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.

Best wearable accessory

Garden EssentialsGrillslinger, £59.99

It's not about being the quickest draw in the West, but definitely the best cook in town. It's a tool belt, made just to hold all the grilling utensils you might need. The belt includes loops for the big utensils, and plenty of pockets and pouches to hold whatever you need to treat your meat. There are a few models available, but the original Grillslinger might be your best bet. It comes with a grill knife, tongs and spatula set. Buy from Garden Essentials.

Best grill accessory

Weber Kebab grill on white backgroundWeber kebab set, £29.99

Skewers 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. Find stockists on the Weber website.

Best for serving

Barbecue board with piece of cooked salmonBBQ Genius cedar wood grilling planks, pack of 2, £7.19

If 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 BBQ World.

Best tongs

OXO tongs on white background OXO Good Grips silicone tongs, £14

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. Buy from OXO.

Best meat thermometer

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.

Best 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.

Best 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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