Essential Accessories for the Aspiring Grill Master

by Courtney Rappe

Essential Accessories for the Aspiring Grill Master

Here at Fire & Flavor, we like to keep meals simple. From custom branding your steaks to a robotic grill brush, a thousand grilling gadgets may be overkill, but there are a few essential tools for grilling that we cannot live without. These necessities can help ensure your cooking experience runs smoothly and efficiently.

Fire Starters

We believe in grilling with all natural products to not only avoid negative health effects that come with consuming food from a grill lit with lighter fluid, but to also maintain the natural taste of grilling with natural charcoal or briquettes. Made simply from paraffin wax and paperboard, our tasteless, odorless, and clean fire starters leave out toxic ingredients like coal, limestone, oil, and petroleum that are both harmful for the environment and your body.

Cedar Grilling Planks

Obviously we are a little biased and love cooking with cedar planks, but they are especially useful for those intimidated by cooking fish. Cedar planks are great way to add natural flavors to your favorite seafood and ensure that it doesn’t fall apart on the grill. If you’re a last minute griller, we keep pre-soaked planks in the freezer and throw them on the grill without having to think too far in advance.

Grilling Tongs

While grilling tongs are definitely a grilling must have, we find ourselves using these Oxo Good Grips Locking Tongs on a daily basis in the kitchen. Whether we are tossing roasted vegetables, salad, or flipping grilled meats, we always have this trusted tool around. We like these tongs because they lock easily, they’re lightweight, and have proven to be very sturdy.

Grill Basket

Not your typical grill basket, our favorite grilling wok’s shape makes it easier to toss vegetables on the grill. With its sleek and smooth design, there are no edges for residue or vegetable pieces to get caught on. Great to set over a plank when it comes time to roast your favorite vegetables. We love tossing green beans over a smoky plank and finishing with pecans and crumbled blue cheese. We also love cooking par-boiled baby potatoes in this tool- tossed with olive oil, rosemary, fresh garlic, and finished with a vinaigrette for a lighter take on potato salad.

Grill Brush

This item may be overlooked or it may be the first thing you buy for your grill, but having a high quality brush is important to keep grill grates clean so food doesn't stick.


Safety is always first here at the Knox household and though there are many fancy cooking thermometers you can spend a lot of money on, sometimes less is more. A simple digital monitor is less cumbersome and does the job best, making sure your chicken reaches 165°F and ensuring your steak, pork, and fish are cooked just to your liking.

Here are some grilling accessories we guarantee you won’t need in your kitchen….

Pineapple Steak Brander

Grill Sergeant Apron

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