One this is certain, that is to grill or barbecue, the key element is an open flame and a grill. Be it a wood fire pit or a barbecue grill, a dry heat source is the key. This key element is nominally provided by a grill or barbecue pit. These can come in different sizes from compact to a large, wide surface grilling station. They can be gas, charcoal, wood and even electric fueled. The two most common and widely used types are charcoal and gas fuel sources.
The Grand Debate
One of the longest running debates among home chefs and practitioners of the culinary arts is which is better, gas or charcoal. In reality, the process is pretty much the same but the result can vary which is the heart of the debate. Wood and charcoal will impart some flavor to the food by the nature of the incomplete combustion of the fuel source.
Particles from this incomplete combustion will then deposit upon the food giving it a slightly smokey flavor. Gas, which burns cleaner does not deposit any particles to the food and therefore does not add the smokey flavor. This can be compensated for by adding wood chips to the grill and allowing the gas heat to warm the chips to the smoking point and therefore having the particles deposit upon the food.
In addition to the debate is the marinade and the types used and how it effects both flavor and moisture retention of the food. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and with that in mind, here are five of the top rated grills on the market.
Best Charcoal Grill for the Money
This charcoal grill has 363 square inches of cooking space and is easy to clean with the one touch cleaning system and ash pan. The Weber Model #1401001 Performer Series Grill has a porcelain coated interior for even heat distribution and the handles stay cool to the touch. This grill also has tuck aside lid holder and a side shelf for easy reach handling.
It also has wheels and casters to make the whole grilling mobile. Users love the easy clean ability of this grill and the generous bowl shape that helps decrease cooking times.
Best Infrared Grill & Smoker Combo
The Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker, Roaster and Grill is a highly versatile grill, in that it will smoke, roast and grill. Using gas, this truly infrared cooker will grill with 189 square inches of cooking space, has space for a wood pan and will handle up to a 25 pound turkey. The adjustable burner supplies 9,000 to over 18,000 BTU of heat for even cooking.
The small compact shape makes it easy to use on patios and apartments as well as for home. People who purchased this grill love the quick and easy cooking and the versatility to cook almost anything.
Top Rated Grill to Buy
This retro style grill harks back to the 70’s but with an all aluminum grill that provides even heat throughout. Besides looks, what separates the Portable Kitchen Model #PK 99740 All Aluminum Grill apart from other grills is it cooks without flame when the lid is closed. It will also handle full size chickens, pork roasts, briskets and much more.
Since this grill is different that a standard grill, the people who purchase it recommend following the instructions as it does not cook like a normal grill. However, everyone who has one loves the food and mentions that these units will last for decades.
Best Propane Gas Grill on the Market
The Weber Summit Model #7120001 Grill is essentially a grilling station by Weber. It is propane fueled and has 650 square inches of cooking space. It has 4 burners for a main 48,000 BTU of heat and a side burner that produces 12,000 BTU. This station has two side shelves including the side burner and a lower storage cabinet for easy storage. It has castors and is therefore easy to move around.
The unit is stainless steel for easy clean up and uses cast iron grates. Users love the generous cooking space and the fact that it is easy to clean and use again, time and time again.
Best Wood Pellet Grill to Buy
The REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill is not an ordinary grill, this is an electronic cooking and grilling station with digital control. Using wood pellets this unit has special technology to handle any temperature from 180 degrees to 500 degrees and the unit will maintain the temperature for as long as you set it.
It has a top holding wood pellet system and a side shelf that is also the controller. It has a lower shelf for easy storage and wheels for mobility. People who purchased this grill remark about the perfect flavor of cooked and grilled food and how easy it is to use.
In addition, they love the customer service and assistance by the company is making sure the unit runs at peak performance. For those looking for the ultimate in technological innovation and grilling, then this is the grill to choose.
As with any heat source, be sure to read and follow all operating and safety instructions. Never allow flammable material within five feet of a hot or cooling grill and never operate on an uneven surface as tipping can result. Grilling can be a fun and safe pastime as long as all precautions are taken to insure the safety of all.