What tools are needed for barbecue?

Though you'll still have to do the cooking, these tools will help make grilling easier and ensure your BBQ is top-notch.

Read on for our complete list of barbecue equipment you should have on hand—for both grilling and setting up the table.

Tools for the Grill

When grilling, you'll need much more than the grill. Here's a breakdown of the necessary supplies for cooking on the grill.


Regardless of the type of grill you choose—gas, charcoal, electric, or portable—invest in a grill that fits your needs.

Camping Rocket Stove

Chimney Starter

If you're using charcoal, a chimney starter makes lighting your coals a breeze, and it's a safer alternative to lighter fluid.


Tongs are an absolute necessity for flipping and turning your food. Look for tongs with long handles to keep your hands safe from the heat.

Grill Spatula

A spatula is perfect for flipping delicate items like fish or burgers. Opt for one with a wide, sturdy blade.

Grill Brush

After cooking and enjoying your grilled meal, you'll have to clean the grill. Invest in a long-handled grill brush for cleaning the grill grate.

Trust us: It makes the job so much easier!

Griddle Accessories


Instead of cutting into your deliciously grilled steak to check that it's ready, use a thermometer to gauge when meat is cooked. 

Basting Brush

A basting brush is essential for applying marinades and sauces to your food. Look for one with heat-resistant bristles.

Fire Extinguisher

Grease flare-ups can quickly become dangerous fires. Keep an extinguisher on hand for emergencies.

Grill Light

For those evening BBQ sessions, a grill light is invaluable for providing proper illumination on your grill, ensuring you don't overcook or undercook your food.


Skewers are ideal for grilling kebabs and other skewer-friendly dishes. Stainless steel skewers are durable and easy to clean.

Grill Basket

A grill basket is perfect for cooking smaller or delicate items, such as vegetables and seafood, without them falling through the grates.

Grill Basket


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