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Apps - Jun 15, 2016

5 Apps for BBQ Season

These apps take everything – from food and drink to propane tanks and weather – into account

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Warm weather is here, so it’s time to show off what you got when it comes to grilling. Here are five apps to help you ramp up your barbecuing skills.

GrillTime

iOS

Grilling food on the barbecue properly can sometimes seem like a bit of a mystery. Luckily, GrillTime is here to help you cook your food to perfection. Select the type of food, its thickness and how you like it done, and the app will tell you exactly how long and at what temperature to barbecue it. Works for most types of meat, plus fish, vegetables and fruit. GrillTime also includes a timer option to let you know when to flip or take your food off of the grill (and there’s a multi-timer you can set up, too, if you have several things cooking away at once).

The Pit Pal BBQ App

iOS, Android

If you’re ready to get serious about barbecue, then the Pit Pal BBQ App is for you. It allows you to track all of the variables – including weather, type of wood used, temperature you cooked at, type of rub or sauce and length of time cooked – each time you cook, so you can replicate that mouth-watering brisket or those ridiculously awesome ribs. You can also attach photos to each archived meal and add notes as you’re cooking, so you can capture the details of the techniques you used.

Barbecues & Grilling

iOS

Bored with burgers and steak? This app is packed with recipes that will expand your barbecue repertoire. Chicken, ham, lamb and ground meats are all represented here (as are sauces, condiments and vegetables), and there are special sections for kid-friendly and Father’s Day barbecue recipes, too.

Beachbum Berry’s Total Tiki

iOS

Adding a bit of cocktail culture to a summer barbecue bash is guaranteed to make it extra fun. This app features more than 230 tiki-style drinks presented by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the author of six books on tiki drinks and food. There are tons of photos to inspire you, and you can also tell the app what ingredients you have on hand, and it will offer up recipes you can make. Plus, there’s a feature that lets you keep track of your favourite recipes, so you can have a Mai Tai or Zombie in hand in no time.

BBQ TankMeter

Android

No one wants to run out of propane in the middle of a barbecue. This app uses acoustics to measure just how much gas you have left in your tank, so you know if you need to refill before you get started, and not when you have a hungry crowd waiting for their burgers. Note: it only works with standard 20-lb. steel tanks.