There is nothing quite like a frame grilled steak sizzling on a hot summer afternoon. No matter how good a cook you are though, without a quality barbeque grill, your talent will count for nothing. Charcoal grills, by their very design and functionality, offer the discerning barbeque chef the opportunity to turn out perfectly grilled meat dishes with inimitable ease. To provide you with the best selections though, we put a number of charcoal grill designs to the test and brought you the top 10 best performers. Enjoy our comprehensive review.
10. Meco Charcoal BBQ Grill With Fold Down Right Side Table – Black – 4101
Designed exclusively for outdoor BBQ grilling, the Meco Charcoal BBQ Grill comes with a handy fold down right side table. The charcoal grill also boasts a 21 -1/2 inch square bbq grill providing you with a sizable 342 square inches of cooking space. In order to pre-empt the possibility of bottom burnouts, the grill features an elevated ash dump.
The nickel plated cooking grill assures you of durability and all round performance that is a testament to the grill’s suitability for outdoor barbeques. For easy adjustment of grill height, the Black Meco 4101 is equipped with intuitive external knobs. The easy rolling wheels also serve to make it easier for you to move the grill to a preferred outdoor location.
9. Napoleon NK22CK-L 22.5-Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill
The Napoleon 22 1/2 inch charcoal kettle grill is designed with the singular purpose of making charcoal grilling easy and fun. Both the kettle’s bowl and lid are made from extra thickened and enameled porcelain. The grills 365 square inch cooking space offers a considerable amount of room for versatile BBQ grilling.
For even greater variety in your grilling, the chrome plated cooking grid can be adjusted over three different height settings. The grill is also hinged to make it easier for you to add charcoal as you cook. At the bottom of the grill there is a stainless steel heat diffuser which serves to direct heat from the charcoal throughout the entire bowl for slow cooking. The diffuser can be removed if high heat grilling is required.
8. Luxor Charcoal Grills 42 Inch Built-in Charcoal Grill AHT-42-CHAR-BI
This 42 inch built-in charcoal grill by Luxor offers an impressively large cooking area, a set of easy to use convenience features and resilient construction. The 1050 square inch cooking area is undoubtedly one of the largest you are likely ever to get for a home grade charcoal grill. What is more, the 304 grade stainless steel construction with ceramic infra red burners assures you a lifetime of impressive performance, no matter how often you enjoy grilled BBQ delights.
The grill’s warming rack is made of solid stainless steel to assure you of excellent performance. A crank lift helps to adjust the charcoal pan to the most ideal height so you can cook your meat dishes to just the right sort of temperature and tenderness. You will also be able to monitor the cooking temperature conveniently by making use of the installed thermometer.
7. Weber One-Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill – Black
This kettle style charcoal grill is perfectly poised to revolutionize your BBQ grilling experience. Combing Weber’s renowned traditional iconic design with innovative modern features, you are assured of an implement that will help you cook professionally certified recipes every time. The porcelain enameled bowl with a fitting rid are hardy enough to withstand any amount of heavy duty usage without suffering corrosion.
The black enamel coating is baked on to the steel bowl material to ensure longevity of the grill. The precise fitting of the bowl to the lid allows heat to circulate evenly inside the grill as well as along the entire 363 square inches of the cooking area. To clean this grill is as easy as you have ever experienced with its one touch cleaning system. To back up their claim of providing a top grade kitchen implement, Weber sell this charcoal grill with a comprehensive 10 year warranty for materials and workmanship.
6. Medina River Backyard Large Charcoal Smoker Grill
This Medina River creation brings together one of the most complete and functional grill/ smoker combination we tested during the course of compiling this review. With its large preparation tray and a sturdy lower storage shelf, you are guaranteed a robust cooking implement capable of making adequate fare to feet a dozen people or more at a go.
With its 14 gauge stainless steel construction and the heavy dry powder coating you are assured of a grill which will last for decades on end while still turning out perfectly grilled food without the least amount of burnout. The grill’s firebox and smoking chambers are both equipped with grilling and charcoal grates so that you can conveniently grill and smoke at the same time. To allow you even greater freedom on how to prepare your food, the firebox works as well with charcoal briquettes or lump hardwood charcoal.
5. Cal Flame G-Charcoal Built-In Charcoal Grill
If the overriding consideration in your search for the ideal charcoal grill is sturdy construction, then this Cal Frame creation will count as impressive. The 430 stainless steel used in construction guarantees you a kitchen appliance which will last a lifetime and still continue to provide redoubtable services for generations to come.
Designed to offer you an impressive 800 square inches of cooking area, you are guaranteed as much versatility as you would like with your favorite BBQ recipes. Moreover, the grill’s pullout drip tray minimizes cleanup time. For even greater convenience, the charcoal tray height can be adjusted easily and this combined with a highly sensitive hood thermometer, you have all the functionality you need to grill your meat at just the right temperature.
4. Portable Kitchen Cast Aluminum Charcoal Grill & Smoker
This portable charcoal grill and smoker features a retinue of features that will appeal to a variety of users. The most relevant of these is the detachable carriage which makes it easy to grill your steaks wherever you like as wheeling the grill from indoors to outdoors is such a breeze. The outdoor suitability of the charcoal grill is further enhanced by the rust free aluminum construction.
The grill’s perfectly suited and adjustable lid vents as well as the dampers under the fire make for very easy control of the grill’s cooking temperature. As such you can barbeque your meat at a brisk pace without risking those sudden flare-ups caused by dripping fat. Other remarkable features include the detachable oven which makes for easy cleaning as well as a hinged cooking grid which makes it all the more easier for you to add charcoal, even without having to remove the cooking grate first.
3. Grill Dome Infinity Series Large Kamado Grill
With its sleek, glossy finish, this Kamado charcoal grill is just about the one with the thickest construction in the market at the present. It is also sold with great hinge design and a comprehensive warranty. Compared to other grills in the class, this black Grill Dome Kamado charcoal grill offers the best efficiency standards as well as redoubtable heat retaining characteristics, largely due to its extra thick ceramic construction.
With its distinctively glossy finish, this grill dome is not only built to last you a lifetime but will also prove a great addition to your kitchen collection. The warranty offer on the grill and its accessories is one of the most impressive for this class of products. Grill Dome offers you a five year warranty on the gaskets while a lifetime warranty covers the rest of the grill including hinges.
2. Fire Magic Legacy 30 Inch Built-In Charcoal Grill
With its stainless steel construction and expansive cooking space, the Fire Magic Legacy 30 Inch Built-in Charcoal Grill offers the discerning BBQ specialist an impressive array of features to make the most delectable grilled delicacies. With its 540 square inch grilling space, you have all the room you need to grill as much food as you will ever need of. The all-stainless steel construction assures you of the most impressive durability as well as unmatched hygienic standards.
The rounded oven hood is equipped with a precision analog thermometer as well as a non-adjustable rear exhaust vent so you can grill your food to just the right amount of tenderness and flavor. The oven’s easy-access charcoal drawer makes adding charcoal and smoker chips an effortless task. The charcoal grill and its parts are also sold with one of the most comprehensive warranties you are ever likely to come across in the business. The stainless steel burners, housings and cooking grids are all covered by a lifetime warranty meaning that all these are warranted for as long as the original buyer owns them.
1. Primo Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill Oval XL
This premium kitchen product manufactured in the United States from top grade materials comes with a cavernous grilling space, a large retinue of exclusive accessories and unquestioned versatility in the kitchen. If you use the grill in combination with compatible grill extender racks, you will have at play the most comprehensive grilling experience. No other Kamado grill comes even close to challenging the all round capability of the Oval XL.
With an impressive 25″x18.5″ grilling space, you have more than enough room to grill ribs, bisqet and other BBQ fair with plenty of space to spare. You are also certain of getting a kamado which will stand the test of time as the entire grill is made of top grade ceramic materials. Primo ceramic grills offer unmatched versatility and Oval XL does not disappoint in this respecting especially when you count in its reversible cooking grates. Indeed, you can flip over the grates in order to cook your food closer to the coals and produce that sear effect which makes steaks and chops so delectable.
The top 10 charcoal grills featured in this review serve to illustrate that the market is bristling with options for the discerning user. While the ranking used in the review is as objective as we could manage to make it, it is worth noting that the criteria we used is not definitive. Depending on your specific needs and budget, you are likely to find some of the featured products quite unlike what you want while others match every one of your expectations.