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How To Buy a Charcoal Grill

We’ve tried to include grills at a variety of price points so there’s something for everybody. And now, without further ado, here are our picks for the top 36 charcoal grills in 2017.

1) Char-Griller 2828 Charcoal Grill | 2) Char-Broil Portable CB500X Charcoal Grill | 3) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill | 4) Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Gas Grill | 5) Americana The Swinger | 6) iHOMEARD BBQ Grill | 7) Pit Boss 71220 Kamado BBQ Ceramic Grill | 8) Char-Griller 1515 Patio Grill | 9) Smoke Hollow 6500 LP Smoker Grill | 10) Z-grills Wood Pellet BBQ Grill | 11) Pit Boss Grills 72820 Grill | 12) Party Griller 32″ x 11″ Charcoal Barbecue Grill | 13) Royal Gourmet Charcoal Grill | 14) Portable Dual Fuel Outdoor Grill | 15) Char-Broil 4-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill | 16) PK Grills PK360 Grill | 17) Built In Grill BKB 401 Brick Bbq Kit | 18) Party Griller 32” Charcoal Grill | 19) Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC-D Charcoal Grill | 20) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill | 21) Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill | 22) Pro Series Charcoal Wagon BBQ Grill | 23) PK Grills The Original PK Grill & Smoker | 24) Grekitchen BBQ Grill | 25) Coleman Table Top Charcoal Grill | 26) KitchenAid Cart-Style Charcoal Grill | 27) Old Smokey Charcoal Grill | 28) Mini Stainless Steel Grill | 29) Expert Grill 24-Inch Charcoal Grill | 30) Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 LP Gas Charcoal Grill | 31) Weber 121020 Charcoal Grill | 32) Weber 1211001 18-Inch Portable Grill | 33) Weber 1141001 Gas Grill | 34) Char-Griller Charcoal Grill | 35) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill | 36) Weber 15301001 Charcoal Grill |

For some, there is no better flavor than food cooked on a charcoal grill. The charcoal and wood chips produce a unique smoky flavor that gas grills just cannot produce. Whether your reason for wanting a charcoal grill is for the taste or for the versatility that can be achieved through indirect cooking and smoking, there are many things that should be considered when picking a new grill.

Charcoal grills aren’t very complicated appliances, but they come in many different shapes and sizes with multiple options and features. This brief guide includes some key points that you should keep in mind when deciding which charcoal grill is right for you!

Think about the size of the meals that you will cooking:

Will you be cooking for a large family or just for two? Will you be mainly grilling burgers, steaks and chicken or will you be smoking ribs, roasts and whole chickens? Be sure that there is enough room to place your charcoal on one side and cook on the other, if you plan on doing any indirect cooking.

Also consider space for grilled corn and other side items. For your convenience, we have placed our own metric on the grills we sell, called “Burger Count” to help you pick out the right size grill for you.

Does it allow me to control temperature well?

When looking at a potential grill, make sure that it has top and bottom vents to help regulate your temperature. Some charcoal grills will come with an option to adjust the placement of the charcoal to bring it closer or move it further from your food.

Kamado-style charcoal grills do a great job of reaching and maintaining temperatures for long cooks. Some charcoal grills are also compatible with temperature controller accessories to easily regulate your temps.

Make sure it’s easy to clean:

Nobody wants to be stuck with a charcoal grill that has to be turned over to be cleaned out. One of the things you want to check for when buying a charcoal grill is some sort of easy clean out mechanism. Most kamados offer some sort of ash tool, while other charcoal grills have ash trays that can be easily removed.

Check for durability:

If you are making a long-term investment in a good grill, you are going to want it to last. So, make sure that the charcoal grill you buy is made out of a durable material; ceramics, stainless steel and 16 or 18 gauge steel are all good options. Also, you will want to check the thickness of the charcoal grill. Thicker materials will hold heat much better than a flimsy grill.

The same goes for the cooking grates, the best kind are stainless steel or cast iron. If you feel that the grill you’ve chosen does not have good cooking grates, you can always buy a sear grate to get those desired grill marks.

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