As you look to upgrade your grilling and barbecue equipment this year, you may be tempted to hit the big box retailer where you can find a grill that has every bell and whistle known to man and still costs less than $300. Just remember before you buy that you usually get what you pay for. It may feel like a fancy grill at first, but don’t be surprised when after one season of outdoor cooking the paint starts to chip and the components breakdown.
You’re much better off buying a grill known for quality, like a Weber, Napoleon, or Broilmaster in the $300-1000 range and sacrifice some of the extra bells and whistles if cost becomes prohibitive. What you really need is a grill that is built to last that burns evenly, giving you consistent heat across the entire cooking surface. If you have that, you won’t miss the extra infrared burners, side burners, rotisserie kits, etc.
photo by Mike McCune