Recommended Barbecue Tool Kit? (possibly apron?)

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by deke dirt, May 3, 2010.

  1. deke dirt

    deke dirt Newbie


    Can you please recommend a good quality barbecue tool kit? I've seen 20-piece ones but, unless I get a strong rec, I would only need the standard three-piece (i.e., tongs, spatula, fork).

    Also, do you have an apron you'd recommend? Or will just a cheapie jobber do? Or do you eschew one altogether?


  2. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    All I use are some tongs from GFS. I try not to use a fork and a spatula is too hard to control.


    I have 2 pair and that's all I really use.
  3. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    All I really use are butterball carving gloves. I can reach in and grab the meat with my hands and I know I wont rip it apart.
  4. I totally agree with indy. Get yourself a pair of those tongs, and that's all you need. Don't go poking holes in your meat with a fork, and use a regular kitchen spatula when you need one. Those monster grill spatulas may be good for fighting off the Taliban, but are pretty useless as cooking tools.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I'm with everyone here with their choices a good pair of tongs is a most then some good heavy duty heat resident gloves and then a good but small brush for the grate unless you have a lang or something that big. Well then an apron would be good also cause most of my T-shirts are all stained all around the fat belly area. But you should be on your way to bbq happiness.
  6. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ROFL... you just described most of my BBQ shirts. Wife makes me keep them for when I'm firing up the grill.. heh-heh.

    Tongs and some BBQ gloves and you are good to go. One nice thing to keep handy for prep/starting the BBQ are some laytex food gloves. You can use you hands to put the meat on the smoker, then take them off and toss them before you grab the lid handle raw meaty hands.
  7. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey D²,

    As long as were talking about essentials, I will echo the previous posts. I will also throw out for your consideration the following items and a rationale for them:
    1. Some Bear Paws - These work great for holding large pieces of meat, and also sausage for slicing. If you want to shred a butt, this will make short work of it. Mrs. Engineer got me a pair, and they are great.
    2. A Thermapen instant read thermo. The standard as far as I'm concerned. They are expensive, so save your change and work up to it. Easily the most used accessory in my tool kit. Nothing has helped me produce consistently delicious 'Que like this has. Mrs. Engineer got me this as a gift that I think of it, I guess I'll keep that beautiful woman around!
    Happy smokes!
  8. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    My wife & daughter gave me a home made apron for father's day two years back. I don't use a thermapen but do have an acurite thermo along with nitrile gloves for putting the raw meat on, like JL stated. Then I have the silcon gloves for grabbing the meat while using a good pair of tongs to grip the other end. That and beer holder so you don't spill it & you are good to go.
  9. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    I love those silicone brushes for sauce
  10. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Silicone brush for wet applications, A good pair of tongs from a restaurant supply, a good pair of gloves and a dozen various thermometers. But most important, BEER.
  11. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    Just gloves for me.. So much easier than all the utensils.
  12. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Definitely have to recommend mine!
  13. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Red apron and tongs
  14. deke dirt

    deke dirt Newbie

    Thanks a lot, folks! Very much appreciated.
  15. deke dirt

    deke dirt Newbie

    BBQ Engineer, is this what you're talking about:

  16. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    long heavy tongs.........and as i found out this weekend, where shoes or sandals. thoes lil' hot buggers (coals) hurt like hell!!!!
  17. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Gotta get a pair. I'm pretty sure those are what BBQEngineer was talking about.

    Along with all of that, having a good thermometer to monitor the grate level temp and the food temp is also key.

    The Maverick E-73 seems to be the therm of choice on here but I haven't gotten up the change to get one yet (they're only 35 bucks but all my cash keeps going to meat...)

    I am a gadget geek so I like to have all kinds of stuff but just about everything mentioned above is an essential.
  18. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    beer lots of it and holder
  19. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You got it...that's the bear paws. I usually use them more for holding things that I'm slicing but they work great on hot meat. Don't let them fool you either because they are plastic, they are sharp as H*ll. Not real expensive either...~ twelve bucks or so.
  20. deke dirt

    deke dirt Newbie


    I was going to ask, for those who use gloves, what kind of gloves are you using? Provide company names/links/pics, if you please.

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