Once summer is on the calendar, everyone starts thinking about the sun, nature, free days, and most importantly, barbecue in the garden! It is no coincidence that many people prefer this setting in the summer. The smoke gives the food a unique flavor, and preparing the food for grilling is usually a reason to celebrate and meet loved ones.
So, if you too like outdoor cooking, in nature or in your garden or backyard, you should definitely buy a grill that suits your needs. You need to keep a few points in mind when choosing the best garden grill for you, your family, and even your friends. Here’s what you need to know.
Make Sure You Have Enough Space
Before you start, it is essential to think carefully about where you will be placing the grill. The availability of space will largely determine both the size of the grill and the amount of food to be cooked. Another critical factor is the number and relationship of your guests.
So, if you know that you will be entertaining many people regularly, you will need a bigger grill. Also, make sure you have a place to put it, preferably in a shady yard with favorable conditions. Keep in mind that you need a relatively large free space around the grill where you can carry your food, avoid accident hazards, not disturb others, and take up free space in your yard.
What Is Your Commitment To Outdoor Cooking?
This detail is crucial when buying a garden grill. The style and size will largely depend on how much you enjoy cooking outdoors and how often you do it. If you only do it occasionally, a few times a year, you certainly don’t need a sophisticated, complicated, and expensive model. A medium-sized grill without too many accessories or features is best.
However, if you are a friendly host and know a place where all your friends can have a good barbecue, why not buy a big, good quality garden grill? It will be more expensive, and the grill will need to be taken care of, but enthusiasts won’t mind that.
Main Types of Garden Grills
There are three main types of garden grills determined by the type of heating system. It is essential to know the differences and the advantages and disadvantages of each. That way, you can be sure to choose the right type for you, and you won’t have to buy a new grill a few months later when you suddenly realize that it doesn’t suit your needs or your family’s taste.
Electric Garden Grills
You may think that this type of grill is mainly found in indoor kitchens. You are right, but there are also larger grills suitable for outdoor or garden use. It is true that electric grills still rely on electricity and must be placed as far away from water as possible, but they can be used outdoors as well.
The most significant advantage of an electric grill is that it heats up very quickly, and the cooking temperature can be easily adjusted. They are also very easy to clean and maneuver. However, electric grills may not be as appealing to those who want to taste certain smoky flavors or crispy crusts.
Wood and Charcoal Garden Grills
The wood or charcoal-fueled garden grill is the most popular, and you’ve probably seen or used one before. There are some obvious reasons why many people own this grill. It is more convenient than other models, easier to operate, and can be taken on picnics and holidays. And perhaps the most important reason is that it can give your food that specific smoky flavor that everyone is looking for.
Before you go to the store to buy this grill, you should also consider some of the drawbacks that this grill has. For example, grills that use wood or charcoal are slow to get hot, and when they finally get hot, you cannot control the temperature when grilling. In this case, you may need some experience in barbecuing, but don’t be discouraged.
Gas Garden Grills
Gas barbecues may not be that popular. Its main advantage is that it is very easy to use (no wonder it is so popular among professional cooks) and allows you to set the right temperature and cooking style. Using the same principle as an oven, you can select the desired temperature and adjust the temperature while cooking.
The main feature of this garden grill is that it uses a gas tank instead of coal or wood. Therefore, it does not produce smoke, but you will also miss that delicious smoky taste. It is said to be suitable for those who don’t like the smoke that a classic grill produces and prefer to grill crispy and smoky.
What type of grill do you prefer for the garden? Let us know in the comments below!