What to look for in a Grill

Serves: 5



With more choices than ever, buying a grill can be almost as daunting as purchasing a car or a computer. Here’s what I look for when buying a grill.

Charcoal Grills

Essential features (applies to hibachis, table grills, kettle grills, and 55-gallon drums):

- Sturdy, nonwobbly legs

- A heavy-gauge metal bowl or firebox with a tight-fitting lid (except hibachis they have no lid)

- A grate at the bottom of the bowl for holding the charcoal

- Air vents on both the top and bottom for temperature control (except hibachis they have no top vents)

- A solid-feeling cooking grate (in the case of a hibachi or table grill, one that’s easy to raise and lower)

- Wooden or heatproof handles

Desirable optional features:

- A built-in thermometer

- Slotted metal or wire side baskets to hold the coals for indirect cooking

- A hinged grate that offers easy access to the fire, so you can add coals as needed

- An ash catcher on the bottom for easy cleaning and disposal

- A side table for additional workspace

- Fittings for a rotisserie

Gas Grills

Essential features:

- Sturdy construction

- A thick, heavy firebox and tight-fitting lid for even heat conduction

- Electric ignition

- At least two (preferably three) separate heating zones

- Adjustable controls that enable you to set the grill on high, medium, and low. The high setting should give you a consistent grilling temperature of 500°F. This usually (but not always) means a grill with at least 33,000 BTUs.

- A gas gauge

- A built-in thermometer

Desirable optional features:

- Side tables for extra workspace

- A gas burner on one side for heating sauces and accompaniments

- Fittings for a rotisserie and smoker box

- A warming rack

- A spider guard for keeping insects out of the burners

- A glass window in the cover

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