When it comes to outdoor barbecue cooking, having a great outdoor grill is just as important as the food you put on it. With so many different sizes, brands and styles of grills, the choices can often be a little overwhelming. You have your charcoal, as well as propane gas grills. Some of these grills are large and bulky; better off in a permanent location in your back yard. Others are portable, and are able to go just about anywhere you want to have a nice grilled steak, tail gating, at the beach, or even your favorite camping spot.
The first thing to think about when it comes to owning great outdoor grills is the type of fuel source, whether it is gas or charcoal. Both have their pros and cons. Many people prefer charcoal, it gives off a distinctive flavor, but there are many drawbacks. The charcoal can be messy, you have to wait for it to light, and you have to deal with the hot coals when you are done cooking. If you decide to take your charcoal grill out with you, many campgrounds have limitations, depending on the risk of fire in the area.
While they may not have the same ‘flavor’ as charcoal, there are many advantages to having gas outdoor grills. Many people do not like waiting to start cooking, and gas heats up much faster. There is not any mess as with charcoal, and you do not have to worry about propane tanks getting wet. They can be used in many locations where you are not allowed to use charcoal, and clean up is a breeze.
BTU’s are the measurement of heat, so if you decide on a gas grill, this is an important factor to consider when choosing outdoor grills. The higher the BTU, the hotter, and faster the grill will be. Your higher quality gas grills will be 95 or more BTU’s per square inch.
Another factor to consider when picking a grill is surface area and the kind of surface area you cook on. Even if you are cooking for a small family, the larger the surface, the better off you are, depending on your budget. Having to bunch all of your meat together is not going to cook it evenly, and you will not have very much space for anything else, like potatoes, ears of corn, or whatever else you fancy.
Great outdoor grills come in an abundance of different sizes, so you have to consider your needs. If you are looking for a grill for your back yard patio, you will want to consider a freestanding grill, with legs on it that put the grill high enough to easily cook on. If you are mostly using it on the road, at tailgating parties or camping, you may want to look at grills that are more portable, ones that can sit on a picnic table or on the tailgate of your vehicle.
Your budget is going to determine the size and type of outdoor grills as well. While charcoal grills are going to be your cheapest overall, gas grills can run into the hundreds of dollars. Even so, it is a good idea to shop around for the best prices. It is also important to note that choosing the cheapest grill within your budget may not be the best idea. Cheap grills are not going to last as long because they aren’t made from long lasting metal, the gas connections are not always well made, and the handles and lids are going to get hot.