The aroma of grilling meat, the sizzling sound of the meat over an open flame, all tantalize the senses in a way that many things do not. In order to perfect the delicious, mouthwatering art of grilling, an essential piece of equipment must be had.
That important article of equipment is the outdoor grill. Of course there is also indoor grilling but it is not quite the same as grilling outdoors, over an open flame. To get the best results for outdoor grilling a outdoor chef needs the best outdoor grill.
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To get the best grill, first a person has to navigate the debate over charcoal or gas. Gas is cleaner and leaves no ash as its major advantage. It is also faster to light and easier to get the grill ready for cooking. Still, charcoal has one advantage over gas that changes the nature of the debate somewhat. Charcoal by its very nature deposits some particles from the combustion process onto the food. This enhances and imbues the food with flavor that it otherwise would not have.
Importantly, this is natural and is not harmful provided that the chef does not use charcoal briquettes. Briquettes have chemical fillers and additives to help the carbon retain the shape and light faster. These can also be deposited on the food and therefore should be avoided. It is best to use natural lump charcoal and a charcoal chimney to get a charcoal grill going and for the best results. That does not mean to imply that a person can not get good results with gas, only that it is a personal preference.
Beyond the fuel source debate, getting a grill with great heat retention and distribution is the primary means to achieve great results from outdoor grilling. To that effect, here are five top ranked grills, from both heat sources, that can provide great results for outdoor grilling.
Best Gas Grill on the Market
The first of two gas grills in this list, this grill – Char-Broil 2-Burner Gas Grill is an entry level gas grilling station. It has two burners for 26,000+ BTU of heat and 280 square inches of cooking space. The burners are electrically ignited and the body is porcelain coated for heat distribution and the grills are made of steel.
It has two side shelves and the cart is wheeled. What makes this grill awesome besides the good cooking ability is the portability for tailgating events.
Best Smoker and Grill Combo
The Char-Broil American Gourmet Grill is the traditional barrel style with the offset smoke firebox for smoking meats. It has a side vent and a top chimney for heat control. It has 288 square inches of cooking area on the porcelain coated, steel cooking grates. It has easy ash removal and the side firebox has a side ash removal vent. The wire, no heat handles are cool to the touch.
This style grill has been a mainstay of good grills since the late 60’s and it will continue to be the style due to its nature of being robust and easy to use. Anyone looking for a quality charcoal grill would do well to consider this one.
Best Charcoal Grill to Buy
This grill resembles the barrel style but takes the design a step further. The Charbroil Charcoal Grill has 527 square inches of cooking space and uses porcelain coated, cast iron grates for perfect heat distribution. It has a side vent and top chimney and a front fire door for easy access. The ash pan, fire grate is adjustable via a front mounted crank handle.
It also has a built in temperature gauge for heat monitoring and is mounted on a wheeled cart. It has two side shelves and four tool hooks for accessories. This is an excellent, backyard, outdoor grill for anyone who loves to grill over an open flame.
Best Gas Grill for the Money
The second of the two gas grills, this grill produces 36,000 BTU of heat with three independent burners. The Dyna-Glo Model #DGB390SNP-D Grill burners are commercial grade stainless steel for easy cleaning and are push button, electrically ignited. The grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for perfect heat distribution and the lid is double walled and has a built in temperature gauge.
It has a lower cabinet with a door for easy storage and has dual side shelves for plenty of space. This is a great gas grilling station that would be great for any home.
Best Charcoal Grill on the Market
The Dyna-Glo Model #DGN576SNC-D 2 Zone Grill is tailored for the two zone, outdoor cooking method using charcoal. This grill has 4 porcelain coated, cast iron cooking grates that cover two adjustable charcoal areas. Adjustable from the outside, there are two doors for easy coal access.
It has a top chimney with a flue and vent to superb heat control and a side dampener for even more control of both zones. It has a built in temperature gauge and the lid is double walled, stainless steel for excellent heat retention. The cart has two large wheels and two lockable casters.
It also has two side shelves and a lower rack on the cart. Overall, this is a perfect, charcoal grilling station and the ability to do dual zone cooking means that perfect results can be achieved time and time again. Anyone looking for an awesome grill should consider this grill as their option.
Several important safety points to consider, never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping can result. Never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill and for best results and longevity, be sure to read and follow the cleaning and operating instructions.