According to a 2010 research conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, approximately 82% of American households own a grill and about half of these homes barbecue as frequent as one to two times a week during summer. It cannot be denied that we love grilling and that may be attributed to several reasons. First of all, barbecuing is not so difficult and in fact delivers hot, delicious dishes faster than some other cooking methods. Of course, an exception is when you’re roasting whole pigs which will obviously take more time considering the size of the meat. Another good reason why we love grilling is that it gives food a smoky flavor which is undeniably appetizing. If you’ll grill your food using the right marinade and follow the correct grilling time, you’ll surely end up with moist, juicy and flavorful grilled dishes. Lastly, barbecues bring families and friends together. In fact, it’s not only a cooking method per se but also a way of life. If you still do not have your own barbecue grill, read on and follow these tips to help you make the right choice.
Gas, Charcoal or Electric
Grills vary in terms of how they are fueled. They may be connected to a power outlet. They may use propane gas to cook food. They may also use charcoals to serve their function. Each of these types has its own advantages and disadvantages so you might want to weigh them down before making a choice. For instance, gas and electric grills are faster to warm up than charcoal grills. But gas grills don’t smoke food items as good as charcoal grills do. Which of these will be more beneficial to you? If you are always on-the-go and hate waiting for an hour until the grill is ready, you might want to consider gas or electric. If you are into serving perfectly smoked barbecue treats, you should go for charcoal. Of course, you have to remember that gas and electric grills require a nearby power or gas source for you to be able to use them.
The material that was used on the grill is also an important element to mull over. Grills are made from cast aluminum, stainless steel or painted steel.
Aside from the fuel source, you also have to consider the features of the barbecue grill. Some come with rotisserie kits, meat thermometers, smokers and even condiment holders.
When choosing a barbecue grill, you also have to think about its size. What food items are you going to grill on it? Are you just planning on using it for small meat cuts, hamburgers and hotdogs? Or are you thinking about roasting a whole turkey or pig in it? Are you going to use it for small family gatherings only? Or are you planning on cooking a lot of food in it to feed more people?
Obviously, another vital factor that will affect your buying decision is your budget. How much are you willing to spend? Is it worth the purchase? Is barbecuing a part of your life and are you going to use the grill frequently?