Investing in a quality grill is like most other household investments- it takes time and careful consideration. You want to be sure that the grill you purchase will meet all your needs whether that be cooking for large-scale events, delicate heat distribution for seafood lovers, or just your basic ‘throw some burgers on the grill and dinner is ready’. Here are three features to look for when buying a grill:
The BTU or British Thermal Units is the measure of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one-degree Fahrenheit. To determine if the grill has enough BTU’s to adequately cook your food, you want to look for at least 80-100 BTUs per square inch of cooking space.
Slow or ‘Spit’ cooking has been around for centuries, and some may argue that it is one of the best ways to cook meats. The slow rotation of the rotisserie allows the meat to essentially self-baste, and evenly distribute heat for a perfect finish. If you have the time and patience, it may be worth looking for a grill with a rotisserie attachment. Just make sure that you are aware of the weight limit as to not overpower the motor.
You first need to know whether your house is outfitted with a natural gas line. If not, propane is a sensible alternative. In fact, propane normally burns at a higher temperature than natural gas and will incidentally put out more BTUs than the same amount of natural gas. Natural gas will, however, prove to be less expensive down the line. This choice will most likely come down to convenience.
Some of these features may be more important to you than others, but either way, be sure to spend some time comparing grills and only purchase from an authorized retailer of that brand.
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