Grill Accessories

BBQ Mitts

If you have done any amount of backyard barbecuing, you know how easy it is to get your hands in the wrong place and suffer a nasty burn.

Sometimes you may just wish you could get your hands in there to handle that unruly piece of meat. BBQ gloves let you do just that. You no longer have to depend solely on those unwieldy barbecue tools; instead, you can stick your hands right in and get the job done right. But before you do, make sure you choose the right pair.

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BBQ gloves need to fulfill two basic requirements: they must have enough pliability to allow a fair amount of dexterity, and they must have enough heat resistance to protect hands from burning. Manufacturers have come up with all kinds of different materials to accomplish these goals including leather, rawhide, treated cotton, neoprene, Kevlar, Nomex, and silicone.

Materials that focus solely on heat protection often sacrifice pliability. This results in mitts that are hard to maneuver and can lead to accidental dropping or smashing of food. On the other hand, a focus on pliability can sacrifice heat resistance, resulting in uncomfortably hot temperatures, sweating, and burns. The best mitts are those that successfully meet both criteria.

What to Look For in BBQ Mitts

  • Flare-Up Protection–BBQ grilling invariable involves unexpected flame flare-ups. It is important that the BBQ gloves you choose not only resist the radiant heat of extended periods close to the flame, but also withstand actual contact with the flames. If they fail to do so, they may ignite and cause serious burns to the hands. Cotton gloves tend to be the least flare-up safe, but watch the stitching material on other gloves. Some stitching can be flammable.
  • Length–Many BBQ gloves are relatively short (around 12 inches). This length may protect the hands, but it doesn’t cut it for active grilling.  Many grills are up to 35 inches deep. Reaching across a grill that deep with 12-inch gloves will leave areas of the arm exposed to pretty intense temperatures. Fifteen-inch gloves are better, but the 17 or 18-inch lengths seem to offer the best protection without sacrificing maneuverability.
  • Washable–An often  overlooked factor in BBQ gloves is their ease of cleaning. BBQ is messy, from the cooking to the eating, and while it may be easy to wash up your hands after enjoying a nice meal, cleaning some of the gloves may be a chore. Choose gloves that can be easily washed up with soap and water, both inside and out. There are always those times when you forget and stick your raw-meat covered hands into the gloves.

Ready for the Grill

BBQ mitts may revolutionize your outdoor cooking experience. Hands-on ability really improves cooking dexterity and ensures the finest cooked meals, the kind that will impress your friends and family. Choose your mitts well and enjoy your days of grilling!

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BBQ Igniters

The BBQ igniter is a simple tool with many applications. Of course, it is made for the primary purpose of lighting gas grills. Unfortunately, however, BBQ igniters sometimes get a bad reputation for being undependable.

BBQ Igniters: The Little Tools that Accomplish Great Things

It seems like every time you want to light the grill, the igniter fails to work properly. This requires you to go in the house and dig around for a match or lighter to get your grill going. A little known fact is that the igniter is rarely the cause of such undependability. More often, the burners are not properly feeding fuel to the igniter, which makes it difficult to light.BBQ igniters

How a BBQ Igniter Works

BBQ igniters use piezo electricity to create a spark that lights the gas in a grill. When we think of electricity, we think of plugging something into a wall, or inserting fresh batteries to power a device.

Piezo electricity is different from what we normally think of as electricity. If you speak Greek, you will recognize the word “piezo” as meaning pressure. Piezo electricity is essentially an electromagnetic charge generated by applying pressure to something. There are certain crystal elements that produce electricity when they are struck with force. In a BBQ igniter, one of these piezo electric crystals is struck, which causes it to emit a spark to light the grill. The spark is small and only lasts for a split second, but it is all that the gas needs to light quickly.

What to Do When Your Grill Won’t Light

If your grill won’t light after you’ve turned on the gas and hit the igniter, there are a few steps to diagnose the problem. Remember to turn off the gas and remove the propane tank completely before attempting any diagnosis or repairs.

1. With the gas turned off and the tank removed, locate the igniter element and watch it as you press the igniter button. If you see a small spark jump across the element, you know your ignition issues are not caused by the igniter. If there is no spark, your easiest option may be to get a replacement igniter. BBQ igniters are available at many online retailers.

2. If you see a spark on the igniter, the problem is likely with the gas burners. With the propane tank still safely disconnected, remove the burners one by one and check for signs of blockage. If there is any blockage in the burners, replace them.

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Grill Chickens

Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Look no further to find a delicious, fast and easy-to-make recipe for grilled chicken fajitas. In no time at all you could be sinking your teeth into the one below.

Summer is here (or near) and there is no better time to fire up your grill and start barbecuing chicken fajitas. Your grilling reputation will benefit nicely from this fairly simple recipe.

Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe – BBQ style

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes 4 tortillas

Serves 4Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Mouthwatering BBQ Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup of BBQ sauce

1/2 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 whole red pepper

1/2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes

3/4lb boneless skinless chicken breast

4 flour tortillas

Mouthwatering BBQ Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe Directions

1. Finely chop the garlic and fry for 2 minutes.

2. Mix in the lime juice and bar-b-q sauce.

3. Place the mixture in a bowl and add the chicken breasts. Mix around until evenly and thoroughly covered (to maximize the flavor allow the chicken breasts to marinate overnight).

4. Pre-heat your BBQ grill and make sure the coals are glowing red before cooking.

5. Brush the grill lightly with the olive oil and arrange the chicken on the grill.

6. Allow the chicken to cook for about 7-10 minutes. The times may vary depending on the type of grill you use. The idea is basically to make sure that the chicken is completely white on the inside. Just be careful not to burn the exterior of the meat.

7. While the chicken is grilling, chop up the red pepper into rings and place on the BBQ for the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Cook the red pepper rings for 2 minutes on each side, again, being sure not to burn them.

8. Remove the chicken breasts and use a sharp knife to cut them diagonally into thin slices.

9. Remove the peppers and cut each of the rings in half.

10. Place several strips of chicken and several half pepper rings in each warm tortilla. Sprinkle the contents of each tortilla with the pepper flakes.

11. Wrap and serve while hot.

Try any variety of freshly tossed garden salads to accompany this dish. Salad and garnish will go a long way to making this chicken fajita recipe a major hit with your friends and family.

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Grilling Tips

How to BBQ Chicken Breast

Not many people have the skill to grill chicken right, but knowing how to grill a chicken breast will make you a hit at the next neighborhood cookout.

Chicken is a great menu item, but it can be difficult to handle on the grill. Following a few simple tips will make your next barbecue a success. Learn how to make a great grilled chicken breast.

How to BBQ Chicken Breast: Prep time

Because of the shape of chicken breasts, it is easy to overcook some parts of the chicken while leaving other parts underdone. An easy solution is to cut the meat to a more even shape and then pound the chicken to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Another option is to cut the chicken into strips; just make sure they are large enough so that they do not fall through the grill. A good way to keep the chicken moist is to use a brine or marinade, soaking for about 30 minutes before grilling; an oil-based marinade works best. Do not apply sugar-based sauces, such as BBQ sauce, before grilling because they can cause the chicken to burn; apply these sauces only after the meat is done.

How to BBQ Chicken Breast: Cook time

Before placing the chicken on the grill, you may want to coat the clean grill with oil or cooking spray; this will keep the meat from sticking to the grill. The key to cooking chicken is to use direct heat for a short period of time. You need to turn the meat over only once, and there is no need to sear the chicken; searing the meat will allow the juices to escape and dry out the meat. Boneless chicken will cook in less time than chicken with the bone in.

How to BBQ Chicken Breast: Brine Time

Brine is simply a saltwater solution that chefs use to add more flavor and tenderness to their meat. A basic brine solution is 1 cup of table salt to 1 gallon water; you can adjust the measurements based on the amount of meat you have to prepare, but you want enough brine solution to completely cover the meat. The time for soaking varies depending on the amount of meat and the level of salt flavor you want.

Using these simple tips and the recipes for chicken at, you will having a winning menu that keeps them asking for more.

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