Outdoor barbequing has been an American tradition for over half a century. Outdoor grills are available in many public parks and recreation areas, and are often the preferred fire location by authorities. These public bbq grills are usually built into a brick, stone, or cement structure, or mounted on a heavy steel pipe anchored in the ground. These permanent public bbq grills are not always well maintained, so many families prefer to bring their own outdoor grills, whether charcoal, LPG, or electric.

Plans have long been available for permanent backyard grills, first with charcoal, then with gas, and now, electric. We all know the chore of starting and maintaining a charcoal fire, and the danger of not ensuring that it is completely out before closing it down afterwards. LPG has long been a favorite of grillers, and eliminates the chores mentioned above. The trouble with LPG grills is that the tank always goes empty at the most inopportune time, leaving you with a grill full of half-cooked foods, and a hungry bunch of people.

Enter, the outdoor, electric, bbq grill. Electric power has become a reliable power source for most all the country, and when it does become unreliable, it is usually because of a storm, and you wouldn’t be having an outdoor bbq session during a storm.

Electric outdoor barbeque grills are available in a variety of styles and sizes; built-in, stand alone, and tabletop. The stand-alone model is similar to the traditional charcoal models, with which we are all familiar. Tabletop models might best suit the apartment dweller, because of its small size, and therefore, can be stored along with other cooking utensils.

Today’s homes are usually well wired, and most likely have a properly grounded, outdoor outlet, on the patio. Electricity does away with the starter fluid smell and taste, and the heat is easily adjusted by a simple turn of the knob. As with any electric appliance, don’t use an electric bbq grill while standing on a wet patio or lawn.

Barbequing outdoors at home, or at a park, is sure to be a safe and fun family or group time if you just remember a few general safety rules: do not leave the grill unattended, keep flammable papers or clothes away from the grill, and keep the kids away at a suitable distance.

Have fun using your new electric outdoor grill this bbq season.

America’s tradition of outdoor barbequing has been around for over a half century, and during that time there have been many rained out events. If only they could have been indoors, but the danger of carbon monoxide from charcoal or gas combustion was too great.

The party can now continue with indoor electric barbeque grills. Electric bbq grills have no dangerous fumes, only the wonderful sizzle and smell of grilled meat. Rain or shine, day or night, any time is the right time to grill indoors with an electric grill.

Electric indoor grills are perfect for the apartment dweller with no patio or balcony. The set up easily on the counter or tabletop and can be stored away with the other pots and pans. They range in size from a single sandwich to a full rotisserie, and cost from twenty bucks up to over a thousand. Some electric stoves even have drop in grill sections, with downdraft exhaust to keep from setting off the smoke alarm.

Most of us are familiar with the common waffle iron, and even some of them have reversible inserts to turn it into a grill. Just as when you use a frying pan, it would be best to use the exhaust fan when using your indoor electric grill.

When looking for an indoor grill check for features, such as a grease pan, non-stick surfaces, cleaning instructions, and safety tips. Look at the size and shape of the grill surface to see if it will suit your needs. If you are single, and live in a studio apartment with a small kitchen, a small indoor grill may be the right size for you. You will not be grilling for a group beyond what you can get in your living space. If you are married with several children, and often entertain your extended family or many friends, you may need something much bigger. Also, keep in mind that a larger grill will use more energy than a small grill. All that empty space on the grill is just wasted energy heating up your kitchen.

Another thing to consider is how and where you will store an indoor electric grill. Whereas an outdoor grill may stay out on the patio, an inside grill will require some accommodation in your cabinets or other protected location.

Choose carefully, and have a great grilling season.

Barbeque grilling, while not a daily routine, is practiced throughout America, at all times of the year. Whether indoors, or outdoors, whether charcoal, LPG or electric, many have almost made it a regular event at their home.

Every man chef has his own routine, special sauces, favorite meats, and complementing beverage. To him, his utensils are his tools of the trade, and how he uses them may just be his secret. An apron saying, “Kiss the Chef!” may mean just that.

However, what if you are the new kid on the block, your dad worked out of town, your family ate out when he was home, and you never really set your eyes on a portable barbeque grill? You are not totally alone, there are a lot of guys out there that do not get excited at the site of a bbq grill, or look a little dazed at the scent of charcoal lighter fluid.

Tip #1.  Select a grill that fits your needs, in size, style, and price. Look for one not too big or too small, one that fits your space and your pocketbook. A fancy, expensive grill does not make the food taste better.

Tip #2.  Keep the grill clean. No one wants to eat today’s meal cooked on last week’s shreds and grease. There are a number of tools available that fit the bars on the grill and scrapes the burnt on food and grease off easily. Do not wait and just bake it on more the next time you use the grill.

Tip #3.  Keep a water spray bottle handy to knock down grease flare-ups. A quick spray of clean water will usually put down a grease flare-up. A small fire extinguisher on a lower shelf may never be use, but is priceless if an apron or wipe-rag catches fire.

Tip #4.  Keep some grill mittens handy. The grill and utensils are hot and burned hands will drop prime steaks on the ground.

Tip #5.  Get a good set of grilling utensils, that are what you need, and are more than a pretty picture. Try them on for size and grip. They will not be useful if they are too heavy, or awkward to use.

Tip #6. A small fold-up table or tray is a great place to keep the food, spices, dishes, and what not. Like a kitchen, there is never enough counter space.

Like buying a new car, buying a new barbeque grill, whether charcoal, gas, or electric, requires also buying the ‘just right’ accessories to set off the grill, and the chef .

Go to any grill store, or department, and you will be greeted with a cornucopia of accessories from aprons, hats, and mitts, to the finest tools, and things you might never have thought was out there.

The Essentials – Your basic tools will be long handled tongs, fork, and spatula.

  • Tongs are the tool of choice to turn and pickup hotdogs, ears of corn, and similar foods that don’t quite fit a spatula.
  • The Spatula is great to flip hamburgers, chops and other meats and patties. It is also a handy serving tool when used with the fork.
  • The Fork is the all-round go to tool to grab that big hunk of meat or steak. It is handy to use with the tongs or spatula, to stabilize the grilled item during the dangerous journey from grill to platter.

Cleaning Tools – It is not just your fathers steel brush.

  • Scrappers are used to clean the wires forming the grill. Many are designed to fit over the wires and clean both sides as well as the top of the wires. Others are designed to fit a specific grill shape or wire spacing.
  • Brushes come in a broad range of types, sizes, and materials. A simple steel-wire brush will do the job, and is a good one to start with. Others come with steel wire on one side and brass on the other, and have a long handle to keep your fingers off the hot grill. Others are formed to fit the hand, and so must be used after the grill has cooled. There are even robot brushes to do the nasty job for you.
  • Chemical solutions are available for some hard to remove grime.

All The Rest – Handy things to make your grilling day a little more glamorous.

  • Meat thermometers are available for one or several steaks at the same time.
  • Flip over trays for foods that may slip through the grill.
  • Skewers for making kabobs.
  • Basting brushes and mops to deliver your “special taste.”
  • Special holders or trays for hot wings and pizzas.
  • Covers for your grill keep it clean and dust free, ready for your next event.