You’ve got the barbecue. You’ve got the back yard (or balcony, or rooftop). But before you grab the beers and invite everyone over for the meatiest meat-fest ever, make sure you’ve prepared like a pro.
Look It to Cook It
Barbecue can be messy. Make sure you look as good as your food with this 100% canvas Le Creuset chef’s apron. $50
Tongs, fork, spatula, brush. Anything else is just clutter. This stainless steel set with green wood handles will stay sharp (and good-looking, too) season after season. $99
Solstice be damned, eventually, it’s going to get dark. Keep your eyes on the prize with this lightweight grill light. Tilt-switch activation ensures optimum efficiency, providing up to 10,000 hours of late-night grilling. $40
Go Whole Hog
When you just have to spit roast a 200-plus pound suckling pig, nothing else will suffice. The SpitJack P150 Whole Hog Rotisserie boasts a shaft speed of 4 rpm and is made from 76” of “food-grade” stainless steel. $1,300
Too Hot to Handle
High-heat ‘cuing can be a dangerous, delicious sport. Protect your mortal meat hooks with these suede grill gloves. With improved dexterity and handling ability, you’ll show even the hottest suckling pig who’s boss. $40
Barbecue… pizza? If you ever wished your patio felt like a charming Italian ristorante, this pizza stone works with any 22.5 inch or larger grill. Just sprinkle a bit of cornmeal, roll out your dough and top. $80
Extend your evenings with a CSA-approved fire pit. This bronze-finished beauty puts out 60,000 BTUs of heat and works with natural gas or propane. If open flames are too rustic, consider the more modern approach of a 40,000 BTU aluminum patio heater ($600). $1,500
Image courtesy of Mr. T in DC.