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Wow, this is a major subject and everyone has their favorite widgets, and “whatits”. I guess I will discuss what works for me and my style as a starting point.
Coming from the restaurant side of things and my love of cooking, I have worked big round open Mesquite wood burning grills (and have the hairless arms to show for it), to top fired infrared broilers and just about everything in between.
Including a Santa Maria style charcoal grill in the kitchen one of my houses. So cool! For the record on this site, we are really talking about grills with the heat from the bottom. Gas, wood or charcoal fired mostly, but we may get into some electrics for those times when the weather is just too funky to mess with the outdoors issue.
I will be honest and tell you that I have not tried every grill on the market. However, giving you the features that I look for and have shopped for in my decision making process.
To be frank, I am a bit quirky in that I like a degree of simplicity. These days there are some amazingly feature packed grills at remarkably good prices. Bells and whistles, dials and read outs, wow lots of gadgets.
To start on grilling equipment, the grill comes first. I have just two grills right now. One my venerable Weber Kettle and the other my Weber Genesis Special Edition. They are both great, they are both simple. They are both bullet-proof, figuratively speaking of course. Sturdy and reliable all.
Having had Weber Kettles back as far as I can recall. They are great all around grills and I have prepared everything from Hot Dogs to smoked prime ribs, turkeys and pulled pork on them. I have done a lot of smoking on them and they work well for virtually anything. When I had to have one grill for everything, my choice is the Weber Kettles.
Now, sometimes a gas grill is just so nice and easy. I was commuting 100+ miles a day here in New Mexico. I was frequently pretty tired by the time I rolled in after a 10 to 12 hour day plus driving. So next to my radar detector, my Weber Genesis was my buddy during this time. The controls are all sturdy, temperature gauges work, easy to clean, and very importantly to me, very HOT. I have had it up to 650, nice.
Another favorite is smoked foods; smoked chickens, smoked ahi tuna, pulled pork, prime rib, etc. Now I have done all of these on my trusty Weber Kettle. But for low temp smoking sometimes other equipment is better. At my place in California, I had a two compartment charcoal smoker that was great, indirect heat, great for low and slow. I also have a Masterbuilt digital electric smoker that had a nice cook and hold feature. This is especially nice for smoking fish. Not much heat for hot smoking since the max temp is 275, but for long smoke and cooler temps, works great. I picked up mine at Cabela’s for a great price.
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As a professional chef for many years, knives have been important. Without good knives, one can hurt themselves! These are essential grilling equipment priorities to the grilling or BBQ enthusiast. These days there are bunch of brands, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish and many good ones. My own personal work knives I bought in the early ‘80s and they are still as good today as when I bought them. Then along the road I have picked up a few specialty knives, well to be honest a drawer full of them. The brand that I gravitate towards, because I like the balance and hardness of the steel is Wustof. Their steel is easy to put an edge on and they are comfortable. Henkle is another that I have used and have many amigos who use them Good knives just personal preference.
I have been drooling over some of the new folded steel knives, by Shen and some others, they are beautiful made from three steels. Gorgeous, I have not broken down yet, but will soon. Our affiliate has the best pricing I have seen on these. If you are just getting into the knife market and are serious about wanting the best, you might consider them.
Well, my venerable Cuisinart is great for those big batch or lazy chopping days. Very handy grilling equipment! Plus I can make Chicken sausage in them really quick and easy to throw on the grill. They are a solid brand and very well made. I also have one of the blenders, which is great. Another handy tool is their hand blender, in professional kitchens we use a version of these for blending soups and sauces in the pot, That saves a bunch of playing around, moving pots etc. If you are making your own BBQ sauce, think about it. Especially if you are making sauces on the burner on your grill.
There are more grilling equipment studies, ratings and suggestions to go over and we are just doing an overview on the basics with our own experience first.
Many times our grilling and BBQs are outdoors, camping, boating, RVs or picnics. This can make the tabletop subject to the elements. How many times have you chased napkins blowing away or had to dig around for the silverware.
One of our friends invented the Picnic Placemat They are a great way to keep things in their place during transport and on the table. Great idea and they come in a bunch of colors.
Check them out.
Tell us about your grill smoker or bbq, what do you like about it? Or maybe more importantly what you don't like? What works best on your weber, or DCS. What is your best tailgating grill? Help out your fellow grillers! See a great deal or make your own smoker? Tell us about it. Share your expertise.
The best entry based on dialog with other great grillers and our panel (Randy and Rainee) can win a BBQ tool kit and case!