6 Tools Every Guy Needs for a BBQ

6 Tools Every Guy Needs for a BBQ

There’s something primal about barbecuing. Imagine a bunch of cavemen standing around a fire pit: “Man like meat medium rare!” one remarks, pointing to the woolly mammoth roasting on a spit.

Then as now, the social aspects of barbecuing can deliver significant health benefits, but these days, guy-pleasing grilled dishes extend beyond red meat to include salmon with roasted veggies & peanut sauce and grilled avocado & albacore tuna salad.

As well as being the founder of Chefs for Oceans, Chef Ned Bell is extremely handy around the grill. Using the right equipment, he says, is essential for top-notch BBQ. Anything less, he adds, is prehistoric! Here are six of his go-to tools:

1. Spatula

2016-7-28_bbq-tools_inset-thermometer-spatula

More robust and heat-resistant than their kitchen counterparts, BBQ spatulas are ideal for flipping salmon steaks or turkey burgers that have a tendency to stick to the grill.

 2. Tongs

2016-7-28_bbq-tools_inset-tongs

Essential for transporting just about anything to and from the grill, flipping foods that don’t fall apart, and stirring whatever is cooking in a BBQ basket (which just misses out on making this list).

3. Knife

2016-7-28_bbq-tools_inset-knife-fork

Whether you’re slicing flank steak right on the grill or checking the progress of plump chicken breasts, a sharp blade can’t be overlooked.

4. Meat thermometer

2016-7-28_bbq-tools_inset-thermometer

Then again, why deface a perfect chicken breast when you can insert a thermometer to know if it’s properly cooked?

5. Fork

2016-7-28_bbq-tools_inset-fork

Just the thing for steadying food on the grill, moving it around, and sneaking a sample bite on the down low.

6. Brush

2016-7-28_bbq-tools_inset-brush

Simply pouring glazes and sauces onto food is so T-Rex. Evolution gave us the brush, so use it to ensure an even coating of deliciousness.

 

Is there a BBQ tool you just can’t grill without? Tell other guys about it in the comments below!

Grilled Prosciutto Peach Salad

Grilled Prosciutto Peach Salad

Sweet and salty — the perfect combination for a summer salad. Ripe and juicy peach halves wrapped in thinly sliced prosciutto make this a classic Italian dish. Not only a tasty addition to your repertoire, this salad is an easy way to get some fruit and veggies into your next backyard BBQ menu!

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches
  • 2 slices prosciutto (from the deli)
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 4 cups arugula (or your choice of greens)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Cut peaches in half and remove pits. Chop basil into small pieces.
  • Sprinkle each peach half with basil and pepper. Wrap each half with prosciutto.
  • Place wrapped peaches on preheated greased grill. Grill, flip once for a total of 5 minutes or until peaches are softened and prosciutto is crisp.
  • In a large bowl toss together arugula, pepper, vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper.
  • Divide salad among 2 plates and top each plate with 2 peach halves to serve. Sprinkle with remaining basil.

Canadian Men’s Health Foundation would like to thank the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and their Half Your Plate program for providing this delicious and healthy recipe.

Pin It on Pinterest