Darth Vader's BBQ tongs flip burgers with Force

If you've been searching for the perfect grilling accessory for your Bantha burger cookouts, take a look at these: "Star Wars" Lightsaber BBQ Tongs from The Fowndry. These geeky tongs are modeled after Darth Vader's own lightsaber hilt from "A New Hope."

These officially licensed lightsaber tongs have a removable transparent red cover and even make the signature sound effect that left many a Jedi quaking in his boots. Conveniently, though, these lightsaber tongs are powered by AA batteries instead of the Force. … Read more

Bring the food to the fire with Gaucho Grill

The quest to tame fire takes on different shapes and sizes every time the backyard grill gets fired up. At least one characteristic, however, can be counted on to remain the same: fire is hot. Of course, it's this defining characteristic that makes our food taste good, but it's what we do with it that makes all the difference. Some like a raging fire, some like it low and slow. And some like to let fire just do its thing, and bring the food to the flame.

The means to save food from being burnt to a crisp … Read more

BBQ Dragon can light a grill fire in 10 minutes or less

Sadly, I find it easier to build a computer than a kick off a successful grill fire. The up-and-coming BBQ Dragon could be the breath of fresh air -- literally -- to change my poor fire-starting fortune.

Essentially working the same way as a fan, the cordless BBQ Dragon shoots a large amount of cool air into a fire and accelerates the burning process. The stainless steel device, which has a variable air speed controller and flexible arm, easily clips onto the side of a grill or smoker. The designers say the Dragon works great with bonfires, the Big Green Egg, wood stoves, and more. … Read more

Fan barbecue flames from a phone

It's no secret that barbecue enthusiasts take their craft very seriously. As well they should, considering the succulent results that occur through when proper attention is given to meat cooked over an open fire. However, all that attention can be time-consuming; time spent hovering over a pit is time that could be spent with family and friends.

The BBQ Guru CyberQ Wi-Fi combines a control station along with a fan that mounts inside the grill or pit. Capable of monitoring the temperature of the pit itself as well as up to three different meats, the grill gadget keeps grillers … Read more

Android faithful head to Austin for annual barbecue

Hundreds of Android enthusiasts and developers from around the country are watching the calendar, anxiously awaiting the first weekend of October. The reason? It's not the Nexus Prime and the debut of Ice Cream Sandwich, although that would certainly be welcomed. No, these Android faithful are anticipating the arrival of the second annual Big Android BBQ.

Taking place over three days, the Big Android BBQ has become the unofficial gathering of the Android-loving masses. The event is hosted by multiple Android blogs and developer forums and has garnered sponsorship from the likes of Verizon, Samsung, LG, and Texas Instruments. … Read more

Plan your Fourth of July barbecue on iOS

Independence Day is coming on July 4th, and that means people will be getting together to light fireworks or watch fireworks shows, and--perhaps most importantly--cook great food.

Though this might seem early with the 4th of July more than a week away, we wanted to make sure everybody had time to figure out their menus and get their supplies ready before the mad rush to the grocery stores. With these apps, you can start planning for the perfect Independence Day feast.

This week's app collection is all about cooking apps for iOS. The first lets you browse recipes from famous chefs on the Food Network; the second gives you a giant database of recipes and cooking guidance for any time of year; and the third is perfect for planning and cooking outdoors on the barbecue.… Read more

Barbecue three ways

Few words associated with food are as controversial as barbecue. However, in this debate it's not only about who has the better ribs, or what region makes the best pulled-pork sandwich, but what the definition of barbecue even is. Purists will say that unless it is slow-cooked over low heat, with the requisite amount of smoke, it does not qualify as barbecue. They cringe when they hear people say they are going to a backyard barbecue, knowing full well that the main fare will be hamburgers and hot dogs--not that there's anything wrong with that; it's just … Read more

Barbecue companion and a NFL football game: iPhone apps of the week

Before I get to the iPhone apps of the week, I want to share with you an interesting tidbit I read over at AppleInsider regarding the long-awaited Mac tablet. It's one of those cloak-and-dagger-type stories, where an unnamed, (possibly) credible source made a mysterious phone call to an editor about new hardware from Apple. It all sounds kind of fishy to me, but the source apparently described how he had been at a meeting with Apple and had handled what looked like an iPhone (touch screen, black back panel, home button, and all), except it had a 10-inch screen. … Read more

Air Yakiniku brings virtual barbecue to your browser

Feeling lonely eating dinner all by yourself? Are you a vegetarian who loves the idea of barbecue but just can't pull the trigger on meat?

Fortunately you can log-on to Japanese site Air Yakiniku and enjoy a virtual barbecue. You can even download a template to make a real apron that helps prevent spillage of virtual meat juice (or perhaps to capture drool as you crave meat but eat whatever you have in real life.)

Like the New York Times reports, it's a bit hard to tell if this is a clever marketing gimmick or someone genuinely thinks … Read more

iQue: Bragging rights for you, grilled meat for all

Sometimes it's OK to show off. Certainly everybody does from time to time. I may not be qualified to give reasoned speculation as to why we do this, but I certainly understand that it goes better with food. The Blue Ember iQue combines favorite grill features with an integrated computer for precision control and fun bragging points.

A touch-control onboard computer monitors time and temperature during the cooking process for easy grilling. Select your type of meat and desired level of doneness and the grill handles the rest. In tandem with the integrated temperature probe, the computer maintains the … Read more