6 Cheap and Practical Grilling Accessories


To make your outdoor cooking experience even more enjoyable, load up with these cheap grilling accessories. We found five helpful grilling utensils for less than $12 and one for nearly double that.

The Weber 6432 Silicone Basting Brush is a penny shy of $10 and a best seller in the "meat & poultry basters" category at Amazon. A cheap grilling accessory that wins 4.7 stars out of 5, this stainless steel basting brush has silicone bristles and safely goes in the dishwasher. Reviewers say it comes at a very reasonable price given the stainless steel handle and easy clean up. And, it neatly holds the juices and flavors that you'll be slathering on food as it grills.

Brinkmann Stainless Steel Grilling Tongs get a cool grip, for just $5, on whatever you happen to be grilling. Made of stainless steel with hardwood handles, the tongs are easy to clean and can be locked when not in use. This cheap grilling accessory garners a 5-star rating at Home Depot.

Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewers hold more meat and vegetables than you could possibly string on a traditional straight skewer. Each skewer is curved and flexible, so you can bend it to fit the grill and leave the ends hanging over the sides; the ends stay cool for easy flipping and lifting off the grate. Although somewhat odd looking, according to many reviews at Amazon, these cheap grilling utensils are effective. Reviewers note they fit almost any shape or size grill and are a snap to clean. Ten dollars gets you a set of two kebab skewers, which boast a 4.7 out of 5 rating at Amazon. Tip: Depending how you place the skewers on the grill, veggies and meat might not cook evenly; check carefully before consuming.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel BBQ Turner is a hair short of being a 5-star winner at Amazon, where one user deems it "almost perfect." Reviews for the $11 grilling accessory rave about the sharp serrated edge, which makes it easy to flip or lift whatever is on the grill. The spatula comes with an extra-long handle that users say feels very sturdy in your hand. It's also dishwasher-safe and has a hole for hanging.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Barbecue Fork is another $11 product from OXO that finds favor with grill cooks. As one reviewer explains on Amazon, the prongs on this cheap grilling accessory are flat enough to roll hot dogs but can also be used to lift hardy meats. As with the BBQ Turner, the long handle keeps the heat at a distance and the utensil cleans up nicely in the sink or dishwasher.

Additional Hard Anodized GrillGrate Panel helps distribute heat evenly and prevents flare-ups. Reviews posted at Amazon say this cheap grilling accessory lives up to its marketing claims and award it 4.8 stars. According to the manufacturer, juices cook with the meat while fat drains off, leaving a moist finished product. One review notes food is properly seared and doesn't stick to the surface and others laud the easy cleanup -- just place the $23 accessory in the sink and let the water run over it.