How to Buy a Grill
AlamyBy Craig 'Meathead' Goldwyn
AmazingRibs.com, Barbecue Whisperer, Hedonism Evangelist, Omnivore
The snow has melted, the robins are back, and it's time to recycle that old piece of junk out back and get serious about amping up your outdoor cooking chops. But an online search or a trip to the big box store can be daunting. There are too many grills to count, too many options. There are small disposable units for tailgating, and huge monsters that attach to your tailgate and have as many wheels as your SUV.
And they range in price. A nice hibachi that can make great steaks (really) can be had for only $15, and not long ago I saw a stainless steel job with six wheels in my neighborhood hardware store that said "Financing Available"!
A good grill is an essential tool for the modern cook, not just as a backyard diversion, but a second oven. What it does best is create meat, seafood, and vegetables with a unique flavor, and, because of the high heat, it can come closer to turning out steakhouse meat than anything you can do with most indoor ovens. If configured properly it can even smoke roast low and slow as well as a dedicated smoker.
This article is a guide to helping you decide what features you want when shopping for a grill. But there is no single answer to the question "What is the best grill?" because the question lacks two essential words: "for me". Before you go shopping, ask your self what you want to cook. Ribs? Steaks? Two very very different cooking processes are needed.