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A Summer BBQ Experience Under $500

To Chicagoland readers, we can feel it. Summer is within reach and we are on the precipice of swimming pools, and more importantly, good ole’ American barbecues with friends and family. While this season will surely be ushering in a new generation of grill masters eager for smoke-induced teary eyes and hours of trial-and-error hamburgers, there are also some seasoned veterans that could use a some upgrading or replacing. For $500 (without tax for you number sticklers) Abt can create a memorable experience in backyards large and small.

First, lets start with the centerpiece of any summer BBQ – the grill. The Weber 18.5″ Charcoal Grill priced at $129 is great entry-level grill with features to get the job done, and quality to keep you grilling for summers to come.  A no-rust aluminum vent and high-capacity ash catcher will keep heat high and even, while keeping clean up simple and quick.

Just the grill isn’t enough. Add on a Weber Grill Work Table for $49.99. The grill work table will give you extra space to baste your chicken, season the burgers, or any other prep work for your smokey masterpiece.

Since it’s kind of hard to properly flip burgers with your hands (it hurts a little too) a Weber 3 Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set for $34.99 will let you flip, stab, and grab in style. Durable and easy to clean, the tool kit is a necessity for any (future) grill master.

Has anyone tried to get barbecue sauce out of their favorite shirt? Not fun. Slip on a Weber Barbecue Apron for $24.99.  Besides obviously keeping you looking sharp, this apron has a built-in bottle opener. Athletes have Gatorade, summer BBQ grill masters have cold, bubbly libations in bottles. An opener on your apron justifies you staying at the helm, manning the flipping and rolling, while your significant other brings you a cold one.

What’s the worst part about a summer BBQ? Hopefully you answered mosquitoes and not you’re “weird aunt”.  Include a Big Green Egg Ceramic Citronella Filled Candle for $12.95. One of these will keep the worlds most useless creatures off you, and your family for hours.

What’s good food and good friends without the right soundtrack? Hook up these Polk Audio Atrium 4 All Weather Outdoor Speakers for $149. Stainless steel and brass hardware will keep these babies booming through winter, spring, summer, and fall. Who needs the sound of children’s laughter when you can get Skynard blasting on 11 so the whole block knows who’s having a good time?

Finally, now that you’ve created this awesome environment full of family and friend enjoying each other’s company, you have a Nikon CoolPix L26 16.1MP Digital Camera ($96.95 after rebate) to capture all the memories. Take pictures of your handy grill work, the kids faces covered in barbecue sauce and corn-on-the-cob, or record Uncle John’s famous touchdown dance in 720p video. With 19 scene modes, you will never have a reason to not be snapping shots of everyone’s good time. Simple and effective describe this camera perfectly.

There it is. My calculations land us around $497.87 before taxes and shipping on the grill and mosquito candle (the rest are covered by Abt’s free shipping promotion). Not bad for a complete grilling experience.

What do you think? Could you do it for less (doubt it!)? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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