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Jun 1, 2011 04:01 PM

New Grill Gadget Recommendations Please

A friend who is obsessed by her high-powered propane grill has a birthday coming up. She's already got a grill wok, a flat basket for fish and so on, and a grill griddle. Anyone have ideas about new and useful gadgets for an avid griller? I saw a meatball basket at Williams Sonoma. Too silly? The ones with little holes look hard to clean. Thank you

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  1. Meatballs are really easy to grill in a grill wok, so I'd not get a dedicated device for that.

    One gadget that is popular now is the pepper holder. You put the peppers in there hanging up and stuffed with cream cheese and other ingredients.

    If your friend likes wood smoke, then consider wood chips or wood planks. Both help enhance the flavor of foods over gas. Baxter's online is my favorite of the wood companies. He packs them up cute in burlap bags, and the wood is primo.

    Grill gloves come in handy and wear out fairly quickly, so even if she has some, she can use more some time.

    I like new grill marinades and sauces myself. One of my favorite lines is Allegro. They aren't sold locally, but I can get them in the city. There are also many small batch marinades, sauces, and rubs sold online. I ordered Nephew's Cherry 'Polte for friends over Valentine's Day.

    Grill cookbooks can also be fun. Big box stores like Lowe's usually have a decent selection.

      1. One of my girls got me the meatball basket for Christmas and I used it for the first time the other day. As silly as it may sound, it's really kind of neat and the meatballs came out really good. I used the recipe that came on the packaging and it turned out great. It wasn't all that difficult to clean either.

        Other suggestions, instant read thermometers come in very handy. I also like the wire cable kabob skewers. And on of my most prized girlling gadgets is a grill stone (piastra) from Mario Batali. I make the Braciole in his grilling book and it really can't be done without the piastra. This is a fantastic dish with expensive ingredients, the first time I tried it, I didn't have the piastra and it was a bit of a flop, but with the piastra, it's one of the most fantastic things I've made on the grill. Highly recommended if she doesn't have one. Throw in the MB grilling book for good maeasure.

        1. Hi, ninrin:

          (1) Infared thermo gun;
          (2) Thermapen;
          (3) Pigtail meat turner;
          (4) Rib racks;
          (5) Basket for wood chips for smoking.


          1. Thanks, everyone! After having lots of fun looking into all the suggestions posted here, I finally decided to go with the infra-red thermal gun and an assortment of wood chips. (Those bendy skewers and various grill/pizza stones are awfully cool, but I'm afraid she might already have stuff like that.) Thank you all again, Ninrn