No outdoor party or backyard gathering seems complete without a cozy or fun barbecue. For many backyard patios, the grill is the focal point of your gathering. Everything from steaks, hotdogs and hamburgers to mushrooms, peaches and pineapples taste great on a grill. There are a few types of grills to choose from, and you can find all the accessories you need at Watson’s to get started, all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA. Our large selection, best prices and experienced team to help you answer any questions make Watson’s the perfect place to find a grill for your outdoor space.
Grill Types at Watson’s
Grilling beginners can start by considering the four primary grill types: gas grills, charcoal grills, and smoker grills and electric grills. Three of these grills operate on certain types of heat sources, while smoker grills operate on charcoal, gas and electric.
Gas grills often come in two forms: natural gas and liquid propane. Liquid propane grills run on small or large tanks of propane depending on the size of the grill. Natural gas grills connect to a gas line that comes from within the home. Stationary propane grills can also be portable, making them perfect for tailgating at the beach, a sports game, or park.
Portable grills are typically square or rectangular and have a single grill rack and burner. Freestanding gas grills usually contain two to five burners and a top rack built in. Large grills have an added side table and a burner for cooking with a skillet. Large grills can also be portable, and they are often built with two to four wheels. A large gas grill can also be made out of stainless steel for added durability.
Most charcoal grills are small in size and use charcoal briquettes that are lit by using a torch. The charcoal briquettes are placed in a mound on the center of the grill, or the side if cooler grill space is needed. A charcoal chimney start is perfect for setting up a mound of briquettes, as they heat and place them perfectly to get you started. Some people also use lighter fluid. Others prefer the taste without.
Charcoal grills come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. They can be domed, egg-shaped or flat, and come with vents on the top and bottom of the grill to regulate airflow through the grill. This way, you can easily control heat that comes from the charcoal briquettes.
Pellet Grills/Smoker Grills
Smoker grills are heated by nearly any type of power source. Smoker grills operate at lower temperatures and use wood chips or pellets to create smoke that cooks and flavors your food. Large smokers have separate boxes for wood products that come in a barrel-shape with a chimney on the end.
Grill Accessories and Other Tools
The essential grill tool setup typically consists of tongs, forks, spatulas and grill brushes. Other important tools may include a knife, sauce brush or skewers. These are all sold individually, and kit availability may vary.
Cleaning your grill is essential for preserving the natural flavors of foods that you grill. Brushes are made from wire bristle to scrape grates clean of debris and food that was cooked or burnt onto the grates. It is best to use brushes when the grill is warm, before or after food is placed onto the grill. Coating the grates lightly with oil can season them for later use, so food will not stick to the grates when you use it again.
Another great tool to have is a thermometer. Instant-read thermometers let you immediately find the temperature of the food you’re cooking. They come in many different styles, but the most commonly used thermometers are the forks with temperature probes in the tines. Lastly, a grill cover is essential to protect the grill from inclement weather and avoid rusting.
All types of BBQ grills have their advantages and disadvantages. Because a key difference between grills is the fuel used to cook the food, finding the cooker that’s right for you is often a personal preference in flavor and cook time.
Grilling enthusiasts might have more than one grill in their arsenal, as many people want charcoal for the smoky flavor but sometimes need the quick cooking time from a gas powered grill.
As you weigh the pros and cons, make sure you’re also shopping for the size. That includes the size of your patio to set up the grill as well as how much grill space you need, as having a large outdoor grill will help provide room to cook both meats and vegetables for your family.
Other Outdoor Cooking Products
Although grills are the most commonly used outdoor cooking products, there are other options to consider. When used together, you can provide the ultimate outdoor dining experience for family and friends.
Gas powered fryers are filled with cooking oil to fry various foods. Many use fryers to cook turkeys and other meats. Some fryers even allow you to fill them with water to boil large amounts of food, which is perfect for a seafood night.
Those who have the space for a pizza oven should definitely consider purchasing one. Pizza ovens are wood-fired and allow you to make pizza the same way they do in traditional pizza restaurants. These ovens are a great choice for family-fun nights or warm summer evenings.
If your grill doesn’t have a side burner for skillets or extra pots, a portable burner might be the best option for you. Burners rest on flat surfaces like a grill’s side table. They can either be powered by propane or plugged into an electrical outlet.
Not a grilling expert? Watson’s has you covered. Browse our grills by common features or popular brands like Saber, Weber, and Alpha. You can also contact us online or visit us in store to chat with one of our grill experts. We’re ready to help you find the best grill for your budget, your home and your personal taste.
Browse the best grills from Watson’s online or at a store location near you. Contact a customer service representative today for additional BBQ grill information.
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