10 Quick Hints for Kamado and Pellet Grills
1. If you're cooking up options, a Kamado grill is the way to go. These date back 2,000 years and provide the perfect combo of versatility, functionality, and durability in your cooking experience. Use it as a charcoal, gas, or a combination of both. You can even use your Kamado as a smoker or oven to cook pizza or bread.
2. The ceramic shell of a Kamado retains heat with precise temperature control, meaning no hot or cold spots. Take the worry out of grilling knowing food will cook evenly.
3. Kamados let you cook at a wide range of temperatures - you can keep it as low as 225 degrees or go as high as 750 degrees, depending on your needs.
4. These let you reap the rewards of charcoal cooking with the ease of propane, gas, or electricity. You can enjoy the delicious flavor of charcoal or wood smoke in your food without the hassle of slaving over the coals.
5. Dinner is never just one step, so multitasking is a must. But it can be difficult to do if you have to waste time standing guard over your food. Kamados provide enclosed cooking, so you don't have to worry about constantly keeping an eye on it or watching out for flare-ups.
6. Kamados are often as handsome as they are useful. The exterior can be beautifully decorated or glazed to spice up your outdoor space. As an added benefit, the surface stays cooler, making it safer around children than a metal.
7. If you take your backyard grilling seriously, a pellet model is another option. These run on wood pellets, small, .25-inch-diameter pieces of hardwood that look like long pills. Because of their small size, wood pellets burn cleanly and quickly to a fine ash.
8. Wood pellets burn at about 8,500 BTUs per pound and come in a wide variety of flavors, including hickory, oak, cherry, apple, and mesquite. Choose the flavor that suits your mood and enjoy the convenience of a gas model with the added flavor of hardwood cooking.
9. Pellets are fed into the grill from a storage hopper to a burning box at a controlled rate. This rate is adjustable based on whether you want a high temperature for grilling or a low temperature for smoking. Just turn it on and wait 10-15 minutes, and you're fired up and ready to go.
10. If you're considering a pellet grill, be sure you're prepared. They run only on pellets, so make sure you know where to find fuel and how much it will cost before you invest in one.
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