Many people don’t understand how much the quality of the grill can have an effect on the quality of their grilling. All quality grills must have three aspects in balance, heat production, retention and distribution. If heat production is too high or too low, the food won’t cook correctly.
The same applies to heat retention and distribution. This goes for all charcoal grills and gas grills or for any grill for that matter. Understanding how these aspects need to be balanced are keys to getting a quality grill. Of course, the grill is not all of the equation as the quality and type of charcoal play a vital role as well.
Charcoal has been a mainstay of cooking since the dawn of time but modern charcoal has changed somewhat in the process by which it is produced. For grillers, what is important is the quality and consistency of the charcoal. One of the common forms is the charcoal briquette, originally created in the late 1800’s. This charcoal methodology was then adopted by Henry Ford and his Ford Charcoal company eventually became Kingsford Charcoal, we know today.
Wood charcoal, the most prolific, is made from trees or sawdust. What determines the quality is the type of wood used. This is important to know about your charcoal as some softer woods like pine can be made easily into charcoal and is cheaper but the wood tends to have dangerous chemicals and these are not removed by the charcoaling process and can therefore when burned in your grill, cause these chemicals to get into your food. Something similar happens with briquettes, as often chemical fillers are used and are not consumed during the combustion process. Most quality charcoals are of the all natural lump variety with no chemical fillers or additives.
Five Great Charcoal Grills For The Money
Best Charcoal Grill under $100
The unique shape of the kettle grill helps bring all three heat aspects together in excellent balance. This specific model – Weber Model #741001 Original Kettle Series Grill is the 22 inch version and uses a porcelain coated shell to help distribute the heat. It has dual vents, with one on the bottom and one on the lid for even airflow.
For easy cleaning, it has a one touch cleaning system and there is an aluminum ash catcher to keep the ashes from hitting the ground. The legs are stable and easy to set up and the grill can easily be used open or lid on. People who purchased this grill love the excellent heat control and characteristics and of course the delicious results.
Huge Capacity Charcoal Grill
Modeled after the old aluminum trashcan, the unique shape helps deliver the heat to the grate, making this a excellent grill. The Po’ Man Series Trashcan Charcoal Grill has a large grate with sufficient depth for plenty of charcoal. It also has two skewers for racking foods. The solid body offers long term use and it comes with a drip pan and charcoal box for simple, easy grilling.
The grate can be modified to adjust up and down and the heavy duty construction will allow your charcoal to heat for longer. People who purchased this trashcan style grill love the delicious grilled food that is grill produces, one even commenting of its superiority over his pellet grill.
Top Rated Charcoal Kettle Grill
Another kettle style grill, this one from Char-Broil. This grill – Char-Broil Kettleman Series Grill has a tripod style cart and the steel is porcelain coated for better heat distribution and retention. The lid is the hinge style with a sturdy hinge for less chance of breakage while the lid itself has a built in temperature gauge for keeping track of the heat.
Two legs have wheels for excellent mobility and the grill has a porcelain coated grate that evenly distributes the heat. People who purchased this grill love the value of this model and how well it retains and distributes the heat for even cooking.
Best Barrel Style Charcoal Grill
The Kingsford Model #GR1031-014984 Grill is a barrel style grill that has a solid steel construction and over 700 cubic inches of grilling space. The black coating helps retain the heat while the cast iron cooking grate offers superior heat distribution evenly to the food. The lid has a built in temperature gauge and the heavy duty hinges will last and last.
The chimney has a easy to adjust flap for controlling air flow. The lower cart area offers plenty of room for storage and the wire side shelf adds more storage space for your cooking needs. People who purchased this grill love the solid construction and the generous cooking space
Best Premium Charcoal Grill to Buy
Weber is the leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories so it is little wonder that it would appear twice in a list on quality grills. This model – Weber Model #15501001 Performer Grill take the kettle style to the next level with adding a gas ignition system for your charcoal, an LCD display for both temperature and time and a built in temperature gauge in the lid.
It has a one touch cleaning system, and the cart is larger with more space on the shelf and on the lower section of the cart. Large wheels make it easy to move and this grill also has an attractive look to it as well. People who purchased this grill love the quality construction and the extra space for getting excellent results. They also like the timer and the LCD addition for better tracking.
Be sure to read and follow the instructions in your manual for both operation and cleaning. For best results make sure to protect your grill from the elements with a quality grill cover.