There's nothing that reminds us more that warmer weather has arrived, than the smell of food cooking on a BBQ. Those longer evenings give us plenty of time to grab some BBQ fuel and fire it up, become an absolute master on the grill all while using the best BBQ tools in our arsenal.
But perhaps your utensils have seen better days, or you left them to rust after last summer (guilty), and you need to invest in some new BBQ tools to really show off your culinary prowess. Then we've got you covered.
Investing in long-lasting, durable utensils and BBQ tools like a cleaning kit and BBQ cover, is crucial if you frequently cook on a barbeque. So whether you enjoy a BBQ when camping and are looking for compact essentials or are looking to take your grilled feast to the next level with handy accessories such as grilling mats and meat claws - then here are our picks of the best BBQ tools and sets.
Best BBQ tools
Weber Original BBQ Tool Set, 3 Piece
This three-piece utensil set from Weber includes your basic BBQ essentials for beginners, or those looking to refresh their set. The tong, spatula and a basting brush are made from stainless steel with easy-grip rubber handles, along with useful tool hooks so you can hang them within easy reach.
Tried and tested by Group Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "I've had more sets of barbecue tools than hot dinners - from wooden-handled ones that go mouldy in the shed to tongs and flippers that bend when you try to lift a heavy joint of meat.
"Shortcut the false economy of replacing cheap kit every year by simply buying this brilliant set from Weber. It's a bit of an investment but one that pays off in the long term, because the quality is very high and they feel built to last.
"Metal hanging loops are vastly superior to the leather or string variety (which snap after one summer's use) and the tools are long enough to reach the back of the largest of barbecues without grilling your forearm. There's no bottle opener on the flipper tool, but that's not the end of the world."
grilljoy BBQ Grill Tool Set, 25pcs
Cover all bases with this epic BBQ grill tool set crammed full of every essential tool you need to grill your meat and vegetables. There are added extras like a marinade injector, a thermometer as well as corn cob holders.
Gentlemen's Hardware Multi-Tool
This swiss-army knife inspired BBQ multi-tool is a great accessory to take camping as it requires little space or as a nifty tool. The multi-tool is formed of a spatula, fork, bottle opener, and corkscrew and will always come in handy for spontaneous cooks.
Weber Premium Gloves
Protective gloves that can handle up to 250 degrees - an aramid construction protects your hands while extensive, grippy silicone helps you hold onto hot items.
Tried and tested by Group Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "These are not cheap and some of that price tag goes towards paying for the Weber name, but on the other hand, do you want to cut corners when it comes to a product designed to protect your fingers from a red hot barbecue element?
"These are super comfy and can be used to shield your hands and forearms when reaching across a hot grill, or to pick up hot trays and cooking surfaces without resorting to dangerously levering them with a pair of tongs or similar."
Meater Plus Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth Repeater
A thermometer is essential for BBQing to check the consistency of the heat when you're cooking meat. This thermometer is Bluetooth enabled so it means you don't have to risk singing your eyebrows, by standing and staring over the heat, because the Meater App notifies you of the estimated cooking time and target temperatures. It's an expensive addition to your BBQ toolkit but certainly worthy.
ACMETOP Portable BBQ Grill Basket
This barbecue grilling basket provides space for meat for two or three people. The lockable grill basket secures foods in place and promotes easy flipping of grilled foods. Ideal for cooking meats, fish or vegetables. It also comes with a grill mat, basting sauce bottle brush and a carrying pouch.
Dualeco Silicone BBQ Gloves
If you have a tendency to burn yourself while cooking, grab yourself a pair of silicone heat resistant gloves. The five-finger design gives you more flexibility when holding hot pots, food or racks and has a 3.14 inch cuff to keep your wrists and lower forearms from scalding.
Centurius Curiosty Kebab Skewers Stainless Steel
These reusable skewers can be used as a barbecue skewer, kebab and kofta skewer or for roasting veg. Each skewer is 25 cm long.
John Lewis & Partners Stainless Steel Corn Cob Holders, Pack of 8
Who doesn't love an ear of buttery, chargrilled corn on the cob straight from the BBQ? Make it easy to scoff with these clever cob holders.
Weber Small Aluminium BBQ Drip Trays, Pack of 10
Serve up all the juicy meat goodness in these disposable aluminium drip trays. Saves on the washing up!
The Great Scrape Wood Grill Scraper
Get rid of any leftover char with this wood scraper. The great thing about it is it customises to your grill grooves, simply heat the grill to high heat and use slow, firm pressure to glide the paddle front to back on grates, keeping the grooves in the same place each time.
COSORO Set of 3 BBQ Grill Brushes
Take care of your BBQ grill with this cleaning set made up of three BBQ grill brushes.
Tools To Start The BBQ
Where would you be without the actual fire? Here are some tools to get you started when it comes to lighting your BBQ.
If you need a step-by-step breakdown on lighting your grill and where to get the right gas, check out our in-depth guide to the best BBQ fuel for hybrid, charcoal, electric and gas grills.
Weber Chimney Starter
This Weber Chimney Starter features two handles behind a heat shield to help you aim and pour the hot coals into your grill without burning yourself. Large enough (conveniently) to fill one Weber kettle barbecue, it also features a cone-shaped element at the bottom to ensure the maximum surface area above the firelighters.
Tried and tested by Group Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "The tool that revolutionised charcoal barbequing for me. Simply fill with briquettes, light a fire beneath, and return 20 minutes later to perfectly lit coals.
"I bought the Weber one to match my kettle grill but also because their kit just works, and carries on working for years to come. Case in point - I've had mine for four years and it still works perfectly. No warped metal, no melted handle, no loose rivets or fixings.
"The handle is long enough to keep your arm away from the hot charcoal and the second handle further up allows for accurate tipping into briquette baskets. Just remember to put it somewhere safe where kids can't reach it afterwards, as it stays hot for a while."
Weber 17670 Lighter Cube
Make starting your charcoal BBQ even easier by piling in these firefighter cubes, they're a non-toxic and odourless alternative to igniting charcoal and will light easily even when wet.
Use with: Charcoal barbecues and smokers
No chemical aftertaste, only true charcoal flavour
Natural Eco Wood Firelighters
Eco-friendly odourless firelighters made from wood, wool and wax.
Use with: Wood burners, fireplaces, BBQs or camping fires
Weber 1759180 Briquettes 8kg
If you want consistent results briquettes are hard to beat. They light evenly and burn at the same temperature, so there's less chance of developing a hot spot, and these Weber briquettes are made from waste wood and promise a three-hour burn.
Use with: Charcoal BBQs
Easy and quick to light and burn for a long time, ready to use in 20 minutes
3 hours burning time
Weight: 5kg or 8kg
Tried and Tested by Group Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "My favourite briquettes bar none - easy to light, with a long, hot burn and consistent results every time. I've been let down by other brand coals before, either failing to get up to temperature or varying greatly in how long they stay hot for. These Weber ones work so well it almost feels like cheating."
Flogas Butane Gas Cylinder 13kg
Ideal for patio heaters and large BBQs with four burners or more.
Fuel type: Butane
Avg 43 hours of heating with one burner, avg 32 hours of cooking with two burners
Added Extras: BBQ Tools For The Expert Grillmaster
Magnetic Base BBQ Light with 360 Degree Flexible Gooseneck
If you need some better lighting in your back garden when dusk draws in, don't fret about getting anything installed. Reach for these handy magnetic battery powered lights that simply attach to your grill, the flexible neck means you can adjust them exactly where you need to.
Weber 3202 Connect Smart Grilling Hub
Take your grilling game to the next level with this Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub. No more guesswork when it comes to cooking different types of meat on your BBQ, instead this step-by-step grilling assistant sends notifications directly to your smartphone, including features like a food-readiness countdown and when it’s time to "flip-and-serve". Compatible with Android and iOS and Weber Grills.
ProCook Premium Leather Apron
Grilling on the barbecue can get very messy and extremely hot. So stay protected with a hardier apron like this leather ProCook apron which has generous front pockets for your BBQ tongs.
Argos Home Pizza Oven BBQ Topper With Paddle
Cater to the masses at your barbie with this pizza oven from Argos, which sits directly on top of your BBQ. Made from steel with a pizza stone to retain the heat, the portable pizza oven quickly heats up ready to cook your pizza in minutes so you can dish up authentic stone cooked pizzas alongside your burgers and sausages!
Mountain Grillers Meat Claws Meat Shredder for BBQ
This nifty piece of kit helps you to lift up meat and shred it. Ideal for making pulled pork or chicken and getting the shred just right, without having to faff about bending forks or burning your fingers. Dishwasher safe.
Premiala Meat Injector
Help the meat to really take centre stage and take the flavour to the next level by injecting it with marinade, using a meat injector. You will never have dry meat again.
Velway Barbecue Cover Waterproof Grill Cover Heavy Duty
Don't forget to protect your BBQ with a heavy-duty cover. With over 10,000 ratings on Amazon, this Velway BBQ cover will fit most brands and is under £15.
Common BBQ FAQs
How do I start a BBQ?
There are a couple of options when starting a BBQ and which option you choose depends on which BBQ you have, if you have a hybrid BBQ then the choice is all yours.
How to start a gas BBQ: For beginners selecting the right gas like butane gas or methane gas is the best starting point, advises Robert Dyas. After following the manufacturer's instructions to connect it correctly, keep the lid open and light it. Gas canisters can last for up to four hours on low heat but it’s wise to have a backup just in case. Never leave your gas BBQ unattended and set it up away from flammable products.
How to start a charcoal BBQ: To make things easier when lighting a charcoal BBQ, you’ll also need firelighters. This can be liquid lighter fluid, natural eco-friendly firelighters, or firelighter blocks. Pack them in between your charcoal and light them to get your fire going using lump charcoal or briquettes. Robert Dyas recommends using the 1:1 ratio for your coal – for every kilogram of meat, add a kilogram of charcoal.
Related: Weber Smart Barbecue Review
How long does it take for charcoal to get hot enough?
It takes roughly 15-20 minutes for the charcoal to get hot enough to cook with, and you should keep the lid of your charcoal BBQ closed for maximum heat efficiency.
Is a gas BBQ better than charcoal?
Of course, everything depends on preference; however, if you compare the two, then the best part about gas BBQs is that there is very little wait time as they reach a cooking temperature almost immediately. If you like to grill outdoors frequently, then a gas BBQ is a great trade-off. However, if you are after something portable to take to the beach, campground or park, then a charcoal BBQ may be cheaper for short-term use.