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Gas verses Charcoal/Wood

Choosing The Perfect Grill

Summertime is upon us and it’s time to fire up the grill and get the Barbecue going! If you’re in the market for a grill and aren’t sure how to choose, we’ve got some helpful tips that will make your decision easier. Whether it’s a charcoal or gas, electric or smoker, these tips will ensure that you get the right grill for your needs.

The main things to consider are what type of grill you’d like and how big or small you need it to be.

Charcoal grills use charcoal briquettes or wood to make a fire – for this reason they give food an intense, smoked flavor. Cooking on charcoal takes more time than gas grills because the coals take time to catch fire and heat up. They also take more time to cool down. They need to be cleaned regularly as they’ll build up ashes and food scraps underneath the grill.

Gas grills, on the other hand, use liquid propane to cook food, which is less expensive and burns much cleaner than charcoal. It ignites quickly with a lighter or a push-button and only takes a few minutes to heat up.

Electric grills can be used inside, even, they just need to plug into an electric outlet. They don’t give food that authentic barbecue essence, but they are convenient if you don’t have an outdoor space and they don’t create a lot of mess or smoke.

Smokers come in both charcoal and electric varieties. They can cook large amounts of food at one time and gives food a wonderful wood-smoked flavor.

Once you’ve decided on which grill type you’d like, you’ll find that they all come in a wide range of sizes. Consider these questions before you decide to purchase a small grill or go the opposite direction and invest in a big trailer-mounted grill!

  • What will you be cooking? If you’re typically going to make steaks, hot dogs, vegetables, etc, that can be done on a small grill. Sides of beef and briskets, etc. will require a large grill or a smoker.
  • How often will you use it? If you plan to fire it up a few times a week, you might want to invest in a small gas grill – they take much less time to heat and might make more sense than a charcoal grill.
  • How much space do you have for it? A giant grill or smoker can be a great addition to a big backyard, but might look silly crammed onto a tiny patio – not to mention that it could pose a safety hazard in some areas.

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