Whether you’re a year-round griller (a guilty pleasure in our house) or only fire up the barbecue during the warmer months, it’s important to maintain an organized system for all of your necessary grilling utensils.
If you have a propane grill, you likely have storage underneath the grill. But if you’re like us, and many others, that space next to the propane tank goes unused and frankly gets a little gross. For charcoal grillers, you need to find other space for your needed utensils. Until recently, our grilling supplies were stuffed in kitchen drawers and cabinets, always in the way.
We’ve discovered a new barbecue organization method that is easy to use, easy to access and gets the barbecue utensil clutter out of our kitchen: a 5-gallon bucket and tool pouch. Stick the big items like spatula, tongs, foil and mitts in the middle of the bucket. Use the pouch on the outside for organizing skewers, thermometers and a spray bottle.
The bucket is easy to store in the garage or shed, and a breeze to transport all of your necessary tools together, including tailgating during fall football season.
Wide spatula (with can opener)
Spatula tongs (for flipping less-than-sturdy food)
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Instant read meat thermometer
Flashlight or grill light
Sturdy wire brush (don’t skimp on quality!)
Mitts or gloves
Sharp knife dedicated to grilling foods
Your favorite barbecue sauce and seasoning
Wire grilling basket (great for fish, seafood, and even burgers)
Spray bottle with apple juice and Worcestershire sauce
Ceramic pizza stone
Cedar planks for grilling fish