Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes- Which Charcoal is Best?


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A lot of people have been asking me, “Which charcoal is best?” So, I decided to take some time and go over the pros and cons of Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes.

The Truth About Charcoal

If you are like me, you probably grew up with a family that used charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid. Honestly, I wasn’t really aware that there were any other options till probably when I was in my late 20’s. When I was a kid it seems like the choices were Kingsford or some off brand of cheap stuff. We must have always sprung for the Kingsford (My Grandpa believed it was the best), because I can still see the bag in my memory.Charcoal Briquettes

My first insight into the controversial world of charcoal came in my mid 20’s. At that time I had a friend who worked in a charcoal packaging plant. Although I was already an avid BBQer, I had always just stuck with charcoal. Even when I was broke I always tried to buy Kingsford. I just thought the other brands wouldn’t light up right.

To my shock and dismay I soon found out that was not true. My friend, who worked at the charcoal plant, lived in the same apartment complex as I did. A group of us apartment neighbors used to gather in the corner of the parking lot, drink beer, and BBQ all the time. One day, early in my adventures at that apartment building, I went over to his apartment and saw a stack of charcoal (Not exactly sure how he got this stack of charcoal…). But anyways, they were all different brands, including Kingsford, different grocery store brands, etc. I asked about it, and he said that at his work they packaged charcoal. The same charcoal into all different brands’ bags!

I was appalled. All these years that I had been spending extra money on Kingsford, I was literally just paying for the name on the bag. I have no idea how long this had been going on, but I felt super ripped off, sad, and stupid. I am sure at some point Kingsford was a legit company, but we all know how big business works. At some point they sold their name, and whoever owns that charcoal monopoly just puts the same charcoal into different bags.

Needless to say, I never bought a bag of Kingsford ever again (unless there was some mega sale going on). Only the cheap stuff for me! Just to be fair, maybe Kingsford was putting their “high quality” charcoal into all the cheaper brand bags, instead of vice versa, but either way…it’s the same stuff!

Over the past 20 years I have grilled many, many times with a variety of charcoal. Although I started with only using standard charcoal briquettes, over the years that expanded to the pre-soaked varieties, different shaped briquettes, and lump charcoal. I am happy to share all that I know with you all. So, here is my honest break down of your charcoal options.

Pros of BriquettesCharcoal Chimney

  • Cheap– Briquettes typically cost less than lump charcoal. There are also more choices, so you are more likely to find a good deal.
  • Easy to find– They are available everywhere, even at pretty much any corner convenience store.
  • Easy to stack/charcoal chimney– Their small and consistent shape make them pretty easy to stack in your grill if you are using lighter fluid (which I do not recommend). If you are lighting your coals using paper and a chimney (much better for you), it is easy just to pour the charcoal in.
  • Burns longer/steadier– Briquettes burn at a slower less intense heat than the lump variety. So, they tend to be better for things that take longer to cook, or something you are trying to slowly smoke.

Cons of BriquettesReady To Use White Coals

  • Unhealthy– The number one reason why I would steer away from briquettes is what they are made of…They contain some wood stuff, mixed with chemicals and additives. The details of which I choose to not delve into for when I am in a pinch and need to use them, I don’t want to be totally freaked out.
  • Smokey– They can be fairly smokey, but when you burn something there is generally smoke. It’s just that with these, the smoke probably contains some pretty nasty chemicals.
  • Cleanup– Briquettes do not totally burn away. So you always have to let them cool completely and then dump them.
  • Can leave a flavor on your food– It is important to let the coals get white so that most of the chemical smell and flavor has burned off, but I am not convinced it’s ever completely gone. Don’t get me wrong though, I have made a multitude of delicious meals over charcoal!

Pros of Lump CharcoalLump Charcoal vs Briquettes

  • Healthier– Lump Charcoal is the purest you can get. It is literally wood coals created by burning wood without oxygen. So, it removes the water and other stuff in wood that makes it smoke and burn fast like it does in a bonfire.
  • Burns away– When you use lump charcoal, it pretty burns completely away to nothing. It is really amazing! No clean up!
  • Less smoke/ash– As stated above, these coals are made by removing most of what makes wood smoke and ash. Briquettes would probably do the same if they weren’t made of a bunch of weird stuff.
  • Use less (not useless lol)– I find that a big bag of lump charcoal lasts longer than its briquette counterpart. Because of the odd shapes you can’t stack it as compactly, so you automatically use less.
  • Tastes better– This stuff is natural, so you don’t run the risk of the contamination that briquettes can cause…that is as long as you don’t use lighter fluid.
  • Lights faster– It gets hot fast. So if you are used to briquettes, keep an eye on it till you get used to the lighting time.
  • Burns hot– Even though I am using less, and having less total surface space of heat with these, my food still cooks, and it cooks fast. In most cases this is just fine with me.

Cons of Lump CharcoalLump Charcoal Burns Hot

  • Costs more than Briquettes– Lump Charcoal does cost more than briquettes (usually about $3 more a bag), and you get less. But as I mentioned above, you also typically don’t need to use as much for the same affect.
  • Awkward shapes– In my experience the shapes of the lump charcoal are the biggest negative about them. You get these huge pieces mixed with little tiny pieces. It makes it hard to stack, and can make it difficult to have an evenly distributed heating surface area. Also, I can only fit like 5-10 chunks in my lighting chimney, which bugs me at the time, but it always ends up working out just fine.
  • Burns fast– If you are trying to do a slow cook, or trying to smoke something, lump charcoal may not be the best choice. It burns hot and fast, but generally this is plenty of time to cook a typical meal, like chicken, steak, carne asada, etc.

Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes- Which Charcoal is Best?

As you can see briquettes and lump charcoal have about the same number of cons on my list, but the pros of the lump charcoal heavily outweigh the pros of the briquettes. And, for me, health outweighs the slight cost difference by far.

In the end I definitely recommend lump charcoal over briquettes. They are hands down better for you, provide a easier clean up, and generally cook a better, more natural tasting food. If however you need to cook something at a steady temp for a longer period of time, briquettes may work better for you.

But even with all of this said, if I am out camping and I forgot to pack my lump charcoal and I have to run to the little camp store, I will not hesitate to by that trip saving bag of briquettes. I will just make sure I let them get nice and white hot before slapping my meat over them.

Another notable mention, is that I have recently started to see “All Natural” briquettes at the store. So far I have only seen Kingsford brand of these and they are super expensive. I have not tried them yet, but it is on my to do list. I am hoping they get more popular and the price comes down soon. I do like the idea of having all natural and the convenient shape of briquettes in one product. I am curious to see how fast and clean they burn.

As soon as I break down and spend the money to try them out, I will be sure to do a post about them for you all.

A Word About Lighter FluidBonfire

I do need to add here though that I will never use lighter fluid to light coals ever again. I used it religiously for years. Then a few years ago I read about the health hazards of this chemical fluid, so decided to try using a chimney with paper instead. I liked using the chimney, so I kept using it. After using this natural lighting method for a year or two, I got lazy one day while camping and decided to use lighter fluid….Big mistake! (FYI, I carry lighter fluid in case I need to start a bonfire with damp wood.)

All those years I was using lighter fluid, even my family did when I was a kid, I had no idea. My now purified pallet from using the chimney for so long was very aware of the taste residue lighter fluid put onto the food. It wasn’t just me either, we could both taste it. It was inedible and gross. It was really disturbing to know that I had been unknowingly eating that crap all those years, and no doubt ingesting some nasty chemicals.

The Matchlight charcoal briquettes come pre-soaked in lighter fluid (or some sort of combustible chemical), and therefore should also be avoided for the above reasons.

I highly recommend trying and using a charcoal chimney. I have one or two listed on my Hot Sauce Shop page if you would like to check it out.Charcoal Chimney

I hope this article was helpful. I f you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please let me know. I would love to hear from you! You can leave a comment below or in my contact form in the main menu above. I will get back to asap. Thanks for reading, talk to you next time!

 

17.5 inch Backyard Grill Review- Not What We Expected


17.5 inch Backyard Grill Review

Hello everyone! Today seems like the perfect day to share this 17.5″ Backyard Grill review with you all of you. I received this charcoal grill for Christmas a couple weeks ago.

First, let me say that this was bought with the best of intentions, but did not end up being what was expected at all. I have been needing to get a new grill for a few weeks now. However, we have been on a bit of a tight budget lately, especially with Christmas shopping and all, so I haven’t been able to spend money on a grill for myself.

The Gift17.5" Charcoal Grill

With that said, I was super excited when I unwrapped this super thoughtful gift from my other half. We had to really limit what we could spend on each other this year, so I was really surprised to get this gift. My initial excitement quickly became slight concern as I examined the size of the box and surmised that the depth of the cavity which holds the charcoal appeared to be quite shallow.

First thing the next morning, super excited to get my grill on, I decided to take it out of the box and start putting it together. It was obvious that it was not a big cooking area (hence the 17.5″ part of the description), but I wasn’t too concerned. Most of the time we are just just cooking for the two of us, and we can always get a bigger grill later when we have more cash on hand.

AssemblyCharcoal Grill Assembly

I joyously followed the instructions and put on the handle, the lock, and the vents. Pretty simple assembly and easy to follow instructions. Almost all of it is held together with those butterfly wingnut things, which are very easy to attach. I love them.

The only two minor issues I had with the initial assembly was that the front vent did not slide well, and some of the nuts and bolts were difficult to get out of the packaging. But other than that, pretty smooth sailing.

The next step of the process was to put the legs on…here is where the big surprise came. Of course, if the dimensions on the box would have been better examined by either one of us, it would not have been such a comical shock. But that was not the case.

Surprise!Not Average Grill Height

So to our dismay, not only was the 17.5″ cooking surface only slightly bigger than an average hibachi grill, the height of the whole assembled grill was not much higher than knee level! It is just under 30 inches tall…It was truly sad and hilarious. It was not built for average human sized people in any way. It is basically like the Easy Bake Oven of charcoal grills.

Luckily I am not a tall person, and am also pretty desperate for a grill at this point. So we continued the construction of the tiny apparatus. It didn’t take too long to put together. Maybe an hour from beginning to end. The end product is too tall to go on a table top (like a hibachi), but too short to stand alone (like a normal grill).

I would like to add that it did occur to me that it might be the perfect size if you are in a wheel chair or if you are closer to 4 feet tall. Also, could be nice if just like to cook while sitting in a lawn chair. None of these scenarios really line up with our needs, although I guess I could possibly see myself cooking from a lawn chair if I were in a particular mood.

Pros and ConsRack and Wheels

However, for our everyday grilling needs, what we ended up doing was propping it up by putting some cement bricks under it that we happened to have on hand. It is still a little low, but it is reachable.

There is no solution for the shallow base though, it is about 3 inches deep. We use lump charcoal, which can have some fairly big chunks. The grate basically just sits right on top of the bigger pieces. Even if you use briquettes, there would not be a lot of space between the heat and the meat.

Also, the lid only has about a 3 or 4 inch clearance from the grate. So, if you were wanting to cook a thick piece of meat, like a large tri tip or a whole chicken with the lid closed, it may be a problem. It is fine for most other things we grill though, like carne asada, steak, chicken, and pork chops.

I must say, this grill is very easy to move around. I have struggled with moving bigger grills around, from the front to the back, and vice versa, or loading them into the truck for camping trips. But this little guy is light weight and small enough that isn’t too awkward to carry around.

It also has a rack on the bottom and two small hard plastic wheels.

17.5″ Backyard Grill Review- Final ThoughtsAssembled 17.5" Charcoal Grill

Overall this is not a grill I would probably recommend. But if you need a low cost grill, and possible have any height related issues, this may be the grill for you.

If you are interested in see what grills I would actually recommend, you should check out my three part article from a couple months back. Part One reviews a fancy, high end charcoal grill. Part Two (my favorites) takes a look at my number one (low cost) basic grill picks. I personally will be taking my own advice and going back to buying my old stand by grill again very soon! If you are doing things a little different than the average Joe you should check out this article about some unique grill ideas.

I don’t know how much was spent on my personal 17.5 inch charcoal grill, but I have looked up the pricing online. At Walmart.com it is listed for $40.99. On Amazon.com it is $33.32. If you happen to want to take a look at it on Amazon you can click on the picture below and it will link you to the page.

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Charcoal Grills vs Gas Grills- Not the Age Old Question


Fire

I have been getting a lot of questions asking about Charcoal Grills vs Gas Grills…Which is better? Which do I prefer? And Why one or the other?

I decided now is as good of a time as any to finally answer these inquiries. I have touched on the subject here and there, but I thought I should do a bit more elaborate of a break down for all of you out there.

A Brief History of Charcoal Grills

Although humans have been using fire to cook for as far back as one can imagine, the advent of the modern grill that we use here in the United States is much more recent.

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The Best Charcoal Grills- Part III Back to Basics


This segment of my series on the best charcoal grills will steer away from the more high end and unique styles, I have discussed previously, and focus more on the basics. These next few charcoal grill options are inexpensive and the main focus here is on getting the job done- grilling up some tasty food! So, here we go!

Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 Square Inch Charcoal Grill with Side Fire Box

This one looks fun. I have never had a smoker myself. I have had lots of friends with them though, and they love them. I love it when they bring me jerky!

Since I’m in the market for a new grill anyway, I thought maybe I should look into getting something that can do both grill and smoke.

I liked this one because it isn’t expensive, it has at least one side table, and the little chimney is adorable! Also I really like the little wood storage compartment it has. It does not appear to have the adjustable rack, that could be a deal breaker, but this one has some potential. It’s definitely on my list of possibilities.

If this grill/smoker looks like something you might like on the photo above for further details and how you can get one of your own.

Blue Rhino Deluxe Outdoor Barbeque

This one is a bit more my style. It is rectangular in shape, my personal preference. It has the extra rack on top and adjustable charcoal level, awesome! It also has the 2 folding shelves (which I love), and they are plastic. In addition it also meets my other criteria of a removable ash can.

On top of all of this, it is very affordable!

Seems pretty great! It’s very similar to one I have now, but a different brand. There are a couple features it has that mine does not. It has the upper rack, which can be incredibly handy! Also, as I briefly said above, its side shelves are made out of plastic, which would be much easier to clean and set things on than the slated wood like my grill has.

The only concern I have is that sometimes plastic doesn’t end up being as sturdy as wood. I can really see benefits to both. If I were going to buy this style of grill, I would personally probably stick with the brand I have now, which I discuss below- The Americana Swinger. But I wanted to include this one because I think the all black color scheme looks a bit nicer than the Americana. But everyone has there own preferences.

So, If this grill looks like something you might be interested in you can click here, or on the image above for further information.

Weber Original Kettle 22″ Charcoal Grill

This grill is the ultimate classic. Many of you may picture this grill when you think of backyard BBQs from when you were a kid. I’m pretty sure everyone’s dad or grandpa had one of these at some point.

It doesn’t come with a lot of fancy features. It just does it job as it always has and that’s good enough for, I would imagine, millions of people throughout the decades.

It has 363 square inches of cooking space and an ash pan. It has its signature dome shaped structure that just seems to cook perfectly. It also has a 10 year limited warranty. It has a cover that is sold separately, and don’t forget the fun and unique Pizzaque attachment I talked about in The Best Charcoal Grills- Part II (my previous post).

On amazon right now this grill has 832 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating! That is possibly the best rating I have ever seen!

So, if you are in the market for a charcoal grill, or want to try one for the first time, this one is highly recommended. Its design and quality have stood the test of time. With a bit of research I found that this grill was invented in 1952 by a man who worked at a metal factory making marine buoys. He was tired of his flat grill getting harassed by wind and rain and decided to fashion a grill with a lid.

This seemingly simple concept changed grilling for ever and allowed it to become one of america’s most cherished ways to spend time with friends and family.

If this pioneering American classic sounds like the grill for you, you can click here, or on the picture above.

Americana The Swinger

This grill is great. It is actually one of the grills I currently own. I really have no complaints about this grill. It’s isn’t very stylish, but it works great.

It meets all my standard needs. It has adjustable rack height and a removable ash pan. It has a side table on each side that also fold down for easier travel.

Although the round shape of the Weber, mentioned above, has always been the norm for charcoal grills and works great, I prefer the square shape of The Swinger. To me it makes it easier to get items off the heat when necessary. I am sure there could be an entire article written about the debate between round vs. square, but for me square wins.

For most of my adult life I took a little Smokey Joe portable Weber grill with me when I went camping. For a few years I even used that little guy for most of my grilling when I lived alone. These are great grills. They are inexpensive and they get the job done!

But then a few years back I got introduced to this square grill with the side tables and the other fun features mentioned above, and I got spoiled. Now we pack this thing with us even when we go camping, instead of that little portable one that did me right for all those years. Well, I guess things change.

With all that said I do have to give the Americana Swinger grill my highest recommendation if you aren’t looking for anything fancy, but still want some added features beyond the old standard.

I am still deciding if I should just get another one of these or if I should upgrade. But the more I think about it, there really isn’t anything more that I could ask for in a charcoal grill than what the Swinger offers, except maybe outward style and flare. I think I am going to stick with what I like and get another one of these.

I am sure I will have to cave sometime soon and buy a gas grill to experiment with. Maybe I will get something with a little more modern feel to it when I venture there. Look for upcoming articles about gas grills coming soon, but for now if you too would like to get an Americana you can click here or on the picture above.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, I would love to hear from you! Also, you can click on any of the pictures of the BBQs above for more info on the product and how to buy them if you are interested. And feel free to check out the previous review in this series, The Best Charcoal Grills- Part II Unique Styles.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Charcoal Grills- Part II Unique Styles


These next few reviews are going to be options I found that stand out from others due to some interesting quality they have. With this post I hope to continue in my series and bring you a selection of some of the best charcoal grills I have found. And with no further ado, please enjoy these unique styles!

Pyro Tower Steel Fire Pit Charcoal Grill

This one obviously caught my eye because of its very unique design. Right away I thought, “Sure, it looks cool, but how the heck do you use it?” After some digging I found out that it has an optional accessory kit (additional $250 or so) that turns this fire pit into a charcoal/wood grill and/or smoker!

The chimney shape leads the smoke up and out the top, which is nice. Also, it seems it is fairly easy to assemble, but the parts are a little heavy.  Put together it weighs 200 lbs and has a lifetime warranty.

This would be really great if you have a lot of guests and want to show this thing off. I would love to go to someone’s house with one of these…However, I’m looking for something a little more practical. But if you are interested in getting a little more info on this fire pit/grill on the picture above.

If anybody out there has one of these, or ends up buying one, please let me know how you like it!

Blackstone 3-in-1 Kabob Charcoal Grill (and cover)

Do you love to grill Kabobs? Well if you do, this is the grill for you!

This grill has a super cool feature…a kabob rotisserie! It also comes with 11 of its own 23 inch skewers. I don’t know about you, but I have had some kabob issues in my past. We did finally buy a set of metal skewers after several failed attempts with the bamboo version.

Ya, ya, all you have to do is soak the sticks and everything is fine. Not. Well, I do usually end up with couple that some how, miraculously do not burn away. The other thing I seem to do is overstuff the skewers so I don’t have enough stick to hold on to to flip them over.

Which brings me to the next issue…flipping them. You either reach you fingers into the danger zone and try to grab that little stick (or burning hot metal), or you try to grab it with tongs. In my experience, trying to pick up a tiny stick with tongs is not the easiest task. So, I end up grabbing the whole, fragile kabob with the tongs, which needless to say, does not always stay in tact.

Basically, I think I am saying, this grill seems awesome! Wouldn’t it be neat to see your little colorful, artistic food expressions gently spinning around in unison? Sounds magical!

I guess I should also mention this grill does other grill things. It can be used as a charcoal grill and/or a smoker.

It has adjustable vents and charcoal levels, and the black powder finish that makes it look really nice and stand up to the elements. It also comes with a properly fitted cover for the shape of the BBQ to help keep it clean.

All in all, I think this grill would be a lot of fun if you like kabobs, or are thinking about really getting into kabobs. If you would like some more info on this grill or think you might one of your own on the picture above.

PizzaQue Deluxe Kettle Grill Pizza Kit

This nifty little thing isn’t actually a grill, it’s an addition to a charcoal grill that you may or may not already have. It works with most standard 18″ or 22.5″ kettle grills. (To check out the grill pictured here without the attachment click here).

I have included this in my Unique Styles post, because this is definitely something I have not seen before. Recently, at local sporting good stores, I have seen several products or appliances trying to get me to make pizza while camping. I actually giggled at first, but then in the back of my mind I did have a “What if” moment.

The Pizzaque is better than those other products I saw though because it just converts what you already have, and because it is just darn right amusing to see a pizza coming out of a BBQ grill.

I must say, I guess I understand the interest in cooking a pizza on a grill. It is really just the easiest, least expensive way to have your own wood-fired pizza oven.

When I was a kid my Sicilian grandparents had an outside kitchen. They had lots of people over all the time, so it totally made sense to have an outside kitchen. I bring it up though, because they had a pizza oven out there, along with the other normal kitchen stuff. Well, I assume it was a pizza oven…I don’t think I ever actually saw them use it. As I remember it they mostly just made spaghetti, chicken cutlets, and barbequed steak (they lived in Brazil for a long time).

Well, my point was that it must have sounded like a great idea when they put in that huge pizza oven, but if that is something you have longed for maybe you should just try converting your grill. Way less money and work, and it’s portable!

So, if you have the apparently somewhat common urge to cook pizza on your BBQ maybe you should get one of these! If you’re interested click here to go its listing on Amazon. They also have a video of how to use it that I found informative.

I will keep adding to my BBQ reviews in the future. So, keep coming back for more cool options. If you would like to check out Part I of this series you can click here. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please comment below.
 

 

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The Best Charcoal Grills- Blaze 32″ Charcoal Grill Blz-4-char


As you may have noticed, I have been writing posts about what spicy meals I have been eating lately. It’s been going well, but I have found that I can only eat so many meals in a week (that’s probably a good thing). That being said however, I still feel like sharing some information with you all to continue your hot sauce adventures even when I’m not sharing any specific spicy recipes.

Hot Coals

So, since its summer time, and I love to grill (year round really), I thought I’d do a little research and let you all know about some of the best charcoal grills out there this season! I am actually ready for a new one myself and needed to do some shopping around and thought I should just share what I have learned to save you all some time.

Right now we actually have two grills at home. One for backyard BBQ fun, and one for when we are hanging out in the game room (also known as the garage). But we have had both of them quite a while, and we BBQ a lot (like 3 or 4 times a week usually- rain or shine), so the bottoms of them are kind of burning out.

I am looking for a free standing charcoal grill with adjustable rack height (once you’ve had this, you can’t go back) and a removable tray (for easy clean up). Also, it must have side tables, that can preferably fold down (makes it easier to move around when needed). Other than that I open to whatever, so here goes…

I thought I would look at some high end, fancy BBQ’s all the way down to a more classic style. These reviews will be trickling out as I can get them done. So, it will actually be sort of a series of reviews.

For my first BBQ grill review we will be looking at the…

Blaze 32″ Charcoal Grill Blz-4-char
Blaze really makes some high end durable grills! This one also has a lifetime warranty. I thought I would list it here just because it is one of the most expensive charcoal grills I have ever seen…so might as well try to figure out why.

While researching this grill I did come upon several other reviews. Everything I read seemed pretty positive. It seems to be the consensus that this grill is well built and durable, and apparently priced quite well to comparable grills.

Features

This grill does meet my adjustable rack and removable ash pan criteria, that’s awesome!

It also splits the cooking rack into 4 pieces, so you can add wood or charcoal in whatever quadrant you need to. This seems like it could be handy. I think I would like it for scooting the charcoal over when I need more area that isn’t directly above coals.

It has a vent in the back

It has a temperature gauge on the hood. I have never actually had a grill with this feature. I don’t think I would use it the way you are supposed to, but it would be really fun to have. We love thermometers! I actually think we have one in every room. That’s hilarious…anyways, it would be great to have one on our grill. (I really want one of those lasers that read the heat of any surface you point it at! Super awesome!)

Also, it is double lined for extra durability. They say this also helps it not get discolored over the years.

The cart allows for storage and adds the shelves on the sides for counter space.

Another feature that may attract people to this grill is the Add-Ons

I have found that you can get an infrared grilling add on. It is nice that they offer this as an attachment. Being able to play around with the infrared burner would be fun. The advantages are that it cooks at a very high temperature. Some say this is helps with getting a quick sear, but it seems this depends on who you talk to. It would be exciting to try it out and form your own opinion though! And with this attachment you can use it when you want and aren’t locked into it as you would be if you just bought and infrared grill.

They also have a rotisserie attachment you can buy. This would also be a really fun thing to play around with. A few years back I had a roommate that had this little rotisserie toaster oven thing. I loved it! I cooked everything in there.

Check it out

Below I posted links to the Charcoal grill with cart and the two attachments I mentioned. Even though I prefer charcoal I thought I would also show that they offer a built in model that has the option of being natural gas or propane. And this version includes an infrared burner and grill lights.


It does sound like this grill is pretty great. If I was in a totally different financial bracket than I am actually in, I would definitely consider purchasing this BBQ…but back to reality. I am going to have to find something a little less pricey and probably a lot more basic. But I did kind of talk myself into wanting to try the infrared and rotisserie gadgets…maybe I can find something a bit less expensive that still has these features.

The search continues…

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