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20 Best Grill Accessories You Need at Your Station

It's time to get outside (and get cooking!) with the best grill accessories and gadgets.

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Cooling Apron

One of the “coolest” grill accessories out there, the Ice-Pron features an interchangeable cooling unit around the neckline that keeps grillers cool while they cook. This apron’s “cool” design makes it ideal for grilling and any outdoor activity where heat can be beat.

Why it made our list: With pockets to hold pens, ear buds, grilling tools, a thermometer and even a cell phone, the Ice-Pron isn’t just a cool grill accessory—it’s practical.

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Chimney Starter

If you’re a passionate charcoal griller, you’ll want to invest in a chimney starter. This affordable gadget lets you start your grill without any lighter fluid—just some paper and your favorite charcoal. Give it a light, let it go to work and dispense the coals right into your grill.

Why it made our list: Lighter fluid can leave your food tasting like chemicals. This gadget lets the flavors of your favorite grilled dishes shine!

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OXO Basting Pot with Brush

You can set this stainless steel pot on your grill to keep your barbecue sauce warm. And a basting brush easily rests in the handle.

Why it made our list: The silicone pot lid keeps sauce protected from outdoor debris.

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Grilling Towels

Be prepared for an inevitable spill with a stack of basic dish towels. They’re well-equipped to wipe up barbecue sauce, catch grease splatters, and these clever kitchen towel uses.

Why it made our list: The gingham check pattern is perfect for summer.

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BBQ Tools for Grilling

Every griller—whether a beginner or a pro—needs a set of quality tools. This 4-piece collection has everything you’ll need to whip up one of our best-ever BBQ recipes.

Why it made our list: Long handles make it easy to keep your distance from the heat.

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MEATER+ Thermometer

A thermometer is a must in the kitchen, but it’s also a must at your grill station. The MEATER+ is fancier than most—it connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone. With the corresponding app, you can get alerts when your grilled chicken is done without constantly opening the grill.

Why it made our list: Not only does this fancy thermometer monitor your meat’s temp, it calculates for carryover cooking too so you don’t ever end up with an overcooked steak.

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Grill Grates

Designed by professional pitmasters, these interlocking grate panels retrofit to any grill. Diehard fans swear that they cook more evenly and prevent flareups. P.S. You need to stop making these common grilling mistakes.

Why it made our list: Your food will get those picture-perfect sear marks.

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DiamondKing Smoker

You can turn any grill into a smoker with this deceptively simple smoke box. It sits on the grill grates and produces all the heat and smoke you need to make delicious barbecue without using charcoal or propane. Get step-by-step instructions for turning your grill into a smoker here.

Why it made our list: The large design holds a lot of wood—so your food turns out extra flavorful.

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Canvas Grilling Apron

Protect your outfit (and keep grilling tools close at hand!) with this smart canvas apron. Who knew simple could look so good?

Why it made our list: The front pocket can hold tools or a cold one.

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Grill Gloves

Sometimes an oven mitt or hot pad is too cumbersome for grilling tasks. That’s where these grill gloves come in handy. These gloves withstand high heat so you can handle hot pans, tools and foods from the grill.

Why it made our list: This grill accessory is a must by the grill but it’s handy inside, too.

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Cedar Grilling Planks

Infuse your grilled goods with a hint of cedar. These sturdy planks are perfect for holding salmon, vegetables and more. If you’re new to working with grilling planks, check out our Test Kitchen’s guide to cedar plank grilling.

Why it made our list: Rainy day? These planks work in the oven, too.

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Beer Can Chicken Roaster Rack

Catch all the drips in this stainless steel roasting rack, then toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. (And check out our Beer Can Chicken recipe while you’re waiting for the roaster to arrive!)

Why it made our list: Included spikes let you roast veggies along with your chicken.

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Wooden Cutting Board

Bring your prep station outside with this durable wooden cutting board. It’s sturdy enough to hold a steak filet or chop up some vegetables but is portable enough for camping trips or tailgating.

Why it made our list: The groove along the board’s edge catches all of your meat drippings for you.

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Grill Basket

This heavy-duty grill basket fits any grill and is sized just right so food doesn’t fall through it. You just might have the best grilled veggies on the block. (Learn how to grill veggies like a pro.)

Why it made our list: This grill accessory is dishwasher-safe so cleanup is a breeze!

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LED Grill Light

Made with 10 ultra-bright LED lights, this clamp-style, weather-resistant grill light will help you power through the elements and the darkest of nights to deliver grilled perfection to the dinner table. Here’s how to choose the right type of grill for your cooking style.

Why it made our list: It’s perfect for stainless steel grills!

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Copper Grill Mat

Ever wish you could grill without the hassle of scrubbing an oversized grill grate? You can with copper grill mats. Think of these as parchment paper for your grill. Place them right on the grates and grill away! These sheets keep the grill clean and prevent some of your smaller cuts from falling through.

Why they made our list: These mats make for easy cleanup.

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Wooden Grill Scraper

Ditch the wire scrapers that get gunked up and try a wooden paddle scraper to clean your barbecue. As you use these hardwood scrapers from Great Scrape, they conform perfectly to your grill’s specific grates. Find out why wire grill brushes are dangerous to use on your grill.

Why it made our list: This scraper is made from all-natural materials.

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Kabob Grilling Baskets

Never worry about your kabobs falling apart ever again. Flip your favorite kabob recipes with ease by using this special kabob grill basket. No skewer is needed.

Why it made our list: You can grill multiple kabob options side-by-side.

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Universal Rotisserie Grill Kit

Roast rotisserie chicken recipes and other meats right over your grill with this rotisserie kit. Its electric spit motor does all the heavy work for you while you prepare these summery, no-cook sides.

Why it made our list: This tool is designed to fit most grills.

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Grill Hooks

Keep your must-have grill tools, like your handy-dandy spatula, within arm’s reach by attaching hooks to your grill station. Attach up to six hooks onto your grill with this set.

Why it made our list: This grilling accessory is made of stainless steel, making it both beautiful and durable.

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Kristin Sutter
A big fan of homegrown cooking, Kristin has been a writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has mastered the art of learning from her inexpert riffs on other people's truly good recipes.