The humble charcoal grill, a picnic ground and patio favorite, is a versatile cooking device that uses lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes to generate heat. It gives the food a unique smoky taste, though adding fuel, reaching optimum cooking temperature, and managing the heat while cooking can be difficult. There are many kinds of charcoal grills, from the ubiquitous kettle grill to the multipurpose kamado. This guide is written to make selecting the right grill a breeze.
Weight and portability
Grills come in a stunning range of sizes, from highly portable mini varieties to massive kamado grills. The right grill will depend on the local climate and the intended use. A grill for carrying along to campsites and picnic grounds will need to be lighter and easier to carry around than one meant to be wheeled into the backyard for barbeques and get-togethers. Make sure there are at least two wheels on larger grills to make them easier to move.
Going where the party is
Where is this grill going to be used? Outdoor patio and campground grills need to be sturdy, capable of withstanding moisture, and stable enough to avoid toppling easily. Tabletop grills are smaller and intended to be used on a table, with a stand to keep them off the surface. They are usually made of metal or ceramic and are typically designed to be portable, too, with legs that fold away for more comfortable transportation in car trunks.
Smarter fuel management
Charcoal grills use natural lump charcoal or briquettes for fuel. When they burn, the embers provide the heat needed to cook the food. Steady airflow is required for this to happen--air moves in through the top and bottom vents, allowing for precise temperature control over the food cooking inside. Built-in thermometers can help keep fuel levels up, and a slide-out ash tray can make clean up easy after the party's over. Some grills also come with a charcoal access door, allowing the cook to add fuel or stoke the coals conveniently.
Food preparation utilities
Make sure the grill's got enough space to adequately cook enough food. A chef experimenting with flavors and dishes will need a lot less cooking room than a family grill meant for backyard burger parties. Barrel, kettle, and cart grills generally have more space for cooking than other varieties, with freestanding models having the most room for food prep and cooking.
Extra functions and features
Grills come with all kinds of innovative features today to make life easier and cooking more convenient, from under-grill storage shelving (for plates, drinks, etc.) to attachments for turning grills into rotisserie or pizza ovens. They may come with smart sensors to help control the grill control its temperature.
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