Fourth of July Barbecue Essentials

What you need for an awesome Independence Day

Gary Dudakby Gary Dudak

Although the Fourth of July falls in the middle of the work week this year, you shouldn’t let that stop you from celebrating our nation’s independence like usual, with picnics and barbecues among family and friends at various parks and beaches across the USA. With the help of InsideHook, we’ve come up with five Fourth of July party essentials to get you in the right frame of mind and make it a success.

The Grill

The Fold Flat Grill is an easily portable grill perfect for a small gathering on the beach or in the backyard. Ideal for charcoal or hardwood grilling, it also includes an indirect-heat side strip to keep meat warm or buns browned. ($79.95)

The Tools

The BBQ Briefcase includes 20 stainless-steel utensils packed away in a slick case. No matter what grub you’re grilling up, you’ll have the right tool for the job. All of the cooking utensils are dishwasher safe and come with heat-resistant handles. ($84)

The Special Touch

These Cedar Grilling Planks are the perfect accessory to give your food a flavor that sets it apart from other barbecues. They also help your meats retain moisture, and they go perfect with the Fold Flat Grill. If grilled salmon is your desired main course, these planks are just what you need. ($14.95)

The Game

Forget horseshoes. The outdoor game that all the kids are playing these days is cornhole. Also known as bags, cornhole can be played between two people or two teams of two people, and tests your skill at tossing bean bags. Sounds laid-back enough, but once you start playing, you won’t want to stop, and the only way to keep playing is to win and control the boards. For the Fourth of July, we recommend rocking this American Flag cornhole set with red and blue bags. ($150)

The Tunes

The Big Jambox from Jawbone can turn your ordinary picnic in the park into a rocking summer party. The portable and completely wireless device works with your phone, tablet or mobile device to produce an amazingly clear sound system that can fill large areas. The Big Jambox comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours, and is available in three stylish colors. ($299.99)