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Welcome summer with a BBQ: your ultimate grilling checklist

Check this cheat sheet before you start grilling this weekend!

Before you fire up your grill, check out this handy list to make sure your cookout is a success.

grilling checklist

Get the Right Tools

Before you get ready to start cooking some delicious foods, you need to make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. From the basics you may already have at home, to some you may not have thought of; check out these essentials.

grilling checklist

Grilling with Wood

If you’re thinking about kicking your barbecue up a notch with some wood but don’t know where to start, we got you covered. We’re breaking down all you need to know about flavors and sizes to make your grilling experience easier.

grilling checklist

Grilling with Charcoal

However, if you’re sticking with charcoal grilling try lump charcoal. We talk to some grilling experts about the benefits of using lump charcoal over the traditional briquettes.

grilling checklist

Season your Smoker!

If you’re opting to smoke your meats for an upcoming cookout, make sure to season your smoker! New and rehabbed smokers often need a quick seasoning before their first cook. Luckily, the process is simple and we show you some ways how to do it.

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Get the Right Rub

But of course, you can’t forget about your meat! As most great grillers know, the right rub can make or break what you put on the grill. Here are some quick tips to help spice up your BBQ rubs.

grilling checklist

Easy & Delicious Recipes

Of course, when you’re Commander-in-Chef of the grill, you have to have some great go-to recipes to entertain the crowd. Check out this quick and easy wing recipe.