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The Best BBQs for Your Backyard

Celebrate National Barbecue Month with a roundup of the hottest new grills and accessories.

By Carly Scholl

As we welcome warmer temperatures back into our forecasts, this month gives us a great reason to get outside and get grilling. May is National BBQ Month, and with a selection of new and noteworthy outdoor appliances and accoutrements, you’ll be hosting unforgettable backyard bashes in no time.

Multitasking Master

For grilling, searing, smoking and roasting, the SmokeFire EX4 wood-fired pellet grill by Weber offers a temperature range of 200-600 degrees so you can cook everything from burgers and pizzas to ribs and desserts to perfection. Available in two sizes (shown in 47″H by 43″W by 33″D), the sleek, porcelain-enamel finished appliance will look right at home on your patio. $999 (

Roll With It

From INDU+ comes the most style-conscious barbecue on our list. Featuring a powder-coated aluminum frame and teak structure, this Outdoor Grilling Island is a mobile way to treat your guests to an alfresco feast. An extended worktop, built-in knife holder and four-burner grill make meal-prep and cooking easier than ever. 37″H by 55″L by 26″W. $3,999 (

Inspiration from the East

A modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese kamado grill, the Shokunin features three levels on which to build a charcoal fire, offering chefs a range in heat that can transform the appliance into a grill, oven or smoker. Its elegant, angular construction and innovative design won the Shokunin the Best of KBIS-Outdoor Living award for 2020. Starting at $5,995. (

A Cut Above

A pitmaster is only as good as his or her tools, so don’t put your perfectly grilled morsels on the chopping block without quality cutlery. The Master Competition BBQ set comprises five professional-grade stainless steel knives, including paring, boning, slicing, carving and cimeter blades, as well as a sharpening rod and a storage bag for safe keeping. $270 (

That’s Amore

For connoisseurs of wood-fired foods, the Black Edition pizza oven offers a sophisticated station where you can sling your favorite pies at patio parties. Cast from specialty ceramic and available in four interior oven sizes, ranging from 75″W by 75″D to 125″W by 100″D, this dual-fuel structure can quickly fire up pizzas or even slow-cook dishes overnight. Available for preorder. (

Monitor Your Meat

Get the perfect shade of pink every time with the wireless Meater Block, which includes four stainless steel probes programmed with temperature-sensing technology and a charging block with a built-in LED screen and speakers. Simply download the app to your smart device, skewer meat with the probes, connect the Meater to your home wifi and place the block near your grill to get real-time updates on your food as it cooks. $269 (

Island Living

From Hestan’s new line of outdoor kitchen appliances comes a top-of-the-line grill with a tropical twist. Inspired by beachside living, the 36″ double-door tower cart (starting at $999) can be paired with the 36″ built-in grill (starting at $3,599). Both products are customizable in six juicy hues, including “Reef” pink (shown). (


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