Summertime is when most people love to fire up their grill and cook all kinds of food, such as: hamburgers and steak to pizza or vegetables. Arguments between those who like gas, pellet, or charcoal grills popup among barbecuing enthusiasts, but most agree that charcoal grilling gives food a distinctive and pleasant flavor.
There are many charcoal grills on the market, as simple as the poor man’s charcoal grill (which looks like a traditional trash can,) to fancy grill setups. Whatever you decide to buy, know that you will enjoy using your charcoal grill during the summer. Examine the features of charcoal grills and match them up with your needs when you are ready to purchase. This will give you the greatest tool for enjoying outdoor barbecue.
Best Grill under $400
This Weber product has a porcelain enameled bowl (measuring 22 inches) which gives you 363 square inches of grilling surface. The Weber: 22-Inch Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill (15501001) comes with a lid and has an electronic “Touch-N-Go” gas ignition system. The lid has a built in thermometer and a removable LCD timer for cooking.
Other features on this Weber Performer include: a removable high capacity aluminum ash catcher, and one touch cleaning system made of aluminized steel. Also included in this deluxe charcoal grill are an all weather storage container that keeps charcoal dry and away from the elements.
Users agree that it is a good looking and well designed grill that performs above expectations. Many have found that the preparation area which sits next to the grill is very helpful for holding supplies while they are grilling. One owner appreciates the hooks that are built into the base of the grill which is designed to hold a cleaning brush, cooking fork, and spatula. Others have said this is the best grill they have ever owned, and one person who had to contact customer service about this grill thinks that Weber has the best customer service.
Best Barrel Charcoal Grill to Buy
Owners of this Kingsford Barrel Charcoal Grill will have 793 square inches of cooking space, perhaps enough to invite the whole neighborhood to a cook-out! The cooking grate on this barrel grill is cast iron.
The bottom rack and side rack both expand out for users to have more space to hold food and supplies when cooking. The grill is built into a wheeled cart for easy movement of the grill wherever you need it. A thermometer is included for your precise control over the temperature of foods you are cooking. Kingsford included a removable ash pan for ease in clean up.
One owner of this grill said that it is made out of heavy gauge metal and is built to last. They recommend that new owners coat the inside and outside of the grill with vegetable oil (much as you would a new cast iron pan) to season it. Others mentioned the easy and quick assembly as a part of why they like this barrel charcoal grill.
Top Portable Charcoal Round Kettle
If you live in an apartment or small home with very little space to have a traditional sized grill, consider this little number by well known grill maker Char-Broil. The grill – Char-Broil: 14-Inch Portable Charcoal Round Table Top Grill (CBRT-1400/S) can be taken camping, tailgating, and on picnics as well. It may be small, but this portable table top grill gives users 151 square inches of cooking space (about eight chicken breasts or hamburgers can fit on the grate at the same time).
Char-Broil has given this grill a porcelain finish coating that helps protect it from fading and rust. A vented ash catcher is built into the bottom of the unit for easy clean up of ashes after grilling is done and ashes have cooled.
A customer who purchased this grill said that it took about five minutes to put it together. Other owners agree that it is well made and makes a decent amount of food despite its small size.
While many people purchase this item to cook food while they are camping, or tailgating, apartment living may be enhanced by using this grill.
Grilling is fun and easy once you learn how to manage the charcoals and understand cooking times. There are many different kinds of grills at most price points, so just about anyone can afford to buy a charcoal grill. If you like to have new food experience while cooking, consider purchasing accessories that give you more options, such as baking a pizza in your grill or pans that make it easy to grill vegetables.