Great Gear for a Backyard Barbecue

Turn up the fun at your cookouts with wireless speakers, cookware, an air fryer, and more that do well in CR's tests

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Backyards are taking on an extra-important roll this year, because many folks are staying home more due to the pandemic.

And what better way to chill than to have a barbecue? It's one of the few things you can do with family and friends where you can still maintain social distancing guidelines and have a great time.

More on Grills

The grill might have the starring role at a barbecue, but your next cookout can get a boost from some top-tier supporting actors. CR tests tons of products that can help you pull off the perfect party, including cameras, Bluetooth speakers, air fryers, and even cookware to heat or serve your sides outdoors. We've also tapped our experts for their best tips on making a backyard oasis this summer.

Here, we highlight six top-scoring products from Consumer Reports' tests that can take your cookout to the next level. If you're in the market for a new grill, our buying guide is a great place to start. CR members can also jump right to our ratings of more than 200 grills.

Top-Scoring Products for Your Barbecue

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the July 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.