Grilling & Lawn

Two Bar Garage

YardStash

As much as we want “YardStash” to refer to especially epic upper lip sweaters, the term has already been claimed by a company who hopes you’ll buy a tent, instead of a shed, when your gear overfloweth. To keep things safe from the elements, the shelter sports weather-proof coated heavy duty polyester with a reinforced...

Fire escape hearth

Genghis Kahn Hibachi

Weighing in at 32 pounds, slightly less than the totalitarian Mongol it’s named after, the Genghis Kahn Hibachi ($180) offers up more than one way to get meat cooked. The stout, yet compact cast-iron grill provides three cooking schemes: flat griddle, 16-skewer shish kebab attachment, or a convex grilling grate with V-Grooves — an improvement...

Chef by a thousand cuts

Microplane Easy Prep Meat Tenderizer

Just because you can’t afford to eat grass-fed Wagyu every day, doesn’t mean you have to accept the status quo from lesser cuts when it comes to flavor or texture. That’s where tenderizing your meat comes into play. While the usual methods of messaging your protein involve pulling a Thor on your helpless meal-to-be, the Microplane Easy Prep Meat Tenderizer ($20) keeps things quiet and simple. Rolling its sharp etched blades to break down tough fibers is the culinary equivalent to aerating your lawn. The experience may not feel as significant as wielding a heavy mallet, but the fine folks at Food Republic report that the results are still the beefs neez. Buy Now: $20

Redefining Blow Torch

Looftlighter

Cooking over charcoal can impart many excellent flavor characteristics to your meat of choice — lighter fluid just isn’t one of them. Swedish inventor Richard Looft created the Looftlighter ($80) to end charcoal-grilling man’s dependance on the explosive fluid once and for all, granted they have an electrical outlet close at hand. Looking like a...

Skewering the Competition

Sliders

The first man to use a skewer while cooking food over a flame was the undisputed genius of his time. The fire cooked his catch, not him, and he could eat right off of the stick afterwards. Then someone invented plates and botched it all up. The price of progress in this case was mountains...

BBQ Meets the Autobahn

Brennwagen GTX 1500 Grill and Smoker

German engineers have made countless innovations in the automotive world, and hold a reputation as some of the best in the business. The question is, do these technical skills translate to BBQ? Brennwagen is a relatively new company, founded in 2010 by former Formula 1 engineer Florian Wagner. A quick look at his grill’s low...

Spray It Don't Say It

Authentic MLB Lawn Stencils

If baseball is America’s game, then yard work must be America’s chore. These officially licensed MLB Lawn Logo Stencils ($80) combine the two weekend time killers in a way that’s sure to bring joy to rabid fans and horror to their wives. Each reusable stencil creates a 52″ tall logo that remains visible until your...

Mean Mow Green

Worx 788 Eco Cordless Electric Lawn Mower

Using an electric push mower over their gas guzzling counterparts previously involved some serious power and range tradeoffs for homeowners. The Worx 788 cordless electric lawn mower ($430) changes the game thanks to a high capacity 36V PowerTank battery, which eliminates the need for pesky extension cords and allows the 19-inch mower to cut up...

Made from Concentrate

Minden Master Grill

If you’re willing to adventure a little off grilling main street you’ll find there are some great American-made options like the Minden Master Grill ($479). Designed with a more realistic and urban-friendly compact form factor, the Minden is an ideal fit for households not yet ready to sell their first born child for a barnyard...

Identified Grill-like Object

Weber Fireplace

Call it our inner pyro, but just because its warmer doesn’t mean we can’t light up an evening fire. What looks like an overly ambitious metal worker’s off-hour project, the Weber Fireplace ($159) takes a porcelain enameled lid and bowl with some heavy-gauge steel to create a clever, well priced outdoor fire. And when you’re...

Bring the bar to you

Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar

Think of the Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar ($11,300) as a graduate degree in outdoor drinking. The mobile party center features an integrated kegerator, 8kg of ice storage, and customizable tops for adding everything from a gas-powered grill to extra serving areas. Thanks its four sturdy wheels and a specially designed refrigeration system, there’s also...

Savvy Slab

Emile Henry Black Flame Top Grilling Stone

Made from locally sourced Burgundy clay and kiln baked at 2000°F, the Black Flame Top Grilling Stone ($49) features proprietary “Flame” technology allowing it to work perfectly in all cooking scenarios be it gas, charcoal, wood, electric, oven or broiler. Using the principle of radiant heat, the handmade stone provides an even cooking surface for...

Trifecta anyone?

Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill

Why choose between gas, charcoal, or wood when buying a grill, when you can have all three? That’s the holy trinity the new Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grilling System ($10,000+) offers. The magic happens via special drawers installed above the grill’s main gas burners, which can be filled with either wood or charcoal and lit from...

Soundly Made Lounging

Gallant and Jones Kitsilano Beach Deck Chair

With warm weather beckoning, consider swapping out that Aeron in your office with the Gallant and Jones Kitsiliano Beach Deck Chair ($215) and some scenery. Inspired by the classic English Deck chairs found sprinkled on the banks of the Thames, each Kitsiliano is made by hand from North American Black Walnut and can ship with...

Killing Guesswork Grilling

Steak Button Thermometer Set

Some men are grill-capable the day they leave the delivery room. Others have an uncanny ability to turn great cuts of meat into fresh sets of mud-terrains. If you or someone you know falls into the latter bucket, these Steak Button Thermometers ($20) will help. Their big, easy to read dials are essentially idiot-proof, even...

Follow That Grill!

Element Portable Gas Grill by Fuego

The Element Portable ($150) is Fuego’s latest gorgeous grilling creation. Not only is it small, but it’s cleverly designed aluminum legs also fold up to become a convenient handle for easy toting, while a huge red rubber band ensures the lid stays in place. A shoulder strap is also available — making the Element Portable...

Fire In the Hole

AK47 Zero Outdoor Fireplace

Make the most out of your outdoor space during the chilly months with the Zero Fireplace ($4,640). As the image shows, it’s an attractive way to store firewood as well as burn it, and thanks to a grill accessory and closing disk, the fireplace can easily be transformed into a social cooking outpost or a...

Oven Armor

Royal VKB’s Apron with Built-in Oven Mitts

Aprons and oven mitts in many ways perform similar functions. One prevents stains from scarring your clothing, while the other prevents scars from ruining your hands. This brilliant design combines both features in one convenient product, making it a bullet-proof vest of sorts for chefs. It even has two buttons at the waist for hanging...

For those delicate lawn pirouettes

Craftsman YT 4500 Lawn Tractor with Turn Tight Technology

The Craftsman YT 4500 54” Lawn Tractor ($2,000) is the company’s top-of-the-line residential mower for 2011. Sporting a 26 hp Kohler Courage V-Twin engine, a premium hydrostatic automatic transmission, and 54-inch cutting base, it’s got everything you’ll need to fight back suburbia. Its real game-changing feature, though, is Turn Tight technology. If the name didn’t...

Where Grilling Meets German Efficiency

Bob Grillson Holzpellet Grill

Meat searing monuments like the Weber Ranch Kettle charcoal grill will always hold a special place in our carnivore hearts, but there’s something strangely attractive about the idyllic vision of grilling painted by the Holzpellet grill from Bob Grillson ($7,470). Ok, so maybe it’s just this German beauty’s magnetizing lines. Or maybe it’s just Bob’s...

Even Shackleton took naps

Renetto Zero Gravity Portable Hammock

Sometimes a man needs a moment to recharge his personal batteries. The Renetto Zero Gravity Portable Hammock ($120) offers a quick, portable place to take a nod. The flip-proof design sets up in a matter of minutes and has the ability to sit upright or recline. Complete with a MP3 slot so you can doze...

Flippin' good

The Sportula

Add a touch of personalization to your grilling with the Sportula ($25). Its laser-cut heavy-duty stainless steel and hard maple handle will hold up to the heaviest cuts of carnage, and it’s available in a wide variety of laser-cuts, ranging from collegiate teams to hobbyist logos. Seeing your alma mater’s logo backlit with fire and...

G-Rated Swinging

Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing

We can always count on the creative individuals selling through Etsy to inspire us with the grass-roots feel and care that oozes from their products. This reclaimed wood tree swing ($150) from Philadelphia based PegandAwl for instance had us instantly reminiscing of summers as a kid, where the our only responsibility was to (try) and...

Use This Neck and Save Yours

Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter

The genius who put a lighter at the end of a long stick is hopefully up for canonization in some religion as a finger saving saint. Clearly Zippo’s Flexneck Utility Lighter ($23) is the neck err…next evolution. Thanks to its flexible extension and slim powerful nozzle, with this in your hand, there’s no need to...

Hybrid Grill

Weber Performer Grill

Gas grills equal convenience. Charcoal grills equal flavor, aroma, experience, and zest — or so the thought process goes. That’s why grill connoisseurs will often swear by charcoal, while the casual griller just wants a steak. Weber designed the Performer Grill ($330) with both audiences in mind. The grill takes the hassle out of charcoal...

Get Your Fry On Anywhere

Timber Ridge Backyard Host Deep Fryer

The time for outdoor cooking may be slipping away, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner there’s certainly one compelling reason, if you don’t already have thousands, for keeping a deep fryer waiting in the wings.

Tops at Tailgates

La Caja China #1

The National Football League is in full swing and, if you’re like us, you are sprinting towards mid-season-tailgating form. So let us be the first to tell you that La Caja China #1 Aluminum grill ($320) is the surest way to obtain pro-status. Because a sizable crowd makes any tailgate more fun, La Caja China...

That's a Knife

Gerber Gator Machete

Plan on blazing trails or just cleaning up the yard anytime soon? Then consider packing the Gerber Gator Machete ($19). Measuring 25.7 inches long and weighing a light 18oz, it’s slightly bigger than that Swiss Army on your key chain. Overall the business parts amount to a 15 inch fine edge blade on one side,...

Just Add Meat

Grill ‘N Chill Tailgater with Draft System

There are grills and then there are grills. The Grill ‘N Chill Tailgater with Draft System ($3,500) might be more accurately described as a party on wheels though (make that chassis). Yes, it will cook your meat thanks to a whopping 24,000 BTU infrared-grill that achieves searing heat in 3 minutes flat, but there’s more...

Your Throne Awaits

GCI Wilderness Recliners

All outdoor chairs are not created equal. We have been to enough concerts, festivals, camping trips, BBQs and pool parties to know this. The Wilderness Recliner from GCI will be the best outdoor chair you buy. It has a patented auto fold system that allows you to carry the chair on your back like a...

Better Than Anything You Could Write In

Direct Designs Notebook Grill

When the calendar turns to August, the sports world looks pretty bleak. Yes baseball is in full swing, and NFL training camps are underway, but there isn’t much else to occupy our interests. Fortunately, it does bring us one step closer to September, and with September comes football and tailgating (a.k.a. pure joy). In preparation...

H2Ohhhh Boy

Portable 3-In-1 Sprinkler System

For most men, “watering your flowers” sits just a notch above “scrap-booking with your mother in-law” on your list of things to do. Slip n’ Slides however, are usually up there near the top, right next to riding a unicorn. Whether you’re a nature-loving horticulturist, or you’re inebriated and have access to a tarp, this...

A Greener Greenery Manager

Bosch Rotak Li Electric Lawn Mowers

Those of you with serious swaths of property may laugh at electric push mowers, but for home owners with small plots to tend, they can be great. The Bosch Rotak Li Series ($300-$540) makes them even better — for a price — by eliminating the pesky cord in exchange for a lithium-ion battery that’s good...

The Next Best Thing to An Open Flame

Breville Smart Grill and Griddle

While the word grill typical inspires visions like this in our head, there’s something to be said for having an electric version on standby just in case. They’re also a great appliance for those short on space who want an alternative to broiling or pan frying. The Breville Smart Grill ($310) is a good option...

Monitor From a Cool Distance

Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer

One way to test the heat of your grill is to step right up, look at the grill temp gauge, and feel the burn on your already steamed person. Ryobi on the other hand offers a pleasant alternative with the Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer ($69). As a point-and-shoot infrared thermometer, it instantly measures grill...

Great Design to Save Your Spine

Allsop WheelEasy Folding Carts

Most homeowners are painfully aware that with the heat of summer comes yard work. Rather than break your back lugging brush and debris to the curb with your standard wheelbarrow, pick up an Allsop WheelEasy Folding Cart ($65). The WheelEasy container is composed of a vinyl-coated denier nylon that expands to a 3-cubic-foot basin when...

Mesh for Less Mess

Williams-Sonoma Mesh Chef’s Pan

Grilling smaller food items can be a bit like playing Lemmings. Careful attention will insure much of what you started with will survive, but some poor morsels are bound to slip through the cracks. While there are many tools and techniques out there to help with this problem, this mesh chef’s pan ($50) from Williams-Sonoma...

Rainy With a Chance of Delayed Watering

Rainwater Urn

Recapturing rain is a fast, eco-friendly way to conserve water used for your plants and garden. Problem is, as good as big recycled whiskey barrels can look, they often lack durability and water-sealing which leaves stagnant water susceptible to mosquito habitats. Remember: ~7 days from stagnant water to mosquito infestation. This 65 gallon Rainwater Urn...

Can Your Dog Learn a New Trick?

Doggie Fountain

After spending a long winter couped up, summer is the time for man’s best friend to cut loose. Especially if you have a backyard that they can explore even when you’re away at work. Dehydration though is certainly a concern that most loyal owners solve by leaving out a water bowl. The Doggie Fountain ($40)...

The Cooler Cooler

Coleman Steel Belted Cooler

Still made in the USA, the Wichita, Kansas-based Coleman company has been producing the Coleman Steel Belted Cooler ($130) since the 1950’s. An ever-classic staple of Americana, this 54 quart cooler will carry 85 cans of your friend’s and family’s favorite drinks with heavy-duty construction that you can pass down. Yes, a generational cooler. The...

Shuffleboard + Golf = Sholf

Sholf

A new take on what would otherwise be just another boring putting mat, Sholf ($40) turns your patio or hallway into the epicenter of casual competition. Mixing the tools of golf with the strategy and scoring method of table shuffleboard, the game is one that pretty much anyone can play; Sholf pairs perfectly with a...

Meatbook

Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings by Ray Lampe

Besides a title that gets your mouth watering, Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings ($14) has a singular focus on our favorite food group: meat. 40 simple meat-centric recipes make up this 132 page book. Everything from veal chops Oscar, to filet mignon, to Southern fall-off-the-bone spare ribs. Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe also takes you through...

Optimus Grill

Char-Broil Grill 2 Go ICE Portable Infrared Grill

When it comes to portable grills we really only have three words: Steak On Demand. Being the grill fiends we are, we chomped at the chance to fire up a Char Broil Grill 2 Go ICE Portable Infrared Gas Grill and Cooler Combo ($199). The verdict: the G2G-ICE will fights portable grilling battles by pulling...

Mulch and Music

Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System

YJust because you’re outside doesn’t mean you don’t deserve good sound. Bring the bass (and midrange, and treble) pool or patio-side with a Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System ($599). We had an opportunity to trial the system this past month with a volunteer who offered up his patio (a rarity) and party (not a...