As the seasons change and we prepare ourselves for a shift to warmer activities and pastimes. Naturally, we think of outdoor grilling.
Everyone has a place in their hearts that understands how synonymous backyard BBQs are with warmer weather, eating mouthwatering foods, and spending quality time with friends and family. I find nostalgia when I am walking my dog and suddenly, the sweet smoky smell hits my nostrils… “someone is grilling”. The sensational sound the food makes when it touches the grill. Those sizzle marks that adore your steak creating a benevolent masterpiece. An experience of which we all relish in.
There is something for everyone when it comes to grills and outdoor cooking. You may want something small and portable. Perhaps you want something more glorious in your backyard. Do you like a stronger smoky flavor, or not at all? What does your budget allow for? Right now, happens to be a good time to find a sale on grills. It is the beginning of the season while competition and inventory are high. All valid things to consider when choosing yours. So, what is the best grill for you? Let my list of best outdoor grills to buy guide you in the right direction.
You will go to BBQ land with this grill. Smoke, bake, braise, roast, grill, barbeque, char-grill, and sear. This is the quintessential barbeque grill with 8 in1 cooking versatility made from heavy duty steel with an eye-catching black onyx finish. If you love smoked meats, this grill by Pit Boss is considered one of the smokiest for big flavor. The slide plate feature for direct flame grilling is perfect for truly wood fired meats. It is much larger than your average pellet smoker and not only one of the sturdiest made from thick steel, but also one of the most affordable amongst similar builds. It is easy to operate with its built-in digital control panel and has plenty of workspace with a folding front and under table. This grill may not have all the bells and whistles that you see with a gas grill, but it does a lot, and it does it really well. From classic barbeque grilling to smoking meats, this grill will serve you well for many years.
The grill that lets you cook everything at once, in one place. If you spend a lot of time with your grill or often cook for others, this may be the perfect grill for your outdoor kitchen.
This Rolls Royce of outdoor BBQ grill by Weber is high on my list for a reason. This dream of a BBQ grill has it all. The materials used and craftsmanship make this grill virtually indestructible. The high powered 10,000 BTU sear burner and heavy 9mm cooking grates perfectly retains heat creating the best sear marks. Only the best outdoor grilling stations can boast a 12,000 BTU per hour side burner that is large enough for sauce and Sautee pans, large work surfaces that flank both sides of the grill, and a spacious storage area with plenty of space for your LP tank and all the grilling tools you need to keep close. There is an integrated smoker box with a separate dedicated 6,800 BTU input burner and a tuckaway rotisserie with a rear mounted infrared burner. The heavy-duty spit can hold up to two birds and when not in use, the rotisseries motor tucks away inside the side table. This grill even has an LED button scale which displays the gauge of your fuel level and grill out handle lights with sensors that turns on when you lift the lid highlighting your food if you’re cooking after dark.
No matter if you’re looking for an outdoor electric grill and charcoal grill, Broil King is widely known for their top-notch quality and amongst the most popular brands. This offset smoker is a top pick as it has the perfect portfolio of the classic grill. It does everything you need it to and more. The larger than it appears cooking chamber with 2 charcoal trays allows for low and slow smoking and high temperature charcoal searing while the offset chamber infuses your food with that wonderful smoky flavor. The large chamber can be setup for a two-stage fire for numerous methods of direct and indirect grilling. The front shelf has enough size to prepare your food along with tool hooks and another much studier bottom shelf for much needed extra storage. One small detail that I think is great is the handy bottle opener attached to the side. A drink in one hand and flipping burgers with the other. Truly the perfect quality grill at one of the best values.
This is a great all-around cooking machine. It has all the benefits and features of other grill islands, allowing you to cook just about anything on your grill in any style you choose. However, it has a few extra interesting details worth mentioning that just might add a little extra delicious to your food. This grill shows off 5 dual tube burners with 2 rims of flame on each burner. This adds more fire per square inch efficiently distributing even heat for precision cooking. Broil King also has a trademarked Flav-R-Wave cooking system which essentially vaporizes any juice dripping down and infuses those flavors it back into the food and once again, ensures more even heat distribution (this is specially engineered, these guys really care about grilling). Another kingly feature is what they call “precise zone control” which allows you to use a section of your grill as a sear zone. Broil King’s mission is about family entertainment and when you look at how easy this grill is to use and maintain along with the value in cost without sacrificing quality, you clearly see why.
Two other notable outdoor grills are the easy to use Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill which you literally plug in and grill. The portable grill is reliable in any situation, fits 6 burgers comfortably and is affordable.
The other classic choice is the Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill. It is a basic charcoal grill with no fancy gadgets, but it cooks delicious food just the same. The 22-inch version is a good size. If you want a reliable grill on a low budget or just love the nostalgia of the classic BBQ charcoal grill, this is a good choice and is built to last.
One of my favorite top grill choices is this outdoor oven by Deco Chef. It is a durable and portable oven that uses wood pellets as fuel (with baking stone for pizza). This powerful oven heats up to 950 degrees cooking just about anything in minutes while adding extra flavors from the pellets you choose. The food tastes great, it’s fun, easy to use, easy to clean and you can take it anywhere.
The most important thing to remember is that BBQ and grilling bring passion and soul into outdoor cooking. It is in our backyard. We take it camping and tailgating. It enhances quality time with friends. It creates memorable moments and honors the taste buds. Enjoy it!