Grilling is one of the most relaxing things to do as a dad, besides golf.
I don’t care if I’m grilling steaks, chicken, pork chops, or even just some hotdogs.
I enjoy it.
Many others think the same, and I’m guessing you’re one of them.
I mean, we have to eat.
What better way to cook our food than through the way our ancestors – the cavemen – did back before they had something like the Gotham Steel smokeless grill.
BBQ grills have definitely come a long way, and with the many different styles to choose from, it’s not the easiest of tasks to buy your next BBQ grill.
So, where do we even start?
Today, I want to show you what you need to do before buying your next BBQ grill so that you don’t make the same mistakes we did.
What to Consider Before You Buy Your Next BBQ Grill
There isn’t just one factor when buying your next BBQ grill, but rather, several things to consider before you pull the trigger.
You don’t want to buy a grill to find out it’s not the one you need.
Without trying to give you a headache, here are some tips to help you buy your next BBQ grill.
1. What Kind of Grill are You Looking For?
I’m sure you know that there isn’t just one type of grill out there.
Depending on your living situation, you might want to go with what will work best.
Depending on your needs and wants, you still want to go with what works best.
For me, I live in a condo, and I’m not always in the mood to deal with having to throw charcoal out.
At the same time, I don’t have the means to grab something like a Big Green Egg.
However, I wouldn’t say I like to limit myself to what I can and can’t do, so I pushed the limits and got something big enough to grill for the 6 of us, yet small enough to fit on our balcony.
For you, here are the different types of grills that you can choose from.
This is one of the more common grills, and for a good reason too.
Charcoal grills are what you want if you want to get that charred, slightly yet cooked thoroughly type of cooking.
They also burn hotter than others, and they are great if you are grilling for a party.
The downside to charcoal grills?
They do take more work to clean, and they require that extra purchase of charcoal.
It’s an added cost but worth it.
Gas grills are what’s in these days.
They are super convenient, come in many different styles and sizes, and will save you the most money in the long run.
I do like charcoal grills, but I currently own a gas grill as I like the simplicity that comes with it.
When buying your next gas grill, keep these thoughts in mind.
I must say, I have not tried a pellet grill.
I’ve done a heck of a deal of research on them, but I have never given into them just yet.
But like I said earlier, I live in a condo now, and my Weber E-210 Spirit grill works just fine.
Maybe if we move back into a house, I’ll give a pellet grill a try, but for now, I can only speak for gas and charcoal grills.
I know pellet grills are hot (not literally) and that they are great for smoking meats.
Not the biggest fan of smoking meats, but I know there are cultures of meat smokers that take grilling to another level.
If you are interested in smoking meats, then maybe, your next BBQ grill might require pellets.
2. What’s Your Budget?
Not all of us can buy a fancy gas grill, and that’s okay.
However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t join in on the BBQ fun.
Barbecuing doesn’t always have to be an expensive endeavor, but there are some things to consider before you give in to that one BBQ grill that caught your eye.
Not to say that you shouldn’t buy it but let me break things down a bit more.
First, you need to shop within your budget.
Don’t spend your rent money on your next BBQ grill, and then you don’t have a place to stay.
Keep your budget in mind, but don’t let that make your ultimate decision, as this goes hand in hand with what I’m about to talk about next.
BBQ grills can be tricky.
The pricing starts super low and gradually increases, confusing the crap out of you.
I hope you know that you will get what you pay for if you are thinking about settling for a cheap grill.
Unless you’re dealing with a Smokey Joe that can run you around $40, you should not buy a gas grill for less than $100.
Charcoal and pellet grills are on the lower price points, but many cheap ones are out there.
They look great when you first get them, but in less than a year, you’re grill only has three legs.
On the other hand, gas grills can cost you more, and they also have their cheaply made collection.
Be willing to spend if you want a quality gas grill and be ready to buy more than one grill in a couple of years if you decide to be cheap.
4. What Kind of Space Are You Working With?
If you are looking for a grill for your backyard, the options are endless.
You can get whatever grill you want without having to worry about its size.
Now, if you live in a condo or apartment like me, you will need one that can fit.
If your balcony is decent, you can get a regular-sized grill as we have.
If you don’t have the space, you might want to consider a Smokey Joe by Weber or a portable-style gas grill.
Standard grills are tremendous, but so many grills come with some unique features and other accessories.
You can get a grill with a thermometer built-in, or you can get one of those fancy ones that come with an app.
And if you want to get with the program, smart grills are one to consider.
Traeger grills are also in, and they come with some cool features as well.
Depending on your budget and desires, you can decide on what extra features you want.
Conclusion – Choose Your Next BBQ Grill Wisely
Buying your next BBQ grill might not be the easiest thing to do, but don’t always feel you have to commit to the first grill you see.
I sat on our next grill for a few months before finally making a decision.
I Googled the crap out of grills, and I went to the Home Depot and other stores a kazillion times to see some grills for myself.
You might want to do the same, but I will be creating a list of the best BBQ grills soon so that you can get a list of what I think you should get.
Until then, enjoy your next BBQ, and I hope you find a grill that fits the person you are.
Don’t forget to clean your grill after each use, or you’ll find yourself on the hunt for another BBQ grill sooner than expected.