We're just about to crank up our barbecue for the first time this season, and we're already dreaming of what we'll cook on it this summer. Sure, we could stick to burgers and dogs, but the grill has a lot more potential than that. So we went hunting for a few new gadgets that will really help us get the most out of our barbecue.
• We're really intrigued by these Williams Sonoma mesh grill-top pans. Sure there are baskets out there for small vegetables and other hard-to-grill foods, but we imagine the deep sides of these pans would help keep tasty morsels from flying into the fire.
• Particularly at the beginning of BBQ season, we want to entertain by candlelight, but grilling means that we have to turn on the harsh floodlights in order to see. So this year, we're grabbing a portable grill light like this one from Sharper Image. The cook can see while the guests relax.
• Last year, we spent far too long, fiddling with skewers to keep our food from flipping and twisting. These double kabob skewers from Elizabeth Karmel help keep food cooking evenly.
•We know, we know. If you can't stand the heat, you should probably get back in the kitchen, and away from the grill. But sometimes that burst of heat keeps us from basting as often as we should. Elizabeth Karmel also offers this long and angled silicone basting brush to help keep fingers a little farther from the fire.
• We just showed you this amazing beehive pizza oven that we're coveting. But there's another big ticket item we'd love to have. Last year we built our own smoker. And this year, we'd love to upgrade to a Big Green Egg. (Actually, for our small family, a medium Green Egg). While the homemade smoker made great fish, tomatoes, and other small smoked items, the Green Egg would really allow us to tackle some interesting projects like long-smoked pork butt, making our own bacon, and other ideas we're just beginning to imagine.
What's on your summer grilling wishlist?