In the 1950s and 1960s, grillers often favored the newly chic barbecue shirts and aprons, often worn over their plaid Bermuda shorts. While some clothing joked about the wearer’s presumed interest in alcohol and women, others boasted about his cooking accomplishments, proclaiming him a “Grill Master” or cool “Daddio of the Patio.” (Also see matching hat.) Gift of Nanci Edwards.
This Mr. Cheftender “Ranger” four-piece set—carving knife, spatula, fork, and grill scraper—represents the basic tools for barbecuers. As the market expanded, grill masters could enhance their tool kit with tongs, skewers, basting brushes, grill lighters, carrying cases, and other gadgets.