Whether or not the thermometer agrees, spring has sprung! And it’s never too early to start grilling and practicing some new recipes for this years’ big summer parties. Barbecues come in all shapes and sizes, from portable sizzlers and charcoal smokers, to six-burner, gas-powered grills. BBQ Tips are here to help you decide which one is best to suit you and all your grilling needs!
The go to grill is typically gas or charcoal – but there are even more barbecue types to choose from now than just those two! There are also Kamados, smokers and even electric barbecues, just to name a few.
Charcoal Grill: A Charcoal grill is the go-to for those who like their barbecues traditional and full of authentic, smoky flavours! A charcoal grill can take some getting used to when lighting, as it can be tricky. It can also take longer to reach cooking temperature, but due to this it has a much higher maximum temperature plus the added bonus of not having to handle gas canisters!
Gas Grill: Despite generally being more expensive, a gas grill is simple to get going and combines gas hobs and grill bars to give you a versatile yet easy-to-use outdoor cooker. The Gas canisters can be heavy to move around but the gas makes this type of grill very easy and quick to light, taking as little as 10 minutes to reach cooking temperature. A gas grill usually features dials which allow the griller to adjust gas flow and temperature control. Not to mention the lack of ash and coal makes it easier to clean.
Kamado Grill: Kamado grills are Japanese-style charcoal barbecues made out of heavy ceramic instead of metal. They retain heat and can last for a up to 12 hours of grilling. However, this long-lasting burn time means it can take a lot longer to cool down. Kamado grills also maintain a consistent temperature, which can be adjusted using air vents, making temperature adjustments can be tricky and takes practice. This slow and low approach is perfect for slow-cooking and smoking foods such as beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs.
Smoker: A smoker is the key piece of equipment used in all those classic American style meats. When smoking meat, there is a lot of preparation – and some food can take several hours to smoke. Whether it be beef briskets, pulled pork and sizzling ribs, this type of barbecue is perfect for all those budding pitmasters.
Electric Grill: An electric grill is great for those beginner barbecue enthusiasts. Despite being expensive to buy they’re perfect for cooking in a small space with no added fuss! Simply plug and go!
Portable barbecue: If you’re keen to pack up your grill and enjoy the summer views on a beach or camping ground, a portable barbecue can be a handy and versatile solution that lets you take your grilling experience anywhere you go!
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