Sept. 30, 2011
How to Choose A Barbecue Grill
"Picking the Grill of Your Dreams!"
By: Larry Howeth
If you are looking to buy your first barbecue grill or to replace your current one, you will find a large variety
of options available. Don’t let the many different options confuse you. In this article we will look at the
characteristics of each type of grill in order to help you make an informed decision on which barbecue grill is
best for your situation.
There are four basic types of grills: charcoal, gas, electric and the smoker. These can range in price from
inexpensive to very expensive depending on the type of barbecue grill and the various options available on it. They
also vary in ease of use.
Charcoal grills tend to be somewhat less expensive. Small, very basic charcoal grills can be found for about $30.
They can also provide more of the smoky aroma and taste associated with outdoor cooking, and they tend to cook a
On the other hand, charcoal grills are more difficult to use because they tend to require closer attention to the
food during the cooking process. The use of charcoal briquettes can produce uneven temperatures across the whole
area of the grill, and therefore cause uneven or unpredictable cooking of meats and vegetables. Special grilling
techniques can help with this. Also you must clean up and dispose of the left over charcoal ash that remains in the
Gas grills are probably the easiest to use. Propane grills are slightly more expensive, starting around $100
dollars. Keep in mind that you will have to refill the propane tank or exchange it for a full one. This means that
you will have to monitor closely the fuel level in order to avoid running out during grilling - not a happy event!
The smoke flavor that is easier to produce with the charcoal grill can be achieved on the gas grill with a smoker
box or smoker pouch.
Natural gas grills are connected directly into your home's natural gas line and are easier to clean than charcoal
grills or smokers since you do not have to worry about cleaning out the burnt charcoal or wood. You also do not
have to worry about buying charcoal briquettes or refilling a propane tank! They are a little more complex and
usually start in the $300 range.
Electric grills tend to be smaller grills used on an apartment patio, balcony or kitchen due to open fire
restrictions. Although larger patio or deck versions are available electric grills can be more of a challenge
to obtain the smoke flavor associated with outdoor live fire grilling.
Smokers, slightly more expensive than a propane grill at about $130, come in two varieties - vertical and
horizontal. They are best for smoking and slow barbecuing larger portions of meat, such as large roasts and
briskets, and you can manage taste by changing the variety of wood you use.
Finally, when your grill is not in use, you must have a proper place to store it. Take into consideration how much
space you have. Remember that bigger grills require more space to store and more time to clean.
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With so many options how do you find the right Barbecue Grill for you? This article looks at the basic differences
in the four grill types.