When it comes to mastering a craft, very few see the work and preparation that goes on behind the scenes. The sweat, tears, and endless hours of training that go on each and every day is what separates the amateurs from the professionals. To quote the great boxer, Muhammad Ali, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
To become a champion of the grill, you’ll need to remain dedicated to the craft. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blizzard or pouring rain, you have to log the hours and stay hungry. To make the journey a little more feasible, consider investing in some essential grilling tools. We’ve put together a list of our favorite gear—check it out!
Chimney charcoal starter
Every team has an MVP—the chimney starter will set the table for everything to follow. Using lighter fluid to light the charcoal is only acceptable in the minor leagues. To be the G.O.A.T., you’ll want to use a charcoal starter to ensure there is no lighter fluid flavor on your food.
A champion never serves overdone steak, so don’t leave the thoroughness of your cooking to chance. Obtain a digital temperature probe so you can check the temperature quickly and accurately.
Long locking tongs are crucial to your success on the grill. We suggest getting a sixteen-inch pair as this will allow you to reach those across the barbecue with ease. The locking mechanism keeps the tongs closed when not in use, making them easier to store.
In the same fashion as the tongs, longer is better. Be sure to avoid metal spatulas and choose one with a wooden handle. The wood will keep your hand cool in the event you leave your gloves in the locker room.
Heat resistant gloves
This high-tech equipment will help prevent injuries. Don’t let a burn put you on the bench—heat resistant gloves can protect your hands from heat and hot metal. Even though many champions play through the pain, glory can’t find you if you’re on the disabled list.