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The long, hot days of summer are upon us. All year we complain about how cold it is and how we can’t wait for it to be warm again, yet as soon as the seasons change we hibernate inside with our ACs. Hibernate no more! Instead, throw you and your friends a backyard BBQ bash with all our fave necessities — we’ve got all the backyard BBQ ideas you need.

Grill

There’s nothing better than the smell of charcoal and sizzling meat as summer days turn into cool summer nights. The Char-Griller Pro Deluxe Charcoal Grill is your perfect companion with double racks for extra cooking space and complete cast iron surfaces. Hurry, those burgers won’t cook themselves!

Smoker

Smoking meats and veggies is all the rage right now, and the Char-Broil CB Vertical Smoker Electric 504 is the best one for the job. There are three temperature settings for all your smoking needs, plus double-walled construction guarantees perfect results every time. You could get a $300-plus smoker, but the Char-Broil will do the same job at a fraction of the price.

Grill

If you want to keep things simpler and cleaner, then perhaps a gas grill is the right backyard kitchen for you. The Coleman 78002 XTR3 Black 3 Burner Gas Grill isn’t just a stylish addition to your landscaping, it’s also a mean grilling machine that can turn out 8 burgers in one go. There’s also plenty of storage – a must-have for an outdoor cooking station.

Thermometer

Food safety is no laughing matter, which is why we recommend the ThermoPro TP-20 Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer for the task. Its digital screen is easy to read, and we’ve tested its accuracy with positive results. Don’t light the grill without one!

Bug zapper

There’s no faster way to ruin an outdoor barbecue than to be attacked by mosquitoes. Don’t risk it – pick up Kaz BKC90V2 Portable Insect Zapper Lantern instead. We recommend these lanterns thanks to their 625 square feet of protection and their classy design that won’t make them stand out on your patio. Plus, the lanterns are sold in pairs – making them a great deal.

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