Grilling tasty and delicious food over an open flame is as much technique as it is equipment. Having said that however, having the right grill can make the difference between great grilled food and good grilled food. Part of the concept boils down to the chef not having to fight with the grill to maintain temperature.
Therefore, some of the best grills are those that have excellent heat distribution and are designed to retain and supply heat in the correct amounts. It is true that anyone can cook over an open flame, but it takes a chef with a good grill to get excellent results from cooking over an open flame.
Heat, Heat and More Heat
The most critical character of a grill is its ability to maintain and manage the heat at the correct levels to ensure proper cooking. While it might seem an easy concept, there is a debate among the culinary artists of grilling as to which fuel source provides the correct amount of heat and results.
This is the debate over gas or charcoal. To be perfectly honest, both fuel sources provide excellent heat production. This in a real sense makes the debate mostly academic and has little effect on grills beyond which fuel source to use. Where grills comes into play, beyond the fuel source debate, is the ability of the grill to hold the heat and maintain the heat once the fuel source has been ignited. In this regard, gas has the advantage in that it is faster to ignite and the grill is therefore ready sooner.
Charcoal must produce a generous amount of coals to supply ample and semi steady heat. In charcoal grills, often the metal is surrounded by a coating of porcelain to act has a heat insulator to help maintain the heat. Some charcoal grills do not use a heat coating but use a larger pit area for more coals to get the same results. This not only allows for more heat but also gives more surface area for cooking. Either way, it really boils down to personal preference as to which to use, gas or charcoal and to how the grill is manufactured as to its heat retention. Here are five top ranked grills, some gas and some charcoal, that have great heat distribution.
Top Charcoal Grill to Buy
The Blue Rhino Model #CBC1255SP Grill is a kettle style grill that is porcelain coated for excellent heat distribution. It has a generous cooking area at 480 square inches and has a warming rack for an additional space.
The main cooking grate is steel and the grate is adjustable from the outside of the grill for better heat placement. It has two side shelves and the cart is wheeled for mobility. This grill is great for home, camping and even tailgating parties.
Best Charcoal Grill for the Money
Modeled as a barrel style grill, this charcoal grill has 580 square inches of cooking space and a vented chimney to help control the heat. The Char-Griller Model #2828 Grill grates are cast iron for superior heat performance and the pit has an easy to clean ash pan.
The cart is wheeled for easy mobility and there is a wooden style side shelf for easy storage. This is an great, traditional barrel style grill and is great for home use.
Best Kamado Charcoal Grill
This grill – Broil King Steel Keg Model #BKK4000 Grill is somewhat unique in that it is a keg style grill. This gives it Kamado style performance, without the expense of being a Kamado grill. This means it has a convection style heat delivery, making this charcoal grill extremely versatile.
It has 480 square inches of cooking space and the inside is porcelain coated for rust resistance and heat distribution. It has a wheeled cart and has side shelves for storage. The grill also has a temperature gauge for heat monitoring. For those wanting a versatile charcoal grill, would do well to consider this one.
Best Gas Grill on the Market
Weber is a leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories and the Genesis gas grills are well known and liked. This grill – Weber Genesis Model #6531001 Grill has three burners for 38,000 BTU of heat and has a side warm and sear burner for additional BTUs. It has electronic ignition and the front panel offers easy to use adjustments for controlling heat.
It has two side shelves and the lower cabinet is covered for easy and safe storage. This is an excellent grilling station and would be at place in any home.
Best Grill for the Money
The Weber Summit Model #7170001 Grill is a very nice grilling station for any home. It is stainless still and it has 4 stainless steel burners in the main 580 square inch cooking area. It also has a side sear/warm burner and the main burner produce 48,800 BTU of heat.
In addition, it comes with a flavorizer bar and each burner is independently ignited electrically. This unit is easy to cook with, has generous space and heat and would make an perfect outdoor grilling station for any home.
It is important for safety and the longevity of the grill that the operators manual be read and followed. Never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping could result and make sure to never allow flammable material within five feet of a hot or cooling grill. After each use, make sure to clean the grill to prevent rust buildup and to make sure it is ready for the next use. When using a charcoal grill, be sure to properly dispose of ash.