Best Charcoal Grills You Can Buy

Nothing beats charcoal grills when it comes to a good old American barbecuing experience. It gives the food its own unique taste but there’s a degree of skill associated with cooking on grills. Cooking on a badly designed grill can be a 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:

Product
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Where to Buy
Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill
Char-Broil CB940X
Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s charcoal grill
Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker
Weber 441001 Original Kettle 18-Inch Charcoal Grill

 

1.  Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

 

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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 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 was doing. Weber wanted to combine the best food around, with 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

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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

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Some might be surprised that this is here because the Lodge L410 didn’t receive much attention on its 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

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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 chunk 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 441001 Original Kettle 18-Inch Charcoal Grill

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This charcoal grill is available in the original kettle style, which is a design that’s suitable for any kind of backyard, deck, or patio. It’s portable and easily set up no matter where you care to have your grilling party.

Pros

  •    Cooking grate is durable and easy to clean
  •    Heat shield for extra protection
  •    Enamel finish prevents cracking, rusting, and peeling
  •    Able to withstand high temperatures.
  •    Adjustable temperature and charcoal level
  •    Wheels for easy transport

Cons

  •    More expensive than similar items from other brands

Size/Design

The contents of this grill include the main kettle. This has 240 square inches for cooking in total. This is covered mainly by a plated-steel grate measuring 18.5 inches in diameter. The vents provided are resistant to rust, and the bowl is enameled with porcelain. All of this makes sure you have a clean, safe, and easy grilling experience without any hassle.  

The lid of this grill has nylon handles that are reinforced with glass. This design would ensure that you don’t burn your hand while lifting the grill top or shutting it down. There’s also an ash catcher made of aluminum, a one-touch cleaning system, and many more feature available.

The dimensions of this Weber grill are 18.5 inches by 23 inches by 35 inches (L x W x H), thus providing ample room for the charcoal as well as leaving a proper distance between the coals and the food. The whole model comes with a nice 10-year warranty which should cover all bases no matter what the issue is.

Performance

The Weber Kettle Grill is a device that would let you cook and clean up with the least amount of hassle. Customers are especially delighted with the one-touch cleaning system that makes it easy to clear away even charcoal ash and food debris. All we need to do is sweep everything into the ash catcher and empty it out later.

This grill is also known for withstanding very high temperatures. You can easily arrange your charcoal for the cooking level you need, whether it’s grilling steaks or roasting mushrooms. You can even opt for indirect grilling as well as the direct variety. Along with this, the precision heat control would leave you in charge of your grilling even when the lid is closed. You can adjust the dampers to raise or lower the inner temperature. If you want to extinguish your coals in a safe manner, simply close off the dampers completely. This would cause the flames to burn out due to the lack of oxygen.

Conclusion

There are several features within this kettle grill that recommend it for purchase. It has a heat shield, an angled lid hook, a large cooking space, portability, and several other aspects that make a grill desirable. It might be a bit more expensive than the offerings from other brands, but the user reviews have confirmed its excellent quality and performance.

Final Verdict

The above charcoal grills may all be excellent choices, but the best one for you would depend on your needs and requirements. For instance, the Weber grill has an excellent performance that could help even a novice griller cook like a professional. If this is out of your range, a similar option is to be found in the cast-iron Komado. For more cooking space, you should consider the Char-Broil.

Whichever one you end up going for, you may be assured of a quality purchase and performance. If this isn’t the case, the manufacturers of these grills all give excellent warranty periods which would come in handy for replacement or repairs.