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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About BBQs and Outdoor Cooking

Nothing feels more like summer than a crisp, warm evening spent barbequing on your patio or deck with family and friends. Not all BBQs are created equally—there are different types of heat sources, varying sizes and shapes, and basic models, fully-loaded units with all the bells and whistles and everything in between. There are also many types of portable BBQs to take with you camping, to the beach, etc. Some BBQs are specifically designed to be built-in to create an outdoor kitchen. Finding the best BBQ for your home means understanding features, technical terms and general information about barbeques; so check out these frequently asked questions and answers to help with your hunt for the perfect outdoor cooking equipment.

What size BBQ do I need?

Picking the right sized barbeque involves asking yourself a few key questions: What kind of space do I have for my BBQ? What will I be cooking most often and for how many people? Small two burner BBQs are great for a single person or couple, anyone who will just be firing up protein or a few kebabs on the grill, or anyone with a small deck or outdoor space. If you can spare the space and/or love to entertain, then a larger BBQ is the safer bet. Perfect for hosting small and large get-togethers, or anyone who wants to prepare the entire meal on the grill, including sides and mains, 4-6 burner BBQs provide tons of grilling space and versatility.

What BBQ accessories do I need?

Depending what your favourite dishes are to cook on the grill, there are tons of different kinds of barbecue accessories. The most common tools that every home cook should have for their BBQ are a spatula to flip burgers, a good pair of tongs, a cleaning brush or scraper, and a quality application brush for sauces and marinades. To expertly prepare more complex dishes consider a poultry roaster, non-stick cooking grid, a smoker or wood chips for a fiery taste, a grill basket for veggies, and a skewer set for homemade kabobs.

What are BTUs?

BTUs, or British Thermal Units, give you an indication of how much heat a particular grill can create. The higher the BTU number is, then the hotter the grill can get. Having a BBQ with a high BTU makes it easier to cook or char items faster, and usually means more control of the temperature of the grill for precise, flexible cooking temperatures.

What is an infrared grill?

Infrared technology in barbeques is a relatively new trend, beginning in the early 2000s, and has quickly become a buzz in outdoor cooking. Infrared grills are able to generate extremely high temperatures and get hotter faster than normal grills. Great for the outdoor chef that wants to brown or char meats at high temperatures, infrared grills can make cooking more delicate foods like vegetables or fish a little difficult.

Any other important things I should keep in mind before buying a BBQ?

Be sure to select a BBQ with a cooking technology that matches your outdoor setup and your personal preferences, as different types of grills will require appropriate hookups. Once you have decided to invest in a BBQ, it’s a great idea to buy a durable cover to protect it from harsh weather and exposure. In the event that your BBQ needs repair, it is simple to purchase replacement parts to ensure your outdoor grill stays in pristine condition for years to come.

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