To Grill or Not To Grill

Everyone knows that grilled food has a completely different flavor than of that cooked in an oven. And grilling out is one of the perfect ways to spend a fabulous afternoon (or night) by the pool enjoying the backyard with the family. But with so many options on the market, how do you know what grill is best for your lifestyle, and how to grill correctly for that matter? CNN Money offers these five tips:

  1. Don’t buy more grill than you need. Grills are priced in basic, mid and high-end ranges. Consumer Reports says that they are priced according to size, quality, convenience and features. Only opt for the features you really need not want.
  2. Go for the best buy. Do your research, read consumer reports/reviews about models you’re interested in. And shop around. There is a lot of competition out there!
  3. Take the wiggle test. See how solid and sturdy the grill is. Find a grill with plastic or wooden handles. Conduct a drop-lid test — does the grill stay lit if the lid is dropped quickly or it’s really windy outside? And pay attention to the warranty — don’t settle for anything less than 10 years.
  4. Don’t botch the barbecue. Consumer Reports says there are a few mistakes you don’t want to make when grilling out — don’t forget to preheat the grill, keep the lid down at all times, don’t grill on dirty grates, and never run out of gas!
  5. Get the must-have accessories. Think basting barbecue brushes, grips, tongs, wood pellets and a seasoned grate.