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Barbecue Tools and Accessories for Left-Handers

Updated on September 15, 2016
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Beverley Byer has been writing professionally for a number of years. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers.

Barbecue (BBQ) season is upon us once again, and it is important to use tools and accessories that are safe and comfortable as well as reliable. That can be difficult for left-handers. The website, states that 95 percent of the world’s products –including barbecue tools and accessories- are made for right-handers, and 40 percent of us are left-handed. The good news is that some companies have taken such statistics into consideration, and are manufacturing left-handed and ambidextrous or universal barbecue tools and accessories. Websites like the one mentioned usually help you find them.

Needless to say, not all barbecue tool and accessories require a left-handed or at least ambidextrous version, but the following do: shears, scissors, hooks or forks, knives, tongs, turners or spatulas, mitts, and measuring cups and spoons. In addition to safety and comfort, they allow more natural movement for better balance and control.

Messermeister Take-Apart Kitchen Shears
Messermeister Take-Apart Kitchen Shears

Shears and Scissors

Shears and scissors are designed to cut specific types of food: meat, poultry, or vegetables. You can also purchase a simple pair of kitchen scissors to cut everything. Whichever one you choose, you should be able to make straight, smooth cuts safely and easily without using some awkward gesture that could strain or hurt your hands.

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Hooks and Forks

Hooks and forks, sometimes called turners, help you flip meats over while they are on the grill. To avoid accidents such as injury to yourself or dropping the food on the ground, it is best to turn the food in one smooth motion with ease and comfort. A hook or fork designed for the left-hander will make this process easier.

Left-Handed Cook's Knife
Left-Handed Cook's Knife


Knives serrated on the right side of the blade instead of on the left side would give you a straighter and more evenly balanced cut. Your line of vision would be better too, allowing you to avoid the mistake of cutting your finger along with whatever else you were cutting.


Tongs, Spatulas, and Turners

Tongs, spatulas, and turners, which are used for turning over smaller pieces of meat, poultry or vegetables, can be used more safely and efficiently with left-handed or ambidextrous versions.



Mitts are needed to protect your hands from the heat of the grill and the hot foods you lift off of it. You certainly don’t want to do this awkwardly with a right-handed mitt because it could be disastrous.

2-spouted cups and spoons
2-spouted cups and spoons

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Measuring cups and spoons made for left-handers help you scoop and pour out the correct measurements easier.

More about Barbecue Tools and Accessories for Lefties

Below is a table listing the top rated left-handed barbecue tools and accessories (photos are shown above, next to each category) chosen by the following top cooking magazines and websites: Choice Magazine,,, and lefty websites such as The table also provides descriptions, especially as it applies to left-handers, sizes where applicable, and tells you where to purchase the products at the lowest estimated costs.

Table of Top Rated Barbecue Tools and Accessories for Left-Handers

Description of Barbecue Tools and Accessories
Sizes (NA = Not Applicable)
Where Available
Lowest Estimated Costs
Messermeister Take-Apart Kitchen Shears, DN-2070: Ambidextrous; sturdy, stainless steel blades; comes apart for cleaning; has other functions as can & bottle opener
8 inches
Wusthof Come-Apart Kitchen Shears 5558-1: ambidextrous; sharp, stainless steel blades; textured, plastic handles
8 inches
Messermeister Take-Apart Kitchen Scissors: ambidextrous; stainless steel, corrosion-free blades; use also as jar & bottle opener, bone cutter, nut cracker; comes apart for cleaning
8 - 8 1/2 inches
Left-Handed Kitchen Scissors: stainless steel, serrated blade; plastic, non-slip grip; light weight, dishwasher-safe
7 inches
Hooks, Forks
BBQ Turning Hook (Pig Tail) Food Flipper: stainless steel; heat-resistant poly handle; dishwasher-safe
17 inches (also comes in 13 and 25 inches)
Left-handed Cook's Knife: High carbon,rust-resistant, stainless steel , sharp blade; ergonomically soft grip, non-slip handle; dishwasher-safe
12 inches
Tongs, Spatulas, Turners
Norpro Grip-EZ locking tongs: ambidextrous; heavy duty, stainless steel, locking tongs with easy, lock-shut button; nylon grip; non-stick
12 inches (also 9 inches)
Spatula: angled for lefty use; heat-resistant silicone; non-stick
13.5 inches
Pit Mitt - Aramid Heat Resistant Glove: reversable to wear on both hands; long for arm protection; soft cotton interior; silicone surface for grip; withstand up to 425 degrees temperature; washable
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Norpro Grip-EZ Measuring Cups, 6-piece set; ambidextrous; ergonomic, non-slip grip; comfortable; dishwasher-safe
1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, & 1-cup
Basic ingredients measuring cups and spoons: spouted on both sides; flat bottom; stainless steel; dishwasher-safe
Cups: 1/4 1/3, 1/2, & 1-cup. Spoons: Teaspoons: 1/4, 1/2, and 1. Tablespoon: 1
Cups: $12.00 Spoons: $7.00

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