The Backyard BBQ & Grilling Check List

Gearing up for the 4th of July festivities? Make sure you have everything you’ll need for your big cookout with our backyard BBQ checklist. It’s more than just a few burgers and a cooler of drinks. Make sure you have everything you need to flex your grill master muscles this holiday weekend.

  • ____ 1. The grill: This probably goes without saying however, if you plan to host outdoor cooking festivities you’re going to need a way to cook for the crowd. If you plan to use your grill for more than searing a steak, consider a Primo ceramic grill. With a Primo, you can grill, bake, roast, and smoke. From pizza and cobblers to steaks and chops, you can cook just about anything with the help of your Primo.

  • ____ 2. Chimney starter: Forgo the battle scars associated with trying to light your grill with free restaurant matches and opt for a chimney starter. Just fill the area below the grate with newspaper, fill the area above with briquettes, light the newspaper, and allow the coals to lightly ash over. Once they appear white in color, grab your insulated oven mitts and carefully pour the coals just where you want them.

  • ____ 3. Long-handled tongs: It’s no mystery that grilling is a hot job. Opt for longer handled tongs with safety handles to make easy work of reaching those potatoes at the back of the grill.

  • ____ 4. Digital Read Thermometer: Safety is key regardless of where or what you are cooking. To guarantee the proper internal temperature of whichever kind of meal you plan, opt for a digital read thermometer. A personal favorite is the Taylor laser thermometer. Simply point and shoot an infrared laser from a distance for an accurate internal temperature.

  • BBQ Equipment

  • ____ 5. Long-handled lighter: For those using a gas grill, you’ll need to ignite your pilot light before you get to grilling. For those going the charcoal route, you too will want a longer lighter to get your chimney starter going. Opt for a longer lighter to avoid burns from close contact.

  • ____ 6. Heavy-duty spatula: The fact is, burgers and steaks are pretty heavy. The last thing you want is for your perfectly grilled meal to take a nosedive toward the ground. Save yourself from spoiling Fido and trust your meal to the right tools to handle the job.

  • ____ 7. Delicate spatula: On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll need a very different tool to handle the delicate foods you trust to your grill. For fish, fruit, veggies, and tofu, opt for a spatula similar to that used for fish in the kitchen to avoid tearing when navigating the landscape of the grill.

  • ____ 8. Stiff-bristled brush: Once you’ve had your fill of the very best BBQ around, it’s time for the clean up. Save yourself the hassle of flimsy sponges and brushes and reach for a stiff bristled brush. A few minutes of proper clean up will extend the life of your grill and save you a whole lot of frustration.
  • Chelsea B. Sanz
    Chelsea B. Sanz

    Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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