If you are in the market for a brand new charcoal grill, you definitely want to read about which grills are topping the best of lists for 2011. You can use your charcoal grill to either grill your food, which means to cook it quickly at a high temperature, or barbecue, which means to cook your food slowly over indirect heat. Charcoal grills are an especially fine choice for cooking meats. Charcoal imparts a flavor to your food that you just will not get from a gas grill. Unfortunately, charcoal grills can be a bit more difficult to use than gas grills. That is because they can be bothersome to set up and clean and it is more challenging for you to regulate the temperature in a charcoal grill. Some of 2011's best charcoal grills have features to help you contend with these issues.
Weber has a long held and well earned reputation as a manufacturer of top quality gas and charcoal grills. The Weber One Touch Gold Charcoal Grill is one of their top of the line, deluxe charcoal grills for home cooks. Priced at about $140, this grill is a pretty good buy, especially since it comes with a ten year limited warranty. The One Touch Gold is comprised of a fire and rust proof, porcelain enameled, stainless steel lid and bowl. It includes a lid mounted thermometer, removable ash catcher and vent with a heat resistant plastic handle. It is very easy to clean and has a heavy duty, hinged cooking grate with a pair of charcoal rails. It comes with a few extras, like a pair of heat resistant side tables, a charcoal measuring cup and a few tool holders. You can buy it in two sizes and it is available in classic black, spring green or ivory.
If you like to keep things simple, check out the Marsh Allen Cast Iron Hibachi. This little charcoal grill, priced at about $25, features everything you need to grill up steaks or bratwurst in your backyard or on the go. Made from high quality cast iron, this grill has three position adjustable cooking grids with curved sides to help to prevent your food from rolling away. It has wood handles which allow for safe adjustment and a pair of adjustable air vents which will help you to control your charcoal burn rates. Best of all, this grill is compact enough to take anywhere, so you could potentially use it to grill your food at a campsite or even on the beach.
If top of the line features and luxury are more your thing, take a look at the Char Griller Smokin' Pro. Priced at nearly $300, this grill is custom designed for Texas style barbecue. It features a heavy gauge, powder coated, steel construction grill barrel and side firebox with cast iron nonstick cooking grates. The charcoal doors swing out so you can add charcoal and dump ashes without disturbing your food.