Arguing gas versus charcoal is almost as popular as arguing which region has the better barbecue, and both are equally subjective. What is not subjective is that there are advantages and disadvantages to each fuel type and the best way of minimizing the disadvantages while maximizing the advantages is to use a combination charcoal gas grill.
Getting Better Grilled Results
To understand why a combination charcoal/gas grill might hold the key to great grilled foods is to know how these fuel sources effect the food being grilled. Both propane and natural gas burn clean, meaning there is no combustion by products produced. Charcoal, on the other hand, burns with a higher inefficiency. Thus leaving combustion by products that can make contact with the food.
At first, this might seem like a negative aspect, and in some situations it can be but for the most part, these by products are what give the food the characteristic grilled flavor. For this reason many grilling chefs recommend all natural lump charcoal, as this allows the by products to be produced and deposited but does not have any chemical additives, like that found in charcoal briquettes. Not only can the chemical additives be potentially adverse to a person’s overall health but they can alter the flavor of the food in a negative fashion. Since the point of grilling is the flavor, using the right charcoal makes sense.
Even using the right charcoal, there are times or foods that would do better with less external, combustion flavoring. It is for those moments and foods, that having a gas grill is paramount to getting good flavors and thus results. A combination charcoal gas grill offers the best of both worlds and therefore the versatility afforded to the grilling chef. With all of this understanding in mind, here are five best rated combination grills.
Best Gas/Charcoal/Smoker Grill
This grill – Smoke Hollow Model #3500 Combination Grill has a generous cooking space of 860 square inches combining both charcoal and gas sides. The propane side uses three tube burners for 30,000 BTU of heat generation and the side sear burner produces 10,000 BTU.
The charcoal side has a from access door and an offset firebox for smoking. This is a great combo grill for any size home.
Best Combo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill
This combo grill has 1260 square inches of combined cooking space and the triple main burners produce over 40,000 Btu of heat with the side/sear burner producing an additional 12,000 BTU. Each burner of the Char-Griller Model #5050 Dual Fuel Grill electrically ignited and independently controlled.
Each side has its own temperature gauge for independent heat monitoring and the charcoal side has an adjustable fire grate for exacting heat control on the charcoal side. This combination grill makes a great grilling station for the home.
Top Charcoal/Gas Grill on the Market
This grill – Char-Broil Combination Grill has three main burners producing over 30,000 BTU of heat and a side/sear burner of 12,000 BTU. Each burner is electrically ignited and independently controlled. Coupled with the porcelain coated cast iron grates and porcelain coated warming racks, this grill has over 1,000 square inches of cooking space. The charcoal side has a front access door and externally adjustable fire grates as well as dual temperature gauges for heat monitoring.
The lower cart is fully enclosed with dual cabinet style doors and the charcoal side has an additional side shelf. This well built, quality, combination grilling station will provide years of great tasting grilled food.
Best Dual Fuel Grill to Buy
This combination grill uses commercial grade stainless steel both on the lids and burners to create excellent heat production and heat retention. The dual burners of the Dyna-Glo Model #DGB730SNB-D Combo Grill produce 24, 000 BTU and both sides use porcelain coated, cast iron grates for excellent heat distribution. The charcoal side also has dual, adjustable vents on the lid and an externally adjustable fire grate for precise heat management.
In addition, both sides have built in temperature gauges for heat monitoring. The lower cart has ample shelf space, fully enclosed by steel cabinet style doors. Both sides have external shelving for more storage space while cooking. This is an excellent combination grill that will handle even large homes and events.
Best Gas Charcoal Combo Grill for the Money
This grill has and does everything, The propane side of the Smoke Hollow Model #PS9900 4 In 1 Combination Grill has three main burners, each electrically ignited and independently controlled. The side/sear burner also functions as a infrared burner adding infrared cooking to the mix. The grill has an offset firebox for indirect cooking or smoking or for flavor addition via wood pellets.
The charcoal side has an adjustable fire grate and the cooking grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for superior heat distribution. Charcoal access is via a front, easy to use, door and each side has a separate temperature gauge.
In addition, charcoal side there are dampeners and a flue for precise heat control. The lower deck is divided into two sections, with shelving on one side and vertical, grated, shelving on the other. The entire unit is on lockable casters for easy mobility. Anyone desiring the ultimate in home grilling stations, would do well to consider the Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Combo grill.
For superior results and safe grilling, be sure to read and follow all safety guidelines and cleaning instructions. Never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping can result and additionally, never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill.