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5 Essential Tools That Make Every Time You Grill A Success

Summer is coming. And spring is in full swing. It's time to invite some friends over, crack open a cold one, and grill something delicious. If that sounds good to you (and it probably does), you'll need to get a few things ready. Here are 5 essential tools that make every time you grill a success.

1) THE GRILL

If you're going to grill like a pro, you need a professional grill. It can all go well – or poorly – from here. When you use charcoal, you want a grill that breathes well and carries even heat from top to bottom. For a propane grill, you're looking for even, predictable flame. Get the best, grill the best.

2) THE TONGS & SPATULA

You can always just use whatever you have on hand. But the heat can be intense. Dedicated grilling utensils with long handles and steel construction are a must. After all, it's hard to eat grilled chicken with burned fingers.

3) THE MEAT THERMOMETER

Is it done yet? Here's an easy way to know. A good digital thermometer will help you take the steaks off with professional timing. It's easy to get distracted when you have guests over. This tool helps you get it right the first time.

4) THE PIZZA STONE

Homemade pizza is good. Grilled pizza is even better. Get a good pizza stone. You'll thank yourself. (Try this recipe – it's perfect.)

5) THE GRILL BRUSH

When it's time to put away your grill, you'll need a grill brush. There's nothing fun about cleaning a grid with stuck-on food from last time you barbecued chicken. Better to do it right away. For this job, a long-handled brush with wire bristles is your best friend.

Okay, you're all set. Get on the phone and invite a few people over. Grill season is officially open. And for all your grilling needs, come on into The Great Backyard. We're happy to help!

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