Grilling Essentials for Beginners

07 Apr, 2015

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New to grilling? Or do you need a refresher if it’s been a while since you last grilled? We’ve outlined the top grilling essentials you’ll need for your spring and summer cookouts. Use this grilling checklist to make sure your next get-together goes off without a hitch!


First things first, you’ll need a grill. Since there are several types of grills to choose from (electric, gas and charcoal), it’s important to do a little research before purchasing a particular type of grill. Read our post on different grill types for more information. Gas grills are typically the best choice for grilling beginners, but if you have limited outdoor space, we recommend an electric grill for convenience.


Next, you’ll need fuel for your new grill. For gas grills, this means a natural gas line or propane tank for fuel, depending on the grill model. If you have a charcoal grill, stock up on charcoal before cooking out. You’ll also want to have a chimney starter on hand to start the charcoal fire. Not only do these devices work better than lighter fluid, but they are also cleaner and won’t expose your food to fumes from the fluid. Lastly, for electric models, make sure the grill is within reach of an outlet.

Spatula and tongs

A spatula and tongs are the most basic grilling tools you’ll use, and they’ll be extremely useful each time you grill. Consider a silicone or metal spatula made especially for grilling and look for long-handled tongs to avoid getting scorched. Try this barbeque tool set to get started.

Grill brush

Keep your new grill clean and ready for all of your summer cookouts with a grill brush. It will remove any buildup and grime leftover from previous meals – and will ensure that your meat won’t stick to the grill rack.


One of the top rules of grilling is to never cut open a piece of meat to see if it’s done. It can release the juices and will make your meal less tender and juicy. Instead, use a meat thermometer to see if your meat is perfectly cooked to your liking.

Basting brush

A basting brush will come in handy for marinating your steaks, chicken, shrimp, veggies and more.

Fire extinguisher

It’s better to be safe than sorry – especially for first-time grillers. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in the event of a flare up that gets out of control.


Don’t forget these helpful extras to get started.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Grill light
  • Grilling app (try GrillTime for iOS users or Pit Pal BBQ for Android users)

For even more grilling information, check out our grilling FAQs and grilling tips to find answers to all of your grilling questions.

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