In the movies they may make cooking with a charcoal grill seem simple, but you don’t just switch it on like a gas grill, there is obviously more to it. Even though it is a little more involved, there are many people who swear by charcoal when grilling their favorite foods.
Many people feel that the flavor imparted by grilling with charcoal is worth a little extra time and difficulty. There is a distinct smoky flavor that can only be produced by a charcoal grill that makes it worth the effort for people who love the outdoors.
A stainless steel charcoal grill that is designed to be ultra lightweight would be perfect for backpackers. This would be very convenient just pack away. However, it would also have limitations in terms of capacity. There may be a need to have several batches of burgers and hot dogs before a bigger group can be satisfied with their meal.
A grill with a somewhat larger capacity would be better for those who own or often rent recreational vehicles. As they have more spacious means of transportation, they can afford to carry a larger portable stainless charcoal grill. Lighter that the heavy home use grills but lighter that the ultra lightweight models, these stainless steel charcoal grill occupy the perfect middle ground for great portability.
If you want to take it on picnics, your stainless steel charcoal grill should have features useful for those outings. For example, a deep cover would be helpful for grilling oversize foods.
That way, the heat will be aimed at the food you are grilling rather than being wasted. The result would be that you use less charcoal and get your food grilled more quickly.
A great feature is that it is not that hard to clean a stainless steel charcoal grill. It’s very convenient when it comes to maintaining a stainless steel charcoal grill as it has natural non-stick properties. Ordinary grills must be thorough scrubbed in a time-consuming cleaning ritual or corrosion will set in when they are exposed to the elements.
Taking care of a stainless steel charcoal grill would be as simple as removing the remains of the coal and food debris, then giving it a wash with soapy water. To give the grill a clean, fresh scent, you could lay a few lemon slices on the grate.
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We tested seven charcoal grills priced at 0 or less.
Grilling: We grilled hamburgers, fish fillets, and beef satay skewers, rating grills on their performance during quick, hot cooking. Grills that provided a thick sear rated highest.
BBQ/Heat Retention: We barbecued baby back ribs for 4 hours, turning them every 30 minutes and adding coals after 2 hours. We also monitored the temperatures of the grills for 2 hours with identical volumes of hot coals and half-open vents, without opening lids. The best grills maintained steady heat with the least temperature drop.
Design: We considered how easy it was to add coals, as well as grill layout, air vent position and control, lid, wheels, handles, and other features that contributed to the grills’ performance, ease of use, and versatility.
Assembly: We timed a pair of testers with no special training as they assembled each grill, noting the quality of the instructions. Faster assembly times earned high marks.
Cleanup: Grills that made it easier to remove ashes rated higher.
Capacity: We tested the fit of 14-pound turkeys under the lid of each grill and whether eight 4-inch hamburgers could be grilled at once.
Construction Quality: We observed the sturdiness of each grill and its condition by the end of testing.
Grate: We preferred cast-iron bars and roomy cooking surfaces.
Favorite Features: We noted parts of the grill that helped it perform better or made it easier to use.
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