I’m always asked, “What makes a barbecue grill good?”, and my response usually consists of exclaiming how much of a loaded question that is. There are several factors that come together to determine whether anything is ‘good’, and that is especially true when the subject that is being judged is as sophisticated as a barbecue grill. The next inquiry I find myself faced with usually questions my stance, because to most people a barbecue grill isn’t anything complicate. You simply fire it up and cook some meals.
What Goes into a Good Barbecue Grill?
1) Grill Type
So, you’re all set to buy yourself a new grill, but your shopping experience has been anything but fruitful. The mistake most buyers start off with is looking into the specifications of each grill closely too soon, instead of stepping back and analyzing the entire picture.
Generally, there are three types of barbecue grills:
Each of these comes with its own requirements, own precautions, and most importantly, own flavor. Gas grills are the most common one these days, and for good reason. They tend to be easy to set up and use, require an adequate amount of space, and still leave meat tasting authentically barbecued. Charcoal, on the other hand, are a struggle to get started. The use of charcoal also means that you’ll be left with a bigger mess to clean up, but nobody can deny that charcoal-barbecued meat tastes the best. Electric grills are the least common, despite being the easiest to use and maintain. This can be attributed to the fact that the resulting product does not taste as ‘authentic’.
One of the simpler factors. What sort of audience do you plan on serving barbecued goodness to, and how large is the meat you plan on using? A bigger grill means more maintenance and more labor when grilling, but it allows for a lot more meat to be prepared at once, and enables many to be fed. On the other hand, a smaller grill means more time barbecuing, but its size is a lot more manageable.
3) Miscellaneous Features
Grills consist of many components, some more necessary than others. Enthusiast grillers tend to keep a keen eye on what else their prospective barbecue grill might offer, such as side burners, lighting, extra cooking levels, and many other components.
An obvious factor. How much are you willing to break for your grill? The last three factors will also determine the base price, but aside from that customers must consider the product’s longevity. A cheaper grill may be easier on the finances, but what has been sacrificed to achieve this price point? Would spending a bit more on a grill that is guaranteed to last longer be worth it in the end?
Barbecue grills can be sophisticated beasts, and being knowledgeable about what you plan on putting down money for is key in ensuring you’re left happy, satisfied, and most importantly, full!