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17 Things You Need at Your Grilling Station

It's time to fire up the grill and get your backyard cookout sizzlin' with the best new grill accessories and gadgets.

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Kitchen Towels

Be prepared for an inevitable spill with a stack of basic dish towels ($19). They’re well-equipped to wipe up barbecue sauce, catch grease splatters and more. These genius uses for a kitchen towel will surprise you! Plus, find five ways to make your outdoor space feel like home, straight from our stylists.

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

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Basting Pot with Brush

You can set this stainless steel pot ($30) on your grill to keep your barbecue sauce warm. And a basting brush (beloved by pit masters for its generous sauce distribution) easily rests in the handle.

Why it made our list: The basting brush has a silicone handle and will stay cool as you cook.

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BBQ Tools

Every griller—whether a beginner or a pro—needs a set of quality tools. This 3-piece collection ($36) 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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Flexible Skewers

These bendable skewers ($10) are perfect for maximizing your grill space. Plus, they make marinating in a bag or bowl a breeze! Not sure what to make first? Get our best kabob recipes.

Why it made our list: No need to pre-soak ’em either!

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Grill Grates

Designed by professional pit masters, these interlocking grate panels ($80) 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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Oven Mitts

Your grill is going to get hot! Stay cool (and protect your hands) with an oven mitt ($45). The black and white design looks stylish, too. Here’s how to get your grill ready for summer.

Why it made our list: This cute mitt works indoors, too.

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DiamondKing Smoker

You can turn any grill into a smoker with this deceptively simple box ($60). 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 designs 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 ($40). 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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ThermoPop Easy-Read Meat Thermometer

Accurate, simple and more affordable that a wireless option, this thermometer ($34) has won the hearts of many a home cook because the digital display adjusts no matter what angle it’s at so you can read the temperature in the upright position—no more pain in your neck. Yes, you really do need a thermometer. Here’s why.

Why it made our list: It’s available in tons of fun colors!

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Nothing completes a grilled meal better than a sprinkling of freshly cracked pepper. And this rustic peppermill ($45) is the perfect tool for the job. Now you just need to pick out the perfect peppercorns.

Why it made our list: You can adjust the mill for a finer (or coarser) grind.

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Cedar Grilling Planks

Infuse your grilled goods with a hint of cedar. These sturdy planks ($11) are perfect for holding salmon, vegetables and more.

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 ($30), 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 ($33). It’s sturdy enough to hold a steak filet or chop up some vegetables, but is portable enough for camping trips or tailgating. Take care of your new cutting board with these expert tips.

Why it made our list: A rope handle makes this board easy to store.

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Grill Basket

This heavy-duty grill basket from Grillaholics ($22) 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: It’s 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 ($25) 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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Tool Crock

Don’t spend precious time searching for the tongs. Ensure all of your grilling necessities are in one handy place with this simple utensil crock ($50). These are the utensils our Test Kitchen loves most.

Why it made our list: The tough finish will keep this crock looking beautiful for years.

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Wooden Grill Scraper

Ditch the wire scrapers that get gunked up and try a wooden paddle scraper ($25) to clean your barbecue. As you use these hardwood scrapers from Great Scrape, they conform perfectly to your grill’s specific grates. Wire grill brushes can actually be dangerous. Here’s why.

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

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