I love to hunt for the perfect charcoal grill accessories because charcoal grilling is almost a religious experience for me. I left my propane grill to rust in the corner of my back deck years ago. I use it now for a storage container for some of my grilling paraphernalia and, at times, I heat up some water on the side burner when we lose power during a storm.
I own a Weber Smokey Joe small charcoal grill and a Weber One-Touch kettle grill. Needless to say, I think that Weber manufactures the best charcoal grills around. Well, when it comes to charcoal grilling, there are some essential or must have charcoal grill accessories, in which you should invest. Hopefully this list will help you get set-up for a great charcoal grilling experience.
Charcoal Grill Accessories for Lighting Charcoal
With a chimney starter pictured below, lighter fluid is a thing of the past. All you need is a lighter or match, some rolled-up newspaper or paraffin cubes, and a chimney starter to get your charcoal ignited for the grill. The process of lighting a chimney starter is a very simple. I love my Weber Chimney Starter and recommend it highly. It's the highest quality chimney starter I've come across and it works every time! You also need to have a set of long reach matches or a utility lighter that will light easily in windy conditions.
Oftentimes I grill at the ocean where there is a lot of wind. This utility lighter will work well in windy conditions.
If you don't have a Zippo lighter handy, long reach matches are great for reaching the newspaper at the bottom of the chimney starter.
Grilling Tools You Simply Can't Live Without
There are at least three grilling tools that you must add to your grilling arsenal. Those are a good set of bbq tongs, a long-handled grill spatula, and a quality basting brush. These three grill tools are my must-haves. They are all high quality and they are can't-miss purchases in my mind. The first two come from Steven Raichlen, a guru of grilling and barbecue, so you can imagine that they are of the utmost quality and design. Another unique item I write about in this article is a BBQ sauce mop and bucket which add an extra layer of flavor and moisture to whatever you are cooking. The adjustable basting brush is made of silicone which is, in my opinion, the best material to use for basting when grilling or barbecuing.
A great set of tongs is essential for charcoal grilling. These Steven Raichlen Locking Tongs are simply the best! What I really love about them is they are long enough to keep you far away from the heat of the heat. I also love the locking capability. A good set of locking tongs MUST be in your grilling accessories arsenal!
Another must-have grilling tool is a long-handled grill spatula. This Steven Raichlen Spatula is as good as it gets.
An adjustable basting brush with silicone head is essential to great grilling and barbecue. The ability to adjust the head of the brush allows you to get into certain areas which you may not otherwise be able to get to. They are a really nice addition to your arsenal. Certainly worth the investment!
Essential Protection for your Hands and your Grills
I used to use barbecue mitts when I grilled but I found them cumbersome and hard to use. These Weber Premium Grill Gloves are my go-to BBQ gloves when I'm grilling or using my barbecue smoker.
This Weber grill cover is perfect for my 18 1/2″ Weber grill but also fits the 22 1/2″ models. If you want your charcoal grill to last you need one of these. I have two on my deck! You can't go wrong with Weber quality!
Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tools
I use a combination of all three of these BBQ grill cleaning tools to keep my charcoal grill grates clean.
There is nothing like a well-made grill brush to keep your charcoal grill grates clean. To make the job easier for my next grilling, after I pull off my grilled foods, I give a quick brush of the hot grate so nothing gets caked on.
I recently picked up this grill stone cleaner set on a whim and I find that they work really well on my charcoal grill grates. It's a rather interesting concept in keeping the grates clean.
When you think of charcoal grilling, charcoal storage is probably not first on the list. To be honest, having a watertight sealed container next to my charcoal grill with dry charcoal is very important. My charcoal storage container of choice is the Kingsford Kaddy which is a rugged plastic charcoal container. I own two of these to hold my charcoal and charcoal grill accessories
The container shown on the left is the exact same container that I have owned for years, although my container is black with the same blue top. It has kept my Kingsford charcoal dry in all of the elements such as rain, snow, sleet, and hail. It is basically indestructible, has a convenient door in the cover, and perfectly fits a 20 lb bag (or smaller) of charcoal. This awesome charcoal storage container allows you to store your charcoal outside without cluttering up your house or shed. When we want to use our Brinkmann water smoker or our Weber grills, I just head straight for my Kingsford Caddy and I know I'll have dry charcoal always there and ready for a great day of barbecue.
Charcoal Ash Disposal
Charcoal ash disposal should be a concern if you love to grill with charcoal. I also love to use my fireplace so I actually use this Behrens Locking Lid Can to dispose of the ashes in my fireplace as well as the ashes from my charcoal grills. The best thing about this can is the locking lid which is great if the ashes are still hot.
Since my charcoal grills are located on my back wooden deck, I am always concerned about a potential fire hazard. Having the proper charcoal storage container is extremely important to me. After disposing of hot ashes, I always tend to use a water spray bottle to fully extinguish the hot embers. The way I look at it, you can never be too careful. Since I also love to grill with charcoal in the wintertime, if there is any available snow, I will throw a handful of the white stuff on the hot ashes.
Another rather unique but very popular grilling accessory in which I recently invested is a Weber rib rack which is quickly becoming one of my favorite charcoal grill accessories since we love our ribs!
I hope this is a comprehensive list of must have charcoal grill accessories that will help you in your future charcoal grilling experiences. If you invest in these quality items, your life with grilling and barbecue will be as gratifying as mine. If you have any questions on any of these products, please leave them in the comments or use our Contact Us page.