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From grillbots to solar stoves, 10 gadgets that’ll crown you king of BBQ season

Barring any other ridiculous late-season snowstorms on the East coast, barbecue season will soon be in full swing across the country, so we figured we’d round up a few of our favorite high-tech cookout contraptions for you and give you ample time to get your grilling situation in order. Feast your eyes on these feast supplies.

Front Runner Outfitters Spare Tire Mount — Stainless steel BBQ grate ($137)

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Who says your cookouts have to be confined to your backyard? With this cleverly-designed grill from Frontrunner, you’ll always be prepared for a backcountry BBQ, no matter where in the world you happen to end up. Once you’ve got a fire started, you simply place this grate atop the flames and start cooking. The grate’s three integrated legs hold it above the coals, and also ensure that you’ve got a large, sturdy surface to cook on.

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Amazon

Steven Raichlen’s Best of Barbecue — Grilling grate oiler brush ($16)

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Keeping your grates well-oiled is the best way to make sure your food doesn’t stick, and the Steven Raichlen Grilling Grate Oiler makes it easy. Its design combines a grill brush with a small reservoir for the oil, letting you get solid coverage with each swipe. It’s even made from temperature-resistant plastic and silicone, and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

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Amazon

Grillbot — Automatic grill cleaning robot ($130)

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Grilling is awesome, but cleaning all the blackened, caked-on food goo afterward? Not so much. Fortunately, we live in a time where where robots can perform most of the menial tasks we hate doing, and much like vacuuming and cleaning the gutters, grill maintenance can now be performed by a robotic slave. Just pop this little bugger on top of the grates when you’re done cooking, and he’ll go to work picking up all the baked-on burger bits you left behind.

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Amazon

Lynx Grills SMART30F — 30″ freestanding SmartGrill ($7,000)

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Ever wished you could bark orders at your grill like you do with Siri on your smartphone? Well good news: with the Lynx Smart Grill, you totally can. Under its sleek chrome exterior, this beast boasts a slew of high-tech features — including temperature sensors, automatic heat controls, and voice recognition. That means you can scream “MAKE ME A STEAK!” from the comfort of your patio chair and the grill will take it from there. Read our full review here.

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Lynx Grill

Refuel — Smart propane tank gauge ($30)

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There’s nothing worse than inviting over all your buddies over for a cookout, only to discover that you’re out of propane and have to make a buzzed excursion to the supermarket to get more. If you’d prefer to avoid such a situation, you should check out Refuel. It’s basically an intelligent, app-enabled propane tank scale that keeps tabs on how much you’ve got left. When you’re running low, you’ll get a smartphone alert, so you’ll know well in advance that you need more gas.

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Amazon

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