Grilling is both a science and an art and as such it is subject to both the ebbs and flows of the marketplace and the fickle nature of chefs. One real popular, combo grills that combined gas grilling and charcoal grill seemed like the ideal solution to the which is better debate over cooking fuels.
However, they were up against the totality of which ever school of thought was prime at the time and thus their popularity has waned. Still, combination gas and charcoal grills are the perfect solution for the backyard chef that loves to have options for the favorite creations.
The Art of the Science Of Grilling
Grilling meat and vegetables is perhaps one of the most contested methods for preparing food. Each region has their own methods, seasonings and point of view as to what constitutes good barbecue and good grilling. This filters down to which fuel is better, gas i.e. propane and charcoal. Of course, some others swear that hardwood grilling is better but the one thing everyone agrees on is that grilled food is delicious. In fact, that is all they can really agree on as many will even differ over the various methods of grilling such as cooking times, dual zone, direct versus indirect, infrared and more.
What is really the case, is that no one single type is better than the other and it boils down to personal preference. This is exactly why the combination grill is perfect for most people. By allowing for either charcoal or gas grilling and using one at a time or both, you, as the backyard grilling chef get to chose which method or both with which cook your favorite grilled foods. The advantages are obvious so why aren’t more people going with combo grills. Because sometimes, it takes longer for people to see the advantage of trying something new.
Five Great Gas/Charcoal Combination Grills
Best Grill with Offset Smoker
Styled in the traditional gas grilling motif, this grill – Char-Broil Combo Deluxe Series Grill uses both charcoal and propane. The powder black exterior resists rust and corrosion while the interior has plenty of space on either side for grilling. Over 500 cubic inches plus warming racks can be utilized to grill a variety of food. The gas side produces over 35K BTU of heat and the charcoal side has adjustable grates for getting the heat just right.
There is also an external sear burner for convenience. Purchasers of this grill love how many features this grill has an how easy it is to assemble and get up and running.
Top Rated Charcoal/Gas/Smoker Combo
Different from the Combo Deluxe model, the Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe’s Series Combo Grill is a whole different series that uses the barrel style casing to get great results. While this model produces over 36K BTU in the gas chamber area, the charcoal area is also adjustable for getting the heat just right. Push button ignition and this version has an additional side smoker to make smoked food as well as grilled.
There is an external sear burner with an additional 12K BTU, which can be used for warming food or even making sides. Purchasers of this grill love the easy assembly and how easy this grill is to use in either gas or charcoal modes.
Best Dual Fuel Grill Combo
This grill – Dyna-Glo Series #DGB730SNB-D Grill is all about quality for either gas or charcoal. Dual, heavy gauge, stainless steel lids keep the heat in while the commercial grade gas burners produce generous amounts of heat for even grilling. The charcoal bay has an opening front fire box door so you don’t lose heat when checking the fire and a handle that will adjust the fire up or down so you get the right amount of heat and control.
With over 900 cubic inches of grilling space and an enclosed lower cart, there is plenty of cooking and storage room. Purchasers of this unit love the amount of storage space and the excellent heat characteristics.
Best Gas-and-Charcoal Grill
Whether cooking for a family or at a company picnic, this grill – Char-Griller Model #5050 Grill has over 1000 cubic inches of space in which to make everyone happy and feeling full. Producing over 40K BTU of heat, this grill is the barrel style that is so popular among grillers. A side sear burner compliments the other burners while the charcoal side is easy to use and both lids have a built in temperature gauge so you know how hot it is at a glance.
Cast iron grates means excellent heat distribution and perfect sear marks. People who purchased this grill remark about how wonderful this unit is to assemble and cook on.
Best Gas Charcoal Smoker Grill
This combo grill can literally do it all. Want to charcoal grill or gas grill or perhaps smoke your meats or even use infrared cooking? This grill – Smoke Hollow Model #PS9900 Grill can do them all. Ceramic style side burner handles the infrared cooking while the main gas bay has three main burners. The charcoal bay is connected to the smoke box and it has an adjustable heat rack to get the charcoal to the right place.
Front opening firebox door, heavy duty construction and the wheeled cart, all combine to make one feature full grill. People who purchased this grill love the quality construction and the superior features compared to other grills.
Be sure to protect your grill with an appropriate grill cover. All grills, regardless are subject to the elements. Be sure to not use your grill on an uneven surface so it won’t tip or fall over.