If all of these luxuries aren’t enough, this grill has a bit more. You can enjoy the stainless steel shelving on one side, which offers a great place for food prep of holding utensils and sauces that is still easy to clean after the party is over. On the other side there is a side burner, which is great for sauces and side dishes, and is just as powerful as the grill itself. The double cabinet below is a great place for extra storage, and is much wider and roomier when compared to similar models. The defining feature of this beautiful grill, though, is its rotisserie kit, which can hold a full sized bird with ease. You can easily remove the catch pan from the back, which is also coated in stainless steel for easy cleaning.
Benefits to Gas Grill vs Charcoal Grills
If you are grill shopping on a budget, you may have noticed that some charcoal grills are significantly less expensive than most gas grills. Of course, their low price can be appealing, but there are many disadvantages to owning a charcoal grill that you won’t experience with their gas-powered cousins. In fact, there are many benefits to owning a gas grill over a regular charcoal grill, which may make the extra couple hundred dollars seem like a small price to pay for all the extra luxuries and convenience. Here are some reasons why a gas grill may just be your best bet for an affordable backyard grill this summer:
- Gas grills are way quicker to start up. When using a charcoal grill, you should expect to spend around 45 minutes to an hour prepping your grill and getting it up to temperature. Charcoal is slow to burn and will take quite a bit of prep time before you can start cooking, and even then it can be incredibly difficult to maintain the charcoal while cooking. This is even more true during unfavorable weather conditions, whereas a gas grill will light and maintain heat just fine even in inclement weather. Alternatively, gas grill are easy to start up and there is no charcoal to fumble with. You can simply turn on the gas flow, light the grill, and it should be up to temperature within minutes, so you can get started on your cookout almost immediately. There’s no need to plan ahead or waste time trying to get that stubborn charcoal to light up.
- Gas grills require far less maintenance. In addition to the time it takes to start up your charcoal grill, you will also need to spend quite some time cleaning your charcoal grill after each use. As a result of the burnt charcoal, there will be quite a bit of ashed that need to be emptied, and generally the inside of the grill fills with soot much quicker than other styles of grills. With your gas grill, though, very little maintenance is required after you cook. In fact, you can usually just turn your grill off, cut off the gas supply, and let it cool off on its own. A gas grill doesn’t have to be cleaned after each use, and you can just clean it periodically to keep it shining like new.
- Natural gas is less expensive than charcoal. The initial price of a charcoal grill may seem appealing, but you should consider that charcoal is expensive, and it actually takes quite a bit of charcoal to cook each time. You should expect to use at least a small sized bag each time you cook for two or three people, and much more if you’re cooking for large groups. That’s $5-$20 dollars in charcoal every time you cook, as opposed to a can of natural gas that should last you through several cookouts, and costs around the same amount. Plus, natural gas is much more environmentally friendly, so for those of you who strive to live a greener lifestyle, a gas grill with natural gas is the best way to go.
- It is easier to regulate temperature on a gas grill. With a charcoal grill, regulating temperature can be pretty tricky, and you may find yourself constantly adjusting the airflow or spraying water to cool to coals. The odds of turning up with a few burnt pieces of meat by mistake are definitely increased, especially if your charcoal grill doesn’t have a thermometer. However, with a gas grill, you can easily adjust the temperature of your grill with the built in gas flow controls, and sometimes can even monitor the temperature with a built in thermometer. Many gas grills have multiple burners, between two and eight, which can often be independently controlled so that you can cook different items to different temperatures at the same time. This give you the option to slow cook a juicy rack of ribs or hard sear a thick cut steak, without having to put in too much footwork to get it just right.
With all of that in mind, it is important to note that although gas grills are often slightly more expensive than charcoal grills, they can actually be very affordable. In fact, you can find gas grills that carry all of these benefits and more, including add ons like side burners and flat top griddles, for a price that your wallet will love, so there’s plenty of money left over for that juicy filet mignon you’ve been craving.