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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  • Weber Style 6435 Professional-Grade Grill Pan

    ($19.99, Amazon)

    Tried of vegetables and other small items sticking and falling through the grates of your grill? This inexpensive stainless steel grill pan, made by Weber, solves this problem. Just put it on top of the grill grates, and cook your food on top of the pan. Problem solved!

  • Nordic Ware Indoor-Outdoor Meatball Griller

    ($9, Amazon)

    This grill pan will be the star of your outdoor grilling or BBQ smoking party. It can grill 12 meatballs at a time, and has a concave shape in each mold for easy meatball removal and cleanup, and has holes for grease drip. Try wrapping your meatballs with bacon with this tool for making smoky and juicy "Moinkballs".

  • BBQGuru.com DigiQ DX2

    ($280-$300 depending on configuration, BBQGuru.com)

    As opposed to grilling, which is a quick and high-temperature cooking method, actual barbecue smoking using charcoal rigs requires patience and also close attention to temperatures over a period of many hours when you are cooking "low and slow".

    With BBQ Guru's DigiQ DX2, you too can smoke like a true competition pitmaster while also having the convenience of automated digital monitoring and electronic thermal management.

    Whether you have a simple Weber Bullet, a Big Green Egg, or another charcoal smoker, the DigiQ will automatically regulate the smoker to the desired target temperature (200-225 degrees for ideal BBQ smoking results) using an electronically controlled fan (with adapters designed specifically for your smoker brand and model) and real-time internal temperature monitoring of the meat and ambient pit temperature using probe sensors.

    A scaled-down, pit sensor only version of the DigiQ is sold as the PartyQ, and sells for $129. Grill fan stoker adapters are sold separately.

    If you use an electric smoker, BBQ Guru has developed the Power Raptor, which is a electrical current regulator used with the DigiQ and CyberQ units in place of a variable speed stoker fan.

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Topics: After Hours, Amazon, Hardware, Software

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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:

    http://bbcharcoal.com

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

      for the charcoal link.
      cardhun@...
      • You are welcome

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

    Jason, you might not get "grilled" for being a Microsoft tool for this post! Hehe...
    Happy Independence Day! "Pitmasters, start your fires!"
    Wiz
    wizard57m-cnet
  • "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" .....
    AndrewShinjuku
    • 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.
      cardhun@...
  • 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...
    HypnoToad72
  • 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?
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter