Some types of food are better prepared on charcoal and some are better tasting when grilled with propane. Instead of having to use two separate grills, manufacturers have combined charcoal grills and propane grills to produce the ultimate, flexible grilling station known as the combo grill. Taking advantage of both fuels sources, allows a backyard chef to prepare a variety of foods simultaneously while still getting the optimum performance from both fuel types. Thus saving both time and money will still getting tasty results.
Combination charcoal/propane grills dispenses with the problems concerning the preparation varying food types and makes the overall cooking experience easier. Propane burns cleaner than charcoal but does not produce the same flavor. Combo grills allow for foods that taste better with propane as a fuel source to be prepared while at the same time preparing food via charcoal. Not only does this reduce the time it takes to prepare both sides but it also reduces or eliminates the need for multiple grills. It also allows for a variety of experimentation that could not be accomplished using a single fuel source grill.
For example, using the propane side to quickly heat meats to the right temperature and then placing them on the charcoal side for flavor addition reduces the overall time it takes to prepare food via propane or charcoal alone, while getting better overall results and satisfaction. In a very real sense, combination fuel grills offer a wide flexibility in grilling that is just not found with single fuel grills. Represented here are five top quality combination grills that are known performers, that have excellent heat retention, distribution and production, all of which are critical for getting great tasting grilled food.
Best Smoker and Grill
This upright style cooker can smoke, fry, grill, boil and bake, in effect doing almost any task using either charcoal or propane. The Masterbuilt Model #M7P Multiple Fuel Grill/Smoker uses a porcelain coated flame basket for excellent heat production. The burner is cast iron and the internal pot and basket are made of aluminum for great heat distribution.
Not only can this grill use multiple fuels, charcoal and propane, it is also compact enough for camping or tailgating parties. This is a good versatile grill that can use different fuels and can handle almost any style of cooking.
Top Charcoal/Gas Grill on the Market
This combination grilling station has three main burners and a side/sear burner with the mains producing over 36,000 BTU of heat. The charcoal side has an adjustable fire grate and a front access door for great heat management. The grates of the Char-Broil Combo Grilling Station are cast iron, giving this grill excellent heat distribution at the point of contact and each side has its own temperature gauge for heat monitoring.
In addition, each side has top swing away grates for dual zone cooking. The lower cart is enclosed and has two cabinet style doors giving this grill excellent storage. This is a great grill for any size home.
Best Dual Fuel Grill to Buy
This combo grill – Dyna-Glo Model #DGJ810CSB-D Combo Grill has three commercial grade, tube burners that generate over 35,000 BTU, not including the side/sear burner. These tube burners ensure the proper heat distribution among the cooking cavity and each is independently controlled and they are electrically ignited via a push button. The charcoal side has a front access door and an adjustable fire basket for excellent heat management.
The grates for both sides are porcelain coated, cast iron for unbeatable heat distribution at the point of contact with the food. For heat monitoring, each side has a temperature gauge and the lower cart is open with a wire shelf. Overall, this is a great grilling station that offers great versatility for outdoor grilling.
Best Gas Charcoal Combo Grill for the Money
There is a lot to this grill beyond using just propane and charcoal. The Smoke Hollow Model #PS9900 Combination Grill has an infrared side/sear burner for sealing in the juices. It also has a side firebox for offset smoking, making this a very versatile, multiple cooking style grilling station. The propane side has three main burners, each independently controlled and electrically ignited. The charcoal side has a front access door and an adjustable fire basket for excellent heat management and when combined with the temperature gauge, on both sides, the heat is easy to control.
The charcoal side also has a covered flue shaft and the grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for perfect heat distribution at the point of contact. The lower cart has dual shelving and dual wire shelves for excellent storage. There are very few combo grills that beat the PS9900 in cooking versatility. Great for any size home or event.
Top Rate Gas and Charcoal Grill
The Aurora is the ultimate in home combination grilling stations. The entire unit – Aurora Model #A830s2E1N61CB Premium Combo Fuel Grilling Station is stainless steel for great heat retention, production and distribution as well as being super easy to clean. This grill uses natural gas (can be converted to propane) therefore it can tie into the home supply to be ready at a moments notice.
The independently controlled, electrically ignited, cast stainless steel, main burners produce 50,000 BTU of heat and are warranted for the life of the unit. The charcoal side has a separate ignition burner for fast charcoal lighting. The entire cooking surface is over 800 square inches and there is a side burner for searing.
The fire basket for the charcoal side is adjustable and each side has a temperature gauge for heat monitoring. The lower deck is full enclosed with dual cabinet style doors, also stainless. As previously mentioned, this is the ultimate in home, combination grilling stations. Easy to light and easy to clean, perfect for large homes and families.
Be sure to follow all safety and cleaning instructions for the protection of the grill and operators.