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Most Wanted: Summer Cookout Essentials

Why have a basic backyard barbecue when you could have alfresco fabulousness?

NATURAL FUEL 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).

GREAT GRILL 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).