Get some built-to-last tools.
You shouldn't buy barbecue tools in a set of 17 in a briefcase: A sharp-edged spatula, a long fork, and tongs are all you need to handle your fired fare. We like this Outset 3-Piece BBQ Set. The tools are longer than most and feature a cool-touch rosewood handle, contoured for grip. [$35; outsetinc.com]