The Best Charcoal Grills for Every Budget (2022)

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Straight to the Point

We have several recommendations for charcoal grills, at a host of price points. However, for under $200, we think a lot grillers will be happy with the Weber Original 22-Inch Kettle Grill, which performs incredibly well and will last forever.

For a long while, charcoal grills were the primary tool of backyard grillers. Hasty-Bake introduced its wonderful cooker with a crank that raises and lowers the charcoal rack in 1948, and it remains one of our favorite brands to this day. When Weber-Stephen rolled out its now iconic charcoal kettles in 1952, they lit a fire in backyards coast to coast and barbecue grew into a national pastime. In the early 1960s, gas grills entered the market and gained popularity, and gas eventually became the fuel of choice for most residential grillers. However, charcoal still runs a close second, and lately we've seen an uptick in its popularity.

There's no denying gas grills offer convenience. They're easy to start up and you can start cooking on them in minutes with little effort. Although cooking on charcoal requires a little more skill and labor, you don't need a PhD to start the fire. Yes, you do have to remove ash but, unlike with gas grills, most of the grease that drips off food will burn up on the hot coals, rather than collect at the bottom. Don't get me wrong, I love a good gas grill—in fact, you can read about my favorite gas grills right here—but I'll take cleaning a charcoal grill over a gasser any day of the week.

Many folks strongly believe charcoal produces better flavor than gas. Let’s just say different fuels have different characteristics—and we won't even get into all the different types of charcoal available today. Is one fuel better than the other? That's a loooong debate. To each their own.

However, charcoal does offer a few distinct advantages. Charcoal grills are typically less expensive, have fewer moving parts to break down, and have a much wider temperature range. You can get a very good quality charcoal kettle for 100 bucks that will cook anything you want from low and slow smoked ribs to sizzling T-bones. And you can bet there are plenty of models to choose from in all price ranges. So where do you start?

The Criteria: What to Look for In a Good Charcoal Grill

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Price

It's true that great charcoal grills don't have to cost a lot, but there are many high-end models with superb construction and compelling features. For most of us, price is a key element in all purchasing decisions. Whatever your charcoal grill budget may be, I strongly advise getting a model that has an ash removal system, such as Weber's One-Touch removable ash bucket. Even if it costs a little more, you'll be glad you shelled out the extra dough for that convenience, which takes away much of the pain in the ash.

Size

Many condo and apartment dwellers want a small grill that fits on their modest patio, but they often encounter restrictions on using charcoal and likely need to look at alternative fuels. Portable charcoal grills for tailgating and camping are popular and effective. But if you want a full-size, backyard family grill, go big. You want enough cook surface to avoid crowding the grill—always leave at least a half inch between foods—and even though it doesn't take much skill to run a charcoal fire at low temperatures, you still need the ability to create a two-zone setup. This is typically accomplished by piling or corralling your charcoal fuel on one side to create a hot direct cooking zone over the fire and a moderate indirect zone on the opposite side. A two-zone setup helps you avoid charred chicken and exploding sausage, plus it gives you the option to gently roast or sizzle and sear at the same time.

Finally, be sure to get a model with a lid. Lidless charcoal grills may be good for simple grilling, like cooking burgers and shrimp over direct heat, but you need a lid to successfully roast turkeys and smoke ribs.

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Construction and Air Control

Gas grills need to be well vented for safety reasons. If the burners are deprived of oxygen, the flame goes out, but the gas fuel keeps coming, building up under the hood and creating a serious fire hazard. The opposite is true of charcoal grills, which function best as sealed systems with solid, tight construction for effective air control. Just as with gas, the charcoal fire needs oxygen to burn, and you can use this oxygen flow to your advantage. Shut down the air dampers to drop the cooking temp or snuff the charcoal out entirely when finished. Open them wide to flood the fire with oxygen and create a rip-roaring, red-hot coal bed.

Flimsy charcoal grills with loose, warped lids and rickety moving parts make temperature control a nightmare. Charcoal grills don't need to be tanks made of heavy, quarter inch-thick steel, but they shouldn't be tin cans that lack structural integrity.

The air control required for charcoal grills actually makes them dang good smokers, too. Unlike smoking on a gas grill, where wood chunks or chips burn up quickly and the small amount of smoke generated blows out the back before your very eyes, charcoal grill vents can be closed down to allow very little air in and out. This gives smoke plenty of time to leisurely caress foods and impart that magic, smoky goodness.

Thermometers

Whatever grill you choose, do not rely on the built-in dial thermometers, which can be off by 50°F to 100°F (10-38°C). These dials are usually located in the lid, not down on the grill surface where the food is—and you're not eating the lid, so its temperature is irrelevant.

Why Every Cook Should Own an Instant-Read Thermometer

To grill properly, you'll need accurate digital thermometers: an instant-read thermometers to get quick, accurate readings anywhere you want in a piece of meat, and probe thermometers, which can track the progress of cooking and sound an alarm when your target temp is reached.

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Why You Should Trust Us

I've been reviewing grills and smokers full time since 2012. To my knowledge, nobody else does this full time, and nobody else has cooked on as many grills and smokers as I have. I assemble products, measure temperatures, slam lids, turn dials, kick casters, study warranties, take pictures, and cook a lot of food.

I also consider look, feel, functionality, durability, and price. Given the enormous variety of products and designs, there is no one-size-fits-all test.

With charcoal grills, I test for effective air control by smoking low and slow at 225°F, roasting in the mid-range around 350°F, and letting 'er rip with a blazing, red hot fire. Leaky grills are harder to control and get rated accordingly. To dial in my target cooking temperatures accurately, I use multi-channel digital thermometers with temperature probes clipped to the cooking surface. Charcoal grills usually don't have as many bells and whistles as gassers, but I assess whatever goodies are included, particularly ash removal systems.

How We Picked Our Winners

For this review, I focused on the top-rated Gold and Platinum Medal winning models from the AmazingRibs.com database of almost 600 searchable equipment reviews. The list below spans a range of features and prices, including both newer models and well-established leaders in the field.

The Best Charcoal Grill Under $200: Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" Charcoal Grill

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If you want a family-sized charcoal grill for less than $200 that can cook anything and will last forever, the Weber Original 22-Inch Kettle Grill is it. When George Stephen, Sr. introduced the Weber Kettle in 1952, he set America's backyards on fire (in a good way). Today's design is not far from the original, and it's by far the most popular backyard grill in the world.

For searing, Weber kettles put most backyard gas grills to shame. Add an inexpensive Slow 'n Sear smoker conversion kit, and turn your grill into a damn good smoker for ribs, pork, brisket, and fish. (Slow 'N Sear is next on our list; scroll down to learn more.) The large, arched lid is big enough to accommodate roasts and turkeys. There are also several upgrades to the base kettle, including tables, propane ignition, and more. And it's made in the USA!

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The Best Affordable Charcoal Grill With Smoker Upgrade: Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill

Speaking of Slow 'N Sear, this company was built on their innovative charcoal insert, mentioned above. It's a high quality, stainless steel accessory that instantly upgrades Weber kettles and many other round, charcoal-burning cookers by enhancing two-zone separation and intensifying sear power. Toss in some wood chunks and smoke ribs low and slow on the opposite side over smokey, indirect heat. In addition to the enhanced performance for low-and-slow smoking, Slow 'N Searcreates a super sear zone when filled with red hot charcoal.

Recently, they changed the company name to SnS Grills and introduced their very own Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill. Aside from the Slow 'N Sear insert, their kettle is similar to Weber's cart-mounted Performer Charcoal Grill with a few noteworthy upgrades, like a high quality stainless steel cooking grate and covered port for threading a digital temperature probe onto the cook surface. If you add the cost of a Slow 'N Sear insert to a Weber Performer (and you should) the Slow 'N Sear Kettle is about the same price. This makes it a solid package deal that's definitely worth the consideration of folks on the lookout for a new charcoal burner.

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The Best Charcoal Grill for Under $1000: PK 360

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The Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker takes all the great elements of the classic 1952 PK Grill, tweaks and improves the design, beefs up construction, and delivers one of the more cosmetically beautiful charcoal grills we've seen. With 360 square inches of primary cooking surface, the grill box is larger than the 300 square-inch Classic model, but retains PK's characteristic flat bottom and rectangular shape. There's also a unique configuration of bottom left and right adjustable air intake dampers and corresponding top left and right exhaust dampers. The wide flat bottom makes it easy to push charcoal to one side and create two very distinct direct and indirect zones.

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The Best Charcoal Grill That Doubles as a Fire Pit: Burch Barrel

Been on the hunt for a sturdy camping grill that doubles as a firepit? The Burch Barrel is a combination camping grill and firepit that hangs from a tripod. This is not your grandpa’s cowboy cooker: It blends an open-fire camp grill with a vertical lift Argentine-style mechanism like a Santa Maria grill. The bottom accommodates charcoal, wood, or both for fuel. The unique, adjustable height charcoal and cooking grates can also be set in multiple positions for different heat levels. When you’re not busy cooking, you can raise the lid via a locking cable and use the Burch Barrel as a fire pit. This grill is made by and for lovers of the great outdoors who enjoy hunting and camping, but Burch Barrel reports residential sales are on the rise.

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The Best-Looking Charcoal Grill: Napoleon Charcoal Professional Cart Grill

If you're committed to charcoal, but envious of your neighbor's shiny gasser, the Napoleon Charcoal Professional Cart Grill may be the answer. Only a few premium and luxury BBQ brands offer stainless steel charcoal grills. Napoleon's Professional is one of the more beautiful models we've seen in this price range. This stainless steel charcoal burner feels right at home in a shiny outdoor kitchen ensemble. It has 605 square inches of cooking surface, with an adjustable-height charcoal grate that has several notched height positions to place the heatcloser to or further from the cook surface. A front door allows easy access to the charcoal during cooking and the double-lined hood is a nice feature to help hold in heat. The Professional Cart Grill has an interesting rotisserie design, too, that uses a special charcoal basket across the back for a dedicated rotisserie fire.

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The Best Luxury Charcoal Grill and Smoker Combo: Hasty-Bake 357 PRO

Our new favorite charcoal grill is the Hasty-Bake 357 PRO. It is just about the perfect charcoal grill/smoker combo. The core concepts of the design go back to 1948. Since then, Hasty-Bake has refined and polished off the rough edges. The new spring-loaded hood design is a significant improvement over earlier models. It lifts up almost vertically and glides fairly easily.

The 357 PRO wouldn't be a Hasty-Bake without their classic adjustable-height charcoal tray that can be raised and lowered with a crank. The coals can move from 14.5 inches to 2.5 inches away from the cooking surface for serious direct infrared searing, a lot like a classic Santa Maria-style grill. Energy at the food level reduces rapidly as the coals move away, so this is a very effective temperature controller. And if you want that great dark mahogany steakhouse sear, crank the coals to right below your steak. This arrangement is better than the Santa Maria-style grill where the food moves up and down and the coals are stationary because the head room above the food isn’t reduced.

Perfection doesn’t come cheap. The $3,600 price tag will be a non-starter for many, but talk about getting what you paid for: PRO is made of heavy, top quality stainless steel from head to toe and loaded with excellent, unique features.

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The Competition

Here are a couple of contenders that fell short of our highest ratings, but are still worth consideration.

  • Oklahoma Joe's Judge Charcoal Grill: Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal Grill is a solid, well-made grill with useful features. The large, rectangular, 18- x 30-inch cook surface is easy to set up for two-zone cooking with a moderate indirect side for smoking and roasting, and a hot direct side for searing and finishing. An adjustable-height charcoal grate enables you to drop the fire down to the bottom for low and slow smoking, then lift it up right beneath the cook surface for high temp sizzling. It’s a practical, versatile cooker that’s a pleasure to use. Still, we have to ding Judge just a little because, despite the heavy metal construction, it leaks air around the lid and chimney, compromising air control and coming up just a few briquettes shy of our top ratings.
  • Char-Broil Kettleman TRU-Infrared 22.5" Charcoal Grill: Forget about hot spots and flare-ups. With Char-Broil’s Kettleman Charcoal Grill, you can cover the 22.5-inch round grate with greasy burgers and never see a lick of flame from the red hot coals below. Kettleman’s TRU-Infrared design is very different and provides a forgiving cooking experience, similar to Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared Commercial and Performance gas grills. By using a cook surface that is essentially a radiant sheet with raised grates and little direct exposure to hot coal, Char-Broil eliminates flare-ups and hot spots, reduces circulation of dry air convection heat, and provides concentrated radiant heat. The result is even cooking, moist food, less risk of burning and super searing power. Furthermore, small items like shrimp, wings, and veggies are spared from falling to a fiery death on red hot coals. While we prefer the superior air control and open architecture cooking grate of Weber, those who struggle with charcoal will find relief with Kettleman’s radiant design. It works as advertised: Easy to use, no flare-ups, even heat, retains moisture in foods, and the unique air-intake holes that surround the coal grate turn Kettleman into a pretty decent smoker without the need for add-on devices.

FAQs

What's the difference between a gas and charcoal grill?

There are many differences! Check out the chart below or read our in-depth guide about thedifferences between gas and charcoal grills right here. But here's the TL;DR: When it comes to price, it's easier to stick to a lower budget with a charcoal grill—you can even get a good one for $99. A good gas grill will set you back more. When it comes to quick cooking, a gas grill will serve you well, but if you prefer longer, slower cooks where you want that smoky charcoal flavor, charcoal grills are best. Temperature-wise, charcoal grills can get much, much hotter—up to 1,200°F (650°C). They also can help you achieve that low-and-slow temp, whereas a gas grill's range is more limited.

Gas GrillsCharcoal Grills
Price500+ for a good one$99 and up
FlavorGood for fast-cooking foodsSuperior for slow cooks
SmokingHard to track smokeBuilt for smoking
Temp RangeAround 225°F to 600°F (with no infrared sear zone)As low as you want to 1200°F and up
Temp ControlVery easy to set and maintainRequires practice and constant attention
Fire Up/Cool Down Time5 to 10 minutesAbout 30 minutes
Clean UpOccasionally emptying grease trap and cleaning barsRegularly disposing of ash and cleaning bars.

How do you clean a charcoal grill?

Make grilling season easier on yourself and clean your grill at the start of each grilling session, not at the end. Start by lighting your coals and letting your grill heat up for about 10 minutes. This should heat the grates enough that any crusted-on food can be easily removed with a grill brush. After you clean the grates, oil them using a paper towel dipped in oil and held in tongs. When you're done cooking for the day, give the grates a good once-over with the grill brush, but don't worry about getting them spotlessly clean—a thin layer of grease will actually help protect the grates from the elements and prevent rust from forming. Finally, make sure to empty your ashes, and keep that grill covered when not in use. Read more about how to keep your grill clean right here.

How do you use a charcoal grill?

We have a whole guide right here to help you get started with charcoal grilling, from arranging your coals to determining temperature and even controlling flare-ups. The best way to light your grill without the scent of chemicals is to forgo lighter fluid and use a chimney starter. This modelfrom Weber is our favorite for size and usability. To use one, load up the space on the bottom with a piece of newspaper or two, pile coals in from the top, then light the newspaper. The fire and heat from the newspaper ignites the bottom coals, then the fire builds up. When the top coals are covered with gray ash, you're ready to go. You can read more about using a chimney starter here.

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FAQs

What is the best brand for charcoal grills? ›

Best Charcoal Grills for 2022
  • Portable Kitchen PK360 Cast Aluminum Charcoal Grill & Smoker.
  • Weber Performer Deluxe 22-Inch Charcoal Grill.
  • Kamado Joe Kettle Joe 22-Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill.
  • Napoleon PRO 22-Inch Kettle Grill.
  • Weber Original Kettle Premium 26-Inch Charcoal Grill.

What is the top rated charcoal? ›

  • BEST OVERALL: Jealous Devil Chunx Lump Charcoal.
  • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Kingsford Original Charcoal.
  • UPGRADE PICK: Fogo Super Premium Lump Charcoal.
  • BEST ALL-NATURAL: Primo 100% Natural Lump Charcoal.
  • BEST LUMP: Rockwood Premium All-Natural Lump Charcoal.
  • BEST FOR CERAMIC GRILLS: Kamado Joe Big Block XL Lump Charcoal.
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What kind of charcoal lasts the longest? ›

Lump charcoal, the favored fuel of many grilling purists, promises hotter, longer burn times than standard charcoal briquettes.

What brand makes the best grills? ›

The best grills you can buy today
  1. Traeger Timberline XL. ...
  2. Weber Genesis II S-335 Smart Grill. ...
  3. Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22-inch. ...
  4. Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill. ...
  5. Kamado Joe Classic 18-inch KJ23RH. ...
  6. Cuisinart Deluxe Four Burner Gas Grill (GAS9456AS) ...
  7. Royal Gourmet CD1824E 23-inch Charcoal BBQ Grill.
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Is it cheaper to cook with gas or charcoal? ›

Charcoal barbecues tend to be significantly cheaper than gas, though it is worth considering how often you'll use it. If you'll be using it lots, you'll need to factor in how much all that charcoal will be, and whether it's cost-effective.

How do I choose a charcoal grill? ›

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What is the easiest charcoal grill to use? ›

For a durable, easy-to-operate charcoal grill, nothing compares to the timeless 22" Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill. If you're looking for a heavy-duty charcoal grill with generous cooking space and incredible versatility, the Char-Griller Classic won't disappoint (once it's fully assembled, that is).

What is the hottest burning charcoal? ›

Hottest Burning: Harder Charcoal 100 Percent Natural XL Restaurant Style Barbecue Grilling Lump Charcoal. Harder Charcoal is handmade from 100 percent quebracho wood, called the "axe breaker" in South America. It's that dense hardness that makes Harder Charcoal one of the hottest burning lump charcoals around.

Is Weber still the best charcoal grill? ›

The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22″ is our pick as the best charcoal grill for most people. It's a classic for good reason. In our tests it outperformed the other grills in cooking, ease of assembly, and user-friendly details.

Does charcoal expire? ›

Charcoal is a man-made product that is almost entirely elemental carbon. Meaning, charcoal itself won't "expire" or go bad and can last indefinitely. However, if you're someone who uses briquettes, the additives used to make them can "go bad" or be rendered useless through evaporation - like Match Light Charcoal.

Is it healthier to grill with gas or charcoal? ›

Better for the environment: Cooking with gas is better for your health because food prepared on a gas-powered appliance contains fewer carcinogens compared to food that has been charred on a charcoal cooking surface. Gas grills also have a much smaller carbon footprint, about 1/3 of a charcoal grills' carbon footprint.

Is it healthy to grill with charcoal? ›

Grilling with charcoal, and grilling in general, is associated with creating carcinogens and increasing your risk of cancer. The risk is highest when you cook meat high in fat at high temperatures.

Are briquettes better than charcoal? ›

Although they may not sound attractive, there are some good advantages to briquettes. They provide a more stable burn, maintaining a steady temperature for a longer period of time with less hand-holding than lump charcoal. Pros: Burns longer, easier to maintain consistent temperature, cheaper.

Are cheap grills worth it? ›

Cheap grills have burners that frequently flare up, provide little control over temperature, distribute heat unevenly, and quickly rust or blow out. High-quality grills come with top of the line burners that last for years with basic maintenance, along with great warranties.

How long should grills last? ›

The average American replaces their grill every three years. However, routine maintenance and timely repairs can extend that lifespan by many years. Business Insider says proper cleaning and care can keep a gas grill in peak operating condition for 5 to 15 years.

How do I choose a grill? ›

If you primarily grill low-and-slow foods like ribs, get a charcoal grill. Low and slow foods that need hours of gentle heat over the coals will pick up those smoke and wood notes, which makes using charcoal worthwhile. If you want to want to grill food basically right away, get a gas grill.

How much should you pay for a grill? ›

You can get a gas grill for under $100 USD or you can spend $10,000. Charcoal grills can be had for as little as $20 or over $2,000. There are many reasons for the difference in prices, but one of the most important is durability. The least expensive grills are simply not built to last.

Does charcoal taste better than propane? ›

When it comes to the flavor of a gas vs charcoal grill, it is solely a matter of preference. Some people prefer the smoky taste from charcoal grills since they add a little something extra to your food. For many, the flavor profile of grilled food is all about the kind of charcoal used.

Does a charcoal BBQ taste better than gas? ›

Charcoal grills usually give foods a smokier flavor.

Gas grills emit less smoke and, as a simpler molecule, gas produces only water and carbon dioxide when fully combusted. So while gas imparts food with a less pronounced flavor, that's a plus when grilling fish, veggies, fruits, and other delicate fares.

What material is best for a charcoal grill? ›

Grill Material

The charcoal grills are made with a variety of materials that include stainless steel, cast iron, and aluminium. Each type has its own set of pros and cons. But stainless steel is considered the most durable as it is rust-resistant.

Should a charcoal grill be open or closed? ›

Type of grill

If you have a charcoal burning grill, then you want to keep the lid closed while you cook. The purpose of the charcoal is to emit heat that will circulate within and around the meat or vegetables that you cook.

When starting a charcoal grill do you leave the lid open? ›

SHOULD I OPEN OR CLOSE MY GRILL LID WHEN STARTING CHARCOAL? The lid should be open while you arrange and light your charcoal. Once the coals are well-lit, close the lid. Most charcoal grills are hotter right after lighting.

What is the most versatile charcoal grill? ›

Best Overall: Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22-Inch. This large kettle grill is remarkably versatile.

What kind of grill should a beginner buy? ›

"A charcoal grill is what comes to mind when you are going to think of grilling, likely that smoky flavor, that iconic kind of kettle look," Larson says, "and it is a great place to start for beginner grillers because charcoal grills end up being a little bit more affordable."

What is the best charcoal grill for steaks? ›

Our Top Picks
  1. Weber Original Kettle Premium – Editor's Pick. ...
  2. Weber 741001 Original Kettle – Best Value for Money. ...
  3. Weber 10020 Smokey Joe – Cheapest. ...
  4. The Original PK Grill & Smoker – Best Affordable. ...
  5. Royal Gourmet CD1824A (Best Overall) ...
  6. Char-Griller AKORN Kamado (Best High End)
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Which wood is best for charcoal? ›

Oak is the preferred wood but other hardwoods usually work well.

Is Royal Oak better than Kingsford? ›

The answer is, Royal Oak is not better than Kingsford. Royal Oak charcoal briquettes produce more ash than Kingsford and appear to contain more coal. In addition, Royal Oak has a corporate history that includes massive pollution and violations of worker safety.

What is Cowboy charcoal? ›

Made from various species of all natural hardwoods, such as Hickory, Oak or Mesquite Chunks. Pieces of wood are slowly cooked in a high-heat environment to become carbonized wood. Lump charcoal produces hotter grilling temperatures, imparting an authentic wood flavor to grilled foods.

Are Weber charcoal grills worth the money? ›

The quick answer is that almost all Weber grills are worth the money. The value comes from the long term cost of ownership combined with amazing grilling performance. When Weber grills are compared directly against other brands of similar quality it becomes clear that the price of a Weber grill is very reasonable.

How do you season a new charcoal grill? ›

Two Easy Steps to Seasoning Your Grill
  1. Before turning the grill on, coat the surface of the grate with high-heat cooking oil. ...
  2. Wipe any excess oil off the grate with a paper towel, then turn the grill on high for about 15-20 minutes or until the oil starts to burn or smoke. ...
  3. Tip: After each use, let grill your grill cool.

Can you reuse charcoal? ›

You can reuse your old charcoal! Look for the bigger chunks and remove as much ash as possible before reuse. Store your old charcoal in a dry spot. When using old charcoal, you will need to include some new charcoal in the combustion mixture.

What do you do with charcoal after grilling? ›

How to put out charcoal after grilling
  1. Suffocate the fire for two full days. Simply close the lid on your grill and shut the vents until the ash has completely cooled for at least 48 hours.
  2. Douse coals with water. ...
  3. Once your used charcoal and ash is completely cold, you can throw it away.

Why is my charcoal popping? ›

If you notice any cracking or popping sounds you need to dry out the charcoal first. This is because binchotan absorbs moisture from the air. Any moisture inside the charcoal will expand on heating causing cracking sounds/spitting.

What can you do with old charcoal? ›

The ash from wood charcoal can be used to make lye soap, de-skunk your pet and shine silver. You can even use wood charcoal ash in your pond to help control algae. Just add about one tablespoon per 1,000 gallons to strengthen other plants and slow algae growth.

What type of grill is healthiest? ›

The indisputable answer—charcoal fans, you may want to sit down—is gas. By cooking on a charcoal grill, you imbue your meat with two molecules: heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

What is the safest type of grill? ›

The safest candidate: an outdoor electric grill. They don't produce dangerous chemicals, and temperatures are easy to check (which means no charring or over-cooking). They're 100% hardwood, contain no oil, coal, limestone, or petroleum products.

Is charcoal safer than propane? ›

charcoal. When it comes to your health and the planet's health, however, propane is the clear winner. It all boils down to carcinogens that end up in your food and the fact that charcoal tends to be dirtier, and that propane's carbon footprint is much smaller carbon.

Is smoking meat healthier than grilling? ›

Harmful substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) form when meat is cooked at very high temperatures. Though grilled and pan-fried meats can also lead to the formation of PAHs and HCAs, studies show that smoking leads to higher levels of contamination.

What's the difference between grilling and barbecuing? ›

Barbecuing cooks food slowly and often incorporates sauces or marinades. It infuses a smoky taste and makes food extra tender. Meanwhile, grilling cooks ingredients quickly and is normally done with very little oil, resulting in that crispy, charred, caramelized surface and those picture-perfect grill marks.

Does Kingsford charcoal have additives? ›

Kingsford is adding wood char and increasing airflow in its briquets. Kingsford charcoal will light easier and heat faster, but burn as long as ever. The formula changes make each briquet slightly lighter in weight, but the amount of usages per bag remains the same.

How do you know charcoal is ready? ›

Coals are ready when covered with gray ash

After the fluid burns off, the edges of the coals will turn gray. As the coals continue to burn, the ash spreads to cover each briquet. Once mostly covered in ash, the coals are ready to spread out and use. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.

Why is charcoal so expensive? ›

It has higher raw material costs, is labor-intensive to produce, is an all-natural product, and has limited availability in some areas.

What burns hotter charcoal or wood? ›

Takes long to heat up: Charcoal may burn hotter and longer than wood, but it takes longer to reach the right temperature, usually around 20-25 minutes.

Why does my grill rust so fast? ›

Moisture is the biggest culprit that will rust your grill and reduce its lifespan. After grilling season is over, put a tight-fitting nylon or vinyl cover with a cloth lining over your grill.

Are bigger grills better? ›

Cooking surface area

What is this? Most gas grills will measure in between 400 and 500 square inches. This is a common size for the average household. For those with a large family or want to host guests, choosing a larger grill up to at least 600 square inches is a good idea.

What are cheap grills made of? ›

Budget grills are often made from cheaper materials like cast iron or coated steel, which are prone to rusting over time. Read reviews of these grills and you'll often see remarks about their poor construction and short lifespan.

Should I clean my BBQ after every use? ›

During the height of grilling season, it's important to clean your grill after every use. That means cleaning food particles off the grates as well as cleaning the grill brush or scraper itself.

Is it OK to grill on rusted grates? ›

Grilling your meal on a rusty surface won't do any harm—as long as it's only once in a while. Rust is made of iron oxide, which can be harmful when consumed in large quantities. That's why it's in your best interest to keep your cooking grates as clean as possible.

Is it OK to grill in the rain? ›

Yes, you can grill in the rain. Grilling under a cover like a pergola or awning is best. Your grill may require a few more minutes to preheat than usual. Keep the lid closed as often as possible.

What is the most popular type of grill? ›

Gas grills are the most popular type of outdoor barbecue grills, primarily for the convenience they provide for fast meals cooked outdoors. Propane grills use a 20-pound propane tank that gives about 25 hours of grilling time before needing to be replaced.

Which BBQ is easiest to clean? ›

The 5 Easiest To Clean Grills
RankProduct
1.Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
2.Char-Boil Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill
3.Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
4.Royal Gourmet 24-Inch Charcoal BBQ Grill
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How many burners should a grill have? ›

The main factor to consider before determining what size barbecue you need is the number of people you wish to cook for. With gas barbecues, you usually have the option of multiple burners. For medium crowds, it's recommended to use three to four burners, and for larger groups, Weber offers as many as six burners.

Does grilling save money? ›

A great way to save money and energy is to grill out during the summer. Grilling out isn't just a fun seasonal activity—it's also highly practical to help you decrease your energy consumption over the summer and lower your monthly utility bills. This is true whether you're using gas or charcoal.

Is it cheaper to buy a BBQ in the winter? ›

According to consumer reports, prices can drop by as much as 60 to 80 per cent and you'll still have a month or two to enjoy your new barbecue before the weather turns.

Is charcoal or propane more expensive? ›

However, propane is cheaper to use than charcoal. Depending on how much you cook, a 15 lbs propane bottle can last up to 20 nights of cooking, while 15 lbs of charcoal can only last up to 3 cooking. Hence, propane can save money in the long run as it can last longer than charcoal.

Is Steak better on charcoal or gas grill? ›

In terms of smoke and flavor, charcoal grills not only smoke meats better than gas, they also release a chemical called guaiacol. Guaiacol is an aroma compound that gives meat a smoky, bacon-like flavor, and it only comes from wood and charcoal.

Is charcoal grilling unhealthy? ›

Charring, burning or grilling meat, poultry and fish over high temperatures causes heterocyclic amines (HCAs) to form. These HCAs can damage a person's genes, raising the risk for stomach and colorectal cancers.

How long do charcoal grills last? ›

The average grill can last anywhere from 5-15 years, but the extent of the warranty coverage varies depending on the manufacturer. At this point, you've probably tossed out the warranty information years ago.

How do you know what size grill to get? ›

The primary factor in determining grill size is cooking area. Cooking area is expressed in terms of square inches. A typical three burner gas grill features 450-500 square inches of cooking area, which is generally sufficient for the average household.

How do I clean my charcoal grill? ›

How to Clean a Charcoal Grill | The Home Depot - YouTube

Are Weber charcoal grills worth the money? ›

The quick answer is that almost all Weber grills are worth the money. The value comes from the long term cost of ownership combined with amazing grilling performance. When Weber grills are compared directly against other brands of similar quality it becomes clear that the price of a Weber grill is very reasonable.

What charcoal grill gets the hottest? ›

Fresh charcoal briquettes and lump charcoal burn much hotter than gas, while a gas grill is easier to control. Charcoal grills can get up to 700 degrees without too much difficulty, while gas grills rarely get hotter than 550 degrees.

How long do charcoals last? ›

So how long does BBQ charcoal burn? In any open type of BBQ application e.g. direct grilling, rotisseries, skewers or churrasco, most lump charcoal products will give you 2-3 hours burn time whereas briquettes will push out to 4-5 hours.

Which is better Lumpwood or briquettes? ›

Briquettes tend to not burn as high as lumpwood charcoal, but they still get extremely hot. The difference is the burn with briquettes is more of a reliable and constant temperature. This allows you to cook low and slow for bigger pieces of meat like brisket and lamb shoulder.

Is Napoleon BBQ better than Weber? ›

Weber – The Verdict. Overall, it's safe to say that both brands have their benefits. But, Napoleon models tend to offer more power and versatility in a sleek design backed by a 15-year warranty.

How long does a Weber charcoal grill last? ›

With proper care and maintenance, a good Weber grill will last 10-15 years, and sometimes even more.

Why are Webers so popular? ›

Weber is known for producing great-tasting food. They're also known for creating a grill that is very durable. Regardless of the grilling medium (charcoal, propane, etc.), each of their units is created from high-quality stainless steel and durable components.

How long do you let charcoal burn before cooking? ›

Depending on how much charcoal you're lighting, make sure to set 15-20 minutes aside to let your charcoal properly heat up before pouring it into the base of your grill.

How do you keep charcoal burning for hours? ›

How to Make Your Charcoal Burn Longer When Grilling
  1. Position Grill Near a Windbreak. ...
  2. Spread Out Charcoal After It's Turned White. ...
  3. Open the Lid. ...
  4. Don't Use Lighter Fluid. ...
  5. Switch to Briquette Charcoal. ...
  6. Combine With Cooking Wood. ...
  7. Add Food at the Right Time. ...
  8. In Conclusion.

How many briquettes is 350 degrees? ›

So, in the case of an 8” Dutch oven, to get a temperature of 350° you need a total of 16 briquettes.

Do you just let charcoal burn out? ›

According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), the best way to put out charcoal after grilling is to simply allow it to burn out and turn to ash, cooling for at least 48 hours. During cooling, the lid must be closed and all vents shut, and it's best to remove the grill rack for convenience.

What do you do with old charcoal? ›

Lump charcoal — just made from wood — ash can go in the compost. Charcoal briquette ash needs to go in the landfill cart due to the chemical additives. Wrap them in aluminum foil or place them in a small metal container, such as a coffee can. Then dispose of them in an outdoor trash bin.

What do you do with charcoal after grilling? ›

How to put out charcoal after grilling
  1. Suffocate the fire for two full days. Simply close the lid on your grill and shut the vents until the ash has completely cooled for at least 48 hours.
  2. Douse coals with water. ...
  3. Once your used charcoal and ash is completely cold, you can throw it away.

Does lump charcoal have to be white before cooking? ›

Charcoal briquets should be coated with white ash before you start cooking. The reason is not for flavor, it is because when coals are white they are at max heat. If you start cooking sooner they will get hotter as they sit.

What is the best fuel for a BBQ? ›

The Best Fuels for BBQ and Grilling
  • Briquettes. Due to their uniform density and size, briquettes provide consistent temperature control and tend to burn longer than lump charcoal. ...
  • Lump. ...
  • Binchotan. ...
  • Fruit Woods. ...
  • Hardwoods. ...
  • Madrone. ...
  • Fennel. ...
  • Oak.

How can I light my charcoal lump without lighter fluid? ›

Simply bunch up a couple pieces of newspaper and place them in the middle of the charcoal grate. Then build the coals up around the paper in a pyramid fashion, light the newspaper, and let it go.

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