Father’s of Reddit, what’s a good starter Grill?

Father’s of Reddit, what’s a good starter Grill?

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  1. The one your neighbor is getting rid of but still works fine.

    Note that you’ll probably use a propane grill more, just because there’s a lot less setup required, but wood > charcoal > propane if you’re looking for that outdoor smokey flavor.

  2. If you like charcoal it’s hard to beat the [OG Weber Kettle Grill](https://www.weber.com/US/en/grills/charcoal-grills/original-kettle/)

    Propane is more convenient but charcoal tastes better imo.

    If you are going charcoal get a [chimney starter](https://www.weber.com/US/en/grill-skills/mastering-smoke/smoker-setup/using-a-chimney-starter/weber-34478.html) and you’ll never need to use starter fluid or buy charcoal briquettes that are impregnated with starter fluid (i.e. the Kingsford “easy light” charcoal.) You don’t need petrochemicals to light your charcoal!

  3. Char-Griller. I’ve had mine for 12 years, it’s still great. Every couple years I sand down the wood & restain it. And sand down the barrel & repaint it. Makes it look like new.

  4. I just recently went with a Z-Grill pellet grill. Wasn’t to expensive and smoking things is fun, even if I don’t get to do it often.

    r/pelletgrills will sway you and help teach you

  5. I still think the good old classic Weber One-Touch kettle charcoal grill is about as good as it gets. I actually used to do local competitive BBQ cooking and did well just using this simple grill (which can also be used as a smoker easily). Charcoal becomes much less of a pain in the ass to deal with when you learn to use a chimney starter. Just use some decent lump charcoal instead of pre-soaked briquettes. Regular non-soaked briquettes aren’t terrible, but lump is ideal.

  6. Depends on your intentions and budget.
    Weber makes excellent grills. Their entry levels are very good and competitively priced. ($400 and up)Propane is easy to get comfortable with.

    They also make an charcoal smokey ($50) but charcoal takes the most effort and can be temperamental

    Trager smokers are pellet grills, burn wood pellets, you can grill or smoke on them. They are a little bit more work than propane but more versatile ($500 ish)

  7. If you live near Charlotte I have one for ya. Needs a new switch for the lighter, but you can just use a long lighter like I’ve been doing. Redoing my back yard and probably getting a new one once it’s done.

  8. Depends what you’re grilling. If you’re just looking for something to cook outside on a nice, tall, propane bbq or a short one if you have a table for it, is a great way to start out. Propane doesn’t lay a smoke flavour on things, but it does a solid job of providing a high heat source to grill on.

    If you’re looking for a smoker, I’d suggest a two-barrel one. The lower barrel can be controlled for the perfect amount of smoke to lay on your meat and the top one is usually large enough for any cut of meat you want.

  9. Any. It’s all preference. The following is all MY opinion and to be taken with a grain of salt and your own needs in mind.

    Propane is quick and easy. Charcoal takes a bit more prep but tastes better. Wood is supreme but can take even longer and be more expensive (unless it’s readily available in your situation.)

    Physical style, I like the barrel style. Heat source can be direct or indirect and can be mixed up for all types of food at once. Also perfectly reasonable for smoking.

    The circular basic ones have their place too. Quick smoke is doable, best for direct heat. Less charcoal or wood and indirect slow cooking is possible.

    Smokers…. That’s a whole different specialty.

    My favorite is a barrel style one I got from Home Depot with a smoke box attachment. 32” of cooking area and two levels. Cost $120. Can do multiple things at once when you get heat and timing down. Just today got potatoes near the heat early. Some beets on a bit after. Seared steaks, threw a little smoke on and moved to the “cooler” side while veggies were cooking.

    Also, if you go charcoal look into the chimney things. Nice to cut out the starter fluid taste with a minimal amount of paper to get everything going.

  10. If you’ve got the time, a classic weber kettle. It’s a charcoal BBQ. You’ll need a chimney and the charcoal, and maybe some starter.
    If you’ve got a little time, any old gas grill will do, I guess.
    If you got really young ones, get an air fryer.

  11. I’m a traditionalist, so I prefer charcoal. It’s more of a pain – you have to start the charcoal – but it’s the only way to get what I would all “true grilled flavor” as it gives a higher and drier heat than propane does. You can also use it to smoke foods and it works well for indirect heat. And you can easily add wood to get smoky flavor.

    Propane is more popular and easier, but I’ve eaten a lot of grilled food and nothing comes close to charcoal.

    The traditional Weber kettle is also quite a bit cheaper than gas grills.

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