There's something magnificent about preparing a meal on the barbecue. With the right equipment, you can cook just about anything on the grill to perfection. Below, you'll find a few tips to help you choose the barbecue equipment that will create the ideal outdoor kitchen.
When choosing the grill, your first decision will be the type of fuel: charcoal, propane, natural gas or wood pellets. Today, there are multi-fuel systems that allow you to use any of these fuels interchangeably. Many of the multi-fuel grills also include a smoking feature.
Once you choose the fuel source, you have to decide on size. How many people do you see yourself grilling for? Will you be preparing entire meals on the grill? You can never go wrong getting a grill that's bigger than you need, but you will regret not having the space to include your veggies to be finished the same time as the proteins.
Side burners are available on many models, as well as counter space. These side burners can be especially handy when needed, but also serve as a little extra counter space when they aren't. If you find a grill that you love and it doesn't have the counter space you want, don't pass it up – you can always pick up a table to set things on.
When you're grilling, there will be a lot of grease splattering, barbecue sauce dripping and at times, flames may even fall to the floor. A grill mat will not only protect the surface under the grill from getting stained, but it will protect it from getting burned or catching fire. Grease fires are very dangerous especially when grilling on a wooden deck. The fire could easily spread through the cracks of the deck – the grill mat will help to keep the fire under control.
Wireless thermometers make it possible to monitor the heat inside the grill as well as the temperature of the food as it cooks. A probe is set inside the grill or inserted into the food. The thermometer sends the temperature reading to a receiver or your smart phone. It's the perfect grilling accessory to ensure perfect temperatures every time.
Take your time and find the right grilling accessories to finish your outdoor cooking area. There's no more joy than spending time outside cooking the food that you enjoy for the people that you love.