Summer BBQ Buying Guide
Is there any better way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather than by grilling in the great outdoors? Whether you want to tap into your inner caveman and cook up Flintstone-sized ribs or you want to keep it lean with fish and veggies, GAYOT has you covered with the Best Barbecue Grills.
These charcoal, gas and propane grills promise all the bells and whistles needed for an epic BBQ cookout, plus they come at different price points for every budget.
1) Weber 741001 Charcoal Grill | 2) Char-Broil 180 Electric Grill | 3) Camp Solutions BBQ Grill, Stainless Steel | 4) Hape Gourmet BBQ Grill | 5) Napoleon BILEX605RBINSS Natural Gas | 6) George Foreman GP200R Portable Grill | 7) Weber 50060001 Q1000 Grill | 8) Steel Fire Ring Camping Park Grill | 9) Master Cook Smart Space Living Gas Grill | 10) Cal Flame LBK-402-A Stucco Gas Grill | 11) Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range | 12) Broil King Regal S440 Pro Gas Grill | 13) Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Gas Grill | 14) Bull Outdoor Products 87049 Gas Drop-In Grill | 15) Weber 721001 Smokey Charcoal Smoker | 16) Camp Chef Professional Barbecue Box | 17) Char-Broil Standard Electric Smoker | 18) Pit Boss 71220 Kamado BBQ Ceramic Grill | 19) 32″ deluxe stainless charcoal kebab grill | 20) Rancher Fire Pit Charcoal Grill | 21) Party Griller Charcoal Barbecue Grill | 22) Blackstone 3-in-1 Kabob Charcoal Grill | 23) SANNO BBQ Compact Folding Portable Grill | 24) Smoke Hollow VT280B1-VTS Vector Series Gas Grill | 25) Kingsford OGD2001901-KF Grill | 26) Heavy Duty Park Style Charcoal Grill | 27) Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods Gas Grill | 28) Masterbuilt 20150414R Electric Grill | 29) Fox Outfitters Stainless Steel BBQ Grill | 30) Kuuma Stow and Go 160 Propane Grill | 31) Mongolian BBQ Grill | 32) Commercial LP Gas BBQ Grill | 33) Rotisserie Grill Roaster Stainless Steel | 34) Smoke Hollow 205 Gas Grill | 35) Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill | 36) Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle | 37) VMI M-00118 Round Charcoal BBQ Grill | 38) Dyna-Glo DGE Series Propane Grill | 39) Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gas Grill | 40) Char-Broil Charcoal Grill, 780 |
The Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer. You’ll start to find that as your head home from your day you will be walking by the scent of delicious food being cooked on the grill.
Barbecue is perfect summertime food, and it can be made as decadent or as healthy as you like. If you are looking to purchase a new barbecue but are not sure what type to get or what to look for, read on! We’ve got different types of barbecues, the benefits and drawbacks to each, and even a recipe fit for the grill type.
Why it’s Great! A gas grill uses either propane or natural gas to provide the heat. Gas grills are easy to use, hold their temperature well and they can reach high temperatures quickly. This type of grill is great for your every night dinner and perfect for cooking foods that don’t need a lot of time like seafood and steak. There is very little clean-up required post-cooking, and propane and natural gas are much cheaper than charcoal.
What to Look For: Make sure the grill has a gas gauge and a thermometer. Look for stainless steel grill plates over porcelain and if you’re looking for barbecue that will last, look for a full-top stainless steel model. Unless you’re in a small apartment and need something smaller, look for a grill that has at least a 500-600 square inch surface.
This will allow you to cook multiple foods and feed a number of people at the same time, and it also lets you use indirect heat for foods that require longer cooking like roasted chicken. If you plan on making lots of roasted food consider purchasing a grill that comes with a rotisserie attachment.
Things to Keep in Mind: The biggest drawback to using a gas grill is the flavour, or lack thereof. Because gas grills don’t use fire, you don’t get the smoky flavor that comes with using a charcoal grill. It can also be difficult to cook foods for long periods over a low heat.
Cost: The cost of a gas grill can range widely, but there are 3 main categories: low end, mid range and high end.
Why it’s Great! Charcoal grills use the heat and smoke from charcoal (which is actually wood and not coal) to heat your food. Using charcoal gives your food the maximum smoky barbecue flavor. Many purists consider this the only type of true barbeque.
This grill is great for when you have an afternoon free and want to spend some time outside, perhaps drinking a few beers while you monitor your food. Charcoal grills are simple to set up, fairly easy to maintain and last a long time. The price of a charcoal grill is typically cheaper than the price of a gas grill.
What to look for: The first thing you need to consider is what size grill you want, these grills can vary in size, but the standard sizes for charcoal grills are 18” 22” and 26”. Look for a sturdy base with a cover that closes tightly. There should also be vents in the lid that can control the airflow. To make clean-up easier look for single-handed ash cleaning system.
Things to Keep in Mind: Getting the grill to heat up takes a lot longer than gas grills so it’s not an ideal grill when you are short on time. Maintaining the correct temperature is not too complicated of a process, but you do have to monitor your grill much more often than a gas grill. Charcoal is more expensive than gas so even though the price of the grill is cheaper, in the long run a charcoal grill my cost you more.
Cost: Charcoal grills range from $50 to around $400. You can find these grills at your local department store and also at speciality stores. The most popular charcoal grill on the market is the Webber Kettle Grill with the 18.5” size retailing for $150.
Why it’s Great! These bullet or rocket style grills are made for all day, low and slow cooking. They are made to cook with smoke at a low temperature, typically around 225 degrees. This is the grill you want if you’re into preparing tough cuts of meat like ribs, brisket and pulled pork. It’s also rather stylish and may attract comments from your neighbours.
What to Look For: Smokers can be fueled by many sources including propane and even electricity, however charcoal and wood are the most common types of fuel used. Typically even the smallest smokers are large in size and can feed a sizable family, but if you throw a lot of backyard parties you can purchase smokers than can feed 100 people or more. Make sure the unit has a good seal and that that there are vents for airflow.
Things to Keep in Mind: Time is the biggest constraint with a smoker. Because it’s most commonly used for tough cuts of meat, it can take a long time to thoroughly cook them at low temperatures. Meals prepared in these grills are best for weekends, or any time when you have a full day to devote to cooking. Also if you like to grill fish and steaks this may not be the best choice of grill for you.
Cost: Smoker grills can range in price, but on average you can expect to pay around $400-$800 for the smoker. The type of fuel you choose will also affect the price, with propane being cheaper than charcoal. The popular (and cutely named) Big Green Egg retails for around $750. What’s great about this smoker is that it can also function as a grill and oven.