The Fourth of July. A holiday filled with baseball, parades and fireworks. The Fourth of July also means grilling out with neighbors, family and friends. If you’re hosting a cookout, you may be due for a new grill. What’s it going to be — charcoal, gas, infrared, maybe a smoker? Lowe’s has you covered with “FAQs on BBQs” to help you decide. There’s also a buying guide on Lowes.com, that will help you take your outdoor cooking up a notch.
“What’s the most popular grill?”
- Gas grills remain the most popular and Lowe’s offers great brands like Weber and Charbroil.
- Gas grills provide users a fast startup time, fast cook time and overall quality cooking.
“What type of grill is trending?”
- Pellet grills are the fastest growing segment in grills due to their fast start up temps, ease of use and smoke flavor.
- Pellet users love having the controlled temperatures like a gas grill provides, but because they use hardwood pellets the food gets more of a smoky flavor.
- They are electronically controlled and make smoking much more intuitive for the user vs. traditional charcoal smokers.
“What’s a Kamado grill?”
- Kamado style grills are great for smoking.
- They’re known for retaining heat very well for long cooking sessions.
- Lowe’s offers Kamado Joe Ceramic grills.
“What if I routinely have cookouts for large groups?”
- Griddles have become very popular for the user that enjoys a larger cooking space.
- Griddles can cook meat and veggies all at one time, on open heat vs. having to check progress by opening and closing the lid.
- This style of cooking is routine in restaurants and many people use these grills for catering.
“What about a traditional smoker?”
- Traditional Smokers provide customers the option of “low and slow” (low temperature, slow cooking time).
- Users are more involved and love the thrill of finding new tastes to make their food unique.
“Is there an option if I live in an apartment?”
- If you live in an apartment or an area that can’t accommodate charcoal or gas, you can still cook out with an electric grill. (*Always check with your apartment first to make sure they allow the use of personal grills.)
- Electric grills offer quick, long-running operation but must plug into a power outlet.