Memorial Day Backyard BBQ Essentials

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These are the Esquire Essentials, pieces you need to take a road trip, throw a party, or otherwise rise to the occasion.

It’s the first official grilling weekend of the summer—congrats, you made it through the long winter. This Memorial Day, gather your friends in the backyard (or patio for you city-dwellers), grab the charcoal, and crack a beer to an endless summer. Here are the essentials you can snag at the last minute to cook and the look the part of a grill master.

1

The Grill

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

To feed the party, go for a classic charcoal grill like Weber’s, which is easy to operate and holds 13 burgers at a time. No need to worry about fancy stuff like smokers or griddle tabletops this weekend.

$149, amazon.com

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2

The Grilling Tools

Discoball Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set

Everything you need to char, roast, flip, and brine, with an aluminum case to keep it all in order.

$26, amazon.com

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3

The White Tee

Topman Slim Fit Crewneck T-Shirt

The official uniform of Memorial Day weekend is white. Good thing a simple, white t-shirt like Topman’s won’t do you wrong the rest of the year, either. (Just be careful around all that ketchup and mustard.)

$10, nordstrom.com

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4

The Apron

Williams Sonoma Chambray Apron

Don’t dance with the devil in that white tee. Protect it—and your jeans—from barbecue splatter with an apron. This one has pockets so you won’t misplace your grilling tools.

$25, williams-sonoma.com

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5

The Ice Bucket

TableCraft Galvanized Beverage Tub

If your friends are worth anything, they’ll show up at your door with a six-pack each. Fill this 5.5-gallon bucket with ice so all those IPAs and German Pilsners stay chilled.

$32, amazon.com

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6

The Beer

Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager

Just in case, have your own beer on hand. We suggest America’s number one Belgian-owned beer. Budweiser’s new release is made using George Washington’s own recipe and supports the troops.

From $7, drizly.com

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7

The Memories

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera

Give yourself and your guests something tangible to remember the weekend by. The Instax Mini 90 puts off a strong vintage vibe, but the instant photos it produces are of stellar quality.

$128, amazon.com

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8

The Music

Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

This water- and shock-proof speaker has incredibly rich and loud sound, perfect for when you’re trying to get your “Summer Jamz 2018” playlist to permeate every corner of the backyard.

$116, amazon.com

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9

The Sunblock

Banana Boat Dry Balance 50+ SPF Sunscreen

Don’t start the summer with a godawful T-shirt tan. Banana Boat’s Dry Balance won’t leave you feeling greasy.

$5, amazon.com

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