Get the Most from Your Charcoal Barbeque Grill
If you're looking for a way to save money on entertaining without giving up any of the
fun, you don't need to look any farther than your own back yard. If you've got an outdoor barbeque grill—charcoal,
gas, or wood—you've got everything you need to put together a wonderful gathering, whether it's just for a few
family members and friends, or for everybody at your office. An outdoor charcoal barbeque grill can be as
inexpensive or tricked-out as your cooking skills and budget dictate, and there's nothing that says "good times"
like the great taste of food prepared on an outdoor barbeque grill. That savory charcoal or smoked-wood flavor just
can't be beat!
Charcoal Barbeque Grills on a Budget
If you don't have a lot of money to spend, and especially if you live in a small space
like a condo or an apartment, a simple cast-iron hibachi grill can be a perfect solution for your needs. These
barbeque grills use charcoal, and they're small—some models take up about the same amount of space as a large
toaster. You can set a hibachi grill on your balcony, pour in a little charcoal, and you're ready to grill! These
grills are very popular with campers and hunters, simply because their small size permits them to be set up just
about anywhere. Lodge, BBQ Guys, and Cajun Cookware are just three of the manufacturers of these popular and
versatile grills. While a hibachi grill won't allow you to cook for a whole family reunion, it can give you the
great charcoal taste of barbeque grilling for 2, even if you don't have much room for a setup.
Looking at Portable Barbeque Grills
Once you move up into the more traditional-sized portable charcoal barbeque grills,
there's still a big variety in pricing and features to choose from. The classic Weber round charcoal barbeque grill
costs around $100, and is one of the best all-purpose grills around. Its round design focuses the heat, and the
vented construction with close-fitting lid even allows you to use it as a smoker, on a limited basis. I owned one
for years and cooked some extremely scrumptious food on it. The Portable Kitchen cooker has the classic look of the
charcoal barbeque grills popular in the 50s and early 60s, and its durable cast aluminum construction means it will
give years of great outdoor cooking performance. For the serious griller, Brinkmann's cast-iron barbeque
grill with side-mounted firebox gives you the flexibility to do everything from direct grilling to slow smoking,
all with the same equipment. It's a pretty heavy unit, so even though it's mounted on wheels and is technically
"portable," this grill requires some teamwork to load and unload.