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22 Ways To Have An Absolutely Legendary Barbecue

Like the cookout. Not the scrumptious, meaty food by the same name.

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1. First things first, a solid grill that works for your lifestyle and storage needs.

Promising review: "Beautiful, sturdy, and compact. We bought the smaller size because we didn't want a big BBQ for now. I bought the cover for it and so far it hasn't been affected by rain at all. Been using it successfully all summer." --Angie D.Get it from Amazon for $100.93+ (available in three sizes).And check out our roundup of the best grills on Amazon here.
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Promising review: "Beautiful, sturdy, and compact. We bought the smaller size because we didn't want a big BBQ for now. I bought the cover for it and so far it hasn't been affected by rain at all. Been using it successfully all summer." --Angie D.

Get it from Amazon for $100.93+ (available in three sizes).

And check out our roundup of the best grills on Amazon here.

2. If you're using charcoal, a chimney starter will be your new BFF -- and eliminate the need for lighter fluid.

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In short, you dump your charcoals in the chimney starter, light up a fire starter or crinkled newspaper, and put the canister over the flame. Your coals will fire up to a desirable temp within minutes -- without lighter fluid. Get more deets on using a chimney starter from Weber here.

Promising review: "This thing has changed everything about the way I grill. No more lighter fluid or hassle, just put some newspaper and charcoal in and it's good to go." --Jack S.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

3. Some fire extinguisher spray for when emergencies do happen. Safety first!

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This spray has a 4X greater discharge time than traditional fire extinguishers. Store it near the grill, but not by it. After all, aerosol cans do not perform well near intense heat, like your grill.

Promising review: "Easter Sunday I put a chicken on the rotisserie and lit our well-maintained, less than five-year-old grill that had a full tank of propane and came back in the house. Not three minutes later the grill was engulfed in flames. I grabbed one of these extinguishers and was able to knock the fire back while standing a good distance away. Wearing leather gardening gloves, my husband opened the bottom of the grill where the tank resides and I continued to spray while he turned off the gas. The hose that feeds the gas to the burners failed where it entered the grill. The hose looked fine when I last cleaned the grill and the connection was tight. You can bet I'll be replacing those annually on our new grill, though the new one does not have a rubber component, so it should last." --Laura C

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $29.

And while you're at it, brush up on the National Fire Protection Association's grilling safety tips here.

4. And a couple of spray bottles on hand with one filled with water for flare ups and another filled with vinegar for major ~flavor~.

Don't @ my dad for the vinegar tip. Get a pair of 16 oz. bottles from Amazon for $10.78.
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Don't @ my dad for the vinegar tip.

Get a pair of 16 oz. bottles from Amazon for $10.78.

5. This useful apron so you can protect your clothes and reap the benefits of quick reference guides.

Promising review: "Cooking instructions are actually a VERY useful feature. My husband LOVES this and he looks good in it. too! He likes the large size, as well." --B A McDonaldGet it from Amazon for $23.34.
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Promising review: "Cooking instructions are actually a VERY useful feature. My husband LOVES this and he looks good in it. too! He likes the large size, as well." --B A McDonald

Get it from Amazon for $23.34.

6. An 18-piece set of grilling accessories to get you started.

The set includes 10 stainless-steel utensils and eight corn holders.Promising review: "I purchased this BBQ tool set as a present for my dad, who has recently gotten into grilling and smoking meats. I was very surprised and pleased with the quality of this set, especially considering the low price. The case is sturdy and holds all the tools well; I think it is perfect for differentiating between the outdoor grill tools and those used in the kitchen. There are many sets that look just like this one, but I chose this because of the tool options. The set includes a pair of tongs, large spatula, and grill brush, which all stood out to me as essential grilling tools when I was searching the different sets. The presentation was great, and the set definitely looks more expensive than it was." --RaquelGet them from Amazon for $36.99 (also available in a 24-piece set).
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The set includes 10 stainless-steel utensils and eight corn holders.

Promising review: "I purchased this BBQ tool set as a present for my dad, who has recently gotten into grilling and smoking meats. I was very surprised and pleased with the quality of this set, especially considering the low price. The case is sturdy and holds all the tools well; I think it is perfect for differentiating between the outdoor grill tools and those used in the kitchen. There are many sets that look just like this one, but I chose this because of the tool options. The set includes a pair of tongs, large spatula, and grill brush, which all stood out to me as essential grilling tools when I was searching the different sets. The presentation was great, and the set definitely looks more expensive than it was." --Raquel

Get them from Amazon for $36.99 (also available in a 24-piece set).

7. Some heat-resistant gloves to make turning kabobs a cinch.

Promising review: "A must-have for barbecue competitions where large, hot grills are the norm. The fit and design are ideal for grilling at home, baking, or just anyone that hates getting burned." --Richard LangfordGet them from Amazon for $29.95.
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Promising review: "A must-have for barbecue competitions where large, hot grills are the norm. The fit and design are ideal for grilling at home, baking, or just anyone that hates getting burned." --Richard Langford

Get them from Amazon for $29.95.

8. A kabob set so your skewers will be on point.

Comes with a rack, six skewer sticks, and 50 bamboo skewers.Promising review: "My wife and I love cooking out on weekends and we normally use wood sticks but even if you soak them, they burn. This was a no brainer purchase for us and works great. The quality is nice and holds everything up high enough to avoid any issues with sticking or burning." --JohnGet them from Amazon for $13.99.
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Comes with a rack, six skewer sticks, and 50 bamboo skewers.

Promising review: "My wife and I love cooking out on weekends and we normally use wood sticks but even if you soak them, they burn. This was a no brainer purchase for us and works great. The quality is nice and holds everything up high enough to avoid any issues with sticking or burning." --John

Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

9. A drink station with a self-serve water dispenser to encourage hydration.

Promising review: "I purchased this two years ago. After many parties and cookouts, this is still one of my favorite 'party' purchases. The ice chute in the middle is PERFECT for keeping beverages cold when sitting outside in the summer. Because the ice is in a separate area, it doesn't melt and dilute your drink. Plus, it's easy to remove and refill as needed." --Melinda AnnGet it from Amazon for $48.88.
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Promising review: "I purchased this two years ago. After many parties and cookouts, this is still one of my favorite 'party' purchases. The ice chute in the middle is PERFECT for keeping beverages cold when sitting outside in the summer. Because the ice is in a separate area, it doesn't melt and dilute your drink. Plus, it's easy to remove and refill as needed." --Melinda Ann

Get it from Amazon for $48.88.

10. Some form of shade so elderly people, kids, pets, and your palest friends have a *safe* place to hang.

This shade sail guards against up to 90% of UV rays and allows cool breezes to pass through it. Reviewers recommend buying an installation kit.Promising review: "The difference between the direct sunlight on us and being under our new sun shade sail while out on our new patio is unbelievable. Now even the patio stones are cooler, so we can go out on the patio in bare feet." --Alan B. SorchiniGet it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in 16 sizes, nine colors).
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This shade sail guards against up to 90% of UV rays and allows cool breezes to pass through it. Reviewers recommend buying an installation kit.

Promising review: "The difference between the direct sunlight on us and being under our new sun shade sail while out on our new patio is unbelievable. Now even the patio stones are cooler, so we can go out on the patio in bare feet." --Alan B. Sorchini

Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in 16 sizes, nine colors).

11. A reinforced magnetic screen door to make trips inside to grab ingredients less of a hassle.

Promising review: "My dog learned how to go in and out, instantly. Just showed him once and he immediately caught on. This was much cheaper than replacing my dog door and closer! When we cook out on the grill, I can easily carry the food in and out without yelling for someone to open the door for me. Plus, it give a much larger surface for airflow, compared to the smaller area on a screen door. Seems to keep the bugs out just fine. It closes reliably too. Plus, it's silent!" --BoscoGet it from Amazon for $29.95.
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Promising review: "My dog learned how to go in and out, instantly. Just showed him once and he immediately caught on. This was much cheaper than replacing my dog door and closer! When we cook out on the grill, I can easily carry the food in and out without yelling for someone to open the door for me. Plus, it give a much larger surface for airflow, compared to the smaller area on a screen door. Seems to keep the bugs out just fine. It closes reliably too. Plus, it's silent!" --Bosco

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

12. An anti-mosquito method or product to keep the pests at bay.

Promising review: "We live in a high-humidity area (southern Louisiana) and our home isn't far from standing water, especially when it rains. I could never spend more than a few minutes in our backyard before being bitten by mosquitos and gnats. This Flowtron unit is perfect for our needs. We had cookouts in the backyard the last two weekends, with a total of three bites between 20 people. You could hear insects being zapped periodically throughout the evening." --Filboid StudgeGet it from Amazon for $36.84.
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Promising review: "We live in a high-humidity area (southern Louisiana) and our home isn't far from standing water, especially when it rains. I could never spend more than a few minutes in our backyard before being bitten by mosquitos and gnats. This Flowtron unit is perfect for our needs. We had cookouts in the backyard the last two weekends, with a total of three bites between 20 people. You could hear insects being zapped periodically throughout the evening." --Filboid Studge

Get it from Amazon for $36.84.

13. A bunch of washable party cups guests can easily write on and rinse out when they switch bevs.

Ain't no shame in collecting, washing, and using them at your next shindig.Promising review: "Bought some of these for beer games and they held up well to a wild night of beer pong and flip cup." --Scott FalkenthalGet a pack of 100 from Amazon for $14.20.
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Ain't no shame in collecting, washing, and using them at your next shindig.

Promising review: "Bought some of these for beer games and they held up well to a wild night of beer pong and flip cup." --Scott Falkenthal

Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $14.20.

14. An equally large set of compostable plates because you'll already have enough dishes to wash, but you don't want to wreck the environment.

They're made from 100% pre-consumer recycled materials, biodegradable, microwave-safe, and leak- and cut-resistant. Aka, they'll hold your weighty, juicy burger.Promising review: "Bought these plates for a barbecue potluck and they were perfect for the job. The strength and durability of the plates held up to everything -- heavy barbecue chicken and various side dishes with drippy sauces, such as beans, potato salad, and salad with dressing." --Child of the 70sGet a 100-pack from Amazon for $13.20 (available in several counts, styles).
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They're made from 100% pre-consumer recycled materials, biodegradable, microwave-safe, and leak- and cut-resistant. Aka, they'll hold your weighty, juicy burger.

Promising review: "Bought these plates for a barbecue potluck and they were perfect for the job. The strength and durability of the plates held up to everything -- heavy barbecue chicken and various side dishes with drippy sauces, such as beans, potato salad, and salad with dressing." --Child of the 70s

Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $13.20 (available in several counts, styles).

15. Some napkins and plastic cutlery because people will lose all sense of decorum when faced with your delicious food.

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Get them from Amazon: 400 paper napkins for $6.31 and a 360-piece set of plastic cutlery for $16.49.

16. At least one cooler to keep food at safe, healthy temps!

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Folks in the customer photos section of the Amazon listing seem to think this Coleman model is also good for building a handsome patio cooler box.

Promising review: "Purchased these for a rustic ice chest box I made for the patio. Like these ice chests because handles can be removed and the sides are straight. Also the drain plug can be removed and replaced with a faucet." --dhcarlin

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

Also, check our picks for the best coolers on Amazon.

17. A variety for food options to meet your guests' dietary restrictions.

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Think vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, sugar-free, whatever. Even more reason to get a proper head count so you knowing how many turkey or garden burgers you'll need to grill.

18. And some hearty summer sides that'll fill up guests, but won't turn into a health hazard out in the sun.

Check out our full list here.
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Check out our full list here.

19. Squeezable condiments so kids can help themselves without making a total mess.

Get a Heinz picnic pack (including two ketchups, a mustard, and a relish) from Amazon for $8.74.
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Get a Heinz picnic pack (including two ketchups, a mustard, and a relish) from Amazon for $8.74.

20. A trash bag holder that says "I'M HERE TO HOLD YOUR GARBAGE."

And maybe buy a second for the recyclables. When assembled, this portable model holds standard 13-gallon and larger trash bags, and takes up a small footprint. The legs fold up and store within the lid for easy storage, moving. Promising review: "I bought two of these for our annual 4th of July party and they worked out great. They are made out thin plastic, so not very sturdy, but they did the job of what we needed them for." --Nicole RobertsGet it from Amazon for $15.27 (available in two colors).
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And maybe buy a second for the recyclables. When assembled, this portable model holds standard 13-gallon and larger trash bags, and takes up a small footprint. The legs fold up and store within the lid for easy storage, moving.

Promising review: "I bought two of these for our annual 4th of July party and they worked out great. They are made out thin plastic, so not very sturdy, but they did the job of what we needed them for." --Nicole Roberts

Get it from Amazon for $15.27 (available in two colors).

21. Some string lights to keep the party going past sundown.

Promising review: "These lights are amazing! I bought them for a new house we were going to move into and wanted the backyard to become an oasis, and these lights definitely did that. They give off amazing soft light that really makes your backyard beautiful." --Lauren Luckett Get a 25' string from Amazon for $15.95. (Also available in a variety of light types.)
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Promising review: "These lights are amazing! I bought them for a new house we were going to move into and wanted the backyard to become an oasis, and these lights definitely did that. They give off amazing soft light that really makes your backyard beautiful." --Lauren Luckett

Get a 25' string from Amazon for $15.95. (Also available in a variety of light types.)

22. And a fire pit you can gather 'round at the end of the night to roast some marshmallows for s'mores.

Promising review: "Love this. The first time I used it we roasted hot dogs and had s'mores! I will enjoy this pit for a long time. It's nice and deep, and with kindling and a fire starter, you've got a good fire." --katwanGet it from Amazon for $85.50.TBH, some sticks always work out just fine for roasting marshmallows. Your kids can "help" at the next barbecue by gathering the sticks.
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Promising review: "Love this. The first time I used it we roasted hot dogs and had s'mores! I will enjoy this pit for a long time. It's nice and deep, and with kindling and a fire starter, you've got a good fire." --katwan

Get it from Amazon for $85.50.

TBH, some sticks always work out just fine for roasting marshmallows. Your kids can "help" at the next barbecue by gathering the sticks.

First-timers are going to MARVEL at your skills.

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