Good smoker bags
A portable shortcut to tasty smoked dishes, Camerons smoker bags come in three flavors: alder, hickory and mesquite. You just season the food, and slide it into the bag, fold the end of the bag over three times and press down hard to seal. The bags can be used on gas, electric or charcoal grill or over a campfire. Cost is $3.99 for a single bag or $11.99 for a package of three. Available at cameronsproducts.com.
One good cookie sheet
The T-fal AirBake Natural Medium Cookie Sheet uses a double-layer technology to provide an overall enhanced baking performance designed to result in better browning, less burning, and decreased bake times. The medium-sized cookie sheet can be found at most grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target. Retail is $12.99.
One good meat alternative
Chicago-based Upton’s Naturals specializes in vegan meat alternatives and has jumped into the jackfruit. Native to Southeast Asia, the jackfruit when picked and cooked young (not ripe) unveils a texture of pulled pork or shredded chicken. Flavors include barbecue, chili lime, Thai curry and the original. Available at health food stores including Whole Foods and Zerbo’s Health Foods in Livonia. Cost is about $4.45 for a 10.6-ounce box. Go to uptonsnaturals.com for information.
Compiled by Steve Pardo