[This is not a gas vs. charcoal vs. smoke debate -- so no flaming allowed]
Let me start out by saying that I have an appreciation for all types of grilling/barbequing, and am not intending to this to be a 'which one is better' thread. This is just a place to post what grill you have, and any other tips you'd like to share. Flaming will not be allowed.
Grilling is something I love to do -- from spring to fall, if the weather allows, I'm grillin' somethin'. I have always loved the taste of foods cooked on charcoal grills or in smokers, but the convenience of gas keeps me going that route.
Recently, my old beast of a gas grill, http://www.foldedspace.org/jeff/images/BBQWebSmaller.jpg
, gave out on me -- I guess you could say in a ball of fire -- not as bad as it sounds, but still, rendered unsafe to use. I had considered going with a http://www.traegerindustries.com/grill3.htm#1
smoker, because several of my friends have them, and I love the smoky flavor they impart. The downside is that they just don't heat up very hot, so it isn't quite as convenient as a gas grill, and it won't provide a quick sear like with a hot charcoal fire. In the end, I opted for a higher quality (than what I had) gas grill: http://www.weber.com/bbq/pub/grill/2007/gas/SpiritE310.aspx
. One big deciding factor was cost -- it was about half the cost of a comparable Traeger.
Last night was my trial run with the Weber. I soaked two handfuls of hickory wood chips and put them in tuna cans on top of the burners. Then I grilled up some marinated 'Japanese' chicken thighs and mixed veggies (from http://www.cookingfortherushed.com
). I'm happy to say that the end result was most excellent -- I was able to get a good sear on the meat, with beautiful grill marks and no excess charring (the Precision Lame was notorious for charring foods), and I was able to get some of that ellusive smoke flavor into the meat... yummy! I'm sure my technique will improve as I get used to this grill, too.
I may end up buying an inexpensive charcoal grill or wood smoker -- just because it would be nice to have those options -- but I think I made a good choice as far as gas grills go...So, what kind of grill do you have?