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accessories for the outdoor cook

looking for something fun to buy my husband for his birthday. our new house has a decent spot for outdoor cooking (no built ins, just nice flat areas) and we have a grill and a smoker. wondering what outdoor cooking accessories folks feel they can't live without - thanks in advance!

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  1. grill light, restaurant quality slotted, offset spatula and tongs, meat thermometer that wirelessly transmits temperature, wire grill brush

    1. A book about grilling/smoking (including recipes) might be good. Check out Steven Raichlen's books and some of the Weber books. Plus, you reap the benefits of the recipes he tries.

      1. A pile of wood and a rack to hold it.

        1. Fun but sort of useless? One of those laser-gun thermometers! Not really better than a $20 food thermometer, but pew! pew! You're dead at an internal temperature of 155F!

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          1. re: biggreenmatt

            Do they make one that gives you the internal temperature or just the surface temperature? If so, I want one.

            1. re: zackly

              No they only give surface temperatures. Those things are useless when it comes to internal temp.

              1. re: JayL

                But still, pew! pew! You're dead, sucka!

          2. Really good quality thongs and spatulas, long ones. Two of each would not be overkill.

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            1. re: cleobeach

              I'm not sure what cleobeach has in mind with thongs and spatulas, but it sounds fun!!
              If you want to be a little tamer:
              I recently got a Maverick remote thermometer, and love it.
              Heavy duty heat proof gloves for pulling stuff off the smoker or grill.

              1. re: cleobeach

                Two 19 year old Russian underwear models in thongs would improve my BBQ parties immensely

                1. re: zackly

                  But what to do with the spatulas??

                    1. re: zackly

                      I guess I really do need more spatulas and thongs, then.

                      1. re: 4X4

                        I would have bet that this link was to the "Castle Anthrax" scene...