There are many grills on the market but few are fully designed with the right mix of elements to produce grilled food that is not only hot but prepared to perfection. Regardless of fuel type, charcoal or gas, the grill must be able to produce and retain heat in the proper proportions to get the best results for grilling meat and other foods.
All About the Heat
Heat is the single most important element in preparing grilled foods. For a grill, this translates into two distinct considerations, heat retention and heat production. Heat retention is the ability of the grill to contain the heat with as little escaping as possible. The reason this is important is that the more heat retained the less fuel required to bring the grill to temperature or to maintain the correct temperature.
As heat retention allows the food to be cooked more throughout with out generating hot and cold spots in the meat, The second consideration, heat production, is how well the grill focuses the heat produced from the fuel source. The two main fuel sources are charcoal and propane. Charcoal takes longer to light and to reach the maximum temperature than propane does and also produces more ash. However, charcoal will deposit natural particulates onto the food which will enhance the flavor whereas propane burns clean with no combustion residue. Which is preferred is a matter of personal preference but the corresponding element is that the grill, charcoal or propane, focus the heat to the grates where the actual cooking is done.
In this regard, many grills are great at focusing the heat but some offer more efficiency which produces better results. This efficiency can be found in both fuel sources and is grill dependent. The five grills presented here offer both good heat retention and heat production and are therefore considered among the best barbecue grills to purchase.
Best Smoker Gourmet Grill
This grill – Char-Broil Grill With Offset Firebox is the traditional, barrel style grill with an offset firebox for smoking meaning this grill will grill and smoke food. It has cool to the touch handles and is of all steel construction for excellent heat retention.
The grates are porcelain coated for excellent heat distribution and there is 288 square inches of cooking space in the main area. It has a built in temperature gauge for heat monitoring and it has an easy to use ash pan for quick cleaning. This is an excellent grill for home use.
Best Gas Grill with Side Burner
The Thermos 4-Burner Propane Grill is a four burner, propane grill that provides 480 square inches of cooking space and additional space on the warming rack. The burners produce 48,000 BTU of heat and the grates are steel coated in porcelain for excellent heat distribution. The burners are electrically ignited and independently controlled.
It also has a 10,000 BTU side burner for searing and warming and the unit is on a dual wheeled cart for mobility. For those looking for a great starter gas grill, this would fit quite nicely.
Best Premium Charcoal Grill
The Dyna-Glo Model #DGN576DNC-D Charcoal Grill is a premium charcoal grill with the focus being on the control of the heat for the best results. The charcoal basket is fully height adjustable to produce the right amount of heat at any given time. It has a front access door to the heat box to help control the heat and a flue cap for even more heat adjustment. The grates are porcelain cast iron for the perfect heat distribution.
It has a built in flue cap and temperature gauge and the entire unit is fully wheeled and lockable for excellent mobility. Anyone looking for the perfect charcoal grill should consider this one. Perfect for any size home.
Best Gas Grill for the Money
The Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless Dual Burner Grill uses propane as a fuel source and produces 30,000 BTUs for a main cooking space of 380 square inches. There is more square inches on the warming rack for a total cooking space of 570 square inches. The grates are enameled, cast iron for excellent heat distribution.
The burners are stainless steel with steel heat caps for prefect distribution of original heat. The burners are independently controlled and electrically ignited and the unit sits on a cabinet cart with a stainless steel door. This is an excellent home propane grill.
Best Propane Gas Grill for the Money
Weber is the leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories and this dual burner, propane grill is among their elite. The grill – Weber Model #46110001 Dual Burner Grill has two commercial grade burners that are both independently controlled and they are electrically ignited via a push button system. This grill has 360 square inches of cooking space and additional space on the warming rack.
This grill also has flavorizor bars and the grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for perfect heat distribution. Anyone considering getting a gas grill would do well to consider this Weber grill. It is great for home use of any size and will provide years of great grilled foods.
When purchasing a new grill, it is important to read and follow all safety and operator instructions. Make sure to follow the cleaning guidelines of the manufacturer in order to the maximum longevity out of the grill.
Never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping could result and never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill.