Tongs are one of the most versatile grilling tools available and are a must-have for successful barbecues. They can be used for flipping food, moving it to the right spot on the grill, and serving food to hungry guests. To make sure your tongs are up to these tasks, it's important to choose the right set. Look for spring-loaded units that are easy to operate, and can be adjusted to pick up large or small items [source: Wilson]. The edge of the tongs should have a soft gripping edge to avoid creating lines on a beautifully-cooked piece of meat. Select tongs with a long handle so you can reach all the way across the grill without burning your hands, and make sure the tongs you choose are solid enough to pick up heavy steaks [source: Schlesinger].