Summer is here and so is grilling season. Relaxing outside with family and friends, enjoying the company, sunshine, fresh air and good food is what summer is about. And making sure you have the right grill for your style and taste is an important part of the ultimate outdoor dining experience.
Here are some important considerations as you get started on your grill-buying journey.
- How much time do you want to spend cooking?
- How big is your outdoor space?
- How many people do you typically cook for?
- How much control do you want over temperature?
Once you know your personal answers to the questions above, you can start looking at different grill styles.
Types of grills:
Gas grills remain the most popular style of grill, with over 60% of all grillers choosing propane. Gas grills offer many benefits you can’t get with a standard charcoal grill, including added convenience, versatility and efficiency.
- Gas grills heat up much quicker than charcoal grills, oftentimes reaching target temperatures within 10 minutes. This allows for more flexibility if you want to grill during the week and a faster window from grill to plate.
- You can cook much longer with a gas grill. A standard 20-pound propane cylinder can provide up to 25 days of cooking time, lasting almost 9 times as long as a bag of charcoal.
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Two types of gas grills
- Convective grills function similarly to a standard oven, circulating hot air around the food to heat it up.
- While this works great for ovens, this mode of grilling can lead to dryer food and flare-ups.
- Infrared grills are more efficient and can produce much higher temps for searing.
- Char-Broil’s patented TRU-Infrared cooking technology uses a ceramic emitter plate just below the cooking surface to convert gas-powered heat into radiant heat. This helps your grill maintain an even temperature across the entire surface, eliminate flare-ups and lock in the natural flavors and moisture, for juicier, more flavorful food.
Charcoal grills are great for grilling purists who appreciate the time and effort it takes to make the perfect grilled meal.
- Charcoal grills can typically reach hotter temperatures than gas grills, at times reaching upwards of 700 degrees. While some gas grills offer higher temperatures, they also come with a higher price tag.
- Charcoal grills are usually much cheaper than gas grills, and they typically require less assembly. However, there is the added cost of fuel with a standard bag of charcoal only lasting for an average of three cooks.
- Many believe cooking over charcoal adds a nice smoky flavor to the food which you can’t get from gas grills.
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