Spring is well and truly upon us and the change of seasons brings the return of the BBQ! There’s nothing better than evenings and weekends spent relaxing out in the garden with your friends and family with good, home cooked food. We’re starting to see a big increase in BBQ sales over the last few weeks, so if you’re looking to upgrade we suggest browsing our collection here. Or if you’re looking for a bit of advice on which BBQ to go for, read our blog post here.
Great chefs need a fabulous set of tools to cook with, and the same principle applies to cooking on the BBQ. There are so many different tools and accessories for BBQ cooking, but we’ve highlighted some of the main ones that you need to know about. Read on to learn more…
Heat deflector plates
Heat deflector plates are a great accessory that essentially helps you cook lots of different types of food all from your BBQ. For example, this Primo Heat Deflector Plate is designed for oval grills turns your BBQ into an oven. The stones help deflect the heat away from the food meaning that you can roast and bake all of your favourite foods! The food options really are endless and mean you can enjoy a greater variety of foods from your BBQ. Learn more here. Please note, these must be used in conjunction with heat deflector racks, which are discussed below.
Heat Deflector Drip Pan Racks
This drip pan rack is perfect for holding a drip pan that collects juices or holds cooking liquids to enhance the flavour of your food. The deflector rackets below are designed to hold the Primo Ceramic D-Plate for low and slow cooking on the BBQ. You can cook a huge variety of foods with these racks, from ribs and brisket through to pork shoulder and chicken! Learn more here.
Searing grates are a great accessory to have when it comes to cooking food on the BBQ. They essentially allow you to sear meats and lock in the juices at high temperatures. This Primo Cast Iron Searing Grate below offers heat retention and even heat distribution for super quick cooking times. Learn more here.
Cleaning brush heads
Keeping your BBQ clean is key to enjoying it fully for years to come. The best way to clean the cooking area of your BBQ is with a brush which allows you to clean around the grill and griddle thoroughly to get rid of any grease.
Check out the gourmet cleaning brush and brush heads which are ideal for cleaning cast iron or enamel coated surfaces. The brush comes with a stainless steel handle while the brushes are specifically designed to scrub the surfaces clean. You can also easily replace the brush heads when needed. Learn more here.
Of course, a set of quality utensils are key when it comes to cooking (no matter if you’re indoors or outdoors!). Two must have accessories are cooking tongs and a spatula. Make sure the ones you purchase are odour and stain resistant to ensure they last and don’t deteriorate.
This three piece utensil set provides everything you need in one set, featuring tongs, a spatula and a cleaning brush. Learn more here.
Unfortunately, we don’t get a spring and summer that’s completely dry here in the UK. So it’s a good idea to keep your BBQ covered when it’s not in use. Not only does this protect it from rain which could lead to rusting, but it also keeps bird droppings away from the cooking area!
We’ve got a great selection of BBQ covers, check out this one below from LeisureGrow. It’s been specifically designed to be water-resistant whilst still allowing your BBQ to breathe through the mesh panel. This prevents moisture buildup which could cause damage to your BBQ overtime. Plus, this one features shock cords and stainless steel eyelets to keep the cover secure and your garden looking tidy. Learn more here.
So there you have it, some of the main BBQ accessories and tools that you need to know about. You can browse our full collection on our website here, or come and visit us at our showroom in Preston where our team are on hand to help you find what you’re looking for.