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Finding Your Best Barbecue Grills This Summer

Eating meat is bad for the planet, your health, and animal welfare, but since when has that stopped you from chomping down on a delicious carcass? Eating meat is bad for the planet, your health, and animal welfare, but since when has that stopped you from chomping down on a delicious carcass?

 

Take out the tongs — grill season is here again. But before you wrangle a batch of steaks from the butcher, make sure you’ve got the right grill. Though you can find everything from small hibachis for tailgating to trailer-mounted units big enough to take a side of beef, the grill you get should be a lifestyle fit.

Want a lifetime companion grill? Look for a stainless steel body with cast-iron grates. Do you do a lot of entertaining? While small cutlets and veggies can be cooked on a smaller surface, if you sometimes hanker for brisket, opt for a large charcoal grill or smoker instead. Grill a lot or a little? Weekend BBQers have the luxury of time, but frequent weeknight grillers might want electric or gas, which take less time to heat.

Don’t know which way to go? Here are three common types:

Charcoal Grills:

For the BBQ Purist

Though they take the longest to heat up (15-30 minutes), charcoal grills are not only the most economical to buy, they also impart more of that intense, smoky flavor grill aficionados love so much. A high heat output helps to seal in juices. When purchasing a charcoal grill, look for no-rust parts, hinged cooking grates, a chimney-style starter and air vents to control cooking temperatures.

Gas Grills:

For the Entertainer

Gas burns cleaner and is less expensive per use than charcoal briquettes. It also ignites quickly and heats up in about 10 minutes. Multiple burners allow you to simultaneously prepare accompanying dishes, while meat cooks more evenly and consistently due to precise temperature controls. These grills are great for frequent hosts, as each standard propane tank will get you about 25-30 grill sessions. Look for gas grills with individual burner controls, cast-iron grates and drip pans.

Electric Grills:

For the Fearful of Fire

Electric grills are great for spaces that can’t accommodate charcoal or gas. They’re also typically small, which makes them ideal for porches and patios — though you do need access to an electrical outlet. Advances in electric grill technology (plus the use of ceramic briquettes) help approximate a fire-grilled taste. Look for multiple nonstick surfaces, indication lights, side burners and a timer.

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