5 Essential BBQ Tools Every Backyard Chef Needs

5 essential bbq tools

I’ve been posting to this blog now for a number of months. I figure that its about time to share with you what I consider my top 5 essential BBQ tools that without I don’t think I could do what I do with my outdoor cooking. Yes there are plenty of accessories and BBQ tools available but most of those you could do without, they’re just great to have.

So besides my actual grill, I present to you Scott’s 5 Essential BBQ Tools Every Backyard Chef Needs!

Heat Beads BBQ Briquettes

1. Fuel. It doesn’t matter if you barbecue with charcoal or gas, fuel is essential to cook food outdoors. Fuel is the top of my list as there is nothing more scary than hosting a barbecue where you have invited all of your friends and family only to find that you can’t fire up the barbie because you have no briquettes or an empty gas bottle. Plan ahead and back sure you have a spare bag of briquettes or a spare gas bottle. My preferred  fuel are Heat Beads BBQ Briquettes.


2. Chimney Starter. A charcoal chimney starter is essential for any charcoal powered barbecue. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to fire up the Weber due to stubborn briquettes. The chimney starter is a simple tool that enables backyard chefs to get that fire going the first time, every time. I’ve had my Charmate Charcoal Chimney Starter now for over three years. This has seen many barbecues and is sure to last me many more.

bbq digital thermometers

3. Digital Thermometer. I have written about the importance of a digital thermometer in the form of a review in the past.  This still stands. The use of a digital thermometer is essential up until the point where you’ve been barbecuing all your life and you can cook to look and feel. Along side my Maverick ET-732 I have a ThermoWorks RT600C Super-Fast Read Digital Thermometer which is the perfect device to compliment the Maverick.

bbq long handled tongs

4. Long Handled BBQ Tongs. I don’t know about you but I have been in many situations where I am barbecuing for a large crowed and the grill is covered in steaks, lamb chops, chicken wings and sausages and when flipping time comes along I end up with burnt knuckles. You don’t need to suffer with burnt knuckles, invest in a pair of long handled tongs and stop using your kitchen tongs!

bbq wire brush with scraper

5. Wire Brush with Scraper. Once all the cooking is done and my guests are happily munching away I like to sneak back outside and while the grill is still warm give it a good brushing / scraping with my wire brush. Cleaning your grill right away after cooking is essential for barbecue maintenance and will ensure your grill will last for many years and avoid rusting out. It also saves time for when you next barbecue as you can get straight into it instead of spending time cleaning.


  1. Nicole · April 18, 2014

    I really need to get a chimney starter. I have a baby grill for right now.

    • OMFGBBQ · April 18, 2014

      Hey Nicole, I find the chimney starter essential for taking the hassle out of lighting the coals / briquettes? What model grill do you have? I was using my Weber Go Anywhere over the weekend for some quick chicken grilling.

  2. Deb · April 18, 2014

    In regards to a chimney starter we have always used a gallon sized can, cleaned out with both ends removed. Place can on grill, fill & light. Yes, you are gonna need some tongs to remove the can once you get your charcoal going. It works

    • OMFGBBQ · April 18, 2014

      Hi Deb – my friend has constructed a chimney starter from a paint can, he did add the shelf on the inside using some meshing and a rivet gun, works a treat. I just can’t wait to get my Weber chimney!

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