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It's time to strap on the apron and grab the tongs because it's grilling season. Whether it's a charcoal, gas, electric grill or a smoker you're thinking about purchasing, here are a few shopping tips and safety reminders.
Grilling is the natural cooking choice for those who believe that things just taster better outdoors. There are lots of choices for the grill shopper, but the main decisions are which type and what size. Whatever your needs, you’ll find a grill to feed your cooking passion.
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Charcoal grills use charcoal briquettes, wood or a combination of both.
Gas grills use liquid propane (LP) or natural gas.
Some gas grills are equipped with infrared burners as an additional cooking feature. Infrared heat is from a radiant heat source, rather than hot rising air (convection) used in conventional grilling. Infrared elements heat up faster and therefore cook faster. So, if you’re new to infrared grilling - experiment, follow directions carefully and keep an eye on your food until you master the technique.
Electric grills must be near an electrical outlet.
Smokers are available in charcoal and electric models.
Still another option for the outdoor cooking aficionado is an outdoor stove. These freestanding one- to four-burner units are great for stews or seafood boils.
You can find everything from small hibachis for tailgating to trailer-mounted units built to handle a side of beef. Grill and smoker combinations are made for regular or slow cooking. Before shopping, determine:
Take care when placing your grill. The heat from cooking can be harmful to the siding of the house, particularly vinyl siding.
The cooking grid is available in different styles:
Read How to Clean and Maintain Your Grill for cleaning tips.
Grill accessories range from basic to specialized.
Grill Rocks, Stones and Plates
The familiar flavor produced by charcoal grilling comes from the juices of food dripping onto the hot charcoal. Gas grills use several materials to produce the same effect:
Always keep two important safety concerns in mind when grilling: