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BBQ Grill and Outdoor Kitchen FAQs

BBQ Grill and Outdoor Kitchen FAQs

When you’re shopping for the best BBQ grills or designing your dream outdoor kitchen, it’s common to have questions along the way. So, we’ve gathered our most frequently asked BBQ grill and outdoor kitchen questions to make this process easier for you. We will dive into common questions like gas vs. charcoal, grill maintenance, and what size BBQ grill is perfect for your outdoor kitchen. Let’s dive in!


What’s the better grill, gas or charcoal? 

Let’s start with our most popular question. There are so many great gas and charcoal grills on the market that it’s hard to know the right fit for your needs. However, before we can answer this completely, there are a few things to keep in mind about gas vs. charcoal grills.

First and foremost, consider your budget. Since gas is more complex, a gas grill will cost more because of all the necessary parts to work inside the grill. A charcoal grill has a much simpler setup that makes it substantially cheaper. Second, consider taste preference. Charcoal grills have that signature flavor that everyone loves, but gas grills give the beautiful sear marks. A few other considerations are that gas grills reach the desired temperature faster and tend to be easier to clean than charcoal grills. If you’re patient, though, you can’t deny the delicious result produced in a charcoal grill.

Bottom line, it really comes down to opinion and preference. In our honest opinion, charcoal grills win in every category. You get better flavor and heat management, plus it’s a more affordable option compared to gas grills.

Do I need to preheat my grill? 

The short answer is yes, absolutely. It’s important to preheat your grill, whether it’s a gas or charcoal grill. Typically, you’ll want to preheat for around 15 minutes for high temperatures and up to 10 minutes for lower temperatures. When you preheat the grill before cooking, you won’t have to wonder if it’s done after the cooking time either. Another bonus to preheating your grill is it helps remove some of the residue left on the grill from past cooking.

What’s the best way to avoid flare-ups?

Flare-ups are flames that surge up from the grill because of fat drippings from food. They aren’t entirely avoidable, but you can do a few things to minimize flare-ups. Most importantly, start with keeping grill grates clean to remove grease and old food residue. Another pro tip is to reduce the amount of fat that gets in the grates while you’re cooking by leaving the lid open for particularly fatty foods, trimming fat, and reducing the amount of oil used to grill. 

How do I deal with flare-ups? 

No matter what, flare-ups still happen. When flare-ups occur, get the food off the grill to avoid burning it completely. Then cover the flare-up up by shutting the grill lid and wait it out. Flare-ups survive on oxygen in the air, so if you can smother it with the lid of the grill, do that. IT’s critical that you DON’T squirt water on a flare-up. It will get an ashy mess everywhere, and it doesn’t actually subdue the flare. To be on the safe side, have a fire extinguisher nearby. 

How often do I really need to clean my grill grates?

It is ideal to get in the habit of cleaning your grill grates after using the grill. This is the same for both gas and charcoal grills. Grease, fat, and food particles build up on the grates and can cause flare-ups. It’s also wise to give your grill a deep clean at the beginning of every season to ensure it runs safely and efficiently.

What size grill do I need?

Choosing the right-sized grill matters. First, think about the number of people you usually grill for. Typically, you want at least 72 square inches of room on the main grilling area for each person. If you like cooking all types of food on your grill, make sure your grill has a good height between the grates and the inside of the lid. This makes your grill flexible to cook a whole turkey! 

Outdoor Kitchen FAQ

Does an outdoor kitchen need to be covered?

Technically, no, but we highly recommend having some protection for your outdoor kitchen. Installing your outdoor kitchen under a covered patio, adding a cover like a pergola, or at least covering the appliances when not in use is the best way to get the most life out of your outdoor kitchen. 

What’s the best location for an outdoor kitchen?

Your outdoor kitchen is where all the fun will be happening in your backyard, so choosing the right spot is key! You’ll want to place your outdoor kitchen in an area that’s easy to access your home to transport food in and out. Also, consider a place that’s a safe distance from kids’ play areas. Finally, look at how much space you will need as well. You should have plenty of room to safely and comfortably move around the appliances to cook and entertain your family and friends.

What appliances should I include in my outdoor kitchen?

The opportunities are endless for filling your outdoor kitchen! Besides a high-quality gas or charcoal grill, you can include a griddle, pizza oven, refrigerator, beverage cooler, sink, kegerator, and more! Think about what your family enjoys and how you want to entertain guests. Also, consider your space and budget.

How do I design my outdoor kitchen?

Great question! It can be overwhelming to create a beautiful outdoor kitchen from scratch. That’s where The Outdoor Appliance Store comes in! We offer free design services that consist of multi-view colored renderings, a custom layout, expert advice, and an itemized quote. In addition, our professional team is here to help bring your dreams to life and help give you a beautiful space to enjoy with family and friends.

The Outdoor Appliance Store is your place for top-quality BBQ grills and outdoor kitchens. We offer the top professional grill and appliance brands to help bring restaurant-quality food and experience right at home. Contact us today to talk with outdoor kitchen and grill experts!


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