Since the Grillaholics basket is dishwasher safe, it’s also easier to clean. Lesley Stockton is a senior staff writer reporting on all things cooking and entertaining for Wirecutter. $20.95 #28. Kick Ash Basket Stainless Steel Charcoal Ash Basket, Fits Big Green Egg Grill… If you’re looking for probe thermometers with more features (such as timers, backlit screens, and volume adjustment), you might also consider the ThermoWorks ChefAlarm and the ThermoWorks Smoke. During the three-hour cook, we added hot coals once around the 1½-hour mark to maintain a temperature of roughly 325 °F. The Slow ’N Sear Plus has a reservoir that holds up to a quart of water, creating a humid environment that helps keep the meat moist. Instead of filling the Slow ’N Sear with hot coals, we lit a dozen briquets on one end of the basket. This silicone basting brush is heat resistant to 600 °F, so it’s ideal for applying barbecue sauce to meats on the grill. After handling 10 different spatulas, Sifton noted that the Hell's Handle was "a little more flexible than the [runner-up pick] Victorinox in the crucial initial entry of the spatula under the food." by Tim Heffernan, Lesley Stockton, and Michael Sullivan. *At the time of publishing, the price was $33. Away from that, the manufacturer has made it with a locking lid. The main fixed handle has a heat-resistant plastic grip; the second is a swinging wire handle that adds stability and control, allowing you to dump the lit coals with confidence. *At the time of publishing, the price was $22. We also considered the Rösle Charcoal Starter, but $60 is too much to pay for what amounts to a simple steel pipe. The hole in the handle on the Woody Shovel is an upgrade over the solid grip on The Great Scrape's Woody Paddle. The GrillFloss is also an ideal tool for kicking hot charcoal around the firebox, a job usually reserved for tongs that eventually touch the food. In our tests, the 18-gauge uncoated aluminum construction avoided warping at high temperatures, up to 500 °F. Like the ThermoPop, the Thermapen has a reading range of -58 to 572 °F and a backlit, rotating digital screen; it also comes with a two-year warranty. Other chimneys we looked at but didn’t test include the Char-Griller Charcoal Chimney Starter with Release. Healthier meals, even on a grill; 3. Some of the other spatulas we tested, such as the Winco TN249 Blade Flexible Turner, were more rigid and didn’t make a clean separation from the grill. We liked the wide handle on the Hell’s Handle spatula because it felt secure in the hand and provided more leverage than most of the competition. It’s sturdy and maneuverable, with a wide, super-heat-resistant plastic handle that’s comfortable to hold. With its three rows of thick-gauge wire bristles, the Best Grill Brush covers a lot of surface area with each stroke, and its sturdy construction refused to bend during tough scraping tasks. It features curved handles that allow easy carrying. Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald Though any number of welding gloves offer similar features, we didn’t find any that were as inexpensive and widely available through Amazon and welding specialty shops as the US Forge gloves. Then we turned to high-heat cooking—the "sear" part of the Slow ’N Sear. “I think silicone is guaranteed up to 500 or 550 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Steven Raichlen, author and founder of Barbecue University. Among the tongs we tested, the narrow angle of the Winco model’s scalloped heads provided the most control when grabbing skinny asparagus spears or slippery sauce-laden chicken pieces. If you can’t decide on a grill basket size or shape, this set of three grill baskets from Yukon Glory gives you options. This wasn’t the case with large rectangular turners, which offered less agility in our tests. 1.1 Weber 6471 Original Stainless-Steel Fish Basket; 1.2 Companion Stainless Grilling Basket 4 Fish Grilling; 2 The Two Best Baskets For Grilling Vegetables. For cooking on a blazing-hot grill, we like the 16-inch Winco UT-16HT Extra Heavyweight Utility Tongs because they’re comfortable, easy to use, and sturdy—and also long enough to keep your hands a comfortable distance from the flames. In our tests, the Dot probe thermometer was the fastest and most accurate at reading temperatures. It has a trigger release in the handle that drops the hot coals from the bottom. Plus, mitts limit dexterity, and woven-fiber gloves let liquids penetrate, which can hamper their thermal protection. *At the time of publishing, the price was $10. Don’t think that you can plunge your hands into a glowing coal bed or hold scorching-hot metal without feeling heat. For our testers, this feature prompted longevity concerns, leading Sam Sifton to point out, "Rubber and high heat have no place in the same sentence. Leftover gunk on the grates, like caramelized sauce and burnt food bits, adhere to food, making it difficult to get a clean release. Weber 6481 Small Stainless Steel Vegetable Basket : can be used to serve vegetables at the table and is small and simple in design: 3. Even though the GrillFloss can scrape grill grates, we’d pair it with one of our other grill brushes for a faster cleanup, as cleaning each grate rod individually is pretty slow. Yukon Glory Premium Grilling Basket : locking mechanism makes it easy to flip food: 2. The probe has a temperature range of -58 to 572 °F and a cable that’s heat resistant to 700 °F, considerably higher than the 400 °F resistance that other models offer. The Weber Rapidfire has two handles, so you can securely dump hot coals into your grill. The resulting baby back ribs were smoky, juicy, and tender. This simple lightweight tool can scrape, lift, and rotate grates, and it’s also handy for kicking around charcoal in the firebox.