Take Taco Tuesday to the next level.

Alex Loh
May 27, 2020
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Summer has arrived and I plan on enjoying every moment I can in the sun. One of my favorite things to do in the warm weather is grill. I love the smoky flavor the grill can bring to foods like chicken or corn. And one food that gets even better thanks to the grill? Tacos.

You might not think about tacos as a go-to food for the grill, but you'll be surprised at how the flames can improve this already-beloved dish. The grill adds great flavor and char to recipes like Chipotle Skirt Steak Tacos with Smoky Tomatillo Salsa and Chicken Tacos with Tangerine-Lime Crema. To make grilling tacos even easier, we found these six tools to help you in every stage of the process.

Get Your Grill Ready

Before you even start cooking, make sure your grill is in tip-top condition! You always want to start off with a clean grill, and this brush that ejects steam will ensure any stuck-on food is removed before you start grilling. (Bed Bath & Beyond, $16).

Once your grill is clean, you can get cooking! Any food you grill needs to go on a well-oiled surface to prevent sticking. To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (We like these tongs from Williams Sonoma, $16.) Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.

In addition to tongs, a useful tool to have on hand is a digital thermometer. A digital thermometer is great for making sure your proteins have reached the appropriate internal temperature. We love Oxo's instant-read thermometer, which comes with a clip to attach to your apron (Williams Sonoma, $20).

For Your Tacos

Now that you and your grill are ready, it's time for tacos! For your taco filling, recipes like Grilled Blackened Shrimp Tacos and Grilled Fish Tacos benefit from tools like skewers or grill baskets, which keep small pieces from falling through the grates (Bed Bath & Beyond, skewers $10, grill basket $15). These tools make grilling the proteins much easier and will lead to less frustration on your end when you go to flip your food.

While the fillings are an important part of your taco, you can't forget the tortilla. And with this tortilla grill rack, you can heat up your tortillas while your proteins and veggie fillings cook (Bed Bath & Beyond, $10). The tortilla rack is also perfect for assembling and serving your grilled tacos.