Hallelujah, it’s grilling season in Texas! Memorial Day is the perfect time to dust off the grills and smokers and master your BBQ technique. We’ve collected our favorite accessories that will help make you King (or Queen!) of the grill this summer!
The Bison Airlighter is a safe and more effective way to light charcoal. It eliminates the need for quick light briquettes and lighter fluid. Instead, the Airlighter uses a 4-inch butane flame to ignite a few briquettes, then super heated air is forcefully blown into the coals to spread the flames and create even heat across the grill. Instead of waiting 20 minutes for a tower of briquettes to heat, the Airlighter can get a pile in the bottom of the grill white hot and ready for cooking in about five. ($79.95)
You’ll be so proud of that steak, you’ll want to sign it. Now you can! Texas Irons, based in Austin, offers this classic steak branding iron with cedar hanging board. Made of durable stainless steel, this steak brand is personalized with up to three letters of your choice. The cedar board makes for easy display. ($49.95)
Rubs and marinades can only do so much. For competition-worthy flavor, give the SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector Gun a try. Able to penetrate up to 5.5 inches, the SpitJack has a dial that lets you adjust the flow of the marinade. It comes with two needles of different widths to accommodate various herbs and spices. ($69)
You can count on this durable, waterproof meat thermometer from Williams-Sonoma to take the guesswork out of cooking. Compact enough to fit in your pocket, it displays the precise internal temperature of your food in seconds. The bright blue backlit LCD screen makes it easy to see the readings when you’re grilling at night or in inclement weather. ($19.95)
We love these Texas BBQ Smoking Bags that are rich with history. Lauded by Bill Clements, former Governor of Texas, as being a little bag of Texas itself, it’s a one-man operation from start to finish. Larry harvests fallen branches and limbs from his family farm outside of San Antonio, grinds the wood, and cuts and sews the 4 oz. cotton muslin bags. The natural wood chips, available in Texas Pecan, Texas Mesquite and Texas Hickory, are reusable, with up to four hours smoking time and flavor. ($4.95 each)
No more trying to keep track of which steak belongs to which person. Grill Charms™ (as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank!) are dime-sized charms that are placed in food prior to cooking to distinguish spices and flavors, steak temperatures, or to avoid health or allergy issues. The serrated stem holds the charm in securely while flipping, moving and grilling food. When dinner comes to the table, simply look for your Grill Charm, and everyone knows which one is theirs.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with the legendary BBQ “Sause” from Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and heat to put the finishing touches on your BBQ! ($7.49)By Elaine Krackau