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Best Charcoal Grills You Can Buy In 2016 (With Reviews)

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Nothing beats charcoal grills when it comes to a good old American barbecuing experience. It gives the food it own unique taste but there’s a degree of skill associated with cooking on grills. Cooking on a badly designed grill can be nightmare. I compiled a list of the best charcoal grills that I think are ideal for both newbies and experienced cooks alike. My opinion is that you can’t go wrong with any of these, they are popular and provide good value for money, do take a look:

 

1. Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

 Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black

At first glance it looks like a giant bowl, on a shopping cart, so it’s certainly not your archetypical grill design, like for example, the CGG-200 might be considered. Grill novices might even walk past the Performer Deluxe en route to the rather more picturesque Original Kettle Grill; but they’d be wrong to do that. In fact, they’d be missing out on what is the best Charcoal grill on the market. There’s nothing here you could single out and say “that’s why it’s so amazing”, because the magic of the 15501001 comes from the entire sum of all its parts. Weber combined the most wonderful cast-iron grates, with 363 square inches of cooking space inside their hugely successful bowl. Sure, the grates help create terrific evenly cooked food, and the space is good, but other grills have this. It’s when you add the little touches, like the detachable timer you can take into the house, the excellent drip-catcher, and the ash-catcher, which is quite simply the best out there; this is when you begin to see what Weber where doing. Weber wanted to combine the best food around, with a beautiful ease of operation, that simplifies the whole grilling process, so your always relaxed and the cooking experience is heightened. Everything from the quick start ignition to the one-wipe cleaning, lends to this overall strategy, and this is why the Performer Deluxe is the best charcoal grill out there. Read Full Review…

 

2. Char-Broil CB940X

Char-Broil CB940X Charcoal Grill Review

The Char-Broil looks like it’s a world away from the Performer Deluxe in terms of design, but as far as taste goes, it’s very similar. Lets just put it right out there straight away; the design looks like one of those giant warmers, they wheel around hospital wards, with tons of food inside them for patients consumption. It’s not pretty, in fact it’s downright ugly, but it is cast-iron, so it’s durable, and so are the grates. So, if you can get past the design you’ll be in possession of the second best charcoal grill around, because you’re getting fast, evenly cooked food, with an unbroken moisture barrier, for that sumptuous juicy texture. There’s also 435 square inches of cooking space, with a 180 square inch warming rack, so this is one for those with big family’s, and lots of friends they invite over regularly. The CB940X is 189.5 pounds of solid cast-iron, but you get great wheels, so there won’t be a problem wheeling it out into the back garden for cooking to commence. Read Full Review…

 

3. Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s charcoal grill

Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill Review

Some might be surprised that this is here, because the Lodge L410 didn’t receive much attention on it’s release, but you can’t argue with quality. Most cast-iron grills need to be washed thoroughly before use, because cast-iron rusts while sitting on store shelves, so you can’t prepare food on it immediately. The Lodge L410 however comes Pre-Seasoned, which means all this work has been done for you, and you can start cooking as soon as you take it out of the box. If you think that saves you time, the Lodge also comes pre-assembled, so it’s one of the few grills available, that really is ready for use out of the box. On the Lodge L410, you get those amazingly tasty steaks only cast-iron grates can give you, and it heats up quickly too; 1/4 pounders are a five minute job. On top of this there’s a trapdoor in the back so you don’t have to remove the grates to put more charcoal in, and this is a recurring theme of the Lodge 410; taste plus ease of operation, so it succeeds in the same way the Performer Deluxe does. It’s pretty small, so it’s portable, but the downside is you’ll need something to place it on outside, because it’s not a standalone grill. I’d say that’s quite a small price to pay for this outstanding piece of grilling equipment. Read Full Review…

 

4. Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker

Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black

The Kamado does one thing, and that is to re-create clay cooking, in a portable charcoal grill. To do this they’ve developed a brand new kind of metal formed in a laboratory by scientists, whose aim was to find something that could do the job of heavy ceramics, without buyers having to pay thousands of dollars. It’s been a huge success, because using the Kamado, buyers can cook pizza outside, and it has that superb clay cooked taste. It also does steaks, ribs, vegetables, bacon, and anything else you can think of. The versatility is what makes it great, and while it is essentially a huge chuck of cast-iron, there are high-quality wheels, so it’s easy to transport. You’ll definitely stand out with the Akorn Kamado, because it is very different from other charcoal grills on the market, and I mean that in a good way. What really helps the taste along is the double-walled insulated design, which limits air-flow in the same way Infrared grills do, so speed is also there, and meats are moist. Read Full Review…

 

5. Weber 14501001 Master-Touch Charcoal Grill

Weber 14501001 Master-Touch Charcoal Grill ReviewThe Weber philosophy is ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so they’ve used the same bowl on many designs, including the illustrious Performer Deluxe. Here we find it on the Weber 14501001 Master-Touch Charcoal Grill, which costs much less than the Performer, but has many of the same features, including Webers perfect cast-iron grates. And, for all intensive purposes, the Mastertouch makes food equal in quality to the Performer, but there is a slight caveat. In order to get the best out of the Mastertouch, you have to buy Webers Cookware Collection of Accessories separately, because it’s designed to be used with them. Using the Cookware Collection you can create Chinese food, Korean, and even pizza, as well as the usual grill favorites, like ribs and steaks. Without the Cookware Collection it’s a great meat grill, but with the Collection, you’re something close to the standards of the Performer, and that’s somewhere near perfect. Read Full Review…

 

Final Thoughts:

So what do you think? Found something you like? Read my review or click on name to check out customer reviews on amazon. I’m not an expert, just an enthusiast so your views are welcome!

 

 

Updated: March 2, 2016 — 2:28 pm

The Author

Chris

Chris

I’ve enjoyed grilling and outdoor cooking since I first discovered them. Some of my first food memories are meals at neighborhood barbecue parties. I enjoy writing about grilling food and that’s what I do on this site :)

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