Best barbecue gadgets on test

Grill with skill by reading our review of the best accessories for your summer barbie. We’ve found top tongs, serving solutions and clever kit for the barbecue enthusiast.

Food being cooked on a barbecue

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Weber kebab set (£49.99)

Best grill set for making kebabs

Weber Kebab grill on white backgroundSkewers can be fiddly to turn over on a hot barbecue, but this wire rack keeps them at an even distance from each other and the coals and makes turning easy. Its sturdy construction means it stays put on the grill, while plated stainless steel provides great heat distribution and it's easy to clean. The rack itself is a little heavy, so I advise against using it on a lightweight grill. Comes with six skewers and fits 18in charcoal grills or larger.

Buy from Amazon (£49.99)

OXO Good Grips silicone tongs (£12)

Best tongs to use on a barbecue

OXO tongs on white background These are really well-designed - the rubberised handles are easy to grip and the flat silicone tips are slightly flexible so they can be used as a spatula to flip food. They're ideal for burgers but really come into their own when having to turn fish or vegetable slices.


ProCook homemade burger press (£12)

Best gadget for making picture perfect burgers

Burger press on white backgroundThis cast aluminium press will help you create perfectly formed homemade quarter pounders. It’s adjustable so you can make three different thicknesses, and means you can play around with different seasoning combos.

Buy from ProCook (£12)

Meat shredding claws (£11.95)

Best for making pulled pork

Meat shredding claws These neat meat shredders are ideal for pulling apart pork or chicken – perhaps at a barbecue or just generally in the kitchen. There’s nothing quite so therapeutic as putting these claws to use, and they'll save the juices going all over your hands.



BBQ Genius cedar wood grilling planks (£7.99)

Best for serving barbecue food

Barbecue board with piece of cooked salmonIf you're serious about barbecues you'll want to get your hands on one of these grilling planks. The planks help infuse your food with an unbeatable smoky flavour and stop food sticking to the grill. They're especially good for barbecues with lids: submerge the plank in water for at least 30 minutes and then place the soaked plank onto the grill and close the lid for a couple of minutes until the plank starts to smoke. It's also good for fish as the wood allows the fish to subtly absorb some of the natural woody smoke flavours within whilst gently steaming the fish. Once you're finished the plank becomes the serving board. 

Buy from Amazon (£7.99)

Meat thermometer

Best barbecue gadget for health and safety

Digital meat thermometer An absolute essential for safe barbecuing, a meat thermometer will help ensure your meat is cooked evenly. We’ve rounded up our best buys, ranging from budget probes to fancy technical kit. Read our meat thermometer review.

Charcoal barbecue

Barbecue with wooden tableDon’t buy your accessories before you’ve got the basics right – we’ve rounded up the best charcoal barbecues that cost less than £100. Read our best barbecue review.

Gas barbecue

Napoleon barbecue on white backgroundThinking about investing in a serious barbecue? Gas barbies come up to temperature quickly, are easy to control and can make al fresco entertaining a lot easier. Read our review of the best gas barbecues.

Portable barbecue

Portable barbecue on a white backgroundPerfect for people with smaller outdoor spaces, or those who like to grill in the great outdoors, portable barbecues occupy a convenient middle ground between hefty grills and disposable trays. Read our portable barbecue review.

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