Summer is in full swing and what’s more fun than grilling outside with friends? Nothing, that’s what!
We’ve rounded up a few fun grill gadgets that are great to bring as a hostess gift or to buy before guests come over.
Zoku Quick Pop Maker
The Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops or flavored core pops. To enjoy Quick Pops at a moment’s notice, simply store the compact base in your freezer. The kit includes six durable, reusable plastic pop sticks that have unique ridged designs that allow pops to adhere securely, with special drip guards for tidy eating. A specially designed Super Tool helps to quickly release the frozen treats from their molds. The unit can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit again. Includes 1 Quick Pop Maker, 6 sticks, 6 drip guards, and 1 Super Tool.
How cool? Price: $50
iGrillmini is a pocket-sized Bluetooth Smart grilling thermometer that lets you avoid the heat and monitor the temperature of your food using the app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from up to 150 feet away. Never worry about your steaks being overcooked—you’ll know exactly when they’re ready.
The iGrillmini’s magnetic backing makes for convenient mounting alongside your grill or smoker. Two viewing positions let you choose the orientation that’s most comfortable. And when you’re not using the device, the probe wrap magnetically mounts to the back for organized storage.
Grill Charms™ offer an entirely new concept in outdoor entertaining. Grill Charms™ are dime-sized solid stainless steel charms that are placed in food BEFORE grilling. The serrated stem holds the charm in securely while flipping, moving and grilling food like the Grill Master normally does. Grill Charm™ food prior to cooking to distinguish spices and flavors, steak temperatures, or to avoid health or allergy issues. They stay in before, during and after grilling so when dinner comes to the table, simply look for your Grill Charm, and everyone knows which one is theirs.
60 Second Charcoal Lighter
What looks like a giant curling iron for really big hair, but acts like a hand held smithy’s hearth? The revolutionary Looftlighter Charcoal Starter from Sweden is possibly the most environmentally friendly improvement you could make to your backyard barbeque scene, and will help get your burgers to the table in record time. It eliminates smelly, unhealthy petroleum fumes from your backyard barbeque forever – your neighbors will love you for it. Better yet, buy one for them. And besides getting rid of unappetizing aromas, the Looftlighter solves the whole dirty hassle of starting up a charcoal grill. Go from cold briquettes straight from the bag (not the fuel-soaked quick-light stuff, either) to raging flame in one minute without ever touching a coal. Do this a couple of times to a large pyramid of briquettes and in 10 minutes you’re ready to throw on the steaks.
Forced hot air creates a rate of temperature rise that exactly duplicates a blacksmith’s forge, and yet, because of the heat dispersing perforated shield, it cools to the touch in 15 seconds after use. Almost as easy as and much less expensive than a gas grill, and can be safely used indoors to start firewood in the fireplace or stove. The 115 V/60 Hz 1500 W Looftlighter will be the talk of your summer. It makes a great gift, too. See why the New York Times raved about it. The Looftlighter is a remarkable tool and whenever a new tool comes along that really excites us, we jockey to be the one to take it home for testing. Our pictures show the actual results of that test.