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BBQ 101- Grills Recipe

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Most people today rely on gas grills with a propane tank or a direct line into the house. They heat up fast, provide a consistent temperature, and are relatively maintenance free. The downside, and this is a hotly debated issue, is the flavor. In my opinion, gas grills can't compete with their charcoal brethren when it comes to taste. Think of it as the difference between oversized cavity-back golf clubs and blades. While you can win with the former, you aren't going to be wearing a coveted green jacket anytime soon.

When it comes to acquiring a gas grill, your best bet is to begin at a premium retailer like Hot Spring Patio & Spa on Upper State or Premium Spa & Patio on Montectio Street. While their prices can't compete with retailers like Home Depot or Orchard Supply, their information puts them in a different class. Ask yourself do you really want your BBQ advice coming from the same person who was mixing paint or watering azaleas before you strolled in?

Before you head out you will want to know the keys to what makes one gas grill better than another. Your first question should be BTU output. Any standard size grill should have a minimum output of 40,000 BTU. I would also recommend at least three burners. Finally, make sure your girl has porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates. These retain heat well and are relatively easy to clean up afterwards. Don't fall trap to the add of a torisserie or a side burner. Both are fairly useless. One way to work around the flavor issue is the use of a simple smoker box, and while you won't come away with the same flavor it will definately open up the taste of the food.

Tip: If your grill is not hooked up to a gas line to the house, keep a spare propane container available in case your primary runs out mid grill.

In terms of charcoal or hardwood grill your issues are entirely different. The grill itself should be no smaller than a standard Webber and you will need to factor in the issue of time when planning a menu. You should always give yourself at least 30 minutes from the time you light the match to when your food hits the grill. With that understanding, the skies the limit to what you can acquire. The classic offset smoker commonly referred to as a New Bromfield's works great for both smoking and barbeque. The local classic Santa Maria Barbeque is another fine choice, thought with its open air style smoking is not an option.

Tip: If you live with a gas grill but occasionally would like to experience the real wood experience there are outstanding fire pits at both Rocky Nook and Lower Manning Parks. Just prepare for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour fire prep time due to their size.

Outside of the standard gas and charcoal grills there is a cadre of others. Namely the Big Green Egg which is a ceramic smoker. Pellet smokers which are available through mail order outlets like Cabelas. And portable gas grills used for taligating and camping.

 

 

 

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