If you don’t have a grill, are ready to upgrade or want to try a different type of barbecue, read this detailed guide before you go shopping. The main thing to remember is that there is no definite answer to the question, “Which grill is better?”, Because this question is missing two very important words: “for me”. First, think about why you need it, what and where are you going to cook in it, and we, in turn, will try to explain how your desires are best satisfied.
If the main difference in the design of barbecues lies in their mobility, then the grills are globally divided by the type of fuel on which they operate. Moreover, most modern barbecue stations are equipped with wheels and they, one way or another, have some mobility. But frying meat on coals, gas or electricity is already a matter of lifestyle and budget.
Charcoal BBQ Grills
The most common and affordable type of grill, which is fueled by charcoal or coal briquettes. According to the principle of cooking and operation, they resemble a barbecue, but with more thoughtful functionality. They can have the usual shape of a box or a half-cylinder. Modern mobile models are made of hemispherical or egg-shaped (including ceramic “kamado”) – they are very compact and efficiently consume fuel.
Best For: The patient purist with a firm conviction that eating outdoors is food with a distinct smoky flavor. Most of the shortcomings of modern charcoal grills are compensated by thoughtful design. For example, ventilation holes with flaps and a height-adjustable grate will allow finer control of the cooking temperature.
Gas BBQ Grills
They run on propane / butane in cylinders or directly from the natural gas line. There are compact models that you can take with you to nature, and there are solid stationary stations with a huge range of functions. Look for gas barbecues with multiple burners for a variety of grilling options. For comfortable cooking, the burner power should not be less than 3.5 kW.
Best For: Impatient chefs who like to cook in comfort and don’t want to spend a lot of time on it. The main disadvantage, the absence of “haze” in the dishes, can be partially compensated by fumigating food with wood chips.
Electric BBQ Grills
Not cheap but feature rich devices that usually go beyond the typical BBQ. The timer and programs for different dishes make cooking as easy as possible. There are multi-storey models, raclette holders, which allow you to cook several dishes at the same time at different temperatures.
Suitable for: Citizens who are prohibited from using gas or charcoal grills on their balconies or indoors due to fire safety regulations. Electric grills are usually the smallest and only need an outlet to work.
There are also hybrid models that can run on both gas and coal. Also on sale you can find pellet grills that work on the principle of coal, only chips or pellets of aromatic woods are used instead of coal (a kind of smokehouse). But the latter are in the least demand and it is definitely not worth considering them as the object of the first purchase.