Since the beginning of time, man has cooked with fire. That being
said, we are a long way from the days of Noah who, according to the book
of Genesis, offered burnt-offerings "of every clean animal, and of all
clean fowl." Today, a wide variety of barbecue grills makes cooking
over fire easy and fun!
We have 19th century American cowboys to thank for our modern version of
barbecue. On long cattle drives, cowboys were often fed substandard
cuts of meat that required long, slow cooking in order to be palatable.
The cowboys had to devise a way to cook the meat for a long time without
burning it, so they placed a wooden frame, which they called the
"barbecue," over the fire.
Flaming Charcoal Briquettes in a Barbecue Grill
Today's more modern barbecue grills are cooking devices that are fueled
by charcoal, gas, or electricity. Designed for outdoor use, a simple
charcoal grill can give grilled meat a delicious barbecue taste. But gas
grills feature flexible controls and are more convenient to use. And some
electric grills are designed for indoor use.
Charcoal grills feature an upper grilling rack plus a lower grate
that holds the charcoal briquettes or coals. Grilling temperature
is controlled by adjusting air vents in the surface of the grill.
Charcoal grills impart a smoky barbecue flavor to grilled foods, but
charcoal can be difficult to light, does not burn cleanly, and leaves a
sooty ash residue that is messy to clean up. Furthermore, the heat
from a charcoal grill is hard to regulate. Some charcoal grills
are available for under $100, and the Weber dome-top grill is well-known
for its durability and grilling qualities.
Gas grills are typically fueled by propane or natural gas. A
gas grill basically consists of tube-shaped gas burners within a metal
box. Above the burners is a heating surface made from metal bars,
ceramic briquettes, or lava rocks. These materials disperse the
heat throughout the grill. Gas grills start easily, warm up
quickly, and usually cook evenly and predictably. They often
feature multiple burners, convenient igniters, and storage
accessories. Gas grill prices range from about $100 to thousands
of dollars. Popular brands include Char-broil, Coleman, and
Electric grills, powered by normal household current, are easy
to start and provide accurate temperature controls, but they warm up
more slowly than gas and do not provide as much grilling capacity
as a high-end gas grill. With typical power requirements of more
than 1600 watts, these grills require a dedicated electrical
circuit. Electric grill prices range from about $100
to several hundred dollars. Popular brands include Brinkmann
and George Foreman.
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dealers and selected grill manufacturers, as well as grilling recipes,
reviews, and safety tips. Visit these barbecue resources
and compare grill features, specifications, and prices before you buy.
Food Network publishes a good selection of barbecue and
grilling recipes. Prepare your food with one of these recipe ideas
and you're on your way to grilling a delicious barbecued meal. www.FoodNetwork.com