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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Grilling Season is Here!

...well almost.  It's officially Spring and as we wait for the weather to catch up, we should be getting ready to grill!  If you’re looking for that perfect grill, here are some things to consider when deciding between a gas, electric, or charcoal grill.

Convenience:  Generally the more convenient a grill becomes the less real smoky flavor you are going to get. An electric grill is easiest to use but doesn't have that real fire flavor, while hardwood fires give you the best flavor, they are the hardest work. If you want to be able to come home from work and throw a couple of steaks or chicken breasts on the grill with virtually no hassle then electric or gas might be what you are looking for.

Authenticity: The authentic smoky, off the fire taste of grilled foods is strongest with the original heat source, wood. As you move to electric you find very little of this flavor left. In fact, many electric grills add virtually nothing to the taste of foods. However the simplicity of flipping a switch and grilling can't be beat.

Taste: A study was done a while back where people were presented with hamburgers and steak cooked on gas and charcoal. No one could tell the difference between the charcoal or gas when it came to the hamburgers, but they could tell the difference with the steak. The charcoal grilled steak had more distinct smoke flavor.

Space: Consider where your grill is going to sit. A small patio or covered area is not the place for a large charcoal grill. Electric grills produce no flare-ups and are safer in smaller areas. Gas grills do produce flare-ups and need to be away from any structure to avoid house fires. Charcoal can be lit with an electric starter and therefore can be used with virtually no open flame.

Cost: Gas grills are generally more expensive than electric or charcoal, with charcoal being the cheapest. If you don't want to spend a lot of money then charcoal might be the answer. However, charcoal is the more expensive fuel. You can easily spend $5 a cookout on charcoal, while gas might cost around $.20 per cookout. Charcoal won't save you money in the long run.

If you still need help figuring out what kind of grill you want to go with, stop by any of our stores.  We’d be happy to answer any of your questions and point you in the right direction.

Information info taken from Derrick Riches

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