Choosing the Best Portable Bbq Grill
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Choosing the Best Portable Bbq Grill

Large portable BBQ grills are excellent for big families, large picnics and tailgating parties. There are many options, sizes and styles. Choosing a portable BBQ grill that can cook enough food for everyone is easy with the right information. The following guidelines can help in finding the best portable BBQ grill for the job.

Large portable BBQ grills are excellent for big families, large picnics and tailgating parties. There are many options, sizes and styles. Choosing a portable BBQ grill that can cook enough food for everyone is easy with the right information. The following guidelines can help in finding the best portable BBQ grill for the job.

Size: The size of the cooking surface is very important in choosing the right portable grill. For five to eight people, 400 square inches is a decent size. For over eight people, 600 square inches or higher is recommended. The number of burners is also important. A large grill needs three or more burners to generate enough heat for cooking.

BTU: With a larger cooking surface, the BTU of the grill needs to be high in order to get sufficient heat for even cooking. A BTU is how much heat is generated per hour. However, buying a portable grill based on the BTU is not recommended. The size, design and what the grill is made of also determine how hot the grill can get.  Generally, a grill needs 100 BTU per square inch of cooking area. For example, a 500 square inch grill needs 35,000 to 50,000 BTU.

Fuel: Higher BTU also means more fuel consumption. Propane is the most efficient fuel for portable grills. One pound of propane generates 15,000 BTU’s, so the size of the propane tank the grill can use is crucial. Some grills can only use the smaller BTU tanks. This means carrying extra tanks for large portable grills for extra-long cookouts could be necessary. Check to see if the grill uses the larger tanks. Fortunately, adapters are available for the grill to use the large tanks.

Materials: Grills can be made of stainless steel, aluminum or cast-iron. Because the grill is made for portability, weight should be considered. Lugging around an extra-heavy grill may defeat the purpose of having a portable grill.  Another consideration is the cooking surface. The grates can be stainless steel, porcelain-enameled, heavy-wire or cast-iron. The type depends on personal preference.

Basics Needed for Frying a Turkey

A 12 to 14 pound turkey is the best size for frying. Cooking times can vary with larger birds. The outside may burn, or the inside may be under-cooked. Also, since the bird has to be dunked in the pot and pulled out, this weight range is manageable for most people. The amount of oil varies for the size of the pot, but usually three to five gallons of high-temperature cooking oil like peanut, corn or canola oil is good. Peanut oil is usually recommended. However, some people are highly allergic to peanuts, and that needs to be taken into consideration. Finally, a 30-40 quart turkey fryer with lid, hook, basket and burner is necessary, along with a fuel source, usually propane. 

Why Buy a Stainless Steel Fryer

Manufacturers used aluminum for turkey fryers because aluminum holds heat well, heats the oil evenly and is lightweight. As turkey frying has risen in popularity, some manufacturers have chosen to make the pots out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is more expensive than aluminum but has many advantages. 

  • Stainless steel does not pit like aluminum. Spices and other things can stick to the aluminum and make pits that can lead to holes in the aluminum.
  • Stainless steel is very easy to clean, making clean up a breeze.
  • Stainless steel does not turn black like aluminum. Any discoloration can be easily wiped off.
  • Stainless steel is very sturdy and lasts for years. Aluminum can get dented easily, and this can make it unsafe.

One thing to keep in mind when using a grill is safety. Every year there are mishaps that result in injuries, fires and even deaths, because people did not follow the basic rules for grilling. All of the manufacturer's safety recommendations need to be followed to make sure no one gets hurt.

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