The best grilling tools you can buy this summer

Grilling is a simple concept and it need not be overcomplicated, despite the hundreds of gadgets and gizmos that exist promising a better, tastier backyard barbecue. That said, there are some absolute essentials when it comes to grilling, along with some very useful tools and accessories you may not have considered but will make tickling those grill grates exponentially better. 

I hauled in a boatload of grilling tools, utensils and other helpers to try and trim the fat -- and there's a lot of fat to trim. Some of these products have been updated and innovated upon from the original invention, but the goal here was utility and sussing out high-quality versions of the classics or seriously useful additions to your setup.

Nothing superfluous. 

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