The outdoor grilling and smoking season never ends in South Texas, so take advantage with this lineup of gadgets and devices that will be sure the please the backyard barbecuers on your shopping list.
The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer ($99.99): Want to make a fried turkey without the danger of burning down the whole neighborhood? This device hooks up to a propane tank and uses infrared cooking technology to deliver tender turkey, chicken or whatever else you pay put into it with a crispy skin. Available at multiple retail outlets, including Academy.
Built NY Welded Cooler ($159.99): Ditch those heavy Yetis for a soft cooler bag that can be transported with ease, but will keep the ice and beverages cold for days. It can hold up to 30 pounds of ice or 10 pounds of ice and 18 cans of your favorite beverages. Available at multiple outlets, including Bed, Bath & Beyond.
GrillGrate panels (2 for $52.99): Raised rails provide protection from grill flare-ups, while also adding anywhere from an extra 100 to 350 degrees to the cooking temperatures in the hood or dome of the grill. If you are looking for perfect sear marks, this is the product for you. Available at grillgrate.com.
Keter Unity XL ($144): This portable storage unit can hold all of your charcoal and grilling accessories and has hooks to keep your favorite outdoor gadgets at the ready. The top surface provides ample space for cutting and prep. Available at multiple retailers, including Home Depot.
Oklahoma Joe’s Surface Temperature Gauges ($19.99 for 2): Temperature gauges mounted on a grill lid don;t provide accurate cooking surface temperatures. This eliminates the guesswork. Just place it directly on the cooking surface to monitor actual cooking temperatures. Available at multiple outlets, including Walmart.
Pit Barrel Cooker ($299): Recently featured in the Express-News, the Pit Barrel can be used straight out of the box within minutes. Its basket and air intake system keeps the cooking temperature regulated between 275 to 325 degrees. Meats hang from metal hooks on rods, allowing even temperature distribution. Available at pitbarrelcooker.com.