Summer is here! The sun is out, the weather is hot, the water is cool, and the barbeques are lit! This can be especially frustrating for mot consumers. The floor models are always shining and your imagination always running wild to as to what you are going to grill first. Most of them are so darn expensive that you don’t want to take a risk buying something that you aren’t going to be happy with. I am here to take the guess work out of your barbecue shopping experience.
The sales reports don’t lie folks. The barbeque season is upon us and everybody is outside grilling! So, which ones to buy? There are literally hundreds and hundreds of models to choose from. Webber – Uniflame – Char Broil – – What makes them so different? Which one is better? I shopped around and asked any and all sales people what was selling the highest out of all their available models.
So far the best barbecue is the Uniflame gas grill. It has a 476 sq inch primary cooking surface- 208 sq inch warming rock-36,000 btu’s-10,000btu side burner- and runs about $168.00. It is a rather inexpensive unit as I have seen ones that run $400.00. Although that may suggest a finer unit it doesn’t appeal to the general public.
The next to make the most commonly bought gas grill is the Char Broil C. It has a 340 sq inch cooking surface-240 sq inch warming rock- 35,000 btu’s-8,000 btu side burner and cost in the neighborhood of $139.00.
These models are great if you want something for only the next few years or so with a mind to upgrade in the future.
Webber still carries the best portable gas grills for camping and charcoal grills for other such occasions. It seems though that charcoal grills are not quite as popular as the gas grills, probably due to the cleaner burning flames underneath your food rather than the charcoal/lighter fluid taste that most find displeasing.
Another thing you might want to check out while making your decision on what model to buy is the propane to fuel your brand new toy. Check out the prices on the kinds of propane tanks it will take and how easy it is to get them refilled or traded in your area.
Here’s a tip for all you people who love the old charcoal pit barbeques. Alternate from charcoal to mesquite and hickory wood chunks, almost every store sells in the barbecue/outdoor section. Your meat will have a more intense flavor and really spice up all of your camping and backyard cooking.
Now then, every time you make a major purchase you must accessorize. There a few new tools out there. Grill Care puts out a nice line of various grilling products so depending on what you are looking for they should have it. One of which is the Monster Brush that is bigger than the traditional grill brushes to make clean up time quicker and more efficient. Their new basting brush is made out of silicone. Personally I have not tried this as it is a brand new item but it does promise to be more effective when smothering your meat. Its rubbery bristles do not allow the usual thinning of the sauce as you stroke, but thickly coat it instead.
For you shish kabob lovers, here’s the latest news. Bamboo skewers are out and coil handled stainless steal are in. They make it so much easier to turn and pick up than the old flimsy sticks.
Another good investment in your outdoor cooking experience this summer would be the Huntington three piece collection. The handles are heat resistant, they are easy to clean and perhaps the best part of all the set costs around $20.00. That includes tongs, a meat fork and spatula.
And a special treat those of you who want to try a cool idea on your new grill, instead of the thickly coated, saucy, barbecued chicken here is a flavorful alternative.
One package of chicken (your favorite kind)
2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup chopped rosemary
3 tsp grated lemon peal
Ã?Â½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons of your favorite chicken seasoning blend
3 tablespoons honey
4 cloves of garlic (grated)
– Marinate your chicken in this concoction over night –
Grill chicken over open flame turning every 20 minutes while spooning on the left over marinade until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
*Total cooking time: 30-40 minutes.*