Three best barbecue grills

Allen Foster

According to the USDA, to be safe for consumption the internal temperature of meat must reach 145°F for beef, veal, and lamb; 160°F for hamburgers and pork; and 165°F for poultry.

Barbecue. Just hearing the word is enough to get you salivating. The distinct smoky flavor of thick, succulent meat that just melts in your mouth! There are few aches as undeniable as a hankering for fresh barbecue. Owning a grill means you can satiate that hunger whenever the craving strikes.

But what are the key elements you need to consider when looking for a barbecue grill? Which one is best for your needs? How much should you expect to spend?

Read on and learn.

Considerations when choosing barbeque grills

Temperature: Don't worry about the BTUs. Efficient grills have lower BTUs, so you could make a big mistake going solely for a larger number. Instead, focus on temperature. If you want to sear a steak at 500°F but the grill you're considering can only get up to 350°F, it's not the one for you.

Cooking surface: When cooking, you'll need up to about 100 square inches of grilling space per person. Just remember, that is actual cooking space and not warming rack or side-burner space. Some listings offer an inflated number that could cause you to buy a grill that is actually too small for your needs.

Number of burners: The more burners you have, the more variety in temperature you can have. If you want to be able to cook with direct and indirect heat at the same time, you'll want to consider a grill with three or more burners.

Smart features: Do you want to be able to monitor the internal temperature of your food in real time so you know when it's cooked to perfection? That option comes standard on some pricier grills. For the other models, you'll have to purchase an aftermarket accessory.

Barbecue grill prices: At $200, you start to find some decent-quality entry-level grills. These might not be very durable, but they will initiate you into the world of grilling. The more serious user will want to spend around $400. In that general range, you can expect quality, durability, and family-size units. Once you spend $600 or more, you should consider yourself a heavy-duty barbecue master. The models are large enough to feed a sizable family, plus you can get impressive durability along with the bells and whistles.


Q. Does stainless steel rust?

A. Yes, stainless steel will rust. Although rust won't affect a grill's performance, regular cleaning using water with mild detergent and a soft cloth is your best defense to extend the lifespan of your grill and keep it looking snazzy. Alternatively, grill wipes or a properly formulated cleaner can be used to clean the outside of your grill as well.

Q. What is indirect heat?

A. There are two ways to cook on a grill: direct heat and indirect heat. Direct heat is when the food is cooked quickly right over the heat source. Indirect heat is when the food is placed in a relatively cooler section of the grill that isn't directly over the heat source. Indirect cooking is best for thicker foods, such as roasts, ribs, and whole chickens.

Barbeque grills we recommend

Best of the best: Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 

Our take: A family-size, four-burner propane grill with a side burner and infrared technology for even heating.

What we like: Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared series of grills is designed to spread the heat evenly across the 525 square inches of cooking surface. It also has barriers to prevent flare-ups. Effortless start-up, an enclosed storage cabinet, porcelain-coated cast-iron grates, and a lid-mounted temperature gauge are all welcome features.

What we dislike: Assembly of this grill can be rather challenging. Be sure to read the instructions to understand how this unit needs to be cleaned.

Best bang for your buck: Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro 

Our take: A three-burner propane grill with a side shelf and side burner that is adequate for a small-to-midsize family.

What we like: The 3001 Grillin' Pro offers a great deal for its price. A durable, easy-start unit with 438 square inches of grilling area. The side shelf offers some bonus space, while the warming rack helps keep food hot until you've finished cooking.

What we dislike: Steel has inherent rust problems. In order to keep this unit in optimum shape, frequent cleaning is needed.

Choice 3: Weber Spirit II E-210 

Our take: A smaller two-burner, high-quality propane grill, best suited for two or three people (360 square inches of cooking surface).

What we like: A durable unit that features a remarkable grilling system, complete with easy ignition, burner tubes, flavorizer bars, and a grease management system. It is smart device-compatible and comes with a ten-year warranty.

What we dislike: Weber is costlier than other brands. The wheels on this particular model are rather fragile, so be very careful when moving it.


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