There are a lot of different kinds of charcoal grills that offer many different features. I've picked the best charcoal grills from the simple kettle grill to large full functional charcoal grills that can cost well over $2,500. Pick the grill that is right for you and right for your pocket book. These grills represent the diversity of charcoal grills on the market whether you are looking for one that can smoke, one that can grill like no ones business or just let you cook up a simple meal. Updated for 2013.
Take a look at the Top 10 Charcoal Grills for 2013.
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Finding the right gift for Dad this Father's Day (June 19th) can be a real challenge. if your Dad is a backyard cook however, you have a lot of great options. A new grill (gas, charcoal, or a portable or maybe a smoker would be the perfect gift. Otherwise, check out my ideas for the perfect Father's Day Gift.
I've watched a lot of people cook at the grill or smoker over the years. One thing I have noticed is that most people have a favorite BBQ tool and will use it most all the time. Sometimes it might not be the most appropriate tool for the food, but people stick with it anyway. Personally I have a good pair of tongs that I use most the time. Anyway I thought I would ask what you like so this weeks question is:
POLL: Tong, Spatula, or Fork?
4) Something Else (please specify in the comments)
A few years back Mark Vinci set out to make a great rack of ribs on a gas grill. Not necessarily as easy as it might sound. Gas grills do not hold smoke, so it is hard to transfer that flavor to the food. Then there is the problem of not burning the ribs, while still getting a good crusted surface before the ribs dry out or fall apart. Remember if the bone falls out you are not eating ribs, you are eating slabs of boneless pork.
The fruition of Mark's experiments is this product. The Ribalizer is basically a stainless steel wire rib rack that fits into a standard, disposable aluminum steam table pan (24 x 14 X 8 inch). Place ribalizer rack into one of the pans and load up to six racks of ribs, either spare ribs or baby backs. Place the whole thing on the gas grill over a medium high heat and throw wood chips or chunks on the grill to product smoke (there are several ways to make smoke on a gas grill). Fill the pan with water up to the bottom of the ribs, but not touching. Check occasionally to make sure the grill is as hot as possible without the water boiling. After 45 minutes, top off the water and put another of the aluminum pans on top of the Ribalizer rack. This makes an enclosed oven that cooks the ribs. After 1 hour 15 minutes, the ribs are done. Add sauce if desired.
Conclusion: The Ribalizer actually works. The ribs it produces are tender, yet firm. The meat holds to the bone, but comes way clean when you bite. There is a definite crusted surface and the flavor is not steamed or boiled. Additionally, the Ribalizer is easy to use. Other than checking the water level and putting on the lid, this method is easy and can produce up to six racks of ribs in two hours. Personally, I found the smoke flavor lighter than I would like, but again, smoking on a gas grill is a difficult proposition at best.
Perhaps the best feature is the cost. The special introductory price is $24.95USD and that includes four disposable aluminum pans, enough for three cookouts. You can order more replacement pans at their site as well.
Find out more at The Ribalizer.
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