Over the years, we've managed to test and use a wide variety of smoker accessories, and let us tell you, it's been quite the ride! We've seen it all, from the incredibly useful to the downright pointless (we will not be featuring bear claws here...just grab two forks). But through all this, some particular items have stood out and secured a special place in our smoking repertoire. These are the accessories that we've found ourselves reaching for time and time again, the ones that really make a difference in our smoking sessions. So, we've decided to put together this roundup to share our favorite smoker accessories and upgrades. We're talking tools that not only enhance your smoker's functionality but also pump up that delicious flavor we all crave.
We're going to break things down into two main sections. The first section is all about accessories for your smoker. These are the upgrades that you can add to just about any smoker to take your meat smoking to the next level. We're talking about tools that help with everything from temperature control to cleanup, making your smoking sessions smoother and more enjoyable.
The second section is dedicated to general grilling accessories. These are the items that any BBQ lover will definitely want to have in their arsenal. Whether you're a seasoned griller or just starting out, these accessories will improve your outdoor cooking experience.
It is an interesting state of affairs that the simplest of cooking styles (fire – flame – smoke – food) has so many tech gadgets to help you do it better. The reason is; they work.
They give you the information you need to keep your food cooking correctly and safely. After all, brisket ain’t cheap, you don’t want to toast it by not knowing what’s happening. You also don’t want to spend hours on end watching the paint dry and the temperature stay constant. These are the tools that will free you up, broken into three categories; Wireless Probes, Bluetooth Monitors, Wi-Fi Monitors.
This category are the probes that have a smaller profile than the common analog ‘piercing’ thermometers we’re used to. At least at the top where the dial usually sits is smaller, the shaft is actually quite chubby, thick if you want to be polite. You place them in the food to be cooked, leave them throughout the cook time and you can monitor the internal temperature via an app to your phone. The top two that we tested are the Meater+ and the Meatstick X. What they shared is a rating that they will also monitor the ambient temp of your cooking environment. They do, but not very accurately in our testing. For accuracy internally the Meater+ was slightly better. The Meatstick X will give you better range for Bluetooth signals. With both priced right around $100, either will serve you well.
The top two in our testing group are the Thermoworks Bluedot and the Inkbird IBT-6XS. Each will cost around $70, and both ranked highly for completely different reasons. Thermoworks is an industry standard for temp testing, as in the commercial gold standard. This device gives you that accuracy and response time. The app and device are easy to navigate, the base unit is water resistant. The probe is sturdy, with a silicone handle and wire coil to diminish bending at the probe junction. The down side is that it only supports one probe. Which brings us to the next contender, Inkbird, packaged with five piercing probes and one ambient probe. The app isn’t as great, but you truly can monitor six areas of your cooking including the air temp of your cooking environment. The base is not water resistant, it does have a rechargeable battery, and the probes a solid build quality with knurled stainless steel.
This category distinguishes itself by pushing real time data to anywhere in the world that you have internet connectivity. Run out of garlic? You’re covered for your trip to the store. Must show appointment for a beer with a friend…well you get the idea. Again, Thermoworks and their Signals product is our top choice. It offers four coded probes and a great base unit that can manage everything without the app. But their app is the best too. Fireboard is such a close second that the gap is hardly noticeable. It does have more accurate fan controls (yes, a blower attachment when the temperature drops), and an arguably better display. It is not as weather resistant however. Both units will cost around $200 comparably equipped allowing you to monitor, and if desired, control the burn rate of your smoking device. Upgrading your smoker to include some features you find on electric smokers is a great way to improve your meat smoking experience without the need for sacrificing the flavor your get from your favorite traditional smoker.
Temperature Controller by Fireboard - Fireboard Drive
The Temperature Controller by Fireboard, specifically the Fireboard Drive, is a crucial upgrade for any serious smoking enthusiast. This high-tech gadget provides real-time monitoring and control of your smoker's temperature. The Fireboard Drive (FBX2) manages airflow using a fan control system. When the device detects that the temperature inside the smoker is dropping below your set parameters, it triggers the fan to increase airflow, which in turn stokes the fire and raises the temperature -- when the temperature exceeds the pre-set level, the fan slows down, reducing the airflow and thereby cooling the smoker. This automated system ensures that your smoker maintains an optimal temperature, providing a consistent, even heat that is crucial for achieving that perfect smoky flavor. This fan device comes with various attachment accessories to be compatible with most any smoker.
Now, let's talk about B&B Charcoal. This isn't just any ordinary charcoal, folks. B&B Charcoal is known for its lengthy burn time, consistent temperature control, and minimal ash production, optimizing your grilling experience.
Whether you're smoking a brisket or searing a steak, this accessory is a premium choice for fuel. Plus, it's sourced responsibly, so you can fire up your grill knowing you're making an environmentally friendly choice. B&B Charcoal is a game-changer, adding that extra oomph to your BBQ sessions.
Chimney Starter by Weber
The Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter is an essential tool for any griller who cooks with charcoal. With a chimney you'll never to purchase lighter fluid again or struggle to evenly light a charcoal fire.
Simply fill the chimney with charcoal, load the bottom with some newspaper or cardboard and in about 5 minutes you'll have a full load of charcoal ready to toss into your grill and get cookin'. The Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter is a great choice because its designed with the quality you'd expect from Weber and it holds more briquettes than most chimney starters -- about 100 briquettes in a single load which is large enough to fill a standard 22-inch grill. As another function, you can toss a grill grate on top of the lit chimney to get a quick sear on your favorite veggies or a steak.
Butcher Paper by Meat Hugger
Pink Butcher Paper with Dispenser Box
When it comes to yielding professional quality BBQ there's perhaps no better hack than the Texas Crutch. Performing it effectively comes down to using the right material to wrap your meat during the smoking process.
Meat Hugger's Pink Butcher Paper is the right stuff. Unlike many other types of butcher paper, this heavy-duty natural paper has no wax coating and helps retain moisture so your smoked meats stay juicy inside. Butcher paper is also more efficient than aluminum foil since this paper allows meat to keep cooking rather than getting steamed; so you end up with a nice gooey bark instead of something that more closely resembles pot roast. With quality butcher paper you'll be the king of Texas crutch-style bark that’s just as gooey as Texas BBQ is supposed to be.
Grill Grate Upgrade by GrillGrate
Sear Station for Grills/Pellet
The Sear Station by GrillGrate is a brilliant upgrade that can take your pellet grill, smoker or traditional grill to the next level. This accessory is designed to amplify the heat of your grill.
Enabling you to reach the high temperatures necessary for a flawless sear on your smoked meats. It consists of interlocking panels that capture and radiate heat back to your food, creating an even cooking surface that eliminates hotspots and prevents flare-ups. The raised rail design delivers those coveted, perfect grill marks, while the valleys catch the juices for basting and preventing flare-ups. Furthermore, the Sear Station is constructed from hard anodized aluminum that's super durable and provides superior heat conductivity. This means your food cooks more evenly, and you get that delicious, caramelized sear more effectively. Simply put, the Sear Station by GrillGrate is not just an add-on, but a game-changing upgrade for any serious BBQ enthusiast.
Cast Iron Set by Cuisinel
Cast Iron Griddle w/ Burger Press
The Cast Iron Set by Cuisinel is a quintessential upgrade for any grilling aficionado. This set, featuring a Cast Iron Griddle and Burger Press, offers enhanced heat retention and even distribution.
Ideal for achieving a perfect sear and mouth-watering caramelization on your smoked meats. The griddle provides an ample, versatile cooking surface, perfect for everything from burgers to pancakes. The burger press ensures your patties are uniformly shaped and optimally thick, leading to consistent cooking times and results. Moreover, the heavyweight of the burger press aids in achieving those desirable grill marks, while also helping to reduce cooking time. Constructed from top-quality cast iron, this set is built to last, promising years of reliable service. Whether you're an amateur or a seasoned pro, the Cast Iron Set by Cuisinel is a valuable addition to your grill setup, transforming your BBQ sessions into a truly gourmet experience.
Cast Iron Pan by Lodge
10.25" w/ Holder
The 10.25" Cast Iron Pan by Lodge is a fantastic addon for any smoking enthusiast. Whether you're simmering a BBQ sauce or cooking up your treasured smoking base, this pan has got you covered.
Its sturdy construction allows for excellent heat retention and even distribution, ensuring your sauces are cooked to perfection. Moreover, the pan's design allows it to absorb the rich, smoky flavors from the smoker, infusing them into your sauces or bases, enhancing their flavor profiles with a delightful smoky touch. Its handy holder ensures safe handling and easy lifting, even when the pan is hot. This makes the Lodge Cast Iron Pan an ideal accessory to have on hand during your smoking sessions, enabling you to experiment with a range of delicious flavors and take your BBQ game to a whole new level. With this addon in your arsenal, you're not just smoking meats — you're crafting culinary masterpieces.
Grill Mat by Kona
Mesh BBQ Grill Mats
Tired of losing food through the grates of your grill? Enter the grill mat.
These non-stick mats are perfect for cooking smaller foods like vegetables, seafood, and even eggs on your grill without them falling through. They also make cleanup a breeze - just throw them in the dishwasher and you're done.
Grilling Basket by AIZOAM
Grill Basket w/ Removable Handle
Another must-have for any BBQ lover is a set of grilling baskets. These are perfect for cooking delicate foods that may fall apart or slip through the grates, such as fish fillets or shrimp.
They also make flipping and turning your food much easier, so you can get perfectly grilled dishes every time. The handle could be a little longer but it's removable so you can use the basket to smoke your favorite veggies or fish and transfer it to a grill for a nice sear.
Rib Rack by Yukon Glory
The Rib Rack by Yukon Glory is a stellar addition to your smoker accessories collection. This sturdy rack can hold four racks of ribs upright, allowing for even cooking and achieving that perfect smoke ring.
Its non-stick surface ensures your ribs come out clean and intact, while the heavy-duty steel construction guarantees long-lasting durability. What's more, its upright position allows for better airflow around your ribs, ensuring they cook evenly and absorb that delicious smoky flavor more effectively. With the Rib Rack by Yukon Glory, you're not just cooking ribs; you're guaranteeing a mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone experience that will impress even the most seasoned BBQ aficionados. Upgrade your smoker with this accessory, and let your ribs do the talking.
Grill Brush by Kona - Bristle Free
Last but not least, we present the Bristle Free Grill Brush by Kona. This is a top-notch, robust tool designed to keep your grill as clean as possible without the fear of wire bristles ending up in your food.
Kona's brush incorporates a unique design with three separate brushes in one, all working simultaneously to scrub off stubborn grime and residue from all angles. The bristles are made of hardened steel, ensuring that they can stand up to the toughest of cleaning tasks. Moreover, the brush features an 18-inch handle, offering you a comfortable grip and a safe distance from the hot grill. A clean grill is essential to great BBQ, and the Kona Bristle Free Grill Brush makes it easy to maintain a spotless cooking surface. No more worrying about stray bristles killing you – with this addition to your smoker accessories, you can focus on what's truly important: enjoying the delicious, smoky flavor of your barbecued meals.
With this conversion kit you can transform a kettle (Weber) grill into a lean, mean, smoking machine.
What makes this such a great grill accessory is because it can transform the everyday griller into a BBQ pitmaster. This is a great accessory for grilling, but an even better grill upgrade for smoking food.
This will yield better smoked ribs, pulled pork, and brisket than most electric smokers and even some designed smokers such as char-grillers. But that’s not all, this device also makes indirect cooking a breeze, effectively searing steaks then allowing for a perfect cool zone for them to finish cooking. Did I mention it bakes effectively too? There’s not much the Slow ‘N Sear doesn’t do. This is like the infomercial product that actually does what it says it can do - it's a must have for any grill master or for any one looking for grill accessory for yeilding great BBQ. The Slow N' Sear will work with most any style traditional grill.
Weber Grill Pan
The folks at Weber really do know their stuff when it comes to barbecue. This item from their stable is here to make you and your food look good on the grill for an affordable price.
For any delicate foods or vegetables this is the game changer every outdoor cook needs. Stainless steel for ease of cleaning and heat retention, this pan also has great slits to let the smoke flavors permeate throughout your food. No more asparagus falling through the grill or salmon and chicken sticking to the hot grill grates. You can even take the whole pan of barbecued delights right to the kitchen for easy serving. A worker is only as good as his tools, and this tool will help up your grilling game making it a great grill addon for anyone with a grill. I love using this to enjoy grilled fish without needing to deal with the problems that come with using the standard grill grates. Get ready to enjoy perfectly grilled veggies and seafood!
Smoke Tube by Lodge
Cast Iron Smoker Skillet
The Lodge Cast Iron Smoker Skillet Smoke Tube is a real game-changer, and a must-have smoker accessory for any barbecue enthusiast.
This durable upgrade not only adds a deep smoky flavor to your meats, but it also stands the test of time. Lodge, a known brand in the cookware industry, has been making quality cast iron products for over a century, and this smoker skillet is no exception. Designed for versatility, it can be used with a variety of wood chips and pellets, allowing you to experiment with different flavors and transform any grill into a lean-mean-smoking-machine. This smoker skillet is perfect for bestowing your meats with that authentic smoky flavor that makes all the difference. Its compact size makes it a breeze to carry, store, and clean, making it an asset to any smoking session. If you're looking for an addon that delivers on performance, durability, and flavor, then this Smoke Tube by Lodge is a solid choice.
LIZZQ Pellet Smoker Tube
A smoke tube is an exceptional accessory for anyone who doesn't already have a smoker. The idea here is to transform a standard grill into a lean-mean-smoking-machine.
By simply loading the tube with your favorite wood chips or pellets you can toss it over the heat on your standard gas or charcoal grill and get delicious smoky flavor infused into your food. Ideal for anything from grilling a steak to smoking a pork butt or brisket; even ideal for cold smoking to make smoked cheese if you want to use the tube for a cold smoke. The 12-inch tube is made from stainless steel and can hold up to 2lbs of pellets. By adjusting the number of holes open or closed, users are able to adjust their smoke levels accordingly; from thin light blue smoke ideal for long cooking sessions, to thick white puffy smoke best for shorter cooks like grilling a steak.
Sous Vide by AVONA
The AVONA Sous Vide is an innovative grill accessory that takes precision cooking to another level. This high-tech upgrade allows you to cook your meat to perfect doneness every single time, eliminating the guesswork and potential for over or undercooking.
Pairing a sous vide with your grill or smoker is like forging a culinary alliance that's destined to deliver steakhouse quality results. The precision of sous vide cooking means you're treating your meat to a perfect, consistently heated bath that brings it to your desired level of doneness—every single time. No more guesswork, no more rubbery chicken or overcooked steak.
But as every BBQ lover knows, there's something almost otherworldly about the flavor a grill or smoker imparts. That smoky char, the gentle hint of wood, the delectable crust—these are things a sous vide alone just can't achieve.
Now, imagine combining these two forces. Start your meat in the sous vide, ensuring it's cooked to perfection inside. Then, transfer it to the grill or smoker to imbue it with that unmistakable smoky flavor and gorgeous crust. It's like having the best of both worlds: the precision and control of sous vide cooking with the mouth-watering flavor of traditional grilling or smoking. This duo is a game-changing upgrade that promises to elevate your grilling/BBQ game.
The device is compatible with any kind of pot or container, making it a flexible addon to your smoking setup.
Master of The Grill by America's Test Kitchen
"Master of The Grill" by America's Test Kitchen is a must-have book for any grilling enthusiast.
This comprehensive guide offers over 700 recipes tested and perfected by the experts at America's Test Kitchen. From choosing the best cuts of meat to mastering the perfect sear, this book covers all bases. Plus, it's not just about meat - there are also plenty of recipes for vegetables, sauces, and sides. Whether you're a novice griller or a seasoned pitmaster, this book is an invaluable resource that will elevate your BBQ skills and open the door to a world of culinary possibility. If you're serious about grilling, "Master of The Grill" deserves a prime spot on your bookshelf.
MeatHead by Goldwyn Meathead
"MeatHead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling" by the creators of AmazingRibs.com is another essential read for anyone looking to up their BBQ game.
This book isn't just a collection of recipes - it's a deep dive into the science behind great BBQ. From understanding how marinades work to the best techniques for smoking meat, this book is an invaluable knowledge tool offering both theoretical and practical information to enhance your grilling and smoking skills. Myth-busting and data-driven, "MeatHead" offers a fresh take on traditional BBQ wisdom, helping you to truly master the art of smoking and grilling. This isn’t just another cookbook; it’s a guide to the great outdoors, a handbook of the hearth, a manual for meatheads. So whether you're new to BBQ or a seasoned pro, this book will be a fantastic addition to your smoker accessories.
Egogrips Grill Gloves
EgoGrill gloves are the ultimate upgrade for your smoker and grilling needs. These high-quality gloves provide exceptional heat resistance, allowing you to handle hot items on your grill or smoker safely.
They're made from a durable, heat-resistant material that can withstand temperatures up to 1472°F, which means you can confidently adjust coals, move grates, and even pick up scorching hot grill pans without fear of burning your hands. The gloves are also waterproof, so they can be used for boiling or steaming food, and they feature a non-slip surface to ensure a firm grip. In short, EgoGrill gloves combine safety, functionality, and comfort into one superior accessory, making them a must-have upgrade for any smoker or grill enthusiast.
Disposable Gloves by Venom Steel
Industrial Nitrile Gloves
Let's introduce you to Disposable Gloves by Venom Steel - Industrial Nitrile Gloves. These gloves are a vital addition to your smoker accessories.
Ensuring your hands stay clean while handling raw meat and preventing cross-contamination. Made from premium, thick nitrile, these gloves are puncture-resistant, rip-resistant, and twice as thick as latex gloves. They offer you the strength and protection you need to work with confidence. Moreover, they're powder-free, which means they won't interfere with your seasonings or marinades. These gloves are also ambidextrous, and they come in one size fits most, making them accessible for all. In essence, Venom Steel's Disposable Gloves are a practical and necessary upgrade for your smoker or grill setup.
Geekhom Silicone Gloves
They say if you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen. We say armor up, and besides we already took the whole kitchen outside.
Outdoor grilling is all about flames and smoke and to literally handle that heat GEEKHOM has a great set of silicone gloves. These gloves offer superior dexterity for handling hot food and equipment. Silicone, in addition to having great heat resistance, is food safe and cleans up easily. These gloves also have a cotton liner which makes them much easier to put on and take off when your hands may have become sweaty or sticky tending to your barbecue. When it comes to smoking meat like brisket, pork shoulder, or the Thanksgiving turkey these gloves are the best around, making them the best smoker accessory. Skip on those popular "bear claws" designed for shredding meat and pick up a pair of these gloves.
Gloves like this are a must have for avid barbecue cooking, check out our complete guide on gloves for comparisons and test results.
Tongs by Weber: Precision Grill Tongs
18 inch, Stainless Steel
Weber's Precision Grill Tongs measure 18 inches in length and are made of sturdy stainless steel, a perfect add-on for your smoker accessories.
With these tongs, you can effortlessly flip, rotate, and serve your perfectly smoked meat without getting too close to the heat source. Their long reach, superior grip, and durable construction make them a must-have tool for any BBQ lover. The precision tip allows for the handling of delicate foods, while the sturdy grip ensures that heavier items won't slip away. Their locking mechanism also adds to their practicality, making storage easy and space-efficient. In short, Weber's Precision Grill Tongs are a valuable upgrade, helping you to cook and serve with precision and ease.
Boning Knife by Victorinox
Swiss Army 6"
The Swiss Army 6" Boning Knife by Victorinox is an essential add-on for your smoker accessories.
This high-quality knife features a flexible blade designed specifically for de-boning, filleting, and skinning. Its sharp, narrow edge allows for precise control and easy maneuvering around bones and joints, ensuring you get the maximum meat yield. The knife's ergonomic handle provides a comfortable and secure grip, reducing hand fatigue during those lengthy prep sessions. The Swiss Army 6" Boning Knife by Victorinox isn't just a tool, it's a game-changer, making meat prep safer, easier, and far more efficient.
Slicing/Carving Knife by Victorinox
The Victorinox Cutlery 12" Slicing/Carving Knife is a game-changing upgrade for your smoker accessories.
Crafted from high-carbon stainless steel, this knife ensures sharpness and longevity, making slicing through your smoked meats a breeze. Its long, narrow blade is ideal for clean, precise cuts, maximizing the presentation and flavor of your meats. The ergonomic fibrox handle offers a comfortable grip, ensuring steady, controlled cuts, and reducing hand fatigue during extended use. Whether you're carving a Thanksgiving turkey or slicing up some brisket, the Victorinox Cutlery 12" Slicing/Carving Knife is a must-have addition to your BBQ toolbox. With this knife, you're not just slicing meat; you're crafting a culinary masterpiece.
BBQ Mop by Shop Square
Brush with Cast Iron Basting Pot
The BBQ Mop by Shop Square, accompanied by a Cast Iron Basting Pot, is a fantastic add-on to your smoker accessories.
This tool is designed for those who value the art of flavor layering in their BBQ. The mop-style brush allows for generous application of your favorite sauces, marinades, or mops on your smoked meats, ensuring an even coating that seeps deep into the fibers of the meat. The cast iron basting pot is perfect for keeping your sauces warm and handy, enhancing their flavors as they meld together over the heat. The solid, comfortable grip on the BBQ mop and the durability of the basting pot ensure that this upgrade will be a part of your smoking rituals for many BBQ seasons to come. With this combo at your disposal, you're set to take your flavor game to a whole new level.
Cutting Board by BOOS
An integral part of any smoker's accessory collection is a reliable cutting board, and the BOOS Cutting Board is just that. This top-notch accessory is made from sustainably sourced, high-quality wood, providing a sturdy and durable surface for all your prepping and carving needs.
Its generous size gives you ample space for cutting, while the groove around the board's edge catches any juices, keeping your countertop clean. Its chic aesthetics add a touch of class to any kitchen or outdoor setup. The BOOS Cutting Board isn’t just a practical upgrade; it’s an investment in quality, promising long-lasting performance and ease of use.
Knife Sharpener by Work Sharp
Ken Onion Edition
Introducing the Knife Sharpener by Work Sharp - Ken Onion Edition, a game-changing upgrade for your smoker accessories.
This high-performance tool ensures that your knives remain razor-sharp, providing precision and efficiency in all your cutting tasks. Designed in collaboration with renowned custom knife maker Ken Onion, this sharpener offers adjustable sharpening angles and variable speed control for a customizable, professional-grade sharpening experience. Its robust construction and user-friendly design make knife maintenance a breeze, even for beginners. The Work Sharp Knife Sharpener isn't just an accessory; it's a statement, reflecting your commitment to quality, precision, and the art of BBQ. With this tool in your kit, you're always ready to slice and dice with confidence and finesse.
Pepper Mill by Kyocera
Kyocera’s Pepper Mill is a welcome addition to your smoker accessories. This top-tier mill ensures that you can season your meats with freshly ground pepper, releasing the full flavor potential of the spice.
Made from high-quality ceramic, this mill guarantees longevity and durability while offering a rust-free, non-reactive grinding mechanism. It features an adjustable grind, allowing you to customize the coarseness of your pepper to suit your taste. The mill's ergonomic design ensures easy operation, making seasoning a breeze. With Kyocera's Pepper Mill in your BBQ kit, you’re not just seasoning your meat; you’re enhancing its flavor profile, taking your smoked dishes to the next level of deliciousness.
Pepper Mill by HexMill
For those of you who are eager to step up your game from the Kyocera, allow us to present the Pepper Mill by HexMill. This high-end upgrade might lean a bit on the pricier side.
But it's worth every penny for the unmatched speed and grind size adjustments it offers. The HexMill allows you to swiftly switch between different grind sizes to suit your specific flavor needs, saving you precious time during your smoking sessions. Yes, it's an investment, but one that will pay off in terms of efficiency, precision, and the exquisite flavor profiles you'll be able to achieve. If you're serious about your BBQ, the HexMill Pepper Mill isn't just an accessory; it's an essential tool to elevate your smoking experience.