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 safety.

  • 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 little searching.

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