The Best Charcoal Grill
For successful barbecuing, the best charcoal grill will have the right mix of features put together with high quality construction.
Depending on the type of cooking you plan to do, and the amount of food
you want to cook, a good quality charcoal grill can be found within a
wide range of prices.
Charcoal Grill Features
If you're in the market for a charcoal grill, consider the following
points. Look at each feature, and get the best you can afford.
Solid and Heavy Construction - A well built grill will last for
many years with proper care. It'll also be easier to maintain a steady
temperature. Sturdy legs will add to stability and provide greater
A Tightly Fitting Lid - The lid traps the heat...a leaking lid
will make temperature control difficult. The lid should have a tightly
attached, durable handle for safety. A bonus is an interior hook that
allows you to hang the lid on the side of the grill.
A Lid Mounted Thermometer - Gives a constant readout of the
temperature of the cooking chamber. Ideally, it should be located to one
side of the lid, at food level. Optionally, the probe of a remote
digital thermometer can be placed near the food, with the probe tip just
above the meat.
Air Intake and Exhaust Controls - Very important for precise
temperature control. Weber grills have three adjustable vents on the
bottom, and one at the top. Look for adjustors that seal tightly so you
can shut off the air completely when done.
Adequate Charcoal and Food Capacity - You can BBQ in a small
grill, but it's just easier in a larger grill. There is more room to
correctly position the food, and a greater charcoal capacity which
provides longer uninterrupted cooking times.
The best charcoal grill for you will have the right mix
of features at a quality and price that you can live with. You may even
find a great bargain at a garage sale. Keep your eyes open if you're on a
tight budget. You can find the perfect grill at the right price with a
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