As we turn the corner and move into summer, folks are dragging out the BBQ grills. For many it will be a time to make a new purchase. Choose wisely, there are many types of new grills available. For those of you that want down and dirty, no flavor, you are probably going to get yourself a propane grill. These types of grills range in price from $ 100.00 to well over a thousand. You can still get BBQ flavor if you incorporate a $5 -$10 smoker tin. You can place wet would chips inside this metal tinder box to achieve the smoke flavor of authentic BBQ. Not my idea of an adequate solution, but it will work!
Of course if you are looking for the tried and true, Weber manufactures a wide variety of charcoal and wood grills. These types of grills come in a variety of sizes and prices. There are also several heavy ceramic grills out on the market from Komodo to the Big Green Egg. I have many friends that love these types of ceramic beehive type grills, however, they are very heavy, have limited grill space and are not the most portable of the group.
There are also many grills that are offering time and temperature controls. These grills use pellets. Pellets are no comparison to wood. Although you have the “set it and forget it mode”, take a look at the cheap construction, thin materials. How long do you think this will last. For a large investment of $ 500 – 700, not worth the money. Besides if you ever encounter one of their salesmen, all they want you to do is buy the grill. Ask them how to cook something and at what temperature and for how long and they will point you to the recipe book.
Instead make a small investment in a barrel grill. Visit your local home improvement store and spend $100. Invest in some coals and a few bags of wood and a good smoking book and learn something. I still have a few of the smaller cheaper grills less than $ 100.00, and they have lasted as much as ten years and then throw them out. Best value, best investment, learn while you grill.
All in all, there are many options when it comes to a grill. It all boils down to personal preference. Visit a showroom closest to you and make sure you view things first hand before you buy. Also make sure that delivery and set up are included in the price.