If you're up early tomorrow and in Los Angeles, you can catch me on KTLA tomorrow talking about all the tech-cessories you need for a backyard BBQ. Here they all are— happy grilling!
Kettle Pizza $149.95
Have you heard? Pizza’s the new hot dog. Only problem is, it’s tough to cook on the BBQ (though the end result is divine) because every time you open the lid you let out all the heat, and a pizza needs to cook fast and hot. Kettle Pizza converts any kettle BBQ into a pizza oven, circulating the heat to a desirable 600-700 degrees, ensuring a crispy crust and lots of oohs and aahs.
Grill Wrangler $37.99
If you’re flipping burgers, you need a spatula. If your grilling veggies, you need tongs, and if your’e roasting hot dogs, you need a fork. Why not have one utensil that does it all? The Grill Wrangler from Quirky is the grilling utensil of your dreams: Press the easy-release button and it morphs from a spatula to a grilling fork to tongs. Yes, it’s all that and a bag of barbeque chips.
Roomba, how you spoil me! Now I want one for everything I need to clean, including removing the caked on gunk from my grill grates. Well, howdy Grillbot! I love how you scrub it all with the push of a button, and you can even stand the heat of a just-used grill! (Just make sure you turn off the flame or you’ll send your Grillbot to the burn ward.) Brushes are easily removed, dishwasher safe, and there’s even an option that’s friendly to non-stick grills.
You went to Whole Foods and bought the fancy grass-fed burgers. So why, in heaven’s name, would you use lighter fluid to ignite your grill, and give everything you cook a gas taste? Yuck. Grab your Looftlighter instead— it heats up to an astounding 1,200 degrees F to ignite wood or charcoal pellets with ease (and no lighter fluid). The safety casing cools to the touch a few seconds after use, and oh-ho! It even has a handle that doubles as a bottle opener! I love a gadget that solves so many problems at once!
For the serious outdoor cook who wants his rotisserie chicken or ribeye to come out perfectly, but doesn’t want sweat over the grill for hours. iGrill is a digital thermometer built for the heat of the ‘cue with a direct line via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android. Have a cocktail with guests and it will text you when your food has reached the perfect internal temperature.
It’s one of those little problems that feels big if you’re eating outdoors on a windy day— the napkins blow away, resulting in lots of litter, stress (and dirty faces). Leave it to Simplehuman to create the perfect solution— a weighted tension arm on this napkin holder makes it easy to pull out just one napkin at a time, keeping the rest in place. It holds 75 napkins and has a rubber base, so it won’t slip or slide.
Okay, this one’s a bit pricey, but who can put a price on a table that lets you roast your own marshmallows right in the center? Cooking should be communal, and TableQ definitely brings everyone together. It comes with four UV-resistant wicker chairs, and tempered glass tabletop that stays miraculously cool despite the heat of the grill. If you want something memorable to heat up your next party, this table’s got the goods.
Chillsner, where have you been all my life? I never knew how badly my beer bottle needed you until I sipped perfectly chilled beer through your spout, until you added the chill without diluting my beverage. Just freeze and insert into any bottle (beer or otherwise) and never again suffer through a warm brew. Brrr-illiant.
Solar Powered Umbrella $299.99
Please, don’t get up— this umbrella charges your device while you lounge in the shade. The fade-resistant fabric umbrella sports solar panels and a built-in battery, so it’s collecting energy when the sun’s out, and can even charge your USB device even when the clouds roll in.