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Barbecue Must-Haves to Heat Up Your Summer

Four essentials for backyard grilling.

By Heather Saba July 1, 2019 Published in the July 2019 issue of Sarasota Magazine

Hot Off the Presses

Create the perfect patty with Sur La Table’s 3-in-1 adjustable burger press. This handy gadget makes classic, slider and stuffed variations, and every burger will be a consistent size, shape and weight, $29.95. And don’t forget about a grill press to distribute heat evenly. Sur la Table’s cast iron grill press is crafted with a raised grill pattern for those cool grill marks, plus a stay-cool hardwood handle. It works on the grill and in a skillet, $12.95, Sur La Table, 22 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 365-0380,

Keep it Chill

The Corkcicle stemless wine cup keeps cold and hot beverages—wine, cocktails or tea—at the right temperature for hours. Bonus perks: It has a slip-proof silicone bottom, a sliding lid that is spill proof, and easy grip sides. $25 at Write-On, 1423 First St., Sarasota, (941) 953-2800,

Smoke ’Em

Looking to smoke some of your best-ever backyard barbecue? Try the versatile Big Green Egg. The outdoor ceramic kamado-style charcoal grill can be used as a grill, an oven and a smoker. $875 for the large Big Green Egg (other sizes available and prices vary) at The Butcher’s Block, 3242 17th St., (941) 955-2822,


Top It Off

The right toppings make the dish. Artisan Cheese Company has you covered with an assortment of gourmet garnishes that add all the right flavors to your backyard grilling fetes. You’ll find honey infused with chile powder, pimento cheeses and “angry cukes” (spicy cucumber pickles) to enhance your dishes. Artisan Cheese Company, 550 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 951-7860,


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