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Howto-Grill.com is a website dedicated to those who want to learn how to grill. If you are like me, you think everything tastes better when cooked on a grill. Learn some easy to follow techniques, that will make you feel like a grill master. With pages like How to Grill Steak, How to Grill Chicken, and How to Grill Pork, you will become comfortable and proficient grilling many different foods. Throughout these pages, I will also talk about ways to use smoke when grilling, and how to grill vegetables. You will be amazed at the variety of foods you can cook on a grill.

Cooking on the grill is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy the whole process. From starting the charcoal and preping the food, to the actual grilling. For me, cooking on the grill is a social event. I like to invite a few friends over, fire up the grill, drink a few beers, and eat some great food. I am not a trained chef, but over the years have become quite the expert on a grill. Through experimentation, I have perfected techniques that allow me to grill just about any type of food. Adapt these techniques to your tastes and you will create great grilled dishes of your own. 

Howto-Grill.com is my way of sharing the my grilling knowledge. I will feature the grills I like to use, my favorite grilling tools, marinades, seasonings, and recipes. I hope you enjoy this site, and I hope it helps you become better on the grill. So, crack a beer and lets get to it.

The Best Charcoal Grills:

What is the best charcoal grill? This is a great question with several different answers. It depends on what type of cooking you want to do, how much food you want to cook, and how much money you want to spend. Here are the top three charcoal grills I would recommend.

The Weber One Touch: The Weber One Touch is probably the most popular charcoal grill on the market. I actually own the Weber One Touch 22 inch grill, and use it more than my larger barrel grill. Why is the Weber the most popular grill? because it cooks great, can be used for direct and indirect heat grilling, is affordable, and great quality. If you just want a grill to cook burgers, steaks, chicken and pork for the family the Weber Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black is the grill for you. The bowl and lid are made of porcelain-enamel which holds heat for high heat cooking or low heat cooking. I have the 22 inch model but it also comes in a 18 and 26 inch version. The food that I have cooked on this website has been mostly grilled on my Weber grill. I believe I will always own a Weber. If you are looking for a more deluxe grill look at the Performer Deluxe below.
        
Weber Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch                  Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch



The Best Komado Style Charcoal Grill:

What is a Komado? A komado is a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fired earthen vessel used for cooking. Today's komado grills are made of thick ceramic and are the cream of the crop for charcoal grills. The most popular brands for komado grills are Primo, The Big Green Egg, and Komado Joe. I have been doing some research, because I am thinking of purchasing one for myself, and I am sold on the Primo. The first reason for I like the Primo Oval Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill
 is because it is the only komado grill made in the USA. Secondly, i like the quality and the accessories more than the others. Now if you haven't looked at a ceramic charcoal grill before, be ready for some sticker shock, they are pricey. However, they will last a long time, they can cook any type of food, and perform any type of grilling/smoking. Everyone that I know who owns a ceramic grill, loves them and swears by them. I am sold, I just need to make the purchase. Here are the grills I like. 

          


Primo Oval Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill   Primo Grills All-in-One Kamado Round Grill with Cradle

Primo Grill Accessories






Kamado Joe Big Joe Ceramic Charcoal Grill And Smoker


The Best Barrel Style Charcoal Grills and Smokers:




The barrel style grill is one of the two grills I own and I love it. What I love about the barrel style charcoal grill is it's versatility. I can cook steaks at high heat, or I can smoke meat for a long time. It can do it all. As you see from the pictures above, my grill is well used. I am beginning to think it is reaching the end of it's life as the rust is getting worse. I have found it more difficult to hold heat in my grill as it gets older, and holding heat is necessary for this type of grill. The air volume inside the grill mandates that the grill is able to hold heat. If it can't, you will not be able to cook large meats. 

Therefore, I will warn you to stay away from the cheap, under $300, models. They are made from thin metal, and won't hold heat. You will hate cooking on one. If you are going this route in a grill, you need to get quality. Below I have pictured a few I think are worth owning. 


             

Outdoor Leisure Smoke Hollow 40-Inch Barrel     Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe Offset Smoker and Grill






            24-In. Bayou Smoker Grill



How To Use A Charcoal Chimney:  I do not use charcoal starter fluid, I use a charcoal chimney starter. There are several reasons to use a charcoal chimney; you don't get the starter fluid flavor on your food, you don't have to store dangerous fluid, and I think the chimney makes your charcoal burn better, and they are very easy to use. All you have to do is put a couple of loosely crumpled sheet of newspaper under the bottom, and light the paper. (Every now and again I have to add one more sheet of paper.) Then just be patient and let the charcoal burn. Wait until the top briquets are turning white before you dump your charcoal into the grill. Look at the progression of pictures below for a visual. Notice it starts with a lot of smoke, them flames, then white briquets, and finally all briquets are burning and glowing. You will love a charcoal chimney once you give it a try.     Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter


     

    

Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter



Grilling Tools and Supplies:  Good tools and supplies makes your grilling experience more enjoyable and successful. I have my main tools pictured below. They consist of; Kingsford charcoal, two charcoal chimneys, hickory and apple wood chips and chunks, grill brushes, tongs, spatula, grill mitt, and two Tupperware Season-Serve Marinating Containers. If you don't have a Tupperware Season-Serve Marinating Container, get one. They are the best marinating container you can own. Click the images and links below to find these products.
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Tupperware Season Serve        Charcoal Companion Mitt 

                                                                 
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