When you begin barbecue shopping, consider the space for your BBQ to occupy and how it will complement your lifestyle and entertainment options, or just how small it needs to be to haul camping!
Most barbecues are sorted into portable, gas cart and or specialty, each with varying grilling capacities. If you’re a regular BBQ host, A 4-burner gas grill or equivalent can grill for up to 20 people very comfortably. Smokers and pellet grills fall victim to overestimation regularly: one pork shoulder can produce pulled pork sandwiches to feed up to 25 people, and the smallest pellet grills can smoke 2-4 pork shoulders at a time! Additionally, side burners allow you to boil water, sauté vegetables, or heat a sauce right at your grill instead of all the way in the kitchen or on the grill surface.
Individuals may opt for a portable grill that can be used on table tops or easily rolled in and out of storage. No matter where you place your barbecue, it must be on a secure, level surface away from trees or brush and in compliance with any regulations your home/apartment or municipality may require.
Most modern BBQs will be made of stainless steel, aluminum, or enameled steel that is sturdy, easy to clean, and weather-resistant.
Some backyard chefs may have a preference for the grill material: cast iron, stainless steel, or porcelain coated. Stainless steel is the most expensive option and requires the most care, but is the most durable. Porcelain enameled cast iron or coated grills are inexpensive but may chip or lose anti-stick properties over time.
Carefully review the manufacturer summaries of each model to find the material that will best suit your cooking needs.