With the summer season in full swing here in Maryland, many homeowners are turning to the grill to bring some flavor into their backyard. By grilling, you can enjoy flame-grilled flavor while also spending more time outside.
However, there are several factors to consider when deciding which grill is the best fit for your personal tastes and preferences. Let’s look at what to consider when purchasing a grill, so you can make the right decision for you and your family.
When it comes to flavor, it is hard to beat a charcoal grill.
Because of the smoke the charcoal gives off while grilling your meat or vegetables, food cooked over a charcoal grill undoubtedly has more flavor than food grilled using gas. Charcoal grills are also perfect for slow cooking or smoking meats.
If you are a big on adding extra flavor to your meat, or smoking, a charcoal grill is going to be the best option for you, as gas and electric grills simply do not impart the same smokey flavor.
On the other hand, charcoal grills take a long time to heat up, and require much more babysitting while grilling than a gas or electric grill.
For this reason, charcoal may not be the best option for homeowners who look to the grill for quick, nightly cooking with minimal cleanup afterwards.
Gas grills are a great option for cooks who want to quickly and easily prepare their food, without as much lead time and cleanup. Gas grills heat up quickly, making them a good option for weeknight dinners and quick meals, however they are not a good option for slow-cooked or smoked meats.
Gas grills also cost more up front than charcoal grills, and gas is a more expensive fuel source than charcoal, however, so that should be a consideration when selecting a grill.
Electric grills are a safe option for those living in areas with limited outdoor space, because there is no actual fire involved, unlike a gas or charcoal grill. Electric grills need a power source of course, so that can be a limiting factor depending on your situation, but they do not require additional fuel such as charcoal or gas.
Because they do not use fire at all, electric grills will impart the least amount of flavor to your meat or vegetables, but they still provide a quick, easy way to get dinner on the table.
What type of grill you choose will depend largely on your personal preferences, and your budget. While charcoal grills are less expensive and more flavorful than electric and gas grills, they also require the most time and work. If you are looking for a way to make weeknight meals quicker, gas or electric is probably the way to go.
If you are unsure which type of grill is the best fit for you, or you have an idea but don’t know where to start in finding the perfect grill, give us at Fireside a call today.
We are a grill supplier located in Maryland and we’d love to help you find the perfect fit for your outdoor space. Give us a call today to get started!