Unique BBQ Party Products
Summer is officially here! And nothing says summer quite like an awesome BBQ party. Throwing a BBQ is awesome but it’s also a lot of work for the host. So here are some unique BBQ party products that make preparing a BBQ much easier and more fun so YOU can enjoy the party as much as your guests. You will wonder where these products have been all your life!
Unique BBQ Party Product #1
What’s a summer BBQ without watermelon? My family loves it and we would eat it year round if we could. It is such a healthy, sweet, and filling treat without a lot of calories. But cutting it up is always such a pain.
Since the weather has warmed up we have gone through one watermelon a week and whenever my kid would ask for a piece of watermelon, I would always dread it. I don’t have great skills with a knife so I always end up sawing it into a very skewed slice – you know, fat on one side and skinny on the other. I’ve been looking around for a tool that would help make the process easier. So I was really happy to have the chance to try this Sameia watermelon slicer and melon baller for review.
In this little box you get a watermelon slicer and a melon baller which is a nice combo. To slice the watermelon, you will want to stick the tip of the slicer as close to the rind as possible. Then push it deep into the watermelon and slice it straight while following the inner curve of the fruit and pull the slicer straight up at the end. Once you sliced your piece, turn the slicer around and pick it up with the flexible tongs. It’s super easy.
The melon baller has 2 cup sizes so you can make adorable bite size melon balls which are so fun to eat. And both tools leave behind practically no mess!
When you’re done, just throw away the rind. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
I will never go back to sawing a watermelon again. I wish I had this tool a lot sooner! It’s definitely worth it.
The Sameia Watermelon Slicer & Melon Baller is available on Amazon for around $13
Unique BBQ Party Product #2
This product is perfect for your summer BBQ! Not only is it a huge time saver when you have lots of hungry mouths to feed, but it’s even more awesome for someone like me who counts calories and always has to portion my food.
Normally, when I portion hamburgers, I have been using a plastic single hamburger press, which is easy to use, but takes forever when portioning out a pound of ground beef. So when I had the opportunity to try out the Burger Shocker and saw that you can make 8 portioned patties at one time, I was really excited about it!
This is basically a stretchy silicone tray with 8 molds – 4 hexagons, and 4 round shapes. The molds are small in diameter but make thick patties. Upon opening the box, there was a bit of a smell to it, but I washed it right away with hot water and dish soap and they were good to go. Because of the nooks and crannies, it was a little difficult to dry by hand but it wasn’t much of a deterrent.
For this review I used a 3lb package of hamburger. And just for testing purposes, I coated 3 of the molds with olive oil cooking spray just in case they would be too difficult to remove. Then I squished my ground beef into the molds and shut the lid. You can freeze them directly inside the mold, but I preferred to remove the patties and wrap them individually so I could just take out one at a time when I’m ready to use. Plus I was a little concerned about freezer burn as I wasn’t certain if the tray was air tight.
I want to note that the cooking spray really didn’t make much of a difference. The patties came out easily. If you do use oil or cooking spray, they recommend that you wash the tray right away because it could get discolored.
What I did care about was the portion size. I used a 3lb package of ground beef and it took up about 2/3rds of the pack. I then weighed each of the shapes on my handy kitchen scale and these were the results. Hexagon = 4-1/4oz, Round = 3-5/8oz. The results were pretty consistent.
When counting calories, a recommended portion size for hamburger is 4oz so these were just fine. The burgers are smaller in diameter, but fairly thick so you may want to either adjust your cooking time or flatten out the patties a little bit to cook faster.
What makes this such a unique BBQ party product is that you can just make 8 patties at once! It’s really convenient. You can also use it for other times of foods like hash browns, soups, or baking. It is heat tolerant of up to 450 degrees. I also like that you can just pop in your dishwasher to clean, which is nice since hand washing was bit of a nuisance.
Overall, I really like this product and I think it’s perfect for anyone who needs to portion control and freeze their meals or those who like to entertain guests. It is a great time saver!
You can find the Home Beck Burger Shocker Hamburger press on Amazon for around $26
Unique BBQ Party Product #3
When you are ready to BBQ your 8 perfectly portioned hamburgers, you may realize that some of your guests might be a little picky as to how well done they like their meat. Whether they like it rare or burnt to a crisp, you can be sure to cook it to perfection with this ThermoPro meat thermometer.
When I got the thermometer I was a little intimidated. It has all these buttons and numbers and I didn’t really know what any of them meant. So I asked my hubby to show it to me and then it all made sense. In fact, I was kind of blown away by all the features this little gadget has to offer.
So I’ll list them all here and explain how they work.
1. Start by holding down the on/off button for a second to turn the unit on. This button is also used to change the degrees from Fahrenheit to Celsius.
2. Then you can use the MEAT button to pick the food that you are cooking. There are 10 options ranging from beef, to chicken, to pork, and fish. There is even a blank option so you can just program it for yourself in case you want to make something like venison, rabbit, or road kill.
3. What’s even cooler is you can use the TASTE button to pick how well done you like your meat from rare to well done. No more raw hamburgers for me!
4. The thermometer even doubles as a timer where you can set the hour and minutes then use the start stop button when you are done.
5. Takes 3 triple A batteries housed neatly behind the belt clip that doubles as a stand.
It’s great for cooking on the grill or smoker and you can also use it for baking and broiling too. This thermometer makes cooking meat pretty fool proof even for a crappy cook like me. Where has this been all my life? Now I don’t have to worry about giving my family salmonella from under cooked meat! Yay!
You can get the ThermoPro Digital Single Probe Kitchen Cooking Meat Thermometer on Amazon for $25
Unique BBQ Party Product #4
Whether you are having an outdoor BBQ at the beach, park, or your backyard, you will want to have a comfy place for you or your guests to chill out on. Impress the group with this awesome round beach towel!
I live in Phoenix AZ so I’m really far from the beach, but when I had the chance to try out a round beach towel I was super stoked! I have never seen anything like this before. And let me tell you, this thing is gorgeous!
When you receive the item, it comes bundled up neatly inside of a lovely silk scarf. Upon removing the scarf, inside you will find the towel. It has a lot of weight to it and feels extremely sturdy. The material is very soft and thick.
The pattern is lovely with vibrant shades of blue, green, and purple. The edges are trimmed with a soft fringe design. It really looks more like a rug than a towel.
And while I don’t have a beach nearby, it is just as perfect for laying out on the grass in your backyard or for taking to the park for a picnic! The round beach towel is 59″ diameter, but average beach towel is 30″ x 60″. So unless you’re a shorty (like me) you may not be able to completely stretch out, but there is still plenty of room on the sides to put your other items on without them getting dirty from the ground.
As a bonus, you can even use the scarf wrapping as a sarong or a headscarf as well! I think this is an ingenious idea and it’s so beautiful too. You won’t be disappointed.
You can find this Cotton Printed Buddha Pattern Round Beach Towel on Amazon for around $43.
What do you think of these unique BBQ party gadgets? What kind of foods are you planning to BBQ this summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**