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Top 10 Barbecue Accessories 2014

Here's to a happy and healthy 2015 to all of you reading this! This past year saw an increased interest in charcoal barbecues. We couldn't believe how many people were adding a charcoal barbecue to their backyard in addition to their gas barbecue. Some people referred to them as their weekday barbecues and weekend barbecues.  We also saw a rise in electric fireplaces. But that's not what you're here to read about right?

So let's get to the good stuff! Of course barbecue brushes top the list as they are probably the most important tool next to flippers and tongs. Two very similar style grill brushes that are a re-jig of the traditional brush.

Here is your list of the top 10 barbecue accessories sold this year:

1. BRANDER EFFICIENT GRILL BRUSH and 2. WEBER 3-SIDED GRILL BRUSH Brander Efficient Grill BrushWeber Three Sided Grill Brush  

Both of these brushes have bristles woven in the frames of the brushes to eliminate bristle loss (about as frustrating as hair loss). Traditional flat head brushes usually have pressure-packed bristles that come loose after extensive use. These two brushes will actually last for years without replacement. Sure, they may get 'gunked up' but simply put it in a solution of water and degreaser and let it soak for a bit and it will be good as new. Well, almost. Please remember to rinse it after or it might catch fire.  

3. NAPOLEON CHARCOAL TRAY

Napoleon Charcoal Tray

Giving you the ability to cook with charcoal on your Napoleon gas barbecue this charcoal tray is a gift from the barbecue heavens. Sure, you have to have a Napoleon for it to work best but boy is it nice to use. A corner pocket holds your wood chips for smoking while the rest holds your lump charcoal. Light it with your gas burner and then shut it off once the charcoal is lit.    

 4. BRANDER STEAK KNIFE

BRANDER STEAK KNIFE I

t's a knife, it cuts steak. Well, it cuts a lot of other things too. A sleek rosewood handle and stainless steel blade make this steak knife a force to be reckoned with. It may be a knife you can bring to a gun fight and potentially win. No guarantee!      

  5. BRANDER THE MITTUATION BBQ MITT

The Mittuation Protective Grilling Mitt

We all know how much fun barbecuing can be, but the fun ends when someone gets burnt. Keep your hands protected from the heat with the Mittuation barbecue mitt.          

6. LOOFTLIGHTER

LOOFTLIGHTER ELECTRIC CHARCOAL STARTER

Great for making Game of Thrones replica photos but even better at lighting your charcoal. Who knew a Swedish film director would create such a wonderful gift to the barbecue world!                  

7. BROIL KING LED Q-LITE

Barbecue Genius Universal LED Q-Lite

Think of it as a night light for your barbecue. Not in the sense that it helps your barbecue sleep at night, but rather that it helps you to grill at night. A universal fit for just about any barbecue on the market!        

8. MAVERICK ET732 REMOTE WIRELESS THERMOMETER Maverick ET732 Temperature Gauge

A good remote barbecue thermometer should be in every griller's 'tool box'. Like a baby monitor for your meat, this thermometer lets you know what the internal temperature of your food is so you don't have to constantly disturb it.            

9. CHARCOAL COMPANION HIMALAYAN SALT PLATE

The Himalayan salt plate was the dark horse of the year. A third of these were sold in the month of December! I don't know if there was a cooking show out there that featured these guys but they were the hottest item of the holiday season!          

10. MONTANA GRILLS VINYL DECK MAT

Montana Vinyl Barbecue Mat

Protect your deck from grease spills with the help of this vinyl barbecue mat. Easy to clean and big enough to fit under most barbecues.