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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Top 5 ways you can grill this season

Maybe the weather is nice and you can’t wait to get out there to do some grilling, or maybe you are hoping to recreate the experience indoor, whatever the reason, as you begin shopping for a barbecue, you may soon find yourself overwhelmed with different choices and terminology.

So, to make your life easier, we broke it down into a top 5 for you. Here they are in no particular order (links to products' Amazon pages):

The gas grill

The ease and convenience of the gas grill has made it the most popular option for grilling for the past two decades. Gas grills are fastest to light up, are easier to temperature control, and often have more accessories than charcoal grills.

(The model illustrates to the left is the Char-Broil Classic 480 Gas Grill with Side Burner)

Though a higher initial investment, the convenience of a gas grill makes up for it. Simply fire it up and you are ready to  grill in no time.
Gas barbecues can be fitted to propane tank or a house’s natural gas line and some models may have the option of an infrared burner for a high temperature even sear.

The gas grill with infrared burner

Infrared barbecues are gas grills with a (or more) infrared burner(s). Infrared technology allows for much higher heat. Though hotter is not always better, the high infrared heat is the best way to get a good even sear with a gas barbecue.

(The model illustrated to the left is the  Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill)

Infrared barbecues come in different shapes and sizes and are generally more expensive than normal gas grills.

Charcoal grills

Many die-hard BBQ enthusiasts will swear by charcoal. When smoking or slow cooking charcoal can impact a flavor that gas grill can’t. Charcoal grills can also burn hotter than a regular gas barbecue, so they can be better for searing. In general, charcoal grills require more time and effort. For many, grilling with charcoal becomes more about an experience than simply cooking food.

(The model illustrated to the left is the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill in copper finish.)

Charcoal grills can range in prices and sizes and can have many different features. A grill with an air tight lid and nicely placed vents is best for slow cooking. Some famous charcoal grill design include hibachi-style grills and kamado-style grills.

Kamado-Style barbecues

Kamado-style grills are inspired by Japanese clay ovens. They are great for cooking and smoking and can also function as a pizza or bread oven. Kamado grills are great at retaining and evenly distributing heat.
(The model illustrated to the left is the Primo Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill)
Kamado-style bbqs are coveted by many foodies and barbecue enthusiasts for their diversity and precision.

Electric Grills
Let’s face it, you may not always have the luxury of grilling outdoors, and this is where a good electric grill can come in handy. Electric grills also have the advantage of better temperature control.
(The model illustrated to the left is the Weber Q Series Portable Grill)
Electric grills come in many shapes and sizes and have the advantage of being able to be used safely indoors. They are also generally safer than charcoal or gas grills as they pose little to no risks of fly-away materials or of explosion.

For more product reviews and peace of mind decision making check out our other top 5 videos on the Top 5 Network YouTube channel. 
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