It’s that wonderful time of year when the weather gets warmer, the days get longer and people generally seem to be much happier. Yes friends, it’s summer time and we’re here to help you make the most of it. Over this series, we’ll take a look at how smartphones, apps and accessories can maximize your summer fun.
We’re going to tackle how your mobile devices can help you travel and enjoy your vacation, cook or BBQ, get the most out of a roadtrip and XYZ. Today, we’ll take a close look at Cooking and BBQ.
It’s all about good organization, making sure there’s enough food for everyone. Shopping list apps could help a lot here. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll appreciate ShopShop – it’s super simple, yet powerful shopping list app that remembers your previous purchases making future entries a snap. I love it and I’m hoping an Android version will be released soon. In the meantime, I’m using GTasks both for tasks and shopping list, relying on Google Calendar to add new items (I have 2 lists – “tasks” and “shopping list”). Then on my Android smartphone I access the list from the homescreen, thanks to the GTasks’ handy widget.
On the other hand, you may go for a dedicated BBQ shopping list app like BBQ Planner for Android, which comes pre-populated with more than 360 items needed for barbecue. You can easily check, uncheck and reuse items for every barbecuing trip, saving some time along the way.
Know the game
This one’s for iPhone users, only. Touted as the “first photorealistic cooking simulation game,” BBQ Pro – iGrill will help you prepare for the big day. You assume the role of grill master at a party full of hungry people, and it’s your job to keep them happy by serving up perfectly grilled hot dogs and steaks, among many other food items available. It’s fun and addictive game which has been downloaded by more than a million people so far. BBQ Pro will definitely keep you entertained for some time. Moreover, you may learn a trick or two while playing…
There are quite a few recipes app out there, some of which are *really* awesome. Aside from the “general” ones (which go beyond BBQ recipes) like Epicurious and AllRecipes Dinner Spinner (Pro version is here), you can try BBQ-specific titles such as Weber’s On the Grill and iBBQ.
Weber’s On the Grill is an iOS title only, featuring 280 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades and sauces. You can tag your favorite recipes, create and share a master grocery list, and even email your favorite recipes to friends. How-to videos and the grill timer also come included.
iBBQ, on the other hand, is available both for Android and iPhone, and it also comes with quite a few recipes, how-to videos and tips. In addition, there are additional tools like weather forecast and the ability to share customized invitations directly from the app.
iGeek’s “essential” BBQ tool – iGrill
Apps are cool but if you want to go beyond mainstream and show folks just how tech savvy you are, you can get yourself iGrill, the first grilling and cooking thermometer and app for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Using this must-have accessory, you will be able to multitask between your grill and guests with the peace of mind that your food is perfectly cooked at target temperature. iGrill communicates with your iOS-based device via Bluetooth and dedicated app that also comes with bunch of recipes. After you’re done cooking with the help of iGrill, everyone will say you’re the new king of technology…
Marin has already said it and I’ll repeat it here. We definitely want you to enjoy the summer sunshine but be sure to let us know some of your favorite mobile apps and accessories for this time of year.