Great summer BBQ and grilling tech

Great summer BBQ and grilling tech

Summary: Jason Perlow gives you his picks for the best BBQ and grilling tech/accessories for the July 4th weekend and the summer ahead.


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  • Looftlighter

    ($79, Amazon)

    Looking for a way to light your charcoal grill in a safe, environmentally friendly way in virtually any weather condition, all year long? Forget lighter fluid, propane torches or dangerous chimney starters. Check out the Looftlighter, which was designed and originally marketed in Scandinavia for lighting grills in extremely low temperatures and damp environments. The Looftlighter is able to ignite even the densest, dampest hardwood charcoal using superheated 1,250-degree air in only a few minutes.

    See the ZDNet review of the LooftLighter.

  • Maverick PT-100 Instant Read Thermometer

    ($76 Prime, Amazon)

    Whether you grill or you smoke, getting accurate readings on meat temperatures is essential because not only do you want to make sure your prized meal isn't overcooked, but you also want to make sure your meat is cooked to the proper temperature in order to kill food-borne bacteria such as e coli and salmonella.

    If you are a serious griller or smoker, the Maverick PT 100 is the electronic probe, instant-read thermometer of the pros. Made out of stainless steel and dust/water resistant, the device is accurate within 1 degree Celsius.

Topics: After Hours, Amazon, Hardware, Software


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Good Grill'n to you Jason

    I like the products you show but you forgot something:

    You gotta have good wood and charcoal to do it right ;)
    • Thanks

      for the charcoal link.
      • You are welcome

        They know what they are doing when it comes to grilling fuels.
  • Well hopefully...

    Jason, you might not get "grilled" for being a Microsoft tool for this post! Hehe...
    Happy Independence Day! "Pitmasters, start your fires!"
  • "Nothing beats the classic Weber"

    My classic Weber fell apart after a few years. That is, the steel burned through where the legs joined the kettle.

    I now have a stainless steel Barbecook Collosea Grill. It is easier and quicker to use, and uses less charcoal. So far, it "beats the classic Weber" .....
    • They Don't Make Webers Like They Used To

      I agree - Weber grills just don't last anymore. There are definitely better brands to buy. Thanks for your suggestion.
  • overpriced bling

    It's not technology, nor is it a technician. Humans have cooked for thousands of years without needing a computer to do the namby pamby too-difficult work-that-Americans-don't-want-to-do stuff...
  • Imagine of the usual tech companies were in on this

    What would you call the stuff? Easy to guess in some cases... Apple iGrill. Samsung Galaxy Grill? The GGrill? Microsoft Expression Grill Professional Home Ultimate? Oracle Grill Consulting Services? DropGrill?