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How to buy the best grill?

How to buy the best grill?

Summer is just around the corner and more and more people are in the market looking for a new grill. We know that there is an enormous amount of options so we decided to create this ultimate buyer’s guide. We will help you narrow down your option and have a clear look at what should you be expecting from one grill.

As you may or may not know, there are different fuel type grills – such as pellet grills, gas grills or the classic charcoal ones but fuel is not all. When choosing the right BBQ grill you need to consider many things such as fuel type, the size of the grill, the extra features it provides and of course – its price.

Now let’s take a look at some different key features that you need to consider before spending your money on a brand new grill.

Fuel type

Deciding what might be the right fuel for your needs is a great thing to begin with. But is this such a simple task? Well, simply put, what is considered a “right” fuel depends on what cooking style you want to expect from your grill. Of course, like every other thing, there are both advantages and disadvantages to each type. Now let’s take a closer look at each one of them.

Charcoal

Charcoal grills provide the traditional, well-known smokiness that most people expect from grilled foods. You can find them in many different shapes and sizes such as the original Weber Kettle, which is considered by many as a “godfather” to the widely recognized charcoal design today.

They operate on charcoal briquettes or lumps of charcoal, which is the reason for the smoky flavor. Keep in mind that you will have to spend a little more time while lighting the charcoal grill and preheating it than you will if you use a gas grill. Also, as soon as you are done grilling, you need to clean the grill and dispose of the charcoal ash. What is best about charcoal grills is that they have their own distinct flavor and are the cheapest option. If cooking meats for hours like rack of ribs or whole chickens is your goal, then the charcoal grills are the perfect option for your need! If you are a beginner and want to start from somewhere you can go for a portable charcoal grill, which will cost you no more than $50 – $60.

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Gas

Gas grills are definitely the most common ones. They come in a cart shape and operate on an attachable propane tank or natural gas, which is usually connected to your home’s natural gas supply line. Even not a BBQ fan knows that there is a debate over liquid propane or natural gas.

Natural gas burns cleaner, it is cheaper to use and you do not have to bother with refilling propane tanks. Sounds perfect, right? Well, unfortunately, you will not be able to move your grill from one place to another because it is connected to your gas supply line. That is why the liquid propane is the more popular choice – it is extremely portable and convenient although it is a bit pricier and needs refilling. If you are unsure of what suits you better – worry not! Most gas grills can operate on both options.

Another great feature gas grills provide is the ability to control accurately your heat and how it is spread across your grilling area. You can adjust the right temperature for searing or for steady cooking.

Pellet grills

Pellet grills use wood pellets as their fuel. A distinct feature they have is an integrated onboard computer, which heats up to a desired temperature and adds a wood-fired flavor to your delicious food. Pellet grills produce incredibly tasty meat – especially when it is slow-cooked. What you might want to consider is that pellets are expensive and can be found harder than gas or charcoal. Most pellet grills owners order pellets online in advance.

This type of grills has a hopper on the side, which holds the wood pellets. After you ignite the grill, using the switch, and set your desired temperature these pellets are moved into a burn pot by a rotating auger that is connected to the pellet hopper. Pellet grills come in cart styles or in a barrel and can be usually bought for a price between $400 and $1400.

Size

Once you decide what fuel type suits you best, think about what size you need. There is no much explanation needed here. Most small or medium charcoal grills as well as one/two-burner gas grills are perfect if you are cooking for a small family – three to four people. The cooking surface of the grill is often measured in square inches. Most people achieve incredible results with grills that offer 400 – 450 square inches of cooking surface.

If you live in an apartment but are dead set on getting a grill, the portable grills are the ideal solution since they are perfect for apartment balconies.

If you will be cooking for a larger group of friends or at parties then consider getting a bigger model with at least five burners.

Keep in mind the following thing:

Small grills: can hold up to 18 burgers

Medium grills: can hold from 18 to 28 burgers

Large grills: can hold 28 or more burgers

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Additional features / Extras

Besides looking and cooking well, some features just make grilling such an enjoyable process. You need to consider the extra features some grills provide, especially if you are aiming at a higher price range grills. For example, a side burner comes in handy when you need to heat up different sides or even sauces.

If you want to move your grill around your backyard, considered getting a grill with wheels and a feature to lock them so it would be both portable and secured.

Some grills come with a lot of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functions such as thermometer and control options. You can even preheat or set temperatures only using your phone! You can monitor your grill or meat’s temperature using these apps and the probe device which comes with the grills!

There is no right or wrong choice! Whatever grill type you choose, all it matter is enjoying the cooking process and the delicious grilled food!

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