Family barbecues are the perfect time to bond, laugh, and most importantly, eat! Make the most of the gorgeous weather and grill up some of your favorite foods — but make sure you have the right gear first. Check out our top 12 family barbecue essentials to create the perfect cookout experience for your family.
Cuisinart CGG-888 360º Stainless Steel Grill
Here’s a fun take on traditional propane grilling. The round, griddle-style grill allows unlimited access to your food while it’s cooking. It contains two independent burners that reach up to 30,000 BTUs, allowing you to control the hot and cool zones. This grill even has a 360-degree grease pan to make cleanup a breeze.
Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
If propane grills aren’t for you, consider this charcoal grill for your next barbecue. This one has a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid to retain necessary heat. Plus, it has wheels for extra portability.
Here’s everything you could ever need as the family’s grillmaster. The kit includes a fork, tongs, a knife, a basting brush, a grill brush, four skewers, eight corn holders, a replaceable head for the grill brush, and a spatula that has four functions (with built-in tenderizer blades and a bottle opener).
This set comes with four aprons: one for mom, one for dad, and two for the kids. They’re waterproof and boast comic book-style art that'll inspire any superhero-loving kid to help cook! With these aprons protecting your clothes, you’re sure to have a super grilling experience together.
Sometimes paper plates just don’t stand a chance against heftier meal servings. These special plates are here to save the day. They’re BPA-free, eco-friendly, and made of natural wheat straw, fiber, and starch. You don’t have to worry about dropping these dishes because they won’t break!
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as an ice-cold beverage during a barbecue. These shatter-proof cups will keep your drinks cold for hours while you grill, chill, or play games. Choose between gold, silver, or black to match the rest of your barbecue decor.
Disposable cutlery is usually the go-to at barbecues, but this set takes plastic utensils to the next level. These forks, knives, and spoons look just like real silverware, but hold up very well in outdoor settings. Plus, this bulk package will last you and your family a while.
These adorable lemon-themed table settings are spill-proof, waterproof, and they’ll definitely win over the entire family! Choose from several options, like a 60-inch round tablecloth, a 60 by 120-inch tablecloth with a zipper, napkins, placemats, and more.
Eating outdoors can mean a whole lot of sun, but don’t spoil the fun if the rays get too intense! These triangle sun shades will keep the entire family cool and add something extra to your backyard decor. They have 95% UV blockage and look great on decks and patios.
Repel mosquitos and other flying insects during your family barbecue with this highly rated citronella candle. It has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon from over 4,800 reviews! The entire crew will feel comfortable with a couple of these around.
This adorable grill toy is a great way to get your kids involved during the cooking process. It contains 24 pieces and it’ll keep your little ones away from the real heat. Best of all, your kids can play chef during the cookout!
What’s a barbecue without some fun games? Everyone will have a blast with these portable corn hole boards. Play for as long as you want, and when you’re done, just collapse the boards and place everything back in the sleek carrying case.