From digital thermometers to craft beer brewing machines, we've compiled a list of gadgets that will help cement your status as grillmaster and summer party host extraordinaire. So grab your aprons and utensils, and get ready for a fun, techie summer.
Finally, there's a gadget that can serve up ice-cold beverages and jams. The Tunes2Go KoolMax Bluetooth Portable Speaker and Cooler offers outdoor revelers a 40-quart cooler capable of accommodating 48 cans or 28 12-ounce bottles. Thanks to its insulation tech, the KoolMax can keep ice frozen for up to three days. The cooler can also wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device, play top-40 hits using the built-in FM radio or play music via the microSD slot.
Have you ever gotten a piece of meat off the grill that looked perfectly cooked on the outside but was nauseatingly pink on the inside? With the Weber iGrill Mini, you'll never have to play guessing games with your meat again. The pocket-size digital meat thermometer connects to your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth. When you think that sirloin is ready to come off the grill, just stick the iGrill's meat probe into the center for an accurate answer.
Pool-party lovers and grillmasters who cook rain or shine will appreciate the Braven BRV-XXL. The large Bluetooth speaker has an IPX5 waterproof rating, which means it can take a splash or two. The BRV-XXL can also survive a fall and even have some sand kicked in its face. This speaker has a set of quadruple drivers, so you can expect big sound that's perfect for a cookout or tailgating party. Thanks to its huge 15,600-mAh battery, the XXL can charge a phone or two and can last 14 hours on a charge.
Grilling and eating all of the yummy food are definitely the best parts of cooking outside. The subsequent cleanup, however, is no fun for anyone involved. Thankfully, the Grillbot is on the job. Dubbed the world's first automatic grill-cleaning robot, the device can clean off all the gunk accumulated over the course of the barbecue session with a touch of the button. Just set the timer, close the lid and let Grillbot work its magic.
With summer comes a swarm of unwelcome insects, including mosquitoes. With the growing concern about the Zika virus, it's wise to have a solid bug-repellent system in place. Thermacell's Mosquito Repellent Lexington Torch wards off the tiny bloodsuckers and a host of other pesky critters, creating a 15 x 15-foot zone of protection. Best of all, there are no candles, and you can ditch all the smelly sprays and lotions.
It's just not a barbecue without a steady supply of cold frosty brews. But this summer instead of spending a small fortune on your fancy IPAs, Saisons and Hefeweizens, make your own. Pico Brew allows you to craft 5 liters of fresh beer in about 2 hours with hops and grains from some of your favorite breweries. And if you're feeling particularly crafty, you can have Pico Brew tweak a few components to get a totally new take on some old favorites.
Using a smoker doesn't have to be intimidating. Char-Broil is hoping to make the process a cinch for newbies with its Simple Smoker with SmartChef Technology. The Wi-Fi-enabled device allows you to monitor your meats via the free SmartChef app. All you have to do is add meat and your preferred wood chips. From there, you just wait for the app to send you alerts on the status of your food.