Apart from sitting around the fire, sleeping in a tent, or even just taking in the great outdoor setting, cooking with an outdoor BBQ is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. With so many brands and varieties on the market, however, choosing one for the first time can be a difficult decision. To help make the decision process easier, this guide will cover the three most common types of outdoor BBQs: Charcoal BBQs, propane BBQs, and smoker BBQs.
Three Types of Outdoor BBQs
Arguably one of the earliest and most popular types of outdoor BBQs, charcoal BBQs are both inexpensive and simple to use. As their name suggests, they use charcoal as their fuel source. Although charcoal is relatively inexpensive and easy to come by, it presents a couple major drawbacks: Igniting charcoal can be a messy and time-consuming process, and cleaning can be equally inconvenient. In order to ignite charcoal, most brands require them to be doused in lighter fluid, lit, and left alone for about 15 to 20 minutes while they build up heat. The soot and ash from the charcoal briquettes can not only make the grill dirty, but they’re also easily rubbed off on clothes and skin. For these reasons, many people choose gas-fired BBQs over charcoal-fired ones.
Still, those who prefer and enjoy charcoal BBQs are typically rewarded a variety of benefits: Charcoal adds a unique flavor to whatever is cooked on it, and most models are typically very inexpensive.
Despite the low cost and simplicity of charcoal BBQs, propane BBQs are gradually starting to replace their charcoal predecessors not only because they cook food faster, but also because starting and cleaning them is easy and mess-free.
Propane BBQs rely on propane or other gases to cook food. Because of this, all the operator has to do is open the gas line and ignite the burners, the latter of which usually being done with the help of a built-in electric igniter. This not only allows for a clean startup, but it also eliminates the need to wait about 15 minutes for the grill to build up enough heat. Propane and other gases also burn hotter than charcoal, resulting in much quicker cooking times.
Many models come with accessories such as rotisserie kits, bun warmers, thermometers, and even built-in woks. Cooking surfaces range between traditional BBQ surfaces, ribbed grills, and flat grills. Regardless of which accessories are included, however, propane BBQs give their users enough convenience and flexibility to quickly cook an entire multi-course meal. All of this, however, comes at a price: Propane BBQs are the most expensive types of outdoor BBQs available.
Although some models may be even more expensive than propane BBQs, smokers offer incredible flavors that cannot be produced with any other type of BBQ. Smoker BBQs use either slow-burning wood or charcoal to cook meat at a moderate temperature over a longer period of time. Varieties of wood such as mesquite, oak, cherry, hickory, and sugar maple are preferred fuels because their aroma is infused into the flavor of the meat.
After purchasing a barbecue, there are only a few things left to be considered. The most important is to buy a proper BBQ, some cooking appliances and you will be ready to go.
This post was written by Sashka May. She is a nature lover and she loves outdoor activities, especially camping. This article was inspired by her last camping trip and some great camping ideas and tips for choosing the best bbq and bbq covers.