Your BBQ is the essential appliance for backyard entertaining and the rest of your set-up should be built around it. There are many types of BBQs to choose from and this HomeStars BBQ Guide will help you choose the one that’s right for you.
What size? The size of your BBQ depends on the average size of group you will be feeding and of course, the space available on your deck or patio. Most BBQs come with small side shelves, but be sure there’s enough counter space around your BBQ to put both raw and cooked meats, spices, marinades and cooking utensils. The total footprint of the BBQ and adjacent counter space should fit comfortably in the space available.
What type? There are four basic types of BBQs, each with its own pros and cons:
- Charcoal: For the purist due to its smoky flavour and higher temperature than gas.
- Gas: Either natural gas connected to your home’s gas line or propane from a portable, refillable tank.
- Electric: Ideal for apartments where fire regulations prohibit using gas or charcoal grills.
- Portable: Ideal for camping, they burn either charcoal or propane from a bottle.
For true backyard entertaining, the real choice boils down to Charcoal versus Gas, and this article explores both sides of the debate.
Simply put, burning charcoal delivers a smoky flavour, which purists contend is the key to real BBQ cooking. But charcoal takes much longer to reach optimal temperature as the coals have to be lit then burn until they are glowing red hot, which can take up to 30 minutes. Plus, you must dispose of the spent charcoal ashes.
If you opt for the convenience of a gas BBQ, then consider the benefits of propane versus natural gas:
- Propane burns hotter to sear meat better
- Natural gas is more environmentally friendly than propane and has the added convenience of a permanent hookup to your home’s gas supply.
Finally, before you go shopping, refer to this helpful BBQ Buyer’s Guide courtesy of AmazingRibs.com.