Picnicking With Your iPad? Get These Accessories for Your Next BBQ

Nothing says “summertime” like a cookout with great food, great friends, and your iPad. What? Yes, that’s right, it’s time for you and your favorite tablet to stop couch surfing and get a little fresh air.

Yesterday we brought you a list of great apps to use to prep the perfect BBQ. Today we’re focusing on the accessories that enhance the grilling experience, complimenting the recipes and tips that are available for the iPad. Whether you prefer to fire up the grill in your own yard or head to a park, beach, or camp, these accessories work with your iPad to leave more time in the day for fun and sun.


The iGrill is the first must-have iPad accessory for any grilling enthusiast. With the iGrill, the user can monitor his steak (or Boca Burger) from a distance, leaving the cook free to mingle with his guests. The device sends temperature information to the chef’s iPad (or iPhone/iPod touch) via BlueTooth. Even if you aren’t hosting a big party, the iGrill might be just the thing to take the guesswork and the hovering out of cooking “slow and low.” The iGrill app is free to download from the App Store.

Grilling is delicious, but dirty business. Now that your iPad is stationed by the grill, it needs some protection from grease splatters. That’s where the Otterbox Defender case comes in. This case will protect your iPad from more than just grease. It also comes in a range of colorful options, and is available from the company website. The Otterbox Defender case costs $89.95 and is compatible with the new iPad, or the iPad 2.

Consider the Seattle Sports Dry Doc Waterproof iPad Case, which lacks a stand but will still protect your iPad from splatters and spills as a cheaper alternative. At just $14.95 this case is seriously affordable, leaving you with plenty of extra money for a dry-aged steak or pricey filet of fish. Plus, since your device is protected from water, wind, and even sand, your iPad will be ready for any other adventure you might have planned this summer.

What’s a cookout without music? Boring. That’s, right. But who wants to deal with messy cords and wires? No one. Right again. Try Jawbone’s Jambox for wireless tunes. At just $199, the Jambox is a sleek-looking speaker that comes in a crazy range of colors, yet is still reasonably priced. It’s small enough to fit in your beach bag or backpack, but it still offers great performance. Purchase the Jambox from Jawbone’s website.

While you may have to wait until next cookout season to truly enjoy it, the Pair With Pear Bluetooth accessory that we just profiled is a Bluetooth dongle that will let you use the speakers you already have, but you can leave those speaker wires behind forever! Pledge before the funding period ends on September 10, 2012, and snag one for just $40.

What did we miss? Where is the most far-flung place you’ve taken your iPad for a BBQ? Do you have a favorite iPad accessory that makes barbecuing better? Let us know in the comments.

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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite