Must-Have Tech for the Summer BBQ

Before you fire up the grill this summer, be sure you have everything you need! We don’t just mean the meat and a cold beverage, we are talking about all the tech that makes a summer barbecue a real celebration. We have come up with a list of 5 things that you cannot go without.

AUVIO Bluetooth Portable Speaker









To really turn up the heat at this summers barbecue you need a grill and of course some great music! The Auvio Bluetooth Portable Speaker will allow your guests to listen to music without being tied to an outlet. It plays up to 6 hours of music on a single charge, plus it doubles as a speakerphone to take calls handsfree.  It will take the family barbecue up a notch this summer!

Apple iPod Touch









So now you have the speaker, but where are you going to get those tunes from? The Apple iPod touch is a perfect place to store all your favorite tunes. You can create a playlist perfect for your barbecue or stream music online from Songza or Spotify.

Oregon Scientific Wireless BBQ Thermometer









The scene has been set for your awesome barbecue, but now it’s time to turn up the fire on the grill! Remove the worry of waiting around the grill to find out when the steak is cooked by using the Oregon Scientific AW129 BBQ Thermometer. This wireless thermometer will let you know when the meat has reached the right temperature, even if you are inside. No matter what you are eating it includes programs for lamb, veal, pork, turkey, beef, chicken and fish.

Grill-it! App









Needs some ideas for what to put on the grill? Download the Grill-it! app for TONS of good recommendations. Grill-it! lets you search based on what you are putting on the grill, whether it’s pork, seafood or vegetables. It is available on iTunes and Google Play.

Polaroid 300 Instant Camera










You have created such an incredible barbecue that you MUST capture some of the great moments. The Polaroid 300 Instant Camera is perfect for that and gives the kids a fun activity for the day. There’s still something exciting about getting an instant print of your photo.

Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite thing about a summer barbecue!

Four lucky commenter will receive a RadioShack prize pack including an AUVIO Portable Bluetooth Speaker and an Apple iPod Touch!


One entry per person. Contest begins at 2:00 pm CST on July 1, 2013 and ends at 1:59 pm CST on July 14, 2013. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced after 2:00 pm CST on July 19th, 2013 and will be contacted via email. Prize will be shipped 2-3 weeks after the winner has been selected.

No payment or purchase necessary to win. Neither a purchase nor payment will improve your chances of winning. While you’re pretty cool in our book, you are not a winner of this contest yet. Void where prohibited. Must be a resident of the 50 United States to win. Employees of RadioShack Corporation are encouraged to participate but are not eligible to win.


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  • Jade Williams

    My favorite thing about a summer barbecue is the relaxed environment/atmosphere! Perfect weather, great food, great music, and the company of family and friends– all at once! It gets no better.

  • Theresa J

    I love the heat and the sun and that there is always watermelon

  • tina tran

    Being able to laugh and relax with family, friends, and neighbors while enjoying delicious eats in the beaming sun with cooling drinks and great music is what I enjoy most about barbecues. Its nothing but happy feelings and the immense feeling of closeness and unity amongst the crowd; you just cant help but to shine a smile thats bigger than the sun throughout the festivities. Thats my favorite thing about barbecues; the harmonious joy.

  • Seth Emerson

    My favorite thing about a summer bbq is the food and the friends!

  • Brett H

    My favorite thing about a summer barbecue is eating outside in the sun and fresh air.

  • Lisa Dion

    My favorite thing about a Summer BBQ is having the chance to spend time with my friends and family

  • Dani K.

    Hanging out with friends and family in the warm weather with good food.

  • Kathleen e

    My favorite things about a summer BBQ are the yummy food, awesome company and impromptu water balloon fight! Happy Summer!

  • john knight

    Getting to cook & enjoy great food on the grill.Really the best part is precious time spent with close family #RSLetsPlay

  • Crystal Lewis

    My favorite thing about summer BBQ is spending it with family, listening to greAt music and going to the beach. :)

  • Leonidas A. Gibbs

    Good contest decent prizes

  • Larry Kalman

    Great info. Want to check out the Bluetooth speaker for sure.

  • Li T.

    My favorite thing about a Summer BBQ is the food, grilling, and being around friends and family

  • Hubert

    My favorite thing about a summer barbecue is the fact that I’m able to eat good food and relax with friends, while experiencing nature. We can all sit on the comfy grass and feel the sun’s warmth on our backs. Water games are a blast for the kids and even I don’t mind joining in on the fun sometimes. It’s great to see people smile when they’re eating the food that you cooked. A summer barbecue is a great way to forget about all nuisances that we get from work.

  • Patty Dion

    I love being able to relax and spend time laughing and enjoying time my family and friends. The great food is a definite plus as well!

  • Christine hughart

    My fav thing about a Summer BBQ? The food….of course!! You can’t beat having yummy steaks, delicious fresh fruits, and pies and cakes for dessert!

  • Anna

    My favorite thing about a summer barbeque is the food. It’s definitely the food!
    Oh! And the company of family ;)

  • Yadira

    Being able to have your family with you especially when you need it the most. Nobody truly values what they have until its gone. And summer is a perfect time to take advantage of spending time with your family. Being pregnant I can’t wait until next summer to have my love bug actually with me and spending time with me.

  • Linda Castillo

    My favorite thing about a barbecue is I get to spend time with my father and mother and enjoy them telling stories about when they
    Where little .

  • Marilyn

    Sharing a laugh and enjoying the comraderie among friends & family while their dark tan bodies play in the pool awaiting that one call “come and get it or I’ll feed it to the hogs”!!

  • Marcus

    My favorite thing is making the bbq sauce for the pulled pork. It’s all about the food and getting the marinade down to perfection! Also, manning the grill provides great conversation with others as well.

  • Kieran Velasquez

    My favorite thing about summer barbecues is getting that special feeling when your with friends and family. I like having great food but its not just the food its how its made with love and care, so everyone can enjoy. Also making memorable moments that will be there forever. when your there with people that you love it just makes it all better and makes you want to smile. :)