The Best Gadgets For Grilling The Perfect Steak
You can grill an even better steak with the right tools and gadgets. Or, you can just use them to make your annoying neighbor jealous.
By Ryan Penagos
60-SECOND CHARCOAL STARTER ($80)
Squirting lighter fluid on hot coals is undeniably fun, but getting your face scorched off by out-of-control flames is a total buzz kill. So ditch the matches and lighter fluid for The 60 Second Charcoal Starter, an electric heat-gun gadget that emits 1,290-degree heat — we’re pretty sure that’s, like, hotter than the surface of the sun — directly into the coals. When the coals spark, keep the heat pointed at them for, ahem, a hot minute, and the flame will take over from there.
STEAK STATION THERMOMETER ($21)
The battery-powered hub contains four tethered, color-coded thermometers that can each be inserted into a steak. The hub keeps track of each steak’s temperature on a rare/medium/well scale so you can easily have yours medium-rare, while giving your idiot brother-in-law the one you forgot about and accidentally made well-well-well-done.
DIGITAL BBQ TONGS ($33)
You may think you’re a master at eyeballing steak, but the one time it comes out mooing you’ll never live it down. Plus, you’ll have wasted a fine and potentially expensive cut of meat. Digital BBQ Tongs have a built-in five-second response time with seven preset meat types and an alarm to let you know your meat’s been cooked to your specifications. And if you happen to be grilling at night or just want to annoy your sleeping neighbors, the tongs also come with an LED flashlight.
CAST IRON GARLIC ROASTER ($15)
Yeah, we know garlic makes your breath stink. That’s a price we’re willing to pay for the additional taste it adds to steak, chicken, and potatoes. You can fit one or two garlic cloves inside the Cast Iron Garlic Roaster, which will then add a smoky, fire-roasted flavor to top off your steak after it’s grilled.