Barbeque nights are the perfect night to bond with friends and family over some food off the grill. However, without the perfect grill, everything can go south real quick. And with different kinds of barbecue grills on the market, it can be a hassle to find the perfect grill for a barbeque evening with either friends or family.
But do not worry, in this post, we have put together all the information you need to help you choose the perfect bbq grill for making some juicy burgers, steak, chicken, pork chops, ribs, or whatever you like.
In this post, we will cover the following:
- What to look for when buying A grill
- Types Of grills
- Difference between a grill and a smoker
- Accessories to buy together with your grill
- What you can do with your grill/smoker
- How to buy the perfect sized grill
- Our Top 6 best grills
- Safety precautions with grills
- How to use a grill in the winter
- What is the best way to light a grill?
So, if that sounds fun, then let’s dive right into it:
What to Look for When Buying A Grill:
1.Have A Budget
Prices of grills range between $300 to $10,000. So, before you scroll through the various types of grills on the market with different price points, the first thing you want to do is to have a budget. This should help you cut most grills out of the list. Trust me, choosing the right grill can be overwhelming because you can get distracted easily with the many options available, and a lot of these options wouldn’t even fit within your budget. So, you might end up wasting your time looking at grills that might not fit your budget range.
So, for example, if you have a budget of $500 for a grill it makes your search easy. You can just go to Google and type ” Best Grills under $500″ and then you would have a list of various grills within your budget range.
After having your budget, the next thing you want to do is to make sure that you get the most out of your money within your budget range.
So, the very first thing you want to do is to make a budget.
2.Decide The Type Of Cooking You Are Going To Do
This is important. Some questions you can asking yourself when it comes to the type of cooking you want to do includes:
- Do you want to cook hot and fast?
- Do you want your food to be smokier?
- Do you want to do more grilling? This includes cooking foods like steaks, burgers, and sausages.
- Or do you want to cook slow and low? This style of cooking includes briskets, ribs, and many other foods as such.
- Or maybe you want to have a combination of both grillings, and slow and low?
So, the answer you give to any of these questions can determine the type of grill you choose. Most grills tend to be multi-functional, and they do not only grill, but they bake too.
For example, If you are thinking of just preparing hotdogs and hamburgers with your grill, then an offset smoker might not be the choice for you. This is because you might not want to waste so much time setting up the fire just for some hamburgers and hotdogs.
So, knowing the cooking style you want to do and the functionality of the grill is something you want to think about when purchasing a grill/smoker. This can help make your buying decision easy too.
3.Number Of People You Will Be Cooking For?
This post might not focus on people looking for a grill or smoker used in restaurants or for cookout competitions, or any commercial purposes. When I talk about the number of people you will be cooking for I mean are you going to be using your grill for just you and your family say, 4 people? Or will you be using your grill to cook for friends say, 10 people? Knowing the number of people you will be cooking for most of the time will save you some money.
For example, you do not want to purchase a huge grill, which will probably cost you a lot of money and space if you are looking to cook for just two to three people. You want to get something portable for such an event. Also, if you will be cooking for your family most of the time you want to get something that will fit the occasion, you do not want a situation where you will be grilling over, and over again, because the grill you have cannot cook as much food as you may expect.
4.What Type Of Cook Are You?
Knowing the type of cook you are can help you also choose the right grill. What do I mean by this? Well, you want to ask yourself if you are a lazy cook? What this means is that you want the grill to do most of the work while you focus on other things, and all you do is supply the grill with fuel every 5 to 6 hours. So, with a lazy cook, you might want to just set the grill, and forget about it until the food is ready.
Or maybe you want to be part of the process, where you are more involved in the grilling process, and then you feed the grill every 20 to 30 minutes.
Knowing this becomes necessary during an overnight cook, and with this, you get to decide if you want to get some sleep while you have your food being cooked, or if you want to get more involved in the cooking overnight. This also determines the type of barbeque you will be looking for in your search.
You also want to make sure that the grill you are getting comes with certain add-ons and accessories that you might need to give you that perfect grilling experience.
For example, some grills come with a side-on burner which you can use to fry some sausages or boil some yam while grilling. This can be time-saving since you wouldn’t have to wait for the main dish on the grill to be done before you try another dish– I mean you can have your side dish and the main dish being prepared at once.
If you are looking to cook small entire animals like chicken, rabbits, or any large piece of meat, then you might want to look for grills with horizontal rotisseries. For those of you wondering what a rotisserie is, it is a horizontal metal skewer which rotates the inserted meat over the cooking area or fire to provide well-cooked juicy meat. This is possible because, with every rotation, each part of the meat gets exposed to the fire, and it does so whilst keeping the juices in the chicken.
This style of cooking is often referred to as spit cooking and with this, the rod holding the meat in place rotates automatically with the help of a motor, until the food is evenly cooked. Rotisserie cooking is the most common method used to roast fully checked.
6.Do Your Research
While this post might provide you with tons of information, you also want to make sure that you read more articles as well. Research until you are confident with your decision.
7.Go In For The Popular Option
To save yourself a lot of stress, you want to go in for the most popular option out there which has all the characteristics you are looking for. Why? This is because the more popular the grill or smoker you choose, the more information you will have on it, and also, it will be easier to repair and find accessories for it.
So, regardless of what you are looking for, in the end, make sure that the grill you choose has a strong online presence, to make your search much easier.
Types Of Grills
Typically, most grills are classified based on the type of fuel they use. Due to this, there are 5 types of grills:
- Wood pellet
- Natural gas
Gas Grill ( Liquid Propane and Natural Gas):
Just as the name implies, gas grills use gas as their source of fuel. They are one of the most popular grills on the market and tend to be expensive because they are made of valves and burners which are expensive components.
That being said, people love gas grills because it is easy to turn on with just a push of a button, and you do not have to waste time to get it to high temperatures because by just switching the knob, you can get to 700 to a 1000 degrees with no stress. This makes gas grills great for someone looking to cook at high temperatures. Also, with a gas grill, the preheat times are quick, and you can usually get the grill heated by 10 to 15 mins. This makes it great for searing.
If you are looking for something stylish, then go in for the gas grills, most gas grills come with polished edges, elegant bezels, and all the features you need to make your grilling experience fun. My favorite feature so far has to be the gas grills that come with LED lights.
Yes, I know gas grills are great for searing at very high temperatures, but they aren’t just limited to that. Gas grills are versatile, and they can cook at lower temperatures, make them an excellent option for someone looking to cook low and slow, and the great thing about gas grills is that they have even temperatures throughout, thanks to the diffusers present. You have the option of changing the temperature from high to low or low to high with no stress– all you have to do is to turn the valve to the desired temperature, and it will be done real quick, unlike you would with charcoal grills.
With gas grills, you do not need to set up any fire, all you need is a tank with some propane in it, and ensure that it is connected correctly to the propane tank, and you are good to go. Besides that, everything is under your control, and you do not need to take anything out to adjust the temperature like you would with a charcoal grill. For example, if you want to reduce the intensity of the fire of your charcoal grill, you would have to take some of the coal out, and this can be quite difficult and sometimes dangerous. However, with a gas grill, all you need is a knob.
Gas grills come in various customizations, and you have a variety to choose from. You can choose grills with infrared heat or with traditional heat– some also come with both options. You also get to choose some of the sizes and number of configurations. With a gas grill, you get to choose what you want, given that you have the money for that.
Gas grills are great for people who want their meat with a neutral and odorless taste. However, if you want that smoky taste like that of the charcoal grill, you can do this by adding flavored wood chips.
When you are done grilling, you can get your gas grill cleaned up in a few minutes by easily dissembling the parts. However, you have to be cautious.
However, the gas grill isn’t all that perfect. The cost of repairing a gas grill is relatively high due to the expensive parts. Also, with the option of working with more parts, the chance of you messing up or not knowing what to do with no experience is high. If you do not clean your gas grill regularly, grease build-up can block the path of burners causing your grill to malfunction. So, this means that you need to constantly keep your grill free from dirt.
Finally, the cost of buying propane can add up quickly. and most gas grills tend to run out of propane without warning, and this usually happens halfway through grilling.
For those of you who do not want to worry about buying a separate propane tank for your grill, then the natural gas grill is the option for you. It has the same features as a propane gas grill, however, the only difference being it is fueled and connected to the main gas tank you use to fuel the furnace and stove at home. While not running out of propane might sound like a good idea, you have to note that the natural gas grill is fixed and you cannot move it anywhere else.
This is probably the most common and basic grill out there. They have a simple design, usually with a giant steel bowl, which holds the charcoal. Just as the name suggests, a charcoal grill has charcoal as its fuel source, and due to this these types of grills tend to be affordable.
They are dependable, and most people love this type of grill because it adds a unique smoky taste or flavor to the meat grilled in them. Even though it might take time for charcoal grills to get hot, usually about 20 minutes, if you are looking to grill at high temperatures, a charcoal grill might be right for you. The ability for you to cook on a charcoal grill at high temperatures makes it super easy to get a nice sear on your food.
On most grills, such as a gas grill, there is a limitation with how high a temperature you can get. However, with a charcoal grill, you get to control the airflow, and also, you can increase the temperature as you may like.
Charcoal grills are versatile, and they can fit any cooking style, including, grilling, smoking, roasting, baking, or anything type of cooking you want.
When it comes to dual-zone cooking, charcoal grills make it easy. For those of you who might not know what that is, dual-zone cooking has to do with diving your grill into two different temperature zones ( one zone usually has a higher temperature than the other). This usually gives it two heat options: direct, and indirect heat. You can use the direct heat to grill, while you use the indirect heat to smoke your food, And you can easily do this by simply moving all your coal to one end of the pot( the direct heat zone), and then leaving the other side with no coal ( the indirect heat zone).
Also, the ability to cook in a dual-zone makes it easy to make foods with unique flavors. When you grill using the direct heat area, the sauce from your meat tends to drip into the hot coal, and it does the gesture by vaporizing the sauce and returning it to the food, giving it this unique smoky taste.
Did you know that charcoal grills preserve 35% more moisture in food than other types of cooking? Yes, this is due to the infrared heat, and the infrared heat produced by the burning charcoal from the grill makes the meat juicier and saucier because it maintains the moisture in the meat. So, if you’re looking to prepare something juicy, then the charcoal grill will be your friend.
The problem that arises with charcoal grills is that cleaning can be a challenge. This is because the coal ash sticks to the steel, and sometimes the ash gets messy when cleaning. Also, if you are in an apartment or a condominium, you might want to check in with the owner to see if they allow you to have a charcoal grill. Because charcoal grills tend to be banned in most apartments due to the high risk of stray hot embers causing a fire outbreak.
The electric grill uses electricity as its fuel, and you can simply get it started by connecting it to an electrical wall outlet. Once you are connected to an outlet, you can adjust the current to the desired temperature, and the heating elements will get warm to cook your food. One reason most people love electric grills is their size. Most electric grills tend to be relatively smaller than other grills making them fit perfectly into spaces like kitchens. This doesn’t mean electric grills are too small, even though generally, they tend to be smaller than other grills, they can feed up to 15 people.
That being said, electric grills have a limited temperature range, and they tend not to get to high temperatures. So, if you are looking to sear your meat, then an electric grill might not be the right option for you. You might want to try a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Also, just like a gas grill, an electric grill grills meat with a neutral flavor.
Wood Pellet Grill:
If you are looking for a grill that has the advantages of both the gas grill and the charcoal grill, then I present to you the wood pellet grill. With pellets of wood being its source of fuel, these types of grills have been around since the mid-80s, however, they started becoming popular recently.
Whiles you might need wood pellets as your fuel source, starting a wood pellet grill is simple, all you need to do is to fill up the auger with the appropriate wood pellet, press the switch to turn it on, and then set it to any desired temperature with the digital control system, which determines how many wood pellets gets ignited to give you that desired temperature.
One feature you will love about pellet grills is the even heating ability. Thanks to the heat baffle found above the firepot, and underneath the cooking grids, the wood pellet grill produces even heat. Also, the fan produces forced convective air which passes through the firepot, and this coupled with the effect of the baffles cause more distribution of the heat evenly across the grill. This is why the rear rack of the grill is considered as a second cooking rack because the temperature difference between the bottom rack, and the top rack is not significant.
Well, with a wood pellet grill, you get the benefit of the smoky flavor that the charcoal grill presents but with less cleaning. Well, as we know with a charcoal grill, the sauce from the meat drips into the fire and then vaporizes back into the food to give it that smoky flavor. However, not all the sauce gets vaporized, and those that do not get vaporized get clogged onto the steel, which can make the cleaning of the charcoal grill messy. With pellet grills, this problem is solved because the vaporized sauce gets rolled down into the grease pot. This makes the pellet grill easy to clean due to the fewer flare-ups.
If you are new to the world of smoking food, then the pellet grill will be your companion. This is because, with a pellet grill, you cannot over-smoke your food, it provides this subtle smoky flavor. However, unlike charcoal or gas grills, you would have to be experienced to ensure that you do not over smoke your meat. However, with the pellet grill, the process is easy and you do not have to have extensive knowledge on grilling to get this done. You have the option of choosing from different smoking flavors when it comes to the choice of pellets, and this makes it possible for you to mix and match or create unique flavors.
Pellet grills tend to have a wide temperature range, and you can get a good 5 to 700 degrees on most grills. This makes it perfect for all searing, smoking, roasting, baking, I mean you name it. Also, you have the option of having direct flame access to the food.
Finally, most pellet grills come with wireless connectivity, which allows you to control the grill with an app on your phone. This is great for overnight grills, where you can sit at the comfort of your bed to control the fuel, brisket, and temperature, while giving you alerts on your food. Also, some companies offer pre-installed cooking styles, which you can just choose, and you are good to go. The consistency in pellet grills is on a whole new level because it tells you exactly how to cook almost every recipe on the app, to give you the same taste. This can be a really useful feature if someone is sharing their recipe with you.
Difference Between a Grill and a Smoker:
The difference between a smoker and a grill can be established between their temperature levels and time.
Let’s Talk About Smokers:
A smoker provides us with a great alternative to grilling, and with a smoker, you get to cook meat at lower temperatures( 200 to 300 degrees), over long cooking times, and indirect heat. Indirect heat means your food only gets mostly exposed to smoke over the given period to give you a more smoky taste than a charcoal grill will provide.
One advantage of smoking is that the moisture content of the food, and it’s natural flavors do not get altered. This means if you are looking to create tender barbeques, then the smoker will be the perfect fit.
Smokers tend to be much taller and less wide to create the necessary space needed between the fire and the food, to allow the maximum indirect heat to get to the food. Also, this creates enough space for more racks which means more food can be loaded. Just like grills, smokers can be fueled with gas, wood, or electricity, and charcoal.
Let’s Talk About Grills:
Grills on the other hand as seen above get your meat cooked by exposing it to higher temperatures( 400 to 500 degrees), thanks to the fact that the meat is usually exposed to direct heat, and what this means is that it is going to take a relatively shorter cooking time to get the meat ready. This is why cooking styles like searing meat is perfect for grills, even though other cooking styles can be accomplished with a grill as well. If you want your grill to act as a smoker, then you can purchase a smoker box, which creates the perfect smoke, and indirect heat needed for the process.
Accessories to Buy Together With Your Grill:
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1.Glove Liners and Disposable Gloves:
Having these two are essential when grilling. They become important when you need to grab really hot stuff or move them around. For example, if you need to grab some hot pork and turn it around or even pull the pork apart, You can even grab the grates when cooking. Wearing these prevents your hands from being burnt. So, before you go and start grilling make sure you buy and wear your glove liners, and disposable gloves. For the glove liners, I recommend a cotton glove liner since it helps reduce skin irritation from heat. And with the disposable gloves getting a black one is fine.
2.A Digital Thermometer:
You want to have a digital thermometer under your belt and not just any thermometer, but an instant-read digital thermometer. These are a great alternative to a thermapen, and they are cheaper than thermapens.
A digital instant-read thermometer and a thermapen become necessary when you need to check the temperature of the meat to make sure it’s evenly cooked. For example, if you are cooking brisket, you can use this to check the temperature in the flat and the point.
Most digital thermometers come with a backlight which you can use to check the temperature of the meat when grilling at night.
A spray bottle is used to spray some moisture ( usually flavored) onto the surface of the meat to keep it moisturized, prevent the outside of the meat from crusting up, and also add some flavors to the meat. Most people fill their bottles with 50% water and 50% apple cider vinegar.
You want to buy a heavy-duty spray bottle, this is because, with regular spray bottles, the trigger ( the part you press to release the liquid) tends to break easily. However, with a heavy-duty spray bottle, you wouldn’t have to worry about this issue. The last thing you want is to have the trigger of your spray bottle break when you are out grilling at like 4 am when all the stores are closed.
For people looking to grill in late hours or at dawn, a headlamp will be useful. They are simple to put on, and they provide you with the maximum light needed for you to grill successfully. Headlamps are very mobile, and they move with your body. And it makes grilling very easier compared to a phone where you would have to hold the phone with one hand, and then grill with another. With the headlamp, you get to free both hands, and then the light moves with your body.
For those of you looking to cut through fat on briskets when you are trimming or looking to lop off pieces of meat you do not want to cook, a trimming knife does this seamlessly.
If you are looking to slice your brisket or rib, then a slicing knife is all you need. The problem with regular knives is that they get to squish through the meat as you are cutting it. However, a slicing knife, slices the meat perfectly, giving you clear defined slices, and you do not end up butchering the meat.
You want to get a cutting board that is big enough to enable you to place a large brisket on it and slice it. Also, you want to make sure that the cutting board you get has a depressed area at the end so that juices will collect and pool at the depressed area, rather than flowing off the board and making a mess all over your table.
When getting an aluminum foil, make sure you get a heavy-duty aluminum foil as opposed to a regular aluminum foil. This is because usually when you are wrapping the foil around the meat, the bones and the ribs easily poke through the foil ( regular foil). However, with a heavy-duty foil, it is thick and strong enough to withstand the poking.
9.Butcher Paper Cutter:
If you use butcher paper to wrap your barbecue, then a butcher paper cutter will come in handy. They make it easy to pull out and cut the desired lengths of butcher papers. Also, a butcher paper cutter doesn’t unroll on its own and keeps the paper in place until you need it again.
The last thing you want to do is to have barbecue stains on your shirts when barbecuing. This can ruin your shirt, and the best way to avoid any mess on your favorite shirt is to have an apron on. Aprons are no-brainers, and you need to wear them all the time when grilling. When getting an apron, I recommend you get one with pockets to help you carry around some tools as you grill.
How To Buy The Perfect Sized Grill:
While some people may say to find the perfect grill size, you want to find out the maximum number of people you will ever cook for. So, if you anticipate cooking for 15 people maximum, you want to double that number and go in for that size.
However, you can also find the perfect size for your grill with some math. So, for example, an average burger will need about 0.13 square feet or 20 square-inch of space to cook. So, this means, a 400 square inch grill will cook about 20 burgers at a go. However, if you are looking to grill some foods like a slab of ribs, or steak, then you might need at least 100 square-inch of space per rib. This can mean if you are looking to cook 10 ribs, then you might need a 1000 square inch grill.
What this means is that you want to find the biggest sized meat you will be cooking, determine the area of the meat, and then multiply that by the total number of that specific meat you will want to grill to find the perfect sized grill for your barbecue.
The last thing you want to do is going to ask for a grill from a friend when you have a large party because using two grills at a time will be inefficient. Also, you do not want a large grill than you might need which will cause you more space and more fuel than expected.
Our Top Best Grills For Each Type:
Best Propane Grill: NextGrill Propane Gas Grill
The 4 main burners and doors of this grill are made of stainless steel, and it has 626 square inches of cooking space. Each burner has a heat output of 12,000 BTU, and they are durable and ensure that heat is distributed evenly within the grill. Besides that, the grill has a side burner with a whooping 60,000 BTU heat output, and this can be used to prepare any side dish while grilling.
The cooking area of this grill is large enough to fit 23 burgers or 4 slabs of ribs– which is a large area to work with. The grids of the cooking bed are made of stainless steel with 7 mm crossbars, and this feature helps distribute heat throughout the firebox.
My favorite feature about this gas grill is its angled flame tamer which helps deflect heat, and this is essential because it prevents flare-ups, which converts the juice and drippings from your meat totally into flavored smoky to give your food that smoky taste.
This grill is quite easy to start and the ignition fires up instantly and comes with an upper rack to help you heat buns, or serve as an indirect heat source. Also, the built-in thermometer of this grill means you get to have a precise temperature of your grill always.
Best Electric Grill: Ninja Food 5-in-1 Grill
This grill is fairly heavy, weighing around 14.5 lbs, and has a dimension of 17 x 14 x 11 inches. Being a 5-in-1 grill means you can use it as a baker, roaster, fryer, grill, and dehydrator. So, this means this grill offers you more functionalities. than just grilling.
This grill has a power of 1760 watts, and my favorite feature about this grill is its high-density grill grate, this is a great feature for anyone looking to create the perfect char-grill food. Thanks to the cyclonic grill technology get the char grill finished on each side of your grill, with flavors and grill marks.
This grill is PFOA and PTFE free, and also it heats up quickly and cooks evenly throughout.
Best Wood Pellet Grill: Cuisinart Woodcreek 4-in-1 Pellet Grill
This grill is versatile thanks to its useful features. If you are looking for a pellet grill that will allow you to grill at high temperatures, then this grill will be your best friend, thanks to its high ceramic briquette insert.
If you are looking for extra smokiness, then this grill makes it easy for you to add charcoal thanks to its easy charcoal tray, and with a turn of the knob, your device will be lit.
Also, if you want a normal wood fire flavor, then the 30-pound hooper will make it possible. The cooking area of this grill has an area of 860 square inches, which means you can grill 42 burgers or 8 rib slabs. It has a stainless steel warming rack that flips up and the cooking grates are made of cast iron. And with the appliance grade viewing window, you can view your meat while the food gets worked on by the even heat distributed in the system.
With this grill, you do not have to buy a digital thermometer since you can monitor food with the two meat probes available. Also, you are updated on the large LCD Bluetooth controller.
This grill comes with an app, two 10-watt halogen lights, and express ash cleanout makes cleaning the grill easy and quick by simply lifting, pulling, and removing the tray.
Best Charcoal Grill: Expert Grill Heavy Duty 24-Inch Charcoal Grill
This neat-looking grill has a cooking area of 372 square inches, which means you can cook about 19 hamburgers at a go while warming your favorite side dish on the 201 square inch top rack.
The body of this charcoal grill and the grates are made of cast iron, which means heat is retained and distributed evenly to ensure proper grilling of food whilst maintaining the moisture content of the food. If you are looking to adjust the temperature while grilling the adjustable pan height and the charcoal pan access door means you can easily add coal while cooking, making grilling, smoking, and barbecuing easy.
The hinged lid makes it easy to open the grill, and the thermometer the device comes with makes it easy for you to monitor the temperature of the food as you cook. Besides that, my favorite feature has to be the built-in bottle opener, which can help you blow off some steam with a refreshing drink or beer as you grill.
Cleaning this grill is super easy, thanks to the removable ash pan. With it, all you have to do is to remove them and dispose of the ashes. However, you need to make sure that the ash pan isn’t hot while you take it out.
This grill is mobile, thanks to the two front-wheel. This means you can take this grill inside and outside with no stress at all.
Finally, you can store all your grilling equipment in the foldable side shelf, and the open bottom shelf makes it easy for you to store your grilling fuel ( charcoal. This means you do not have to go to the kitchen to grab anything since everything is within reach.
Best Grill With Rotisserie:
Weber Summit S-670 Grill
This grill from Weber has 769 inches of grilling area, which is split into a 145 square inch warming rack and 624 square inch cooking area, make this grill a must-have if you love to grill. Powered by the gas grilling system designed by Weber, it ensures that your food will be evenly heated, and give you that mouth-watering food, you’ve been yearning for.
The burner tubes of this grill are made of stainless steel which is rust and burnt through resistance making it durable and produces 10600 BTU of heat to get your food ready in no time. Also, thanks to the innovative flavored bars, the grill is protected against clogging and flare-ups.
You have the option of choosing between direct, and indirect grilling, which is made possible by the individual snap-jet ignition control. Besides that, you can fine-tune the level of heat per your preference with the infinite control setting of the valve.
To ensure that you have the best experience and for the perfect seared dish, Weber constructed the cooking grates of this grill with three sturdy materials; porcelain-enameled cast-iron, stainless steel, and porcelain-enameled steel.
For those of you that want that smokey flavor in their meat, Weber made your life easy, with the smoker burner, you can easily let the grill give your meat that smokey flavor with just a push of a button.
For people who want to grill a whole chicken, the infrared rotisserie burner makes it easy with its flip-flop motor. It also comes with a separate storage area in the cart.
Besides that, you have a mounted thermometer and hook for grilling tools, which will make your grilling experience easy. Also, you do not need to be scared of running out of propane, since the LED displays the fuel level.
Best Most Portable Grill You Can Take Anywhere: Char-Broil Grill2Go X200
If you are looking to grill on the beach, tailgating, fishing, or while you’re out of town, or anywhere, then you sure need a portable grill, and not just any grill but the Char-Broil Grill2Go.
This gas grill is solidly designed for durability and convenience, thanks to its aluminum die-cast construction. The high-impact frame design of the legs makes this grill sturdy. The additional stainless steel latches ensure that the lid destroying the inside of the grill doesn’t open even if the grill falls from an elevation.
The push-button ignition makes this grill easy to start, and you wouldn’t have to worry about getting your food fully grilled, because, with just a push of a button, you will have the burners giving you 9,500 BTU, which is all powered by a small 16.5-ounce disposable propane tank.
Finally, it has a temperature gauge to monitor and control the temperature of the grill. My favorite feature has to be the true-infrared system which ensures that there are no flare-ups. Also, the true-infrared system makes sure that you get some grilling done even when temperatures are very low.
So, if you are looking for a portable and durable grill, then here you go!
Should A Child Use A Grill:
A child can be around a grill while it’s off. However, when the grill gets turned on, the child should be kept away from the grill. It is recommended that you create a grill free area, which you would ensure that every kid is 3 feet away from the grill. You always want to remind your kids that grills are just like stoves and they can get burnt. However, once the child is 12 years old, you can start teaching them how to use a grill, but with the supervision of an experienced adult.
That being said, let’s take a look at some of the safety precautions an adult must take while using the grill.
Safety Precautions When Using A Grill:
If you are getting a grill for the first time, there are certain things to keep in mind before you use it for the first time:
1.Check Your Local Fire Regulations
Before you bring your grill home, you want to make sure that you check your local fire regulations to determine how far the grill has to be from your house or your fence line. Usually, it should be around 10 feet.
2.Buy a Bag Of Baking Soda and A Fire Extinguisher
First, you want to make sure that while you buy your grill, buy a bag of baking soda too. This can be used to put off a grease fire thanks to its natural fire suppression ability. Water doesn’t work well with grease fires and tends to make stuff worse. Also, when you are done with putting off your fire, you can easily clean the baking soda.
Also, in case of any major fire outbreak, you want to make sure that you make use of your fire extinguisher, and have it close to the grill. Make sure the extinguisher is kitchen regulated. Do not store the extinguisher in the storage compartment of the grill. This is because in case the whole grill catches fire, you wouldn’t be able to access it. So, have your extinguisher in another place, but make sure it is close and easily accessible.
3.Wear Short Sleeved Shirt Or Roll Your Sleeves Up
We highly advise that you avoid wearing shirts with long floppy sleeves on when working with a grill ( especially open fire grills). This is because they can easily catch fire while you work.
4.Keep The Ground Clear
You want to ensure that you have a solid footing while grilling and make sure that the ground you are grilling on isn’t slippery. One way to avoid this is to put salt on the floor. This should be done especially during the winter since the snow and ice tend to cause people to slip.
5.Place Your Grill On A Leveled Ground
You never know when there could be a fire outbreak while cooking, but when you have your grill on a leveled ground, it prevents grease fire from sliding down or traveling down ( grease fires tend to travel), also, if your grill is on a leveled ground, it ensures even cooking.
6.Clean Your Grill
Before and after you use your grill, ensure you clean it. This is to prevent any grease build-ups which can cause you to get burnt.
What is the Best Way to Light a Grill?
- To light your grill, the first thing you want to do is to open the lid.
- For gas grills, the next thing you want to do is to turn on the propane, and the right knobs to simply light your grill. For electrical grills, you want to make sure that the grill is connected to the electric wall outlet, and the outlet is on.
For charcoal grills, you have two options:
- Place an accelerant on the base to easily start the fire. Once, the fire comes alive and the coals are heated enough, you can pour them into the grill, and then start grilling.
- Another option you have is to have a pile of the coal, and pour a safe fire lighter fluid on the pile of coal and then light the coal. However, you want to make sure that you do not pour a lighter fluid once the fire starts burning.
- Once you are done lighting the grill, regardless of the type, close the lid to allow the grill to warm up enough before use.
When you are done cooking, close any vents you opened, to prevent any fire ignition caused by oxygen entering the grill. For gas grills and electric grills, turn off the fuel source before turning off the knobs.
Is it Possible to Grill / Barbecue in winter?
Yes, it is possible, do not be turned off by the snow. However, you might be required to do some extra work to get yourself some saucy burgers or juicy steaks. Use the tips below from Weber to get yourself grilling in the winter:
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