In this article I hope to give you an overview of all the grills out there and help you make the right decision for your grilling needs.
To start with we are going to look at the traditional Charcoal grill. Charcoal grills are the most used type of grill. Charcoal grills need charcoal and lighter fluid to heat your food. Charcoal grills come in all sizes and shape and can vary in price.
The small size Charcoal grill is ideal for people who have smaller homes or apartment dwellers. The necessary requirement for a Charcoal grill is the charcoal briquettes and the lighter fluid. The charcoal briquettes are a one use item, and will need to be discarded after each use. You can easily pick up charcoal briquettes at any convenient store, gas station, or your local grocery store. When you light the charcoal briquettes with the lighter fluid, you will want to wait until the flame goes out and the coal turn to a grey ash color before using the grill for cooking.
Most people will say the most notable thing about cooking on a Charcoal grill is the taste of the food. Charcoal grilling has the ability to enhance the food flavor and some people believe it is the only way to grill.
Like the Charcoal grill Propane grills are also useful for someone in small areas, since they can come in smaller sizes. Gas or Propane grills also come with different cooking surfaces. These surfaces give you the ability to cook many different ways. The common surfaces may include BBQ surface, flat grill area, and a ribbed grill area. Some may also include a surface that is non- stick, which allows you to cook a whole array of different foods. Gas grills also can come with attachments, allowing you to add a rotisserie for cooking chicken.
The way a Gas grill works is by a spark igniting the gas within the grill. Gas grills have a button to push when you have the gas supply turned on that will ignite a hammer on the top of the ignition crystal. The burner will mix with the gas and oxygen and it then spreads over the entire cooking surface.
Gas grills use propane gas to cook your food. Gas grills offer a quick and easy way to cook outdoors and also give a good flavor. You will need to buy propane tanks to fuel the grill. Propane tanks maybe purchased at your local grocery store or convenient center.
Natural Gas Grills
Many people will tell you that natural gas grills are the way to go. Natural gas grills are designed to hook directly to your home’s natural gas line, eliminating the need to buy tanks for the gas source. Natural gas grills are easy to clean because you do not need to empty the charcoal or wood out of them to start grilling.
Natural gas grills do tend to be a little larger in size and price. You do need to consider the room they take on your deck or patio. Even though the price is greater, they tend to last a lot longer and are easier to clean.
For the master griller, the most powerful way to grill is by using a smoker. Smokers require time and preparation. The outcome of using a smoker for BBQ is without a doubt delicious. People who purchase Smoker grills get very excited about what type of wood they will use to smoke with. Smoker grills are either a charcoal base or electric.
Some of the common types of wood used are:
Cherry – Similar to apple, but slightly bitter because most Cherry wood comes from Choke Cherry trees. / Use on Poultry-turns skin dark brown.
Sugar Maple – Smoky, mellow and lightly sweet. / Use on Fish & Beef.
Hickory – The most highly used wood, both commercially and for home use. Has a strong, heavy, bacon flavor. / Use on Pork, Ham, and Beef.
Mesquite – One of the hottest burning woods. Predominately honey, earthy flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. / Use on Beef, Fish, Poultry.
Oak – A lighter version of mesquite. Red oak is quite similar to mesquite; white oak is milder. / Use on Beef & Fish.
Picking the right grill is very important. Some people like to have a variety of different grills and experiment with different grilling techniques. Grilling is a fun and relaxing activity that brings friends and family together.