Grilling season is finally here and it’s the perfect time to throw a BBQ party of your very own. The Retreat at Quail North offers a beautiful poolside entertainment area with grills so it’s time to gather your friends and family an afternoon of grilling. Whether you’re a grill master or a beginner, here are the 4 essential grilling tools you should own before you get started.



Instead of using a grilling fork, which can let flavorful juices escape, opt for stainless-steel tongs. Tongs are great because they allow you to grip a variety of meats without piercing them.



If you’re grilling burgers or fish, a spatula is an essential tool. Silicone and metal spatulas generally work best for grilling. For the best grip, try a spatula with an offset handle.


Stiff-Wire Brush

It’s always a good idea to start with a clean grate and no matter what kind of meat you’re grilling, a stiff-wire brush is essential.



One of the best investments you’ll make this grilling season, a meat thermometer is a perfect way to determine when it’s time to take your meat off the grill. The Food Network has a great Meat and Poultry Temperature Guide that will help you no matter what kind of meat you’re grilling.


Aluminum Foil

Not only can you use foil to keep smaller food items from falling through the grilling grate, but you can also place food in a foil tent when it’s done to ensure that the flavor stays locked in.