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11 Things You Absolutely Need At Your BBQ This Summer

Nothing goes better with summer than BBQ, so making it perfect = a very big deal.

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1. Spiked popsicles made by filling plastic molds with large-batch cocktails:

Especially necessary for the hottest of hot days. Pro tip: Make sure you get the right recipe because if they're too potent, they just won't freeze.

Especially necessary for the hottest of hot days. Pro tip: Make sure you get the right recipe because if they're too potent, they just won't freeze.

2. An extra-long plastic sheet and a hose for a homemade slip-and-slide:

Throw the sheet down (preferably on a bit of a hill), weigh it down, and turn on the hose. You're never too old for it, we swear.

Throw the sheet down (preferably on a bit of a hill), weigh it down, and turn on the hose. You're never too old for it, we swear.

3. An egg carton full of charcoal briquettes for easy lighting:

This char-ming solution will save your life — no one wants to spend all day trying to light the grill. Instructions here.

This char-ming solution will save your life — no one wants to spend all day trying to light the grill.

Instructions here.

4. Marshmallows and a rake for roasting a million marshmallows at once:

Well, maybe not a million, but it's a lot. A LOT a lot.

Well, maybe not a million, but it's a lot. A LOT a lot.

5. Watermelon slices with popsicle sticks inserted in them:

It's a fact of life that all food is more fun served on a stick.

It's a fact of life that all food is more fun served on a stick.

6. Prescooped ice cream stored in cupcake papers:

Sundae SAVIOR.

Sundae SAVIOR.

7. An onion for expert grill-cleaning:

Onions are natural disinfectants, so abandon your grill brush and give this a shot next time you power down the barbecue.

Onions are natural disinfectants, so abandon your grill brush and give this a shot next time you power down the barbecue.

8. Burger toppings kept in muffin tins:

Keeps everything so crisp, fresh, and easy to transport. Top that.How-to here.

Keeps everything so crisp, fresh, and easy to transport. Top that.

How-to here.

9. A headlamp for night grilling so you can tell when your meat is done:

It's hard to tell if your chicken is raw by moonlight, and holding a flashlight is so unwieldy. The sartorial sacrifice = WORTH IT.

It's hard to tell if your chicken is raw by moonlight, and holding a flashlight is so unwieldy. The sartorial sacrifice = WORTH IT.

10. Premade cocktails put in sealable plastic baggies for more portable potables:

Stick in a straw, and you are READY. TO. GO.

Stick in a straw, and you are READY. TO. GO.

11. Apple juice in a spray bottle to spritz on your meat:

Warning: This is only for weirdos who like their meat tender, flavorful, and juicy. If you like it bland and dry, this isn't for you.

Warning: This is only for weirdos who like their meat tender, flavorful, and juicy. If you like it bland and dry, this isn't for you.

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Make sure to level it alllll up with the ultimate summer BBQ hack: re-sealable, non-carbonated Smirnoff Ice Electric Flavors, so you can #KeepItMoving throughout the summer.

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