that have slogans that can only be worn in front of some guests (and children that can’t read yet), but if you want an apron that’s suitable for all grilling occasions and guests, check this out.

Which of these barbecue accessories will help improve your grilling experience?

You can, and likely have been getting by without these accessories but each one of them brings something unique and useful to the table.

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