Friday, June 17, 2011

10 Must Haves for the Ultimate Grill-Off This Summer

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 By Jared Shurtz

 The days are getting longer and the weather is heating up – it must be time to pull out the gas grill and start grilling. Having the right equipment can make or break the experience, whether the man behind the tongs is a seasoned grill master or just a beginner. Father’s Day is the perfect time to show the man in your life, or the perfect dad, just how much you love him. What better way to express your love and devotion then by giving him some much needed grilling supplies and accessories. We have put together a list of the top 10 must haves for those out-of-this-world grilling parties this summer.
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Gas Grill
Napoleon Mirage Grill

If you’re looking to put the biggest smile possible on your husband or father this summer, a new grill will do the trick. If you really want to go all out and make him the happiest man alive, go the extra mile and get him a grill like the Napoleon Mirage. This amazing piece of work comes with an Ceramic infrared rear rotisserie burner, optional side smoker box, integrated ice bucket and cutting board and so much more. The Mirage Grill is made entirely of stainless steel that is designed to withstand the elements. The rotisserie system uses an infrared burner to make sure you get the most amazing chicken, turkey or pork roast. Napoleon combines so much into one outstanding grill, and it is sure to put a smile on Dad's face.

New Grill Tongs
Ultimate Flashlight Grill Tongs

Late night parties are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not always easy to see how the meat is coming along. Flashlight grill tongs have made their way onto our list of grilling must haves because everyone needs a good set of tongs, and the added LED light is ideal for grilling late into the night. The flashlight is designed to withstand high temperatures and can also be easily removed for lunch or dinner grilling. The tongs themselves are 20 inches long and feature sturdy steal arms to ensure that they will not buckle or bend. If your favorite man has been needing a new set of tongs and loves grilling at night, the Ultimate Flashlight Grill Tongs are a must have.

Music Player

You may think that an iPod doesn’t really go hand in hand with grilling, right? Well the reality is that any good party will need music, entertainment and a variety of other things that these devices can offer. Apple has gone the extra mile to ensure that their devices are capable of doing just about anything you could want or need this summer. Whether you’re providing the music for the party or keeping the little ones entertained with fun apps, the iPod is sure to be a huge hit with Dad and everyone else.

Meat Thermometer
iGrill Grilling/Cooking Thermometer

iGrill is yet another device designed by apple to make this Father’s Day grilling experience the best possible. This amazing little addition to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad will ensure that you get perfectly cooked meat every time. The iGrill Thermometer syncs with whatever Apple device you are using via Blutooth. Once the connection is made, simply insert the metal probe into your meat to measure its exact temperature. Whether your dad is a seasoned veteran in the grilling world or a first time griller, the iGrill will make sure he looks like a pro.

iPod Speakers
Audio Unlimited SPK-Velo-003 900MHz Speakers

With all of the new grilling accessories Dad is getting this Father’s Day, he will be in the mood to party. And what kind of party doesn’t have music? The Audio Unlimited SPK-Velo-003 900MHz Speakers are ideal for the patio, deck or any other outdoor location. The speakers are battery powered for hours of use, or you can plug them into an outlet. An iPod doc is also included so, that new iPod Dad got for Father’s Day will be put to good use. The speakers are completely water proof, which means no rushing to save your speakers when it begins to rain.

Digital Camera
Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR

If your dad is anything like mine, he will want to show off his new Father’s Day toys. The Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR is one of the best compact digital cameras on the market. Whether Dad decides to be the point-and-shoot master or gives the responsibility to someone else, he is sure to love having the memories. The Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR has a 12-megapixel resolution, 15x optical zoom and 250-image battery life. Your dad will have more than enough high-quality photos to brag about his great Father's Day for the rest of the year. Plus, you never know what crazy things Dad will do (especially if it’s his first time grilling), and you will want to capture every moment.

Rugged Outdoor Speakers
Yamaha NS-AW570 Outdoor Speakers

Outdoor speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but in the long run, sound quality is what Dad will want this Father’s Day. The Yamaha NS-AW570 Outdoor Speakers are small in size, but pack a lot of power. They are wired, wall-mounted speakers, which makes them ideal for mounting on the side of the house. Dad is sure to love the sound quality of these amazing little speakers and will be proud to host family parties or even invite the neighbors.

Grill Cover
Sports Grill Cover

Whether you just got Dad a new grill for Father’s Day or you’ve had one for some time now, it is always a good idea to keep it protected. A grill cover is one of those things that many people don’t think about, but will it prolong your grill's life significantly. A sports grill cover will not only protect your new investment, but it will also allow Dad to show off his favorite team at every party. has 181 different sports grill covers for just about any sport you could imagine. If your husband or dad is a major sports fan, a grill covering showing off his favorite team is sure to put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.

Weather Station
WS-450 Color Forecast Station

Since grilling is a must during the summer, it is a good idea to know what the weather is going to be like before you plan a party. The WS-450 Color Forecast Station by La Crosse Technology is the perfect Father’s Day gift. At just a glance, Dad will be able to know the outdoor temperature, the sky condition, the chance of rain and even the humidity level. This one device can help determine the fate of your evening plans – whether you’ll be firing up the grill or staying inside for dinner.

Propane Tank Gauge
GasWatch TVL212E

Running out of propane in the middle of a party or simply in the middle of cooking dinner is just not acceptable. The best way to ensure that this never happens is by purchasing a simple tank gauge that will let you know how much propane is left. The GasWatch TVL212E has a basic gas gauge that connects to your propane tank, but it also has an electric gauge that Dad can place right on the grill. The electric gauge will show him the propane level at a glance, which is so much easier to checking the tank every time you want to grill.
As you can see there is no shortage of gifts you can get Dad this coming Father’s Day. If you’re feeling very loving and have some money put away, a new grill is the ultimate gift. If you already have a grill and simply need a few accessories, a new set of flashlight tongs or a new sports cover will get the job done. One thing is certain: Dads around the world love the taste of hot-off-the-grill meat and the company of family and friends.

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