Why Cook With Charcoal
If you have never tried cooking with a charcoal fired grill then maybe it’s time you did. The flavour that comes from cooking over the coals is absolutely amazing. Your meat will have a slightly smokey flavour that is extra moist and tender. The charcoal barbeque will take longer to prepare but that’s the payoff for the extra flavour you’ll experience, most definitely worth the effort. You just need to get setup around 30 – 45 minutes earlier and get your coals burning. Once they are all glowing you can start to cook your meal. So let’s take a look at a few different types of charcoal fired grills and help make your decision easier before you buy. Oh and one other thing, they are much cheaper to buy than gas grills by a long shot.
Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
One of the original and some would say the best charcoal kettle barbeques on the market, the Weber Kettle is what shot Weber to fame in the BBQ world. First and foremost is the price, at just under $100 you really can’t go wrong. With over 360sq inches of cooking area there is enough room to cook for a small family. The bowl and lid is coated in porcelain enamel to keep the rust away and the lid also has reinforced nylon handles for easy opening. Still one of the best priced charcoal kettles around today.
Char-Broil Kettleman 22.5-inch Charcoal Kettle Grill
The Char Broil Kettle BBQ is also manufactured with a porcelain enamel coating for longer life. A touch more expensive than the basic Original Weber Kettle, it does have a couple of extra features. It has a slide-in vented ash catching tray which helps to provide airflow while you are cooking. The charcoal grate is adjustable and can move the heat beads closer to or further away from the cooking surface, a neat idea for controlling the heat. With a cooking surface area the same as the Weber’s there is more than enough room to cook up a storm for a few friends or your family. Not too bad for around $110.
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
The premium model of the original Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill has a couple of extra features for not too much more, around $149. There is an extra large ash compartment at the bottom of the drum which is very easy to remove and replace when you need to empty out the ash. You will also find the controls for the air vent underneath as well. The lid has a built in thermometer and a heat shield on the handle which helps to keep it cool when you need to check on things. This is Weber’s usual standard in BBQ’s and you won’t be disappointed.
Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill
The Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill is a large BBQ with over 800 sq inches of cooking space. The lid is dual-lined stainless steel to help keep the heat in and your oven temperature constant for longer. The body contains 2 separate fire boxes which are able to be raised and lowered to help control the heat and provide 2 cooking zones, say one for steak and maybe a roast over the other one. On the front of the grill you can access the charcoal boxes vie 2 separate heavy duty steel doors and empty the large ash pan as well. There are 2 shelves on the sides and stainless smoke stack on the end which has a slide controlled flue vent. Heavy duty porcelain enamel coated cast iron cooking grates are porcelain are ideal for retaining the heat a quick searing of your meat.
Char-Griller 06620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker
The Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue grill is quite a bit dearer than the Weber range at just under $350 but let’s look at the extra features and you will begin to understand why. This unit is made from triple walled steel which is powder coated on the outside with a porcelain coated interior. The insulation properties from the construction maintain cooking temperature for longer while using less fuel. Airflow is adjustable on the top and the bottom of the unit so finding the ideal cooking temperature is a breeze. Cooking space is less than the other models at 306sq inches but there is also a removable warming rack. There are 2 fold down shelves for food preparation and large locking caster wheels for easy storage when not in use.