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Choosing A Grill

Your first choice to make is- charcoal or gas? Since most taste tests indicate no significant flavor difference, the choice is a personal one. Consider how you plan to use your grill. Gas grills are usually initially more expensive, but generally cost less to operate in the long run. Some other things to look for include:

  • Choose a grill with preassembled and welded parts - This grill will be more stable and less likely to rust. Also, you should look for easy to follow instructions and die-cut parts for easy assembly
  • Choose a grill with a long warranty period
  • Choose a well known company

Charcoal Grills

Preferably, the grill will be made of high grade steel with a durable, porcelain enamel finish that has been baked on rather than sprayed on. This will help prevent rusting. Leg couplings should be welded on for added strength and stability. Other features to look for are:

  • Stainless Steel or nickel-plated cooking and charcoal grates
  • Stay cool plastic or wooden handles
  • Both direct and indirect cooking method options
  • Charcoal rails or fuel basket feature
  • A hinging cooking grate makes it easier to add briquets
  • Cleaning system that sweeps out the ashes for you
  • Thermometer to regulate the internal temperature of grill

Direct Cooking on a charcoal grill - Spread prepared coals evenly across the charcoal grate. Set the cooking grate over the coals and place food on the cooking grate. Place the lid on the grill and lift it only to turn food or to test for doneness at the end of the recommended cooking time.

Indirect Cooking on a charcoal grill - Arrange hot coals on either side of the grate. A drip pan placed in the center of the charcoal grate between the coals is useful to collect drippings that can be used for gravies and sauces. For longer cooking times, add water to the drip pan to keep drippings from burning. You will want to place the cooking grate over the coals and place the food on the cooking grate - centered over the drip pan or empty space. Lastly, place the lid on the grill and lift only to baste or check for doneness at the end of the suggested cooking time.

Gas Grills

Preferably, the grill will be made of high grade steel with a durable, porcelain enamel finish that has been baked on rather than sprayed on. This will help prevent rusting. Leg couplings should be welded on for added strength and stability. Other features to look for are:

  • Burners that cook food evenly, with no hot spots
  • Be sure the burner design allows for direct an indirect cooking methods
  • Angled steel bars below the cooking grate
  • Avoid lava rocks as they tend to collect grease which may cause flash fires
  • Optional side burners are nice to have for cooking sauces and other dishes
  • Side tables and condiment holders give you extra space for food preparation
  • Locking casters keep your grill in place for safer grilling

Direct cooking on a gas grill - Preheat the grill with all burners on High. Place food on the cooking grate and adjust the burners to the temperature noted on your recipe. Close the lid and lift to turn food or check food at the end of recommended cooking time.

Indirect cooking on a gas grill - Preheat the grill with all burners on High. Adjust the burners on each side of the food to the temperature noted in the recipe and turn off the burners directly below the food. You may want to place poultry, roasts, or large cuts of meat on a roasting rack. For longer cooking times, add water to the drip tray to keep drippings from burning.

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