This guest blog post comes from Kansas City NARI member, the Fireplace & Bar-B-Q Center.
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May is around the corner, which makes us think about grilling outdoors! Let’s look at some major reasons that grilling has become so popular in recent decades:
Grills Have More Features Than Ever
The most obvious reason that Americans are spending more on home grilling these days is because rather than a simple charcoal grill, new models typically come with three or more burners and a host of other features, including warming racks and stainless heat plates to maintain proper heat distribution. So be sure to check these new models out when buying a grill. And remember that it’s important to buy a model that has fun features, but not so many that you don’t know what to do with them all!
Quality Cooks Better
We’ve all heard the old adage that “you get what you pay for”, and it certainly is true with grills. While not always the case, cheap grills do not usually cook as well as more expensive models. This is because cheaper models do not have the heat control features that more expensive models have. These features create a more even distribution of heat on the burners, so whatever is being cooked does so evenly. Cheaper grills make it very difficult for even the best chefs to cook food evenly. That may be ok for experienced grillers, but more inexperienced chefs may have an easier time grilling on a model with more advanced heat distribution controls and better vaporizing panels to reduce flareups.
More Than a Hobby
Grilling has become more than a hobby to many people. What used to be an activity focused primarily on making food at the backyard barbeque party, has now become a way to achieve relaxation and a sense of community. There are television programs dedicated solely to grilling, and with the rise of the internet and social media, it has become possible for grillers to meet others who share their passion. There are countless blogs, websites, and forums dedicated to grilling and topics related to it. Grills are offered in many different categories to best suit the needs of each griller. Charcoal, kamado, infrared, gas, and pellet grills are just a few of the options available today.
A Point of Pride
Because grilling is such a social activity, it tends to be the place where people congregate during gatherings. Maybe it’s to ask questions about the cook’s methods, or perhaps it’s just a way to get the best burgers coming off the grill. No matter the reason that people flock to the grill, it is obvious that this happens.
Many grilling enthusiasts see their grill as a point of pride to impress others at the cookout. This can lead grillers to purchase expensive models to show off to their friends and fellow cooks.
So, with Americans constantly yearning for the newest piece of grilling technology, the market is booming with options. No matter what someone would want in a grill, there’s a good chance that demand has led to a market where that feature is available. And there’s a really good chance that you will find just what you are looking for at Fireplace & Bar-B-Q Center in Overland Park, Kansas!!! Stop by and see us at 105th & Metcalf and let us help you buy your new grill!