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Curated Experts Can Help You Find the Best Charcoal Grill for Your Outdoor Cooking Needs

Charcoal grills have been around for a very long time and are likely one of the first grill types that come to mind when you contemplate purchasing a grill for outdoor cooking. These grills use hardwood charcoal or briquettes as a very inexpensive fuel source that can produce searing heat or control lower temperatures for slow-smoking meats.

Choosing a Charcoal Grill

When you set out to choose the perfect charcoal grill, you first need to think about how you will use the grill. Do you need portability? Is a large cooking surface important? Do you plan to cook anything that will require lower, controlled temperatures? Fortunately, you can find a charcoal grill that meets all of these needs.

Portable charcoal grills allow you to move your grill around as needed. You can take it to a tailgating event or the park, but these grills are also perfect at home on your small patio or balcony. While they do offer limited cooking space, they are great when you only need to cook for a small group.

Freestanding charcoal grills are the most common type of charcoal grill. They can be large barrel-style grills with multiple cooking racks, round kettle-style grills that you will readily recognize, and even grills made from cast aluminum that will last a lifetime.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Charcoal Grill

When purchasing your grill, think about the number of people you will likely be cooking for and make sure to give yourself a little more “elbow room” on the grill in case a few extra friends pop over. Also, ensure that you have an easy way to start your grill, such as an electric charcoal igniter or a chimney starter. Both of these will make lighting your charcoal simple without using lighter fluid which leaves a gas smell behind.

Another thing to consider is the build of your grill. If you plan to cook low and slow, you’ll want a grill with a large cooking surface, allowing you to create an offset heat source to keep your food from being directly above the heat. Many higher-quality grills are built with heavy-duty, long-lasting materials which hold and radiate heat back into the cooking chamber. In conjunction with adjustable air intake systems, this will allow you to control your cooking temperature easily.

Talk With an Expert

Wondering which charcoal grill is right for you? Here on Curated, you can chat with one of our Grill & Outdoor Kitchen Experts, who can help connect you to the perfect charcoal grill. Talk to your Expert, light the charcoal, and get ready to smell the wonderful scent of charcoal-grilled meat!