How to Choose a Barbecue Grill

How to Choose a Barbecue Grill How to Choose a Barbecue Grill

Is there anything better than a barbecue? We can practically taste the smoky flavor already!

If you’re like us, you love a good barbecue. Americans enjoy barbecuing so much that total grill sales come to over $1.47 billion per year!

If you’re looking to get in on the fun, you no doubt want to find the best grill. But before you commit to a purchase, make sure you have all the details.

Keep reading for a quick list of things to consider when buying a barbecue grill.

Consider Your Budget and Spacing

bbq cooker at patio area

Before you consider how much you’re looking to spend, you’ll need to think about how much space you have to work with.

A patio may only allow for a small charcoal grill, for instance. But a wide backyard gives you tons of options to choose from, including massive vessel grills or smokers.

When accounting for your space allotment, don’t forget to think about safety.

Flames from a grill can blow into the air at a moment’s notice: do you have enough space that these flames would pose a threat to yourself or your home?

The more space you can give your grill, the better.

In terms of pricing, a great grill doesn’t have to break the bank. But by the same token, you don’t want to buy a flimsy grill that will only last a year or two.

You should be able to find a good grill for between $100 and $250.


flat-top grill

There are as many styles of grills as there are cooking styles.

As you start to think about which type of grill you might like, you’ll want to consider what types of food you’ll be cooking and how many people you’ll cook for.

A flat-top grill, for example, is great for making a few quick burgers — but not much else. Meanwhile, the best propane smoker can cook several types of food at once if you’re looking to entertain a whole crowd.

Propane vs. Charcoal vs. Pellet

combo grill

Finally, you’ll have to pick a side in the age-old debate about the best fuel type.

And make no mistake, the type of fuel you use to cook does make a difference.

A rack of ribs cooked on a pellet grill is going to have a deeper, smokier taste than a rack cooked on a propane grill.

It all comes down to preference. Although it is worth mentioning that pellets and charcoal are often more affordable than refillable propane tanks.

Of course, if you absolutely can’t make up your mind, you can spend a little extra and choose a combo grill that uses both propane and charcoal.

Choosing the Best Barbecue Grill

Now that you know what goes into buying the best barbecue grill, it’s time to get to grilling! Just make sure to save us a plate.

And if you’re looking for more culinary advice, be sure to check back with our blog for more helpful info.