Barbecue Freedom

Can you enjoy the same smoky flavor without the hassle and mess of charcoal or propane?

Yes! There is no propane tank to fill up or charcoal mess! Natural gas controls are right at your fingertips, which gives you easy access to clean and abundant energy for cooking outdoors. Safe, convenient, and reliable – natural gas barbecues will keep your food hot and your kitchen cool. Natural gas flames provide an adjustable source of heat that can be fine-tuned with precision. Available in a variety of sizes and price ranges, gas grills are easy to use, easy to clean, and are virtually maintenance free. So what are you waiting for? Get grilling with gas!

BBQ Selection Tips

Gas barbeque grills have been gaining in popularity for many year and now dominate the out-door cooking market. They come in two main types: natural gas and propane.

Natural gas grills burn, as the name suggests, natural gas (a type of methane chiefly). They produce high heat and an even temperature. Clean up is relatively easy and some grills are even self-cleaning to a degree, like indoor ovens.

But natural gas BBQs require you to have or create an outlet to hook the stove up to. Many homes already have them, so that’s not a problem. But it does limit the mobility of the grill. Once in place, you have a fairly short hose connection and the grill has to stay near the outlet. In rare cases that can present a fire hazard, but for most homeowners natural gas barbeques are a great option.

The other type of gas BBQ uses propane, usually from a refillable metal tank. Tanks come in various sizes, with 20 gallons a common amount. Propane grills produce a high temperature, only slightly less than methane. They’ll cook a thick steak just as well, requiring only a slightly longer cooking time.

Propane BBQs are convenient because they can be moved around. If you cook at different times of the day that can be a big advantage. If the sun is too hot in one spot (or you happen to be doing some yard re-modeling) the barbeque can be moved to another location.

But the tanks do run out, slower or faster depending on how long each cooking session is and how often the BBQ is used. Refilling them isn’t very expensive, though propane prices have risen sharply in the past few years. The hassle factor can be considerable or trivial depending on who your supplier is. Some suppliers just do a quick exchange of the tank and you’re on your way. Others make you wait in line, fill out paperwork and more.

Many natural gas BBQ models can be converted into propane and vice versa. The kits are simple to use and range in price, with some representing a third of the original cost of the grill.

Electric barbeque grills are another, newer option. They are in essence electric ovens set on wheels and can have a number of advantages. They have no fuel requirement, just a cord and an electric outlet. They can be self-cleaning, just as many interior ovens are. The temperature can be very precisely controlled. They do tend to be a little more expensive than other styles of BBQs, though.

With the technological improvements made in BBQs over the past 20 years, you can hardly go wrong if you select a major brand. Consider your budget, your preferred cooking circumstances, and go for it!

Where is the popularity of barbecue headed?

Recently New York Magazine declared Barbecue the new Deli. Suddenly people in the Big Apple seem to know what most the rest of us have for quite a while now, barbecue is big. From chains of restaurants to the explosions of competitions barbecue has become not just the new lunch spot but one of the fastest growing “sports” in Canada.

While barbecue has existed for centuries the combination of technology from new electric smokers to the vast array of information on the internet has caused millions of people to find true barbecue and to become fans consuming more and more food, books and equipment. While barbecue can’t be considered a fad there is a fad like quality to this growth in popularity.

With millions of dollars being invested into all kinds of barbecue related businesses the $64,000 question is how big will it get and where is it headed. If there is a surge in popularity there will inevitably be a decline.

Natural-gas barbecues

Nothing says summertime like a perfectly barbecued meal. Making your outdoor cooking experience sizzle all comes down to knowing what to look for in a quality barbecue.

Natural-gas barbecues heat up quickly and typically have the highest BTUs (British Thermal Units). They are also available with multiple burners with individual temperature controls, which will enable you to simultaneously cook different foods at different temperatures. Added features include temperature indicators, side burners, back burners and storage cabinets. The greatest benefit of the natural gas barbecue is the readily accessible, unending supply of fuel; unlike propane systems which need to be refilled.