From Season 11: Grilled Pork Chops and Ribs
On a standard 22-inch kettle grill, you can only fit two racks of ribs if you lay them down flat—and for most barbecues, two racks just won’t cut it. Enter the rib rack, designed to sit right on the grill grate and hold up to six racks upright at a time so you can double and triple your output. Our favorite model produces smoky, crusty, tender, and moist ribs, and is also sturdy and easy to clean. It also doubles as a roasting rack, elevating whole chickens or a small turkey away from the hot grill grates.
Having struggled with matches on one too many windy days, now we turn to a grill lighter to get the fire started. Our preferred model has a flexible neck, ignites easily, and has an adjustable flame.
A remote thermometer gives you the freedom to leave the grill (or the oven) while still monitoring the temperature of the foods cooking in it. When our previous favorite was discontinued, we found an acceptable replacement. Our new favorite is accurate and easy to set, and allows you to roam more than 100 feet before losing signal.
Not everyone has a portable grill, and our favorite no-frills charcoal grill certainly isn’t compact enough to travel farther than the backyard. That’s why our favorite disposable grill is such a convenience for picnics and beach barbecues. Its cooking surface is spacious enough to accommodate three steaks at a time with room to spare, and the heat held steady enough for us to follow up with three chicken breasts—a total of more than 45 minutes of cooking time. Once cool, the grill can be thrown away or recycled.
Victorinox (formerly Victorinox Forschner) 6-inch Straight Boning Knife: Flexible
The nonslip grip and narrow, straight blade let testers remove the smallest bones with precision and complete comfort. Perfectly balanced with enough flexibility to maneuver around tight joints. The low price was a bonus.
|★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★||$19.95|
Wüsthof Classic Boning Knife
Hefty in weight, this knife was a solid performer when removing poultry bones, and the handle was easy to grip, even when covered in chicken fat. Piercing silver skin was a challenge since the tip wasnt sharp enough and the long narrow blade produced slightly jagged cuts.
|★ ★||★ ★ ★||$99.95|
|Recommended with Reservations|
Mundial Boning Knife: Flexible
The sharp tip performed well when removing silver skin, but it was too flexible when maneuvering around poultry joints, leaving testers feeling a lack of control. The heavy handle was slightly unbalanced and became slippery once covered in poultry fat.
|★ ★||★ ★||$19.95|
Shun Gokujo Filet Knife
Designed to replicate a samurai blade, this expensive knife was a disappointment. It struggled to pierce the silver skin, although long cuts were smooth and even. Minimal flexibility and extreme curve got in the way when maneuvering around joints. The smooth handle was hard to grip and slippery.
MAC Boning KnifeChef Series
The large, cumbersome handle reminded testers of an outdoors knife for fishing and hunting. The blade was too wide to maneuver around joints and it struggled to pierce silver skin. Unlike other knives, this boning knife could only slice in one direction, making intricate cuts around joints difficult.
Messermeister San Moritz Elite Flexible Boning Knife
The blade was so flexible it led to erratic cuttings; testers said the knife was hard to control. The blade was not sturdy enough to maneuver around joints and the lightweight handle felt flimsy and unbalanced.