How To Choose Equipment & Tools

BBQ 101

How To Choose Equipment & Tools

Your Guide to Grilling Tools

Char-Griller and Kingsford have teamed up with Susie from Hey Grill Hey to go through the basics of barbecue to help you become a backyard barbecue pro in no time. This article covers a guide to choosing the right tools and equipment for grilling.

In BBQ 101, we are using the Char-Griller Smokin’ Champ offset smoker. This grill has cast-iron grates, an adjustable charcoal tray, included side fire box for off-set smoking, and dual damper controls making it ideal for any backyard pitmaster.

Top Equipment and Tools to get Started Grilling

Below we are going to cover some common tools and equipment needed to get started grilling.

  • Wood Chips or Chunks - To add additional smoke or flavor to your cook, you’ll need high quality wood chips or chunks.
  • Charcoal Chimney - To start your fire, you’ll need fire starters or a charcoal chimney on hand.
  • Gloves - To protect your hands from the heat while managing hot coals, be sure you have gloves. Always make sure you are using grill safe and heat resistant gloves.

The Char-Griller Charcoal Chimney Starter makes starting your grill fast and easy. Simply fill the Charcoal Chimney Starter with charcoal and light it. Once the coals are ready, pull the trigger to release the burning charcoal into your grill.

  • Thermometer - The Smokin' Champ has a built-in thermometer to help you make sure you are maintaining your desired cooking temperature inside your grill. You’ll also need a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food. You can use an analog probe thermometer, a remote digital one, or a wireless thermometer to check the temperature from a distance.
  • Grilling Utensils - Before you put anything on the grill, you’ll want to be sure you have grilling utensils on hand. You can use the spatula to flip or flatten food you’re cooking, the grilling fork to flip or transfer food, and the tongs to move charcoal or food.
  • Grill Brush - When it is time for clean-up, a grill brush is a must. A sturdy grill brush goes a long way in keeping your grates clean and ready for the next cook.
  • Seasoning Oil - You can use vegetable oil or your preferred type of oil or a cast iron conditioner to keep your grill grates seasoned and protected. You can drip some paper towels into the oil and then lightly brush them across the top of the grates.

Choosing the right grilling equipment is crucial for achieving a successful and enjoyable outdoor cooking experience. The proper equipment ensures precise temperature control, even cooking, and consistent results. With the right grill, the right fuel, and a couple of simple tools, you are well on your way to making better backyard barbecue.

About the BBQ 101 Series

Susie Bulloch founded Hey Grill Hey in 2015 with one desire: to help people make better BBQ. Char-Griller and Kingsford partnered with Susie and Todd to bring you this series of content, BBQ 101, to help you become a better backyard bbq pro.

Offset Smoking Snapshot

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