One of the best things about owning a home is that you can barbecue in your own backyard. With summer just around the bend, here are some things you should consider if you’re thinking about buying a new grill.
Charcoal or Gas? It’s Your Call
The first thing you need to decide is which type of grill is right for you. Gas grills are generally more popular because they’re easy to use and burn cleaner. They’re fueled by small propane tanks that can be refilled or replaced, or natural gas that’s run from a line to your house. Gas grills ignite with the push of a button and heat up quickly so you can get cooking within minutes. The flame is easily adjustable, and there is no ash to clean up afterwards.
Charcoal grills use slow-burning charcoal briquettes that take about 20 minutes to get to cooking temperature, so they’re not for impatient chefs. Many people prefer charcoal because it gives you more of the classic grilled taste you can’t get from gas. Charcoal also reaches a much higher temperature, so it’s great for searing juicy steaks to perfection. If you’re looking for convenience and easy cleanup, gas is probably the way to go. If you’re serious about smoky flavor and not pressed for time, consider a charcoal grill.
Barbecue Within Your Budget
You can spend a few dollars on a grill or a small fortune. Gas grills start at around $100 dollars and can go well into the thousands, depending on the features offered and the amount of surface area. But there’s no need to take out a second mortgage to grill up some tasty chicken and ribs. You can get a decent quality 3-burner gas grill for around $250.
Charcoal grills cost less than gas grills because there are far fewer parts. They start as low as $40 and can go for over $500. You can get a good quality model, like a circular Weber grill, that should last for years for around $100. Whether you choose a charcoal or gas grill, try to stick with one that’s made of stainless steel. It tends to last longer and resists rust when left outside.
Get the Right Size Grill
Grills come in many sizes from portable 10” x 18” Hibachi grills to triple-tier gas grills with over 700 square inches of cooking space, special heating elements and warming racks. Before you buy any grill, you should consider how you plan to use it. Are you planning on hosting large barbeques for family and friends throughout the summer, or just using it for quiet meals for your immediate family? Also, take into consideration the area in which you’ll be cooking. You don’t want to put an over-sized grill on a small deck. Just get the size that best meets your needs and get cooking.
Don’t Forget the Extras
No matter what grill you decide on, it pays to get a good set of stainless-steel barbecue tools so you can flip, baste and serve like a pro. Also, be sure to pick up a grill cover so you can help protect your purchase from the elements and enjoy it for many years to come.