As Grill Girl, I’ve accumulated a nice grill line up. We had to build a big shed in order to keep them all safe and sound! Here’s a bio of my grilling companions….
My Weber Genesis was the grill that really started my love for grilling. While I had grown up with a grill in the house and had grilled with “previous administrations”, it wasn’t until I bought this grill for Scott’s birthday when we first started dating that I really became addicted. Scott’s old grill almost synged my eyebrows off, and that is how this beauty came to be. I use this grill occasionally when I need the convenience of a gas grill, but my charcoal grills (the Weber Performer and Big Green Egg) get the most use.
My Weber Performer was the second grill I put into the line up. It is a charcoal griller that has a propane starter which is extremely convenient. I recommend anyone thinking of getting a charcoal grill to consider the performer. The propane starter gets your fire started in a snap and eliminates the need to use a chimney starter. I use Cast Iron Grill Grates from Crayycort and highly recommend them. Their sectioned quadrants in the grilling area make moving coals around very easy for direct/indirect grilling. The sections allow the use of inserts such as a wok and griddle so you can use your grill for just about anything. I use this grill most often, along with my Big Green Egg.
As the daughter of an Egg Head, I knew it was only a matter of time before I got my own. My large Big Green Egg is awesome for both grilling and smoking. The appeal of a Big Green Egg is that it is a ceramic, kamodo style grill that locks in flavor and moisture because the ceramic allows it to hold heat and maintain temperature. You can smoke in this baby and barely have to check on it because it maintains temperature so well. On the flip side, this grill can get up to very high heat, 600 degrees +++, which makes it great for searing and cooking hot and fast. Once you’ve gone Egg, you can’t go back. You can taste the difference in food cooked on this grill/smoker- it just keeps things so darned moist!
The Charbroil Big Easy or SRG (Smoker Roaster Grill) is what Scott and I used to roast a duck the Christmas of 2010. This is a very versatile grill and roaster, however I wouldn’t classify it as a smoker, though you can add smoker chips for added flavor. For a full review of this grill and the duck recipe, you can check out my review of it here: http://grillgrrrl.com/2011/01/grill-review-the-charbroil-big-easy/
For TV appearances, I have found that the Patio Bistro is perfect for doing a grilling demo when you have to be indoors on set. This grill was made for Condo/apartment dwellers who can’t have a gas or charcoal grill but want to be able to grill all the same. This grill is electric and can reach temps of 500 degrees. I have cooked everything from sliders to pizzas on it successfully. If you have a patio, this is a good option for you.
I have three good Tailgating Grills, one which is for our boat.
The most versatile and least expensive of tailgating grills has to be the Weber Smokey Joe. I used to take this grill to the office on occassion for a fun lunch grill with my co-workers. This is a basic small charcoal grill and is extremely versatile. If you want to buy your first grill and don’t have a lot to spend, this is your guy.
The Grill2Go Ice is a good gas grill for a serious tailgate. It is built on wheels and is fully collapsible into a small size so it easily fits into the back of your car. I did a grill review of the Charbroil Grill2GoIce, along with a margarita chicken recipe.
No boat is complete without a grill. Grilling on the back of a boat is the ULTIMATE Tailgate. I have a magma grill that fits on the back of our San Juan 21 (a little swing keel sailboat). Here is a pic of me grilling on a boat grill (we went on a friends sailboat, hence this is their boat grill in the pic) making French Toast at the marina. Check out my bimini bread french toast recipe- this will make you the star of your next brunch gathering!