How to Choose the Right Grill
When it comes to figuring out how to choose the right grill, you must understand that a grill is no small investment.
It’s important when you’re buying one that you consider a few different factors to ensure that the grill you choose is going to be the best fit for your needs. Below, we’ll cover some of the different varieties of grills that you’ll be looking at, plus some tips on what to look for when buying a grill so that you end up with a product that looks great, works great, and makes great food.
The 3 Main Types of Grills
You’ve got quite a few different options when it comes to grill varieties, and knowing what you’re looking at is always going to be the first step in choosing the right grill.
Covered gas grills. These are probably the most common type of grills for home enthusiasts. Gas grills operate similar to ovens by trapping heat in a closed cooking space to provide an indirect grilling method (meaning the food doesn’t actually touch the flame) that in addition to grilling can also roast and bake.
Smoker grills. Our bread and butter here at Myron Mixon. Smoker grills function in various ways (for example: water or gravity) to provide low, slow, indirect grilling and smoking action. The result is controlled heat that melts down and tenderizes the tough collagen in meat, plus a unique smoke flavor.
Open grills. An open grill is as simple as it comes, which is why these are the types you’ll find standard at places like campsites and public parks. These metal or stone boxes usually have a grate on top and can be filled with charcoal or wood (or sometimes fitted with propane) for high heat direct grilling.
Choosing the Right Grill
You can operate and excel with any type of grill at your home with time and practice. Choosing the right grill then comes down to a few other factors that will help guide you toward the right decision. Here are the questions to ask yourself when you’re doing your research.
What are you looking to cook?
With enough creativity you can grill anything, but you should still your main aim in mind with your grilling endeavor. Go with a smoker grill if you’re most interested in cooking hearty meats like ribs, brisket, and whole chickens, an open grill for quick cooking of foods like chops, burgers, and kebabs, and a gas grill for thicker meats and delicate fish.
Do you want a grill for entertaining or are you cooking for mostly just your family?
Big smokers and open flame grills are ideal for feeding a lot of people at once, since in addition to capacity they’re also well suited to large cuts of meat (hence the reason why they’re what you’ll usually find at barbecue competitions). If you’re mostly going to be cooking for yourself and your family though, any of the grill types will do.
How much do you want to learn?
Are you just looking for a way to enjoy some outdoor cooking or are you taking on grilling as a hobby? The sky is the limit with what you can do, but smokers and open flame grills are where it’s at when it comes to testing your skills and creating truly transformative BBQ. While you can certainly get creative with a gas grill, you won’t get a chance to play around with the flavors and textures imparted by smoke and direct flame.
Find Your Perfect Grill
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