Grilling is as much an American pastime as baseball. During peak outdoor dining months, more than half of grill owners use their grills at least once a week, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association’s 2012 State of the Barbecue Industry Report.
Innovations in gas, electric and charcoal grills, as well as smokers, ensure there is a grill for everyone – from the master chef to the minimalist.
The On-The-Go Griller: From baseball game tailgates to camping trips, during the spring season many people plan activities that require easy-to-transport grills.
- The Aussie Walk-A-Bout Portable Charcoal Grill effortlessly brings that classic charcoal barbecue flavor to any location. Its folding legs, locking hood and bowl, and easy-rolling wheels condense the unit into a mobile package, and the crisscross grip handles make transport a painless process.
- Important items to consider when planning a charcoal cookout, whether at home or away, include charcoal briquettes, lighter fluid and a charcoal starter. The Kingsford 20 lb. Charcoal Briquettes, Kingsford 64 oz. Lighter Fluid and Modern Leisure Carbon Steel Charcoal Starter are each under $20, and when combined with the Aussie grill, the entire purchase comes to less than $100.
The Techy Type: While everyone benefits from innovations, some early-adopters tend to seek out the latest and greatest gadgets more than others.
- For people who always seem to be ahead of the curve, the new Weber Spirit E-210 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill will certainly be an exciting addition to the patio. This innovative grill includes porcelain-enameled ‘flavorizer bars’ with a unique shape that causes cooking juices to drip down and add extra flavor to the meal. Additionally, this gas unit includes an electronic cross-over ignition system that lights all activated burners simultaneously.
- For those looking to make a smaller investment in a new grill this season, the Char-Broil Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill is a great option. Its electric infrared cooking system evenly distributes heat across the entire grilling surface to sear in flavor and help keep foods moist and juicy.
The Experimenter: Barbecue recipes have evolved beyond simply flipping hamburgers and roasting hotdogs.
- Foodies looking to extend their cooking prowess to the outdoors can do so with the Brinkmann Dual Function II Propane Gas and Charcoal Grill. Its three stainless steel burners can handle multiple recipes at once, and with separate chambers for charcoal and gas grilling it can produce a variety of complex flavors simultaneously. This is a perfect option for grillers who love to test out new flavors and experiment with different cooking techniques, such as smoking.
The Minimalist: Traditional grillers and apartment dwellers that prefer to keep things simple can select a classic unit without sacrificing quality.
- The Brinkmann 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill. This grill has two stainless steel burners that offer a large 530 sq. in. cooking surface and porcelain-coated steel cooking grates that help keep food from sticking.
- For barbecuers looking for a classic grill that won’t take up too much room, the Char-Broil Small Spaces Grill is designed to fit seamlessly into tight spaces, such as on a balcony or in a small backyard. The electronic ignition system offers a reliable spark every time, keeping the cooking process streamlined and simple.
The Master Chef: Some people enjoy preparing an entire meal in the comfort of their own backyards.
- For those who look to their grill as the cooking unit of choice for multiple courses or find themselves regularly cooking for large parties, the Brinkmann 5-Burner Gas Grill is a perfect fit. This spacious grill has a 634 sq. in. cooking surface area to handle large quantities of food and a variety of dishes all at once. Added conveniences include a warming rack, which will maintain warmth for prepared foods until they are ready to be served, and a built-in cabinet and side shelf to keep grilling tools and seasonings handy.