SUMMER BBQ ESSENTIALS
– How to make your backyard BBQ a trendy, sizzling success…
My husband and I love to have company over, we love hosting parties and get-togethers, especially in the summer time. For my husband, this only means… BBQ season! I certainly encourage and support “the King of the Grill” mentality that my husband gets himself into. He just loves the grill and the smoker. This is great for me because I get awesome food, less cooking and more time for me to kick my feet up in the backyard after a long day. But our old fashioned, out dated and aged grill’s days are numbered. So we’ve decided to look at our options and start looking at replacements. I figured this would be a great time for me to learn a thing or two about what the essentials are for barbecuing.
I walked over to the camping department and asked my colleague, Melanie for some product knowledge and advice. She helped me narrow it down to two of the newest and trendiest grills that we currently carry in our store. The Smoke Canyon Trio Grill and the Brinkmann Smoke’N Grill. Melanie mentioned that the latest and greatest feature and benefit on the new grills is that they are multi purpose, which is great so that we are able to enjoy more time outside!
The Brinkmann Smoke’N Grill at $629.99 CAD has nearly 700 square inches of cooking surface; 554 square inches of primary cooking surface and 140 square inches of secondary cooking surface, integrated rotisserie and smoker, easy-to-use electronic ignition, five 10,000 BTU stainless steel burners, a 12,000 BTU side burner, a 10,000 BTU back burner, a 6,000 BTU smoker burner and get this, primarily fueled by propane it can be easily adapted to natural gas with a conversion kit. This grill is not your ordinary backyard grill; it’s a backyard kitchen in itself. This grill can do it all! It is ideal for hosting parties and get-togethers, whether it’s date night that’s turned into steak night or enjoying the sun in the backyard while smoking a brisket with a few buddies. It’s got heavy-duty porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates and wire warming rack, a griddle topper, bottle opener, a towel/tool bar and smooth rolling casters for easy moving! The box is pretty big so you need to keep that in mind for pick up.
The Smoke Canyon Trio Grill at $459.99 CAD has a barrel shaped charcoal grill, a barrel shaped propane grill and a side fryer. It’s got over 1,700 square inches of cooking space, a 12,000 BTU side burner and 30,000 stainless steel BTU burners.
The sider fryer at 12,000 BTU, with a 6.5 quart aluminum pot with a strainer basket and soft touch handle is perfect for deep frying or boiling a wide variety of foods.
The barrel shaped charcoal grill has a 20 burger capacity, 360 square inches of cooking space, cast iron grates, fuel access door, a gear shifter style adjustable charcoal tray/grate lifter and front loading for charcoal or wood. It also has a fully removable ash pan.
The barrel shaped gas/propane grill also has a 20 burger capacity, 360 square inches of cooking space and porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates.
There are oversized analog temperature gauges on gas and charcoal units to monitor the temperatures with lids closed. In addition to this feature these is also a convenient side storage to help organize your event.
This grill is also awesome for having a neighbourhood cook out, like the Brinkmann Smoke’N Grill it is a multipurpose grill. It is definitely not an ordinary grill. What buddies of yours wouldn’t be happy with some deep fried grub, burgers and steaks and some grill smoked meat? This item is also pretty big so make sure you keep that in mind for pick up as well.
Now my husband and I have some thinking to do… So I get to go home with the information, sit down with him and let him pick which one he would be comfortable with. After all, grilling and smoking is his thing.
While I was in the camping department I also asked Melanie for some help on some essential accessories that a person who barbecues or is starting to barbecue should have… She listed a bunch of things like: cleaning brushes, sets and individual tools, grill covers to take care of your investment, assorted grill baskets, kabob sets (including the flexible kabob skewer set), jalapeno rack, rib rack, thermometers, smoker boxes, wok, the sittin’ chicken, grids for times when you need more solid coverage, a variety of sauces, lots of rubs and an assortment of injectable marinades (some brands we carry are Cajun Injector, Butterball and Tony Chachere’s).
“We carry a great selection of grills from charcoal to propane in a range of sizes to suit different needs from camping to tailgating to big parties. The brands we carry are Horizon, Weber, Char Griller, Char Broil, Brinkman, Browning, Coleman, Lodge and Smoke Canyon.
One of the best things about summer is eating outside, and nothing says summer eating like a good grill. Whether it is traditional (hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, steak and chicken drumsticks) or more fancy (salmon steaks, kabobs, smoked pork for a nice pulled pork sandwich), grilling is a great way to make a delicious lunch or dinner while avoiding the sweltering hot kitchen.
Whether you want to use a charcoal or propane grill, we have you covered with different models to accommodate a variety of budgets and grilling needs.”
I hope that this has given you, our blog readers as much information as it’s given me. If you have any questions or concerns, please comment, call or email us, better yet come visit our store and one of our camping associates will be glad to help you.
I would like to thank Melanie in camping for all the help! You were awesome!!!
Till next time,