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Understanding Gas Grills, Charcoal Grills, Smokers and Your Outdoor-Living Lifestyle!

Understanding Gas Grills, Charcoal Grills, Smokers and Your Outdoor-Living Lifestyle!
Understanding Gas Grills, Charcoal Grills, Smokers and Your Outdoor-Living Lifestyle!

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
By: Sequoia Supply

If you embrace outdoor living, you likely also embrace outdoor dining, and that should certainly include outdoor cooking. If so, you need to be in the know… with grills and smokers.

Outdoor cooking is as old as humanity itself. As soon as man discovered how to capture, transport, create, and master fire; you can bet your sweet ash that there was a steak hanging over that fire shortly thereafter. Ever since that day, the ultimate goal has been to cook the best steak ever! And with that, create the best outdoor cooking devices ever.

Today we are provided a myriad of outdoor-cooking options. Dozens if not hundreds including gas grills, wood-burning grills, charcoal grills, electric grills, portable grills, offset smokers, propane smokers, charcoal smokers, cabinet smokers, reverse-flow smokers, so many more… and the science thereof. The question is not which is best, rather which is best for you, your tastes, and your outdoor-living lifestyle? We are happy to help you sort that out so that you can dive into a lifetime of outdoor-dining delicious delight!

Electric Grills


If you live in a millennial-trendy tiny home, apartment. or condo with a tiny balcony and do not have the space for a full-sized grill or any other form of prideful outdoor cooking, then an electric grill is right for you. Otherwise… no. Let’s please move on.

Gas Grills


Gas grills are, perhaps, the prototypical staple of American outdoor cooking, holding the crown of the most popular type of backyard grill. They can run either on bottled propane or natural gas from your utility provider. Most gas grills are designed for propane, but can be converted to natural gas fairly easily. They best suit the impatient chef who wants to quickly fire up the grill and cook a meal without having to worry about the preparation and cleanup of charcoal. What you gain in convenience, you sacrifice in quality of flavor. Although some gas grills have small smoker boxes, you will only get a hint of smoke flavor compared to a genuine charcoal grill or smoker.

Charcoal Grills


Cooking with charcoal is more time-consuming and expensive than a gas grill, but some people prefer the taste of cooking with charcoal. If you lean toward the that smoky, grilled flavor of foods, you may prefer a charcoal grill. Charcoal burns at a higher temperature than gas, allowing the expert to more-perfectly sear the meat. Also, cooking with charcoal has a distinct romance that is clearly lacking with a the gas grill variety. What is considered by some as a disadvantage, is the time involved to prep the coals. Prepping the grill takes about 45 minutes of starting the coals and pre-heating the grill. In addition, consider the time required to clean- up your grill and dispose of the ashes.

Electric Smokers


It has been iterated that, “Electric cars are a great innovation. Electric smokers? Not so much.” That being said, they are a great introduction into the smoking culture. Advantages include setting and forgetting. You don’t have to sweat with lighting charcoal or everything involved with that monitoring and clean up. Just flip it on, crack a beverage, and kick back with your favorite tunes. Better yet, pop in your meat of choice prior to leave for work and come home to a tender, smoky, juicy meal. Electrics need only two to four ounces of wood to give meat a great smoky flavor and are great for carrying your delectable culinary smoked delights into the winter.

Wood Smokers


The barbeque enthusiast certainly explores the realms of the advanced smoker. Within that realm, the wood-fired smokers of today. If you are looking to deliver sweet, succulent low-and-slow smoked ribs, pork, and brisket, the smoker is the only way to go. American smoker ownership has increased significantly, in double digits, since 2015. Smokers that burn wood produce flavor that is widely considered superior to that of other fuels. However, they require a learning curve and a certain commitment. Wood burns clean at high temperatures, but when you shut down the dampers to go low and slow, it gets complicated and smolders. Skilled pitmasters with high-end equipment watch over their smokers for hours, adding fuel and managing the intake and chimney openings, in order to hold a the perfect temperature while creating the desirable clean and sweet smoke.

Charcoal Smokers


High-end charcoal smokers like the Weber Smokey Mountain, Primo Ceramic and others; offer a large cooking area and supreme smoky flavor. Every charcoal BBQ smoker must have an efficient heat control mechanism, including dampers at multiple levels to control the internal heat. Ceramic smokers can be used for both smoking as well as grilling, maintaining the ultimate desired temperature. The heat is evenly distributed on the entire surface of the grill. With ceramics, the grill gets a greater degree of strength than its steel counterparts. Along with that, it also has better moisture retention and temperature control capabilities. The temperature range extends from 95ºF to 750ºF, far more than sufficient for excellently searing to your desires. Ceramic grills retain temperatures more easily and efficiently than any other grill, making them the perfect choice for those who are serious about smoking eats.

Wrap it up!

Whatever your flavor, make an informed decision as to your choice of smoky meaty goodness to relish in the most delicious meaty goodness that you have ever laid on your lips! We know we didn’t cover it all here. The fact is, there are far too many options. We just hope that we have sufficiently whet your pallet to get you seriously considering the succulent splendor of smoked meats! Now get your grill on friends!

Tagged:Smokers, Grills, Outdoor Cooking

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