For years man has been fascinated by flames. For years man has been fascinated by steak. Needless to say, that small window of the year when man can combine these two points of interest is a golden time for all. Albeit a charred gold.
For years man has also been fascinated by cool technologies… You can see where we’re going with this, right? Don your aprons, grab your firelighters and let’s take the ancient art of BBQing to a whole new level.
George Foreman GIPOD200
Besides meat, beverages and company, the fourth most important ingredient on any self-respecting BBQ baron’s checklist is music. This year, though, you can leave your battery or solar powered radios and speaker docks in the cupboard. You can even tell your guitar-brandishing mate to leave his axe behind… The latest addition to George Foreman’s ever-extending range of grills is this very cool electric BBQ that boasts an iPod docking bay!
Yup, you read that correctly; a BBQ that’s also a soundsystem. Okay so it’s only available in the US right now. And, okay, the foot-based speakers are a humble 10-watt, but, using the 3.5mm jack you can easily hook it up to a larger set of speakers. And don’t go thinking the BBQ lacks in the cooking department; being electric it guarantees consistent heat and, being a proud member of the Foreman range, it also drains the fat like his other grills. Sounds and sizzling lean meat… Life doesn’t get much better.
Yours for $150
It’s the moment every BBQ commando fears; too many guests and not enough grill space. Who’s going to be last in line for their chicken wing? Who’s going to fight over that recently cooked steak?
Fear not; the BBQ Tower offer three skyward stacking grills, ensuring everyone gets their sausage in time. Each one comes with its own easily removable charcoal tray, meaning all food will be cooked consistently and at the same time. Perfect for those will small gardens or big appetites, its oven-like coverage means you can even cook pizza on it!
Yours for £165
Webber Universal Griddle
So you like the sound of BBQ pizza. Who doesn’t? How about BBQ eggs? How about BBQ pancakes? The world is your oyster with Webber’s Universal Griddle. Shucks, you can cook your oyster using this badboy.
Yes, it’s hardly a technological leap – man has been fascinated by cooking eggs for years – but it’s arguably one of the most essential BBQ tools. The addition of a fried egg to your perfectly singed gammon steak is enough to sell it alone. Let alone pancakes for dessert!
Yours for £21
Heston Blumenthal Precision Digital Meat Thermometer
The cooking thermometer market is bulging with options that range from the very basic at about a fiver a pop to top notch gadgetry that’s the sole preserve of your Michael Roux Juniors.
Luckily there’s an affordable middle ground. And it comes with the backing of everyone’s favourite baldy food scientist, Heston Blumenthal. With a large, clear digital display, stainless steel body and handy pocket case clip, it’s quite a handy piece of kit. And while the majority of us won’t be using it in the same way Heston will (strawberry snails anyone?) it will massively reduce the risk of food poisoning. Which has to be a good thing, right?
Yours for £12
As featured earlier this year on Latest Gadgets, the Grillbot is the perfect saviour for those sad, poignant moments when the meat is eaten, the guests are gone and the only traces of chargrilled fun are stuck to your BBQ.
Powered by six D-cell batteries, these cheeky grill creepers use sensors to assess the size of your BBQ and control their speed and direction accordingly. Using three sets of replaceable brushes, they steadfastly work their way across the stubborn grease, grime and unidentified burnt things. What’s more, because they’re wire brushes, you can apply the bots while the grill is still warm – the optimum time to clear off any muck from a BBQ. Shucks, you can even wash your brushes in the dishwasher.
With gadgets like this, you’re in grave danger of looking forward to the end of the BBQ almost too much!
Yours for $65.95