‘Tis the season for backyard cookouts. Whether you’re the host of the soiree or one of the guests, you’ll want to be well-prepared. That’s why Food Network put together three Grilling Shopping Guides to help readers find all the right tools for summer parties — from gear and tableware to delicious sauces, condiments and more.
In order to find the best new items in the market, the editorial team sat through product pitches, searched look books and scoured the Internet. And then, of course, we had to try all the food (the part that the whole office eagerly volunteered for). We love everything in the guides and think that you will too. Here are just a handful of our favorites:
Piggyback Bacon Rack (pictured above)
Bacon makes everything better, and burgers and dogs are no exception. This handy rack keeps all the cooking in one place, and you don’t have to worry about the grease.
Murray’s Bread Cheese
This toasty baked cheese was a major hit among our staff. Heat it up on the grill until warmed through on the inside. In case you’re wondering, there’s no bread involved — the cheese is baked during the cheese-making process, giving it a toasty, loaflike appearance.
There may or may not have been some office drama when it came time to decide who would take home the leftover truffle ketchup. Clearly it was a favored item during the taste test.
Floral Nesting Bowl Set
These vibrant floral bowls are great for transporting, serving and storing summer sides and salads.
Zoku Ice Cream Bowl
This small bowl packs a lot of power. You can create a customized, homemade bowl of ice cream in just 10 minutes.
Forget plastic cups. Strahl’s collection of barware is unbreakable, so you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your own party.
Flip through all the product guides for summer: