It’s warming up here in the southern United States, so that means it’s almost time for grilling season to move into full swing. As we get closer to Memorial Day and July 4th, you’ll want to make sure you have your grilling setup in tip-top shape. While I am not a grilling expert, I suspect you aren’t either. I’ve gotten better over the years, and I wanted to share some of my favorite gear with you.

Gas Grills

While charcoal grills certainly can’t be beat by a gas grill in taste, they get destroyed by convenience. When you have a long day at the office, a gas grill is the fastest way to get a tasty burger or piece of chicken from the packaging to your plate. My current go-to model is the Weber Spirit II E–210. I’ve got the first generation of this model, and it’s been really great.

The Weber Spirit II E–210 uses an Infinity ignition that is guaranteed to fire up every time. It comes with folding side tables and integrated hooks on the side for storing utensils. It has 360 square inches of cooking space and 90 square inches in the warming rack.

The Weber Spirit II E–210 is $400, but it’s well worth the price. Lower-cost gas grills can often be made in inferior parts that begin to rust after a few years. The Weber Spirit II E–210 is backed by a ten-year warranty, so you’ll be grilling tasty dishes for many years to come.

Charcoal Grills

While they are certainly less convenient, it’s hard to ignore the taste of a charcoal grill. The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is one of the highest rated options on the market. It has 90% four and five-star reviews on Amazon. It’s easy to clean, has precision heat control, and is easy to use (you can add fuel while cooking as an example). It can fit thirteen burgers in its 363 square inch cooking area.

You can pick up the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill on Amazon for $150.

Meat Thermometer

I know there are iPhone/Android Bluetooth-enabled options for thermometers, but I never loved any of the ones I used. The best on the market is the Thermapen Mk4 ($100). It’s not the cheapest, but it’s the best. It takes an accurate temperature in under three seconds, and the display rotates as you use it. There are no buttons, so all you do is open it and stick it in the meat. It will get 3,000 hours of battery life on a single AAA battery. I bought one a few years ago, and I feel like my grilling skills have been taken a step up. I’m never questioning if something is fully cooked or not. I always trust it.

Misc. Accessories

With grilling, there are a number of accessories you can add on. The real truth is that gear doesn’t make you a grill master. Only practice can do that. Here are some basic accessories I like:

  • Weber Grill Tongs – $13
  • Grill Brush and Scraper – $18
  • Weber Grill Spatula – $17

Do you have any personal recommendations? What about grilling tips? Let me know in the comments, and we can all become master grillers together!

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