Some basic tool that you need are a grill brush, a spatula, and a good set of metal tongs.
- Grill brush- a long handle that is easy to handle and with wire brushes. the brilo pad stuff that some brushes come with is good for a little more detailed cleaning, but a good stiff wire brush will get most grills clean.
- Spatula- I prefer using a restaraunt grade spatula that is long and flat. A decent fish spatula is good too.
- Tongs- Edlund is a company that makes industrial grade kitchen equipment. I think they make the best tongs ever. My personal pair is a set of 18 inch tongs with clam shell or scallop tips. These tips make it incredibly easy to pick anything up with out fear of dropping or mangling the product.
- Spray Bottle- Misto is a good brand, these are aerosol cans that you pump yourself. These are great because you can fill them with whatever liquid you want. I like to keep one filled with olive oil and use it whenever I am cooking. Oil is very important because it will help prevent your food from sticking.
The grill set up that I am currently using is a Weber Performer (thanks Norman and Marcia), with a cast Iron grate (thanks Mel), and I love them both.** I have never had any problems with a Weber grill, found the first one on the side of the road, and used it for almost three years. The Performer has an option for a gas starter, and comes with charcoal grates for indirect cooking. The cast iron grates get hot enough to get a good sear on the outside of a piece of meat. The company that makes the grates I am currently using offer several diffent options to maxime your outdoor cooking oppurtunities.
One difference between the steak you buy at the local market, and the one you pay for at a restauraunt, is a good sear, proffesional kitchen equipment gets much hotter than domestic equipment.
A common mistake a lot of people make while grilling is moving the meat constantly, and not leaving the food alone! Getting a good char, it is going to take a little time. I understand that constantly flipping a steak will keep it juicy. But this can be accomplished by not over cooking your food in the first place, then you get food with a good char, and it is flavorful.
** http://www.weber.com/explore/grills/charcoal-series/performer ,
* http://www.cast-iron-grate.com/ ,