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Barbecue Grills That Add Fun to Your Life

There are a many barbecue grills to choose from. Trying to find just the right grill for you can be challenging. Let’s review some of the different types, and see just which one will fit your needs and lifestyle.

First, let’s talk about gas grills. They are the most convenient type of grill you can buy. They are easy to start, and get up to temperature in a snap of the fingers. Best of all, you can be grilling, barbecuing in a matter of minutes.

Now, barbeque aficionados are going to tell you that you aren’t really barbecuing, that you are grilling. This may be true technically, but there are some sneaky little tricks available that you can show them about barbecuing that they won’t have a clue about.

First you can use barbecue rubs and marinades, just like all the so-called barbecue experts use. You can also cook with indirect heat, you can slow cook, and you can use a water smoker feature if the hood on your unit is high enough to accommodate it. You can even give your meat a smoky flavor that will impress.

For searing steaks, a high temperature is mandatory. An important feature of a gas barbecue is that you can cook at very high temperatures that will lock in all those fine juices when grilling steaks for company.

Most gas grills are setup for propane. To convert it to natural gas, (if you want natural gas) you are better off taking it to your local barbecue shop than doing it yourself.

You can purchase gas grills very reasonably. But, be careful! You don’t want it to fall apart after the first week. The number one thing to look for is high temperature capabilities. Better units reach 48,000 BTUs, or so. You can buy a quality grill in the low three hundred price range. Get a cover for it. The grill will last you twice as long.

Pros:

o Gas grills are extremely convenient to use and store
o Easily cook for a large crowd because of grill size, and side burners
o With a few tricks you can become a gourmet cook
o Gas grills are reasonably priced….you can buy an excellent unit for $325
o Gas grills can be easily built-in or free standing
o Of all the barbecue grills out there, the gas ones are the coolest looking
o Steak will be grilled, eaten by the time the purist get their hickory wood going

Cons:

o Pricier than charcoal grills, cheaper than a Cadillac
o The purist may stick up their noses at you, but there are pro barbecue folks that compete with gas grills

The next type of grill is the charcoal ones. They are not as convenient as the gas grills, but the results you can get with your barbecuing will be just one notch above.

Charcoal grills are the most economical of all in initial price. They can also be a pain in the backside, mainly because of charcoal itself. I won’t get into all the different grades of charcoal, but buy the best if you go this route.

Ideally, you want to use natural charcoal. It’s quite different than what you get at your local grocery store, but you will find it in stores that specialize in organic foods. Once you have experienced using natural charcoal you won’t use anything else.

Nothing spoils the thrill of barbecuing more than having to deal with trying to light charcoal. Worse is trying to get it going with charcoal lighting fluid. Next, is cleaning up and disposing of the ashes.

Along comes technology! Now days, there are certain brands of charcoal grills that start the charcoal for you very easily through propane gas assistance. And, then make it very easy for you to cleanup afterwards without getting the hands dirty.

Now with grills like these, barbecuing can be a joy and the cooking results will be fantastic.

Pros:
o The results of using natural charcoal will make the end results right up there
o The purist will now talk you
o Certain charcoal grills are now very easy to use, and are very versatile
o A quality grill is around $300

Cons:
o Cheaper grills are a nuance when it comes to the charcoal factor
o Cleanup and disposal can be annoying in a cheaper grill
o Natural charcoal is little pricy

The third type of grill to consider is a wood pellet grill.

Pellet grills have been around for a while, and are very easy to use. Pellets especially manufactured for barbecuing are placed in a hopper and are feed to a small fire pit by means of an auger. They come in all kinds of flavors.

It usually takes fifteen minutes, or so to get a pellet stove up to temperature. Once you do, it is time to slow cook, and smoke whatever you are putting on the grill.

Pellet grills are, in a way, the best of all worlds. Getting them started is very easy and the results are astonishing. They are sort of a convenient wood-burning pit. Which, is probably the best way to get extremely good barbecue.

Pros:

o Barbecuing results are phenomenal
o Unit is easy to use and easy to clean
o Wood pellets add very good taste
o Pellets are fairly economical

Cons:

o Units are fairly expensive, prices start at $475 or so
o Have to have electricity available to run them
o Not meant for fast grilling because of indirect heating, but you can grill, it just takes longer

In a nutshell:

If you are in a hurry, or absolute convenience is a big factor, purchase a gas grill. If you want your barbecuing to get a little bit better, but don’t mind charcoal, least look into a unit that starts your charcoal by propane gas. If you don’t mind slow cooking and want the results right up there with the pros, get a wood pellet grill.

How to Grill Steak

How to grill steak is the most common question we receive at our website. In this article I’m going to show you step-by-step, exactly how to grill steak. I’m going to show you what to so and what NOT to do, that is, how to avoid the most common mistake when grilling steaks on the bbq. Let’s jump right in.

First, the main thing that you have to remember is that moisture is your friend. Everything that I’m going to tell you is for the purpose of retaining moisture in your steaks.

When you buy your steaks look for good marbling, that is, white streaks of fat permeating the meat. Fat in steaks is a good thing because fat equals flavor.Although, you don’t want huge globs of fat. You can trim off large pieces of fat before you throw the steak on the grill.

Many people, that don’t know what they’re doing will slather their steaks with sauce. That is completely unnecessary if you can retain the moisture in your steak. Actually, if you bbq steaks correctly you don’t need sauce at all!

After buying the steaks put them in the refrigerator right away until the day you are going to grill. Then remove the steaks from the frig and allow them to be at room temperature before grilling. Prepare your grill first by heating it up before you throw on the steaks. This will insure that you sear the steaks and give them a nice outside crust. This will seal in the natural juices and the flavor. Keep the steak away from the direct flame or any extended period of time.

A very common mistake that inexperienced grillers make is continually flipping the steak. The more times you flip the steak, the drier it becomes. Listen and listen good. Here’s the biggest secret to being a grill master. You will flip the steak only three times. If you want the cross-hatch marks, just turn the meat at a 45 degree angle when flipping. Total grilling time is about 12 minutes, so you first set the steak on the hot grill and let it cook for 3 minutes. Then turn it over and let it cook another 3 minutes, turn it over two more times and let it cook 3 minutes each time. This will give you a medium rare steak, depending on how hot your grill is. These are approximate times. You will have to experiment to find out how your particular gill cooks.

With lots of practice you will soon become a grill master and knowing how to grill steak will become second nature.

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