Why have a basic backyard barbecue when you could have alfresco fabulousness?
Charcoal gives grilled food mouthwatering smoky flavor. Stubb's briquettes are free of chemicals and uniformly sized for even cooking ($11/15-lb. bag, amazon.com).
SKIP THE PAPER PLATES
Give your meal an upgrade by serving on shatterproof melamine plates from French Bull's Dahlia collection ($44/set of 4, frenchbull.com).
GET A GRIP
Extra-long 16¾-inch tongs made of stainless steel and pakkawood keep your hands safe from flames while you're flipping steaks ($35, surlatable.com).
POP A TOP
This sleek, stylish, and sturdy bottle opener makes quick work of enjoying a cold one while you cook. Available in silver, coral, and aqua ($39, lunareshome.com).
Belgian company Barbecook adds sophistication to backyard barbecues. Grill grid adjusts easily to cook food evenly ($240, grillsnovens.com).
COOL CUPS FOR HOT DAYS
Double-walled glasses keep your drink cold and hands dry. Available in four jewel-tone colors and four graphic patterns ($15, tervis.com).