Best Charcoal Grills
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Best Charcoal Grills

There’s something about charcoal grilling that’s incomparable to other cooking methods. Perhaps it’s the authentic taste of food cooked outdoors over hot coals, or the interactive cooking experience that brings us back to simpler times. Either way, charcoal grills allow for great control over the cooking process so you can make delicious recipes the way you want every time. Take a look at our picks as any of these could be the best charcoal grill for you!

Weber Master Touch 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

The Weber Master Touch measures about 363 square inches on its large round grill grate, which is enough space to cook for 5-6 people. The difference in the Master Touch compared to other models is the grill grate, now equipped with the Gourmet BBQ system. This expands your grilling possibilities with mix-and-match cookware. The handles are made from high-quality material and the top adjustable vent has a plastic handle that makes it easier to change temperature when the grill is smoking hot. The removable aluminum ash catcher may not be very important for grilling, but it sure makes cleaning up a breeze! (Who likes scooping out ashes? Answer: No one.) Moving the lever back and forth a few times pushes the ashes into the detachable ash pot for easy, mess-free disposal.

Kamado Joe Kettle Joe 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

This is Kamado Joe’s first kettle-style charcoal grill, it is loaded with many similar features found on the ceramic line of Kamado Joe grills. It raises the standard kettle cooking experience by bringing improved heat retention, fuel efficiency and smoking abilities to the table. One key feature on the Kettle Joe is the SloRoller smoking insert accessory, which helps distribute heat across the cook surface evenly. The SloRoller also channels smoke in circulating waves forcing it to pass through your food on the way out of the grill, enhancing the flavor of your food. You also have an adjustable hinged lid. On a traditional kettle, your options for the lid are on or off completely. (This means you need one hand free to hold the lid.) With the attached lid, this now frees your hands and makes opening/closing the grill much easier!

Blaze 32-Inch Stainless Steel Charcoal Grill

There is no doubt, cooking with charcoal gives food exceptional taste and texture. That’s why the Blaze 32- inch stainless steel freestanding charcoal grill makes such a good contender. With its sleek look and design, this heavy-duty stainless-steel charcoal grill will become the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen. The grill features solid stainless-steel grids with matte finished rods to keep seasoning oil intact, which prevent food from sticking. Each grid has holes, allowing grid hooks to be inserted to make raising grids easy for adding charcoal. Because of its unique design and features, the Blaze charcoal grill is easy to use, compared to most standard conventional grills.

Napoleon PRO 22-Inch Freestanding Charcoal Kettle Grill

The Napoleon 22 Inch Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill pays homage to the classic Weber Kettle, but with a few fresh touches of course! The Pro Cart uses hinged, coated cast iron grates with three-level height adjustments, allowing you to move the cook surface right down above the fire for searing or up high for lower temp cooking. The lid is also hinged with a handle on the front, and spins 180 degrees in a rotary motion. Charcoal sits on a steel grate with a removable stainless steel heat diffuser and stainless charcoal baskets for indirect cooking. And the coated cast iron grates provide intense conduction heat and make pronounced sear marks.

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 Digital Charcoal Grill

Masterbuilt is known for its high-quality smokers and grills. With the Masterbuilt 1050, complex flavor combines with a simple design. Thanks to its multi-feature design, you can smoke, grill, sear, bake, and roast any cut of meat to the highest quality—and achieve the perfect smokey flavor no matter the occasion! This unique cooker is a charcoal fuel model that runs on electricity., so you’ll need to fill it up with charcoal and plug it into an electrical source. A Masterbuilt 1050 weighs around 230 pounds, so you won’t be able to lift it without help. However, it does come with wheels so you can move it around, if need be, and once you decide on a leveled area, the wheels lock, so stability is not an issue.

After reading this story, it’s probably time to make a decision – which is the best charcoal grill for you?

Tailgater Magazine