Barbeque Accessories

Although there is no need to have a vast array of additional tools in order to have a successful barbeque, there are certain pieces of equipment that are essential for safety reasons or that can simply make the cook's job easier.

Apron and Gloves

An apron and a pair of heatproof gloves are a must when cooking over an open fire. Avoid plastic aprons and choose really thick gloves that cover your wrist and the lower part of your arm.

Basters

In order to cook really succulent food on the barbeque, you will need to baste frequently. A basting brush is excellent for steaks and chops (choose a long handled version to protect you from the heat), whilst a bulb baster is useful when spit-roasting large joints.

Bellows

Although not essential, a pair of bellows can encourage a reluctant fire.

Forks

A long-handled fork is useful for lifting and turning food over the heat.

Grills

If you are building your own barbeque, you will need a grill to lay the food on. Cast iron grills are best, although you must dry and oil them after use to prevent from rusting. They will also need to be oiled before use.

Certain foods, such as fish or other delicate items may need to be cooked on a separate grill to hold them gently while cooking and to keep them in one piece. These grills usually consist of two sides of steel bars hinged together and held by two long handles. All wire grills need to be greased with oil or butter and heated before use.

Skewers

Skewers are a great way of grilling chunks of meat, vegetables or fish on the barbeque. Choose long ones that allow you to leave the handles outside the fire. Those with wooden handles will be easier to handle.

Spit

A spit may be used to roast joints of meat or whole birds evenly. Always make sure that the spit is strong enough to take the heavy items without bending.

Tongs

Long-handled tongs are useful for lifting and turning pieces of food without piercing them and for moving glowing coals.