Charcoal or gas? Beef or chicken? Veggies or fruit? There are so many decisions to make about grilling-and best of all, there are no wrong answers!
Grilling has become a year-round national pastime. Suppliers are constantly coming up with interesting and innovative products designed to create the perfect grilling experience, and last week at the New York International Gift Fair, they unveiled a plethora of new items. Here are just a few of the functional and fun new products for the 'grillin' gourmet':
Soapstone Griddle from SPRAQ Home
Denver-based SPARQ Home was a finalist in the show's best new product competition thanks to the company's Indoor/Outdoor Soapstone Griddle. Constructed of all-natural soapstone, the griddle absorbs and evenly distributes heat and has the added benefit of being a naturally non-stick surface. Usable on either an open flame or electric cooktop, the griddle can actually 'super-sear' meat, allowing it to spend less time cooking and maintain more of its juices and flavor. The Soapstone Griddle features a smooth, flat side for cooking pizza or pancakes as well as a grooved side that's perfect for steak and chicken. Suggested retail price, $99.99.
The Hot Pot BBQ Grill/Planter from Black+Blum
For those who love to grill but are constrained by small spaces, London-based black+blum offers the Hot-Pot BBQ, a combination grill and planter. The unit is made of stainless steel and painted to look like a terra cotta pot. The top, which can be used to grow flowers or herbs, conceals a fully-functional grill beneath. “The Hot-Pot BBQ is ideal for small terraces or balconies and looks good even when not in use,” explains Dan Black, co-founder of black+blum. “It's the perfect gift for someone with a small outdoor space and is enjoyed by grillers and gardeners alike.” Suggested retail price, $124.
The Ember BBQ tools from Picnic Plus
The latest gadgets and tools are always interesting to see, and for those who like to 'grill on the go', West Chester, PA-based Picnic Plus has several cool new products. The Ember set features full-length tools that store in half the space they otherwise would. Constructed of stainless steel, the set unfolds like a jackknife and includes spatula, fork, and knife. Suggested retail, $29.99.
Domistyle's manly "Will Grill For Beer" apron
Grilling is often deemed 'man's work', and this year Toronto-based Domistyle launched its first collection of men's aprons and accessories. The aprons are made of a stain-resistant cotton-polyester fabric and sport witty messages like, “Will Cook For Beer”, “Grill God”, and “Feel Like Bacon Love”. Suggested retail price, $39.
The Oil Mister from Savora
A new product from Garden City, NY-based Savora makes adding flavor and moisture to grilled foods quicker and easier. The Savora Oil Mister is a non-aerosol, non-chemical, propellant-free mister that enables users to closely control how much oil they are dispensing. Made of impact-resistant BPA-free plastic, the mister has a contoured head modeled on the easy-to-use shape of a professional bicycle pump. Suggested retail, $24.
The whimsical BBQ Sword from Luckies.
Finally, for those with a whimsical streak, British firm Luckies of London showcased the BBQ Sword, complete with mock fencing guard and musketeer mask-can anyone say en garde?
For more on grilling and outdoor living, consider:
Grill Like the Pros
How To: Care for Your Grill
Radio: Buying a Grill