Grilling Tool Sets make great gifts for barbecue enthusiasts who have just about everything. One of the most exciting things about a tool set is that they come in a variety of sizes and styles that can fit anyone’s taste. This article gives a few guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for a grilling tool set. The first is durability; there is nothing worse than getting a new product, only to have it break within minutes or hours of use. The second guideline is to choose a style that fits with the users grill. The third guideline is to choose a set with the appropriate number of pieces.
When shopping for new grilling utensils I prefer to play with them in the store before making a purchasing decision. You can tell a lot about the quality of a utensil by applying a little pressure. For spatulas, press gently on the flipper while holding the handle steady. If there is a little give, then it will most likely not meet quality standards. When testing tongs, I pinch shelves and other items in the store to see how much pressure they can take before they begin to give a little bit. I expect my tongs to be extremely versatile. I use them to pick up and flip 12 pound briskets, so sturdiness is a must. If you are just flipping burgers steaks then a little won’t be a problem. The key to finding a durable grill utensil is to try it out and see firsthand how sturdy it is.
Grill tool sets come in a variety of colors and are constructed from a variety of materials. The three most common types are fully stainless steel models, wood handled models, and plastic handled models. Plastic models are usually not durable enough for serious grilling. If you own a stainless steel grill then grilling accessories made of the same material make a lot of sense. They will match your grill and define your style.
There are some that prefer the look of the wooden handles, but beware of wooden handled skewers, as they have a tendency to char when placed on hot grills. Whether you choose a stainless steel or wood handled grill tool set, it is important to make sure that the spatula and tongs have some type of rubber grip. Wood especially, can be very slippery when it gets wet, so to avoid that problem most manufacturers place rubber pieces on parts of the handle to decrease slippage. This is an important safety device, and will save you from accidentally dropping food.
Grilling Tool Set Sizes
Grilling tool sets come in a variety of sizes. The basic four piece set comes with the following utensils: a Spatula, a pair of Tongs, and a Grill Fork. These form the basic grilling accessory trinity that is a necessity in the toolbox of every backyard chef. From that point the sets get larger and larger. One of the most popular sets is the Mirage Stainless Steel 18 Piece BBQ Tool Set. This set is designed for the serious barbecue fanatic that grills corn on the cob and loves to make kabobs. It includes the following 18 pieces:
- Spatula with Bottle Opener
- Grill Fork
- Basting Brush
- 6 Shish Kabob Skewers
- 8 Corn Cob Holders
This set also comes in a stainless steel storage case that can easily be stored under a grill. This is the perfect set for someone that grills more than just hamburgers and steaks.
There are many excellent grilling tool sets available. The key to finding the right one for yourself, or as a gift to a barbecue enthusiast, is to choose a set with the correct number of pieces, find a set that fits your style, and ensure that the utensils are durable enough to last for years of use.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Derrick Sharp is a Barbecue enthusiast with over a decade of grilling experience who owns and writes for the Backyard Grilling & Outdoor Living Blog. He has spent the past two years designing and building his own built in Brazilian Churrasco style brick barbecue grill. Derrick has published extensively online and is a platinum level author at EzineArticles.