The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Charcoal Grills
There are a lot of different kinds of charcoal grills that offer many different features. I’ve picked the 36 best charcoal grills from the simple kettle grill to large full functional charcoal grills.
1) Char-Griller 2828 Charcoal Grill | 2) Char-Broil Portable CB500X Charcoal Grill | 3) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill | 4) Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Gas Grill | 5) Americana The Swinger | 6) iHOMEARD BBQ Grill | 7) Pit Boss 71220 Kamado BBQ Ceramic Grill | 8) Char-Griller 1515 Patio Grill | 9) Smoke Hollow 6500 LP Smoker Grill | 10) Z-grills Wood Pellet BBQ Grill | 11) Pit Boss Grills 72820 Grill | 12) Party Griller 32″ x 11″ Charcoal Barbecue Grill | 13) Royal Gourmet Charcoal Grill | 14) Portable Dual Fuel Outdoor Grill | 15) Char-Broil 4-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill | 16) PK Grills PK360 Grill | 17) Built In Grill BKB 401 Brick Bbq Kit | 18) Party Griller 32” Charcoal Grill | 19) Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC-D Charcoal Grill | 20) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill | 21) Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill | 22) Pro Series Charcoal Wagon BBQ Grill | 23) PK Grills The Original PK Grill & Smoker | 24) Grekitchen BBQ Grill | 25) Coleman Table Top Charcoal Grill | 26) KitchenAid Cart-Style Charcoal Grill | 27) Old Smokey Charcoal Grill | 28) Mini Stainless Steel Grill | 29) Expert Grill 24-Inch Charcoal Grill | 30) Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 LP Gas Charcoal Grill | 31) Weber 121020 Charcoal Grill | 32) Weber 1211001 18-Inch Portable Grill | 33) Weber 1141001 Gas Grill | 34) Char-Griller Charcoal Grill | 35) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill | 36) Weber 15301001 Charcoal Grill |
Trying to find the right grill for your backyard?
Charcoal grills are a favorite among outdoor BBQ enthusiasts because of the unique flavor and the cooking experience you can only get from cooking with charcoal.
This guide will cover everything you need to know about charcoal grills.
We will breakdown everything from how charcoal grills work, to the different fuel choices and some questions you should ask yourself to help you find your perfect fit.
Take a look and see what has made charcoal grilling a staple in American grilling.
How Does A Charcoal Grill Work?
Cooking with a charcoal grill takes time and attention to detail.
Charcoal is loaded in the chamber just under the grill grate and is the fuel source. When burned, the charcoal will transform into embers radiating heat up toward the top vent.
Temperature is controlled by adjusting the top or bottom vents allowing more oxygen in or less. More results in a higher temperature and less oxygen to cool it down.
Types Of Charcoal Grills
There are a few types of charcoal grills. Some grills are square, round, or rectangular, some have lids while others do not, and some may or may not have a venting system for heat control.
The majority of charcoal grills fit into these categories.
The ceramic grill is the most versatile and effective type of charcoal grill because the ceramic chamber retains heat and moisture more efficiently than any other charcoal grill option.
Not only can these charcoal grills be used for grilling and smoking, but for baking pizza at 500 degrees as well. This is made possible by the excellent heat retention properties of the ceramic shell that can produce temperatures of up to 750 °F.
The top and bottom air vent control the temperature. Careful attention to the vent system and understanding that adjusting the airflow is key to controlling the temperature. These high quality charcoal grills can be used to cook anything that fits with perfectly even heat distribution.
Barrel grills are the kind of grill that look like someone sliced a steel barrel in half lengthwise. It’s hinges are attached so the top half forms the lid and the bottom half forms the charcoal holding chamber.
The vents that control airflow and temperature are cut into the top and bottom of the barrel. A chimney to control smoke from escaping attaches to the lid.
With the lid closed, heat can then be controlled with vents. Other designs may contain other features such as a smoke box, but the same basic barrel design does not change.
The kettle grill is composed of a lid, cooking grid, charcoal grid, lower chamber, venting system, and legs. Some models include an ash catcher pan and wheels. The lower chamber that holds the charcoal is shaped like a kettle, giving the grill its name.
The key to the kettle grills’ cooking abilities is its shape. The kettle design is meant to distribute heat evenly.
When the hood is down on the grill, it prevents flare-ups from dripping grease by controlling oxygen intake, and allows heat to circulate around the food as it cooks. It also holds in flavor-enhancing smoke produced by the dripping grease and smoldering charcoals.