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.
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.
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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