Nothing beats a grill for healthy and tasty meals
Grilling can be a great way to make healthy food and get your family outdoors on a beautiful day. All it takes to really enjoy an outdoor cooking experience is the right grill. However, choosing a grill that will work well for your outdoor space and cooking style may not be as easy as it seems. There are many different types and sizes of grills out there, each with advantages and disadvantages. Knowing how to choose a good grill for your family can mean the difference between cooking outdoors once in a while and cooking outdoors as often as possible.
Types of Grills
- Charcoal grills. Charcoal grills are traditional and are widely considered to produce the best-tasting food. They come in sizes ranging from compact portable camping grills to large full-kitchen-style arrangements built into the backyard.
- Gas grills. Gas grills are usually sold with a propane gas tank that can be traded in when it runs out of fuel. Gas grills are easier to light and clean than charcoal grills, though some people say that food doesn't taste as good when cooked over a gas grill, compared to charcoal. Some larger grills can connect to a home's natural gas line instead of using a propane tank.
- Electric grills. Electric grills don't use an open flame, which makes them easy to heat and clean. However, the taste of food cooked on an electric grill is nothing like charcoal or gas, precisely because there is no fire, which kind of misses the point when it comes to flame-broiled grilling.
Buying a Grill
Measure the space you have before you purchase your grill. A larger grill will use more fuel, so shop accurately. Look for a grill that includes storage space for grill-cleaning tools and accessories, and also find out whether the grill needs to be assembled.