What Type is Right For You?
When you are just starting out with your barbecue career, you will want to make sure that you choose the right type of barbeque equipment. There is a variety a different equipment on the market today. You can choose from regular charcoal grills to smokers. No matter what you are looking for, there is something out there for you.
Charcoal grills are the most inexpensive and probably one of the most popular types of grills. Charcoal grills are easy to assemble, affordable and easy to use. They require coal and lighter fluid. It may take a while for a charcoal grill to light, but once it does, it will cook food to perfection. Many people prefer a charcoal grill over a gas grill because it tends to give the most authentic barbecue taste.
Gas grills come in two different varieties. You can get a gas grill build right in to your patio and tap into the gas line of your house. In such a case, you have to have a certified technician install the grill These are generally more expensive than portable gas grills as they are stationary and require little or no maintenance. You do not have to buy supplies for the permanent gas grill.
Portable gas grills are more affordable and usually run on propane. You have to purchase propane tank or even two during the summer months when you are barbecuing. The amount of propane that you use will be reflected by how much barbecuing you are doing. Buying propane usually entail taking the empty tank to the propane dealer and replacing it with another tank. Most gas stations will no longer refill a new tank and will stick you with an older tank already filled, much to the chagrin of those who have brand new grills and brand new propane tanks.
Smoking is similar to barbecuing only you smoke the entire meat or food in a smoker that is usually lit by coals. Instead of using an open flame or even red hot coals to cook the food, it is smoked. It takes longer but has a smoked, tasty flavor. Smokers are about the same price as a portable gas barbecue grill.
The type of barbecue grill you choose depends a lot on how much you barbeque as well as your budget. Your tastes also come in to play. Many people enjoy using a charcoal grill because it gives more of an authentic taste. You can get large charcoal grills with shelves and all the bells and whistles, just as you can get a gas grill. Others prefer the stationary gas grill because they do not have to mess with charcoal, propane or lighter fluid. You simply turn on the gas like you are turning on the oven and it is lit and ready to go. Most people who have smokers also have grills and use the smokers for whole meats.
Anything you can cook in an oven, you can cook on a grill. The type of grill that you purchase is up to your, you needs and your budget. While it may cost about $500 to get a permanent gas grill installed, you have to consider the fact that you will no longer have to buy propane, charcoal or lighter fluid. The grill will go on when you light it with no questions asked. This is well worth it for many people who dislike fighting the wind and other problems when it comes to lighting the grill. The only negative aspect about a stationary gas grill is that you cannot take it with you on picnics. None the less, you can buy a cheap, $10 Weber grill for such occasions.
One other type of outdoor grill that is not used that often any longer is a hibachi. This is a small, table top grill that works with coals. The hibachi was popular in the1960s because of its size and the fact that you could cook meals quickly with it. Not too many people own a hibachi any longer.