Though you may cherish fond childhood memories of crispy hotdogs and overdone steaks, at this point you probably hope your BBQ skills have surpassed those of dear old dad. If they haven't but you still want to impress the neighbors this 4th of July, here's a list of high tech tools to help make your BBQ the source of the best food in town.
Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer ($55.96 at Amazon): This wireless wonder will help you cook the perfect burgers while still mingling with your guests. Simply insert the stainless steel probes in the center of the meat, then select the type of meat and how you would like it cooked (Rare, Medium Rare, Medium or Well Done). Feel free to wander away and entertain your guests- a voice prompt from the unit clipped to your belt will alert you when your entree is "Almost Ready" and "Ready."
Pro LCD Thermometer Grill Fork ($28 at Home Wet Bar): If the talking wireless thermometer isn't your style, then this grill fork is a more subtle way to ensure your meat is always cooked to perfection. The grill fork takes only 3 seconds to display the internal temperature of your food, and the LCD cooking matrix tells you how cooked your food is (well, medium, medium rare, or rare) without having to press any additional buttons. This device even features a back-lit LCD and a powerful built-in LED flashlight for nighttime cooking.
Turbo Que Grilling Fan ($23.96 at Brookstone) Love the flavor of smoke but the ease of a gas grill? This handy fan uses convection cooking technology to turn a conventional gas grill into a convection grill for faster cooking, better flavor and greater fuel efficiency. As the fan runs, it moves smoke evenly around the food, creating moister food with a more intense smokey flavor while also reducing cooking time.
Motorized Kebab Rotisserie ($70 at Sharper Image Online): If you love kebabs but hate standing over the grill to turn them, then this unit is the perfect BBQ accessory for you. This stainless steel rotisserie holds 4 kebabs at once, and turns them automatically for perfect cookig every time. Designed to fit almost any grill, this device is also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Sharper Image Online also offers an Electric Hot Dog Turner designed for hassle free hot dogs.
Motorized Grill Cleaning Brush ($16 at Brookstone): Once the BBQ is over, this handly gadget will help make cleanup a breeze. The powerful motor and two brass-bristle rotary brushes are designed to remove cooked-on food residue without chemicals or scrubbing.