How to Pick Your Perfect Grill


A004_C003_0101GMNothing beats a thick, juicy burger branded with grill lines, except maybe a steak with a perfect sear! The outdoor grill is the centerpiece of the backyard kitchen. BBQ grills offer even novice home cooks a simple way to prepare delicious meals with distinctive flavors while enjoying the outdoors. Eighty percent of all households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, reports the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (H.P.B.A.).

But how do you pick the perfect grill? There are several things to consider, including the grill’s size, features and fuel type. Choosing a new grill by fuel type is most common. Whether you’re a fan of gas grills or die-hard charcoal grillmaster, we’ve got the facts you need and the tips you want for picking the perfect grill.

Gas Grills

Most gas grills use propane as the fuel source. However, natural gas is an option as well. A grill fueled by natural gas uses a residential gas line, making this type of grill low-maintenance and easy to use. Grills fueled by propane tanks require changing out the tank or refilling the tank once it’s been depleted.

Propane grills and natural gas grills burn cleaner than a charcoal grill, but won’t provide that distinctive smoky or charcoal taste that charcoal grills provide. Gas grills have an electric starter and ignite quickly, which is a plus when you have a hungry group to feed. With a gas grill you’ll experience more even cooking temperatures versus charcoal. There’s also less mess — no charcoal or ashes to remove after grilling.

Charcoal Grills

If you dream of grilled meats and vegetables infused with an intense, open-flame flavor, then a charcoal grill is the best choice. A bit of patience is required with charcoal cooking, but the flavor rewards are immense. Once the charcoal has been lit, it can take about 15 to 20 minutes for the coals to get hot enough for cooking, so meal planning is key. Charcoal grills in general tend to cost less than gas grills and often are quite lightweight, making them ideal if they need to moved.

Electric Grills

Perfect for small patios and balconies, the electric grill does require an electrical outlet for use. These little gems don’t take long to heat up and can reach the high temperatures desired for searing meat and other proteins.


Choose a smoker for slow-cooking large quantities of meat at one time. Slow smoke racks of ribs, a whole turkey, roasts or several links of sausage. You can even smoke fish and vegetables like zucchini, eggplant and asparagus. For more versatility, look for one that can use both charcoal and aromatic wood for that deep, smoky flavor.

Portable Grills

Sometimes you just need to take that grilling goodness on the road. Portable grills are ideal for tailgating, camping, picnics and other outdoor events. Whether you choose a charcoal style or gas portable grill, look for models with strong, heavy grilling plates made from durable materials like stainless steel. It should be sturdy and yet easy to transport.

When choosing any type of backyard grill look for durability and stability, you don’t want it to wiggle when you’re trying to cook. Consider how much you’re likely to grill at one time, which helps determine how much cooking surface is needed. Don’t forget to consider side burners and food prep space.


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Get Your Grill Ready For Memorial Day Weekend!


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and summer marks the start of grilling season. What better way to celebrate the warm weather than with some barbeque? Your BBQ grill has probably been sitting, unused, for months… and the last time it was opened was when you took off your final burger last summer. Did you clean it?

Let’s face it… your grill needs a good spring cleaning to welcome in the summer season. In just 5 steps you’ll have a clean BBQ and even better tasting food on Memorial Day. So without further ado, let’s get to work!

Before you begin, please make sure your grill is off and the propane tank is disconnected.

Step 1

Fill a bucket or pan with warm soapy water. Remove grates and place them in to soak.

Step 2

If you have a charcoal grill, remove the coal grate and brush out the insides. If you have a gas grill, remove briquettes, lava rocks or metal flame shield to expose the burner. Clean out any ash and residue around the burners. When you’re finished, make sure the burner is in place and did not shift during cleaning. Cleaning the burners is important, as they can accumulate grease and food which leads to uneven temperatures along your surface.

Step 3

Use a wire brush and a little soapy water to gently scrub the inside surfaces of your grill. If you have a gas grill, brush off the briquettes, lava rocks or wash metal flame shield in warm soapy water. Remove any particles from the grill and reassemble.

Step 4

Remove cooking grates from the water and brush them clean with a wire brush. Then spray them down with cooking oil. This prevents your grill from rusting and ensures a long life. Put the grates back on the grill.

Step 5

Allow the whole grill to air dry after cleaning. Once you grill again, give an extra five minutes of heating time to make sure any cleaning residue has burnt off.

For great tasting food, keeping your grill clean is essential. Optimally, you should use this method to clean your BBQ grill after every 3-4 uses. Remember: a clean grill is a happy grill!  May your burgers be juicy and your wings crispy this Memorial Day Weekend as you cook them on pristine grates..

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