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Best Grill Sets

Updated November 2018
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    Shopping guide for the best grill sets

    Last Updated November 2018

    Who doesn’t love a delicious barbecued meal? Having a top-notch grill is definitely key to preparing tasty burgers, hot dogs, steaks, and ribs, but you also need the right tools and utensils to make sure that your recipes are a total success. That’s why having a good grill set is so important.

    But with so many grill sets on the market, choosing the right one can be tough. You have to know what pieces are must-haves, what materials work best, and what other features make one set more useful than the others. If you’re not sure what to look for, sorting through all the options can get frustrating in a hurry.

    In the market for a grill set? You’ll find our top recommendations here. If you just want general tips on choosing a grill set, keep reading our shopping guide.

    Pair your grill set with a fire extinguisher to make sure you have everything you need for a delicious – and safe – barbecue.

    What’s in a grill set?

    Grill sets vary, but you can expect to find tongs, fork, and spatula in a basic set. Here are the utensils commonly found in many grill sets.

    Tongs

    Tongs are an essential tool for safely handling food without worrying about burning yourself. You use tongs to place food on the grill, turn it over as it cooks, and remove it when it’s done.

    Tongs should have long handles (at least seven to nine inches), so there is significant distance between your hand and the hot grill.

    If you use the tongs to add raw meat to the grill, wash them thoroughly before using the same tongs to handle cooked meat.

    Barbecue fork

    Like a pair of tongs, a barbecue fork can be used to add, turn, and remove food from the grill. You can also use the fork to test meat for doneness. A barbecue fork resembles a standard fork except that it has a long handle and usually only two tines. Many serious grillers aren’t fans of barbecue forks, though, because piercing meat as it cooks allows the juices to escape and dries out the meat.

    Spatula

    Tongs don’t work well for positioning or flipping flat food items like burgers and fish fillets, which is why a good grilling spatula is an essential tool for your barbecue. A spatula should have an offset handle and a thin, flexible flat part that you can easily slide beneath the food.

    Avoid grills sets with silicone spatulas. The silicone can melt when exposed to high heat.

    Skewers

    If you enjoy grilling meat and veggie kabobs, you’ll want a grill set that includes skewers. Threading the chunks of meat and vegetables on these long sticks keeps the food from falling through the grill grate. While you can use disposable wooden skewers for kabobs, those that come with a grill set are reusable.

    Corn holders

    Fresh corn on the cob is delicious when prepared on the grill, so you may want a grill set that includes corn holders. You insert these small handles into each end of the cob, making it easier to hold when the corn is hot off the grill.

    Flat, thin grill skewers work best. Food can rotate on square or round skewers.

    Basting brush

    One key to flavorful grilled food is the application of barbecue sauce or marinade to the meat as it cooks. A good grill set should include a long-handled basting brush for spreading the sauce over the food in the last few minutes of grilling. Depending on your needs, you might want a grill set with several basting brushes if you like to use one sauce for meat and a separate marinade for vegetables.

    Grill brush

    Keeping your grill clean is important if you want tasty food every time you use it. That’s why it’s important to choose a grill set that includes a stiff grill brush. Use it to clean the grill grate after every use to make sure that burned-on food won’t affect the grill’s performance or the taste of your next barbecued masterpiece.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Grill brushes wear out over time. Some grill sets include replacement brush heads.

    Grill set features to consider

    Number of pieces

    Grill sets vary in size from those with just a few basic pieces to sets that contain up to 24 pieces. In most cases, you’ll get better value for your money with more pieces, but you could find that some larger sets contain items you won’t necessarily use. Look for a grill set that includes basic items like tongs, spatula, and barbecue fork, as well as any other tools that fit your grilling habits, such as skewers for kabobs or holders for corn on the cob.

    Storage

    Many grill sets include a storage case or container, so you can keep your tools together and never worry about misplacing one. Some storage cases have convenient carrying handles, so it’s easy to take your set with you if you like to grill while camping or tailgating.

    High-quality spatulas feature a full tang, meaning the head and handle are made of a single piece of metal.

    Materials

    • Stainless Steel: The tools and accessories in most grill sets are made of stainless steel, including the tongs, barbecue forks, spatulas, skewers, corn holders, and grill brushes. Heat-resistant stainless steel is durable and easy to clean. Some grill sets contain tools made entirely of stainless steel.

    • Wood and Rubber: The tools in some grill sets have handles made of wood or rubber. Rubber handles can be more comfortable to hold, while some people think wooden handles look nicer.

    • Silicone: Look for a grill set with a basting brush that has heat-resistant silicone bristles. These bristles are easier to clean than other materials and don’t absorb odors, making silicone ideal for applying sauces and marinades.

    Comfort

    You want a grill set that is comfortable to use, so look for tools that have contoured grips that fit well in your hand.

    Avoid grill sets with nonstick skewers. The nonstick coating usually can’t withstand the high heat of a grill.

    Safety

    In addition to being comfortable, a good grill set should also be safe to use. Make sure that any set you consider has heat-resistant handles, so you don’t have to worry about burning your hands while tending the grill. A non-slip grip is also important because it helps prevent you from accidentally dropping the tools on the hot grill.

    Cleaning ease

    As with any cooking utensil, it’s important to choose a grill set with components that are easy to clean. Stainless-steel tools are very easy to wash, and some are even dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze. Others require hand-washing, but the tools usually come clean with some light scrubbing in soapy water.

    EXPERT TIP

    Grill set tools with wooden handles must be washed by hand.


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    Grill set prices

    Grill set prices vary based on the number of pieces included and whether the set includes a case. However, most sets cost between $13 and $110.

    • Budget-friendly

    Grill sets that include three to four pieces, without a storage case, usually cost between $13 and $30.

    • Mid-range

    Grill sets that include six to 14 pieces and some type of storage case usually cost between $17 and $42.

    • Expensive

    Grill sets that include 14 to 24 pieces and some type of storage case usually cost between $20 and $110.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Some grill sets have multi-purpose tools, such as a spatula with a bottle opener in the handle or a serrated edge for cutting.

    Tips

    • Wash your grill set in the dishwasher only if it’s recommended by the manufacturer. It could damage the set, so it’s best to wash the pieces by hand.

    • Use the tongs to rub a paper towel soaked with cooking oil over the grill grates. This will help keep food from sticking to the grill.

    • Don’t use tongs to handle very delicate foods on the grill. Use the spatula to handle fish fillets and other delicate foods.

    • Cook different foods with similar grilling times together. If you’re mixing different types of food on skewers, make sure they all have similar grilling times and the pieces are all about the same size.

    • Test meat doneness with the flat side of the fork. Piercing the meat with the tines can allow the juices to escape and dry out the meat. Press the flat side of the fork against the meat until some juices emerge. If the juices are clear, the meat is cooked through.

    Use the grill brush to thoroughly clean the grate after every use for optimal grill performance.

    FAQ

    Q. What items are essential in a grill set?

    A. Most grill experts agree that tongs, a spatula, a basting brush, and a grill brush are the essential tools that every home griller should have. Other items, while not essential, could come in handy. If you often make kabobs, you’ll save money if you choose a kit with skewers rather than buying them separately. If you grill corn regularly, look for a grill set with corn holders.

    Q. Do different types of grills require different grill sets?

    A. It doesn’t matter whether you have a gas or charcoal grill when you’re choosing a grill set. All of the tools included in the sets are designed to allow you to safely handle food on any hot grill.

    Q. What features should I look for in tongs?

    A. The best tongs have two arms joined in the center by a spring-loaded hinge. Look for a set with oval-shaped, scallop-edged ends, which grip the food well.

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