The charcoal grill is a quintessential piece of American culture. From burgers flipped on a classic kettle to huge racks of ribs in massive barrel-shaped cookers, it’s hard to imagine summertime without some sort of charcoal grill. And while there are countless makes and models on the market, the best charcoal grills can be both durable and affordable.
When choosing the best charcoal grill to suit your needs, budget is a good place to start. Then think about the capacity you need as well as the types of foods you want to cook—any charcoal grill will work for burgers, dogs and steaks, but not all will suffice for grilled pizza or breads, for example. You should also factor in where you’ll be doing your grilling and whether or not portability is a factor. Finally, consider special features like multiple dampers, accessory hooks and side tables and easy-to-clean ash pans.
While cooking on a charcoal grill takes more time to master than cooking over gas because you don’t have the same easy temperature control, there are plenty of gadgets out there to help with the process. A meat thermometer is a handy tool for regulating temperature, and something more advanced, like the Flame Boss 500-WiFi Smoker Controller can simultaneously monitor the internal temperature of foods while they’re cooking and the ambient grill temperature.
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