Summer is here and the steaks are ready to grill, the only
problem is that you don't know exactly what type of barbeque
grill to buy. There are many questions that need to be asked
when buying a grill. Things such as cost, ease of use, other
uses besides grilling, flavor and portability should be considered.
The most important item in this list depends on what you want.
This article looks in detail at the different categories and
makes a judgment on which grills would be best in that category,
charcoal, propane, natural gas or smokers.
If cost is the main factor, the grill to go for is charcoal.
They start at $15.00 for a small, basic unit and only $30.00
for a standard 22" kettle grill. Propane grills are the next
lowest in price, starting at around $100.00 for a basic unit.
A small smoker starts at around $130.00. Since natural gas
grills are supposed to be hooked to a home's gas line, they
tend to be larger units, and more expensive starting around
$300.00. They now have dual fuel grills as well that use natural
gas most of the time but can also use propane; these are the
most expensive with an asking price of $450.00 up.
The easiest grill to use is probably the natural gas grill.
It is hooked to your homes natural gas line and therefore
doesn't require you to buy large propane tanks on a regular
basis. Getting a grill that has a battery powered or electric
starter makes things even easier. Propane is probably the
next easiest to use since there are no charcoal briquettes
or wood chips to worry about. While it seems that a larger
grill is a better grill, remember that larger also means a
larger area to clean.
Natural gas or propane grills can offer additional cook spaces
that a charcoal or smoker unit cannot. If you plan to cook
full meals on your grill, gas burners and a warming tray come
in handy. A rotisserie option may also be important to you
depending on what you want to grill.
If flavor is the most important item on your list, a smoker
or a charcoal grill should be your first priority. Smokers
are meant to slow cook over time and impart a smoky flavor
to meats. You can choose the type of wood to smoke that will
give you the flavor you are looking for. The only problem
with a smoker is when you want a quick pork chop or hamburger,
it isn't so quick. Consider a gas grill for quicker cook meals
and a smoker when you really want to impress the neighbors.
Charcoal is the next best in the flavor department with no
gas undertone. Gas grills can also impart a good grilled flavor,
and now many gas grills have a smoker option on them.
When portability is the most imporant requirement, propane
is the way to go. Charcoal grills run a close second. Small
propane tanks make it easy to take your grill camping or to
a tailgate party and you aren't left wondering where to put
the smoldering coals. Charcoal can work and there are several
small portable units available; just make sure you have a
plan for what to do with the used briquettes.
Emma Snow is contributing author and publisher to http://www.bbq-shop.net
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of interest related to barbecues.