Twin Eagles C-Series Outdoor Grill

Once again, the Twin Eagles Grill offers a unique cooking system that delivers great performance. We find that the grill preheats faster, reaches higher temperatures and uses less gas but still distributes heat more evenly. The grill utilizes both direct and radiant heating. The briquettes are evenly spaced so that heat rises and then gets distributed evenly throughout the briquettes. Instead of the briquettes heating solely from the bottom, the heat gets distributed to the sides and the tops. Some people don’t like the way the briquettes clean up, but honestly, flipping them over every couple of months and burning off the grease helps. The briquettes will get seasoned and transfer those flavors to your food. Yum!

We love the hexagonal grates that are constructed with ⅜ inch stainless steel so they offer more mass and therefore retain more heat. The surface of the grates creates deeper and thicker restaurant style heat marks.

If picking up the C model with rotisserie, we love the fact that the motor has 100 lbs of turning capacity.  The chain driven design is a great addition to this years model.  The grill has two rotisserie positions so that the distance of the food to the burner can appropriately be adjusted.  The grill hood assist system also lightens the load on the lift so makes opening and closing the lid a lot easier than some of the other models we looked at. There is also a convenient rod storage compartment located in the grills drip tray handle for easy access. All in all, a great all around grill for the price.  These grills are available as built-ins and on carts in a number of different sizes.

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Delta Heat Outdoor Grill

Everyone knows by now why we love the Twin Eagle grills, but for a lower price, Delta Heat is an entry level grill built by the same company. We like this grill because of the features you get at a great price point. The American Made grill is made by Twin Eagle, whose founder, Dante Cantal is an award winning engineer.

The grill uses both direct and radiant heating systems so once again, you get the best of both worlds. The briquettes heat from the bottom as well as the sides and top. Flipping the grates over once in a while and burning off the grease will help with any build up. They will probably need to be replaced every 3 – 5 years.

The grill has 18 gauge stainless steel U-Burners and is equipped with a double lined stainless steel hood with seamless welded construction. We like the sleek look and innovative design.  The add-ons such as a rotisserie kit, and sear zone are reasonably priced. The LED control panel lights turn your grill into a great attraction for your backyard.

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Blaze Standard Outdoor Grill

The Blaze grill takes the honor of best value gas grill for 2018.

First and foremost, the grill did not have any price hikes from last year, so the 32” base model is priced at $1349, making this grill affordable.

The best thing we like about this grill is the no frills simplicity of the features offered in the grill. With standard model, there is no electronics, so you won’t have to worry about any electrical issues down the line. We also love the  the cast stainless steel burners that are a commercial grade. They are heavy duty, and much more durable than a typical U-shaped burner. The perforated flavor grids that sit on top are easy to clean and are equipped with zone separators so that if you are cooking food at different temperatures, it is easy to adjust.

The grill is basic, but the new LTE model offers red LED lighting, and halogen lights on the interior of the hood for grilling at night. The lifetime warranty is also a great perk that comes along with the grill.

 

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Alfresco ALXE Grill

The Alfresco Built in Outdoor grill makes our list year because of its power and superior construction. The 36”  grill can produce 82,500 BTU’s of heat. You can add another 18,500 BTUS of heat if you go with an infrared burner.

The built-in rotisserie system is chain driven and has a spit that holds 120 pounds of meat.

This grill comes with a higher price tag than some of our other recommendations, but the superior quality and durable construction of the grill is worth the extra money.

The built in smoker box, 3 position warming rack, halogen lights all add to the utility of this grill.

We LOVE the accessories available. Indirect roasting pods, steamer/fryer inserts are available as well as a commercial griddle pan. We also like the fact that the solid fuel inserts are available for this grill so that the grill can easily be converted to a wood or charcoal base system.

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Memphis Pro Pellet Grill

As far as pellet grills go, The Memphis Pro Series we love.  It is built extremely well and is available on a cart and built in model. We had the pleasure on cooking on one of these. The temperature range is incredible. You can slow cook as low as 180 degrees with WiFi technology and get as high as 650 degrees. We used the direct flame insert and got a nice sear on the steak as well as doing a batch of chicken wings at about 225 degrees for a few hours. They were delicious.

The convection fans help circulate the heat so that a great even temperature can be maintained. The pro holds 18 pounds of pellets which is a great size for any type of grill out. This grill is great if you are cooking for 6-8 people. You can purchase the small grate kit which will add a middle rack for more space for cooking.

The Memphis Elite is about 50% larger (has 1252 square feet of space versus 834 inches on the pro) but is at a higher price point. If you are constantly cooking for a group of 8 or more people, the elite grill is for you.

The one caution we have for you is to be careful where you store it. If it is not being stored under a roof, we advise the cover because the hopper will fill up with water when it rains. This grill is made in the USA!!

 

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ProFire Indoor Grill

As far as indoor grills go, the ProFire is one of our favorites. It’s a nice size, measuring about 21 x 15 and heats up in about 5 minutes. The infrared burner gets hot and the high heat gives your food a nice sear so that moisture is retained.

You must, however,realize that cooking at high heat will cause a lot of smoke so we highly recommend an indoor hood be placed above with at least a 600 CFM blower on the fan. That smoke will not dissipate if not properly vented above and there will be smoke.

The indoor grill has stainless steel rods and is equipped with a stainless steel cover. We love the griddle that can be purchased separately as well as the heat shield if your unit is up against a wall.

The grids, interior plates are all dishwasher safe so cleanup can be relatively easy. The burner can get a bit sticky so you may have to burn off some grease on high every once in a while, but that’s all part of the infrared experience.

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DCS Professional Series

DCS makes the list this year because of its unique ceramic radiant technology. When we tested this grill, we weren’t sure about the ceramic rods beneath the grates and how they would disperse the heat. The U-shaped burners sit under the rods which are spaced closely to produce an even type of heat. The heat was intense and it didn’t take long to heat up. The one drawback to the rods is that they are ceramic and can break sometime. You would have to drop something directly on the rods for this to happen.

The infrared searing zone is a nice option, and coupled with there “Grease Management System” seemed to be effective in channeling the grease away from the food and back into the grease tray. This grill can be set up to be entirely infrared which has some advantages. If you are in the habit of pre-cooking food (such as in a Sous-Vide) the intense heat of the infrared will get the crust and sear marks on your food needed and help retain moisture in the food. The grates are V-shaped so that the grease does not directly drip onto the rods or sear zone causing unnecessary flare-ups.

The built in smoker box with its own burner is another option we like. DCS has recently dropped their pricing on most of there grills, so the new pricing makes these grills that more attractive.

 

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