Grilled foods have their unique tastes and ardent followers who will not trade a hot barbecue for other type of cooking. In your quest to acquire a grill, we have put together this buying guide to help you wrap your head around the basic types of grilling machines.
Charcoal grilled foods are noted for that unique flavour the meal brings out. The grill is lit up manually by simply burning newspapers on the charcoal. Once the fire is set up, the intensity of the smoke is regulated by the quantity of charcoal, the arrangement of the charcoal, the atmospheric airflow and the airflow system in the grill itself. Charcoal grills are usually very rugged, having fewer failure points than gas grills.
The key advantage of using a gas grill is ease of use. Gas grills are fueled directly with propane or natural gas. Temperatures are easily controlled using the control knobs. The burners are also designed to indirectly maintain set temperatures and reduce flare ups. A Gas features usually has more features than charcoal grills.
Charcoal is prefered for the unique flavour it adds to the food and also in instances where you need to slow-cook. However, gas is superior for its ease of use, as a faster means for grilling food, and for being easier to clean.
Grills come in different sizes. Portable grills are easier to carry around and may measure just about 18 inches across. Bigger grills can measure about 48 inches wide and over. For gas grills, sizes range from a small two burner, to a standard four-burner sized grill, to as big as 6 burners. Some burners also have side burners for heating up pans and back burners for rotisserie cooking.
To control temperature on a charcoal grill ensure you have a tight lid, a way of controlling how oxygen goes into the grill, a good exhaust to let out the smoke, a way of adjusting the charcoal, and an easy way of removing the ashes while cooking. You can also employ a 2-zone cooking technique, where the charcoal is placed on one side of the grill while the other side gets no direct heat. On a gas grill, the initial thing to do is turn up or down the control knobs. Beyond that, the more burners you have the better, because you can easily implement a 2-zone cooking technique. You can also achieve indirect heating by placing a pan of water between the burner and the food so you can use the whole cooking area for the food. To achieve a smoking flavour, place small blocks of wood on the burner.
- Weather resilient grill cover - Use a brass brush for cleaning for cleaning the grates - V-shaped racks for multi-layered grilling - Ceramic place setter for pizzas and for indirect cooking - Infrared gas grills: Gets hot faster and adds more flavour to the food than conventional ones
To maintain stable temperature and reduce flare-up it is key to consider the following features: - A metal burner shield - Ceramic briquettes to line the inside of the grill - A burner which is located deeper in the grill - A burner port which is located on the sides of the burner
Charcoal grills cost less than gas grills. But as started earlier, between the two, it is usually a trade-off between flavour, for charcoal grills, and ease of use, for gas grills, as well.