Essential BBQ gear for the grillmaster in your family

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Published: June 9, 2021 · Updated: June 21, 2021

Whoever helms the grill plays an important role in your cottage weekend. But no matter who holds the tongs at your cottage, show them some appreciation by arming them with these essential and innovative tools for their BBQ arsenal. Here’s a rundown of some cool and ideal gear for the type of grillmaster in your family.

For the Grillkeeper: Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner Set

In case you’ve been living under a grill cover, the wire-bristle grill-cleaning brushes we all grew up using are now considered a serious health risk. According to numerous reports from medical experts, those tiny wires can dislodge from the brush and get caught in your throat. And while there are plenty of non-wire alternatives on the market, wooden scrapers and pumice stones just don’t work as well. Enter the Proud Grill Q-Swiper, which uses moistened, food-contact safe wipes for a bristle-free, wire-free way to safely remove gunk, grime, and left-over food bacteria from your grill. Combine it with the Q-Swiper Reusable Grill Cleaning Cloth to take care of the dirt on the outside and you’ve got the ultimate system for cleaning both your grill grates and your barbecue’s exterior. The Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner Set is widely available at Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, Cabela’s, Lowe’s, and Rona, or shop here.

For the Tech Fanatic: Smartignition Electric Lighters

You’ve filled your cooler, packed your bags, and braved the weekend traffic to finally arrive at the cottage. There’s just one problem: your grill’s starter is shot, and the BBQ lighter in your cottage junk drawer won’t light no matter how furiously you shake it. Thankfully, Proud Grill’s USB-rechargeable Smartignition Electric Lighter keeps cold cuts off the menu when you’re craving steak. This fuel-free electric lighter has a heavy-duty construction and a long, flexible neck, and it uses a windproof electric arc to light everything from your grill and campfire to those hard-to-reach pilot lights. Best of all, you’ll never have to add another plastic BBQ lighter to the landfill. Want something a little smaller and portable for camping or lighting candles? The Smartignition Home & Grill Lighter is really handy to have around your home. The Smartignition BBQ Lighter is available at Home Hardware and Home Depot, and you can find the Smartignition Home & Grill Electric Lighter at Cabela’s, or shop here for all Smartignition Electric Lighters.

For the Kabob Connoisseur: Slide & Serve BBQ Skewers

Sure, there are plenty of veggies you can BBQ, but those peppers and onions are a lot more appetizing between shrimp and steak cubes on a skewer. And if you’re sick of fighting to get food off a chared wooden skewer, Proud Grill’s Slide and Serve BBQ Skewers are made of reusable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel. The innovative design ensures even grilling, and it prevents the dreaded “skewer spin”, letting you easily flip them with tongs. These offer an awesome plate presentation, and you’ll no longer have to struggle while removing those shrimp from wooden skewers—and potentially flinging them onto your deck boards. The Slide & Serve BBQ Skewers are available at Home Hardware, or shop here.

For the Tool Collector: Connect it BBQ Tool Set

Most cottage-kitchen utensils are an afterthought. The silverware doesn’t match, the glasses are gas-station freebies from the 90s, and the tongs are nowhere to be found when you need them. But if you really care about the art of grilling, it’s time to take your utensil game up a few notches with Proud Grill’s Connect it Magnetic BBQ Tool Set. The sleek, two-piece stainless steel set connects via strong magnetic handles in up to four configurations for use as tongs, a server, and a separate spatula and fork. They can be elegantly combined for storing in your too-small cottage utensil drawer, and you can also magnetically hang them from your grill’s metal side shelf. The Connect it BBQ Tool Set is available at Cabela’s, or shop here.

To learn more about all these grill innovations check out the Proud Grill Company website, or shop here.