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More Cool Tools

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One of my early blog entries was a 3 parter on some tools that make barbecuing easier. I’ve recently added a few more tools to my arsenal and I thought I mention them here.

The Ultimate Rib Rack:
Steven Raichlen has a line of BBQ products called the Best of Barbecue. Well I certainly won’t argue the point as it relates to this rib rack. This rib rack has many features I’ve not seen in other rib racks and certainly not all in one unit. First of all it is wider and higher than most rib racks. It can hold large racks of beef ribs but it also sports two intermediate rails to help support smaller racks such as baby backs. The rack is made of non-stick material to make cleanup easier. The rack elevates the ribs about 3/4” above the grill grate to prevent the ribs from sticking to the grate.


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I’ve saved the best feature for last: Handles. If you’ve ever tried to pick up a rib rack with tongs or tried to find a place to grab it with BBQ gloves on, you’ll LOVE the handles. I honestly can’t think of any way to improve on this rib rack. If you are interested you can order it via Steven Raichlen’s online store or Bed Bath & Beyond carries many of his products. They are seasonal items in areas like New England.

Fish Spatula:
This item is hardly an essential but it does make turning fish or other wide foods much easier. This one is also from Steven Raichlen’s Best of Barbecue line. It is long to keep your hands cool and has a durable bakelite handle.


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Barbecue Mop & Bucket:
This mop and bucket are also from Steven Raichlen and each item has a nice touch that sets them apart from most of the crowd. The galvanized mop bucket features a removable plastic liner to make cleanup easy. The mop features a detachable head to allow you to easily clean or soak the head.

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Grille Light:
This light from Steven Raichlen has two heads featuring halogen bulbs. The flexible gooseneck allows you a lot of placement flexibility. The light operates on 4 AA batteries and is waterproof for those overnight cooks in the rain. I’ve held off getting a grill light before this because many I’ve tried are either not bright enough, or they devour batteries. This light gives enough light to illuminate the entire cooking surface of my six burner gas grill. The jury is out on the battery life but it certainly give off more than enough light.

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Pans:
You may have been wondering when I was going to get around to the pans pictured at the top of the page. Well I recently bought some Calaphon non-stick pans which are pictured above. While these are not grilling essentials, they sure make preparing sauces easier. They heat very evenly and they clean effortlessly, zero scrubbing required. So if you do a lot of cooking and are using 20 year old pans, treat yourself to a set of new pans. The new non-stick coating are a revelation. Teflon was never this easy.


Other Cool Tools:
As mentioned above there are 3 other blog entries regarding BBQ tools. Here are the links:

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SOME RELATED LINKS

  WHAT UTENSIL DO I NEED - PART 1 Blog Entry
  WHAT UTENSIL DO I NEED - PART 2 Blog Entry
  WHAT UTENSIL DO I NEED - PART 3 Blog Entry


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