It is taken for granted that all grills will produce grilled foods but the reality is not every grill is created equal. In order to get the best tasting grilled food, it requires a lot of preparation and by far the best grill possible.
The three things that make a grill great, is heat production, heat retention and heat distribution. A grill can be great at producing a lot of heat but if it is not retained properly or distributed properly then the grilled food takes longer and doesn’t come out as well as it could. Therefore, to produce great, tasting grilled food it takes a well made, and well functioning grill.
Getting the Best Grill
As previously mentioned, the three things that make a grill great are heat distribution, heat retention and heat production. Giving the heat is the most important aspect of grilling, some manufacturers focus on heat production. Others will only focus on heat distribution and some will vary between distribution and production and many ignore heat retention altogether.
The fact is, that all three have to be in sync to produce the best possible situation to get the best possible results from grilling. Even the specific fuel choice, charcoal or propane, must take a secondary position when it comes to those three main properties of a grill. The aspects of the better made grills are design, material choice and construction. Better designed grills enhance the shape to prime the heat production and allow the heat to be better distributed. Material choice affects how the heat is spread to eliminate the hot and cold spots that can occur and finally construction is how the materials are put together to keep the heat in and focused to the right areas.
Also, construction determines the effectiveness of the dampeners or vents, which in turn control the heat production. As one can see, it can be a complex situation combining the design, material choice and construction to create the best grill possible. Below are five grills that have a proven record of being among the best on the market, based on consumer choice.
Best Outdoor Tabletop Grill
This compact, hibachi style grill is constructed of cast iron and is specifically designed for camping, small get together’s and tailgating parties. The Lodge Model #L410 Pre-Seasoned Grill construction means that the heat production, retention is great and the adjustable heights for the grates make the heat distribution excellent.
It has a draft door for heat access and control, and the grates are also cast iron. Small and portable but will grill nicely. This is a great grill for camping or tailgating.
Best Infrared Grill & Smoker
This propane roaster, smoker and grill combine all the great elements into one unit. The Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Combo grill/roaster/smoker uses infrared technology to produce the perfect mix of heat distribution with the robust heat production of propane. The infrared cooking seals in the juices in meat preventing them from drying out and allows the meat to cook all at the same time.
Unlike some grills that will produce hot and cold spots in the meat. This grill can handle every thing from hamburgers to turkey and grill, roast or smoke them to perfection.
Top Rated Portable Grill and Smoker
This grill – Portable Kitchen Model #PK 99740 is unique in that it uses a retro design combined with an all aluminum body to produce a grill that has the excellent balance of all attributes. Aluminum is an excellent heat conductor and the specific construction of this grill takes advantage of that fact.
The thickness of the body and lid, provide excellent retention and the numerous dampeners and vents give more than enough control for perfect heat distribution. It is also super easy to clean. This is an excellent grill for the charcoal grilling chef.
Best Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker
Kamado grilling and cooking has been around for over 3,000 years and is and was used in Asia during that time. The unique shape and the ceramic construction of the Char-Griller 26720 Akorn Kamado Grill produces a combination of heat production, retention and distribution that is unlike any other grill.
This Akorn grill can cook almost anything including baking bread. It does take some getting used to but it is easy to master and the results are spectacular. By far the ultimate in charcoal grilling.
Good Grill to Buy
This grill – Weber Summit Model #7170001 Propane Grill is a superb grilling station. The all stainless steel construction, combined with the heat production of propane produce a elegant combination of form and function. This is no surprise from Weber, the leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories.
This grill has multiple burners, a generous cooking area and is design to facilitate the grilling craft. This is a grilling station that cooks fast, lights easily and cleans quickly. This is the perfect backyard grilling companion. Designed to give excellent results time and time again.
Any outdoor activity requires a degree of safety and grilling is no different. Never operate a grill on an uneven surface and never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill.
Each grill design is different so make sure to follow the manufacturers cleaning guidelines for the best results and the longevity of the grill. Additionally, between uses be sure to cover the grill to protect it from the elements so it can be ready the next time a person is ready for great, tasting food cooked outdoors, over an open flame.