The best apps for the bar­be­cue sea­son

Char­grill like a boss with these tasty apps

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - BY gary mar­shall

We love to grill so much that if there was a way to grill soup, we’d do it. But what re­ally makes our heat-lov­ing hearts sing is our fa­vorite cook­ing apps – and with a few well-cho­sen ones on your home screen you can be the char­grill queen, the cook­out king, the bar­be­cue boss.

Paprika ($4.99, sep­a­rate iPad and iPhone apps) isn’t just for BBQ chefs: It’s just as use­ful for pa­leo or veg­gie cook­ing. It’s a recipe app that in­te­grates beau­ti­fully with Sa­fari in iOS and on the Mac, so when you spot a great grill idea on Kitchn or Se­ri­ous Eats you can pop up the share sheet and send the recipe to Paprika. It then mag­i­cally turns the shared page into sep­a­rate sec­tions, records the nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion, and even saves a photo. It or­ga­nizes your gro­cery list by cat­e­gory and makes it easy to ad­just quan­ti­ties for when you’ve got the whole fam­ily com­ing over.

Good grills of­fer a range of mouth­wa­ter­ing meats, but that means mul­ti­ple tim­ings: rib­eye needs speed, chilli dogs need even heat, and chicken can’t be pink. Say hello to Gril­lTime ($1.99, iPhone), which en­ables you to set mul­ti­ple timers for dif­fer­ent kinds of meat and veg. Those timers are pre-set for your pre­ferred state of done-ness, and you can add cus­tom timers if you’re do­ing some­thing un­usual. Best of all, the timers are avail­able on your Ap­ple Watch too.

If you’ve got the We­ber grill, you must get the We­ber Grills app (Free, Uni­ver­sal): It com­bines a recipe book, timers and how-to guides cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from how to choose the right fuel and ar­range it in your grill to get­ting the per­fect sear on your steak. There’s a gro­cery list fea­ture, Ap­ple Watch sup­port, and some re­ally use­ful videos, and while the em­pha­sis is very much on grilling meat there’s plenty of use­ful in­for­ma­tion for any kind of chef.

Grill-It! ($0.99, iPhone; $1.99, iPad) is a spin-off from the ex­cel­lent Grilling Com­pan­ion web­site and a wel­come al­ter­na­tive to grilling apps that are a bit too meaty. The recipe se­lec­tion has a strong show­ing for veg­gies and starters, as well as meaty main events. You’ll find clas­sics such as Beer Can Chicken, but also more in­ter­est­ing things such as grilled chicken with gruyère and caramelized onions, and a recipe that uses cau­li­flower in­stead of steak. No, re­ally.

You know you’re se­ri­ous about steaks when you’ve got an iGrill. We­ber’s Blue­tooth-based ther­mome­ter is overkill for the odd back­yard BBQ, but it’s bril­liant if you’re try­ing to do some­thing low and slow. The app WE­BER

iGrill (Free, Uni­ver­sal) con­nects to the probe and shows the cur­rent in­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture of your food.

From grilling to greens, Paprika is our go-to recipe app for sav­ing, shop­ping, and serv­ing.

We­ber’s app is a great how-to guide, with good tips as well as recipes and a timer.

Mul­ti­ple meats are easy: Gril­lTime keeps an eye on each in­di­vid­ual tim­ing.

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