Tips for Buying a New Outdoor Grill
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Are you ready for an outdoor grill upgrade? Outdoor grilling is all the rage, and that means you have a huge range of options. The number of variables that can influence how to choose an outdoor grill can be intimidating. A tremendous amount of ground can be covered on this topic. The following information narrows down major particulars and can help steer you in the right direction.
The basic fuel types you should choose from for a new outdoor grill are gas and charcoal. Food tastes better when cooked with charcoal, and the charcoal smoke is the primary reason for that. Outdoor cooks should avoid soaking charcoal in a flammable liquid, however, since it can make food taste like butane instead of smoke. Gas grills are extremely popular because of convenience. Starting a gas grill is a snap, and cooking is easy.
When it comes to being eco-friendly, gas is the way to go. Gas is quick to heat, simple to clean, and consistent. Charcoal emits more soot, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide into the air.
Which type of outdoor grill fuel is number one in the U.S.? The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association researched that question, and here are the numbers:
- With 8 million grills purchased in 2013, gas is the winner.
- About 5 million charcoal grills were purchased the same year.
Types of Grills
A grill is available for practically any situation you can conceive of. They range from portable to elaborate, deluxe, multi-grid models. The following are a few examples:
Specialty grills are manufactured for specific purposes or special applications. For example, marine grills are made for the purpose of mounting them on watercraft.
Campfire grills accommodate cooking outside over hot coals.
Smokers are used by grilling connoisseurs. Food is cooked very slowly and becomes permeated with the flavor of the charcoal. A water smoker is a variety of smoker that cooks food in a thick cloud of both steam and smoke. Aromatic wood chips are available in numerous tempting flavors, and they are frequently tossed in during the smoking process.
Braziers are a very basic type of grill. They are shallow, round, and uncovered. Braziers have a fire pan for charcoal and an adjustable grid. For anyone who plans to cook such foods as chicken, burgers, steaks, and chops, braziers are ideal.
Gas grills come in a huge range of shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Refillable liquid propane is the type of gas most frequently used for outdoor grilling.
Kettles and other covered cookers are favorites for charcoal grilling and entertaining. They come in various shapes, including, round, square, and rectangular. Entire meals can be cooked on these easy-to-use grills.
Must-Have Grilling Accessories
There are some accessories that no one with an outdoor grill should do without. When you pick out your new grill, be sure you also have the following:
- Sturdy shelving on the sides of your grill. You need a place to put spices, condiments, and the food to be cooked, before it’s placed on the grill.
- A built-in thermostat. The ability to read the temperature of the internal grill is basic to proper grilling and smoking.
- Plenty of cooking space. Many experts agree that a grill should have 100 square inches for every person you’re grilling for.
The experts at Inglenook Energy Center know all about many of the best grills available. Contact us at (303) 838-3612 for information about buying a new outdoor grill. Better yet, we would love for you to visit our huge showroom, where many models can be seen fully assembled and ready to grill.