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The Pleasure of Having an Outdoor Electric Grill

There is nothing more pleasurable than having friends come over, get together with the family, share stories and laughter, and barbecued delights on a weekend. We all look forward to this for it is a time to get away from our routine of stress and work. However, conventional grills have always been the too much of a hassle. Thankfully, there is now an outdoor electric grill.

In the past, charcoal and gas grills were the norm. Charcoal grills proved to be messy, with all the soot and dust that came with using it. Cleaning the grill became an enduring task. Gas grills were a bit more convenient. However, they proved to be heavy and potentially dangerous. The weight of the grill and gas tank made the grill difficult to move around. In addition, since the grill worked by igniting gas, it was potentially dangerous. Accidents have occurred, which have caused serious injury and even death. This is why more and more people are looking for safe and easier ways to prepare their weekend food.

An outdoor electric grill is the solution to all the problems and risks that come with conventional grills. They are light weight, portable, and are easy to clean. Furthermore, they do not come with potentially dangerous risks, which came with the conventional outdoor grills. All you had to do was plug these grills in, and there you have it; a hassle free and safe way of grilling food. In addition, unlike other grills, these grills do not emit harmful smoke, which is hazardous to health and the environment.

With these new grills, you no longer have to worry about the annoying mess, hassle, and danger of past grills, which tends to ruin the weekend. From steaks to burgers, sausages to hotdogs, lamb chops to pork chops, and fish to vegetables, these grills are the most efficient and safest way to prepare your food. Enjoy fun with friends. Enjoy the company of family. Enjoy the laughter, and most importantly, enjoy the food. What better way than to enjoy the weekend with an outdoor electric grill; grilling was never this fun and easy.

Choosing a Barbecue For Your Patio

The tantalizing aroma of sizzling steak fills the air. A gentle breeze stirs the umbrella, silhouetted under a cloudless summer evening sky. The first ice-cold beer slides down without touching the sides. Excited laughter echoes around the patio…The BBQ is under way!

A Barbecue according to Webster’s is, “a metal frame for grilling food over an open fire” or “an open-air party where barbecued food is served”

BBQ’s, the open air party, hasn’t changed over the years and is still that very pleasant summer evening ritual in a huge number of places around the world.

On the other hand BBQ, “a metal frame for grilling food over an open fire” has undergone a huge changes in recent years. Yes, you still get the traditionalists who like to make a fire with either wood or charcoal and heat a plate or grill to put their sausages on. They just love the crackling of the fire, the smoke wafting through the air and the taste of a “real” barbecued sausage.

At the other end of the spectrum the hardware now available for BBQ cooking has evolved into what can only be described as a revolution. Whole kitchens situated outdoors on the patio, all running on clean burning, smokeless, easy-to-use, easy-to-control, non-smelling gas.

It is now absolutely limitless what you can have in the way of a BBQ setup on your patio. You have to ask yourself some questions:

How much entertaining are we going to do?
How many people do we need to cater for?
How much do we want to pay?
What is our preference, gas, electric or charcoal?
Are we going to build it in or purchase a complete set?
Do we need a stainless steel or ordinary steel?
Does it need to be portable?
Do we need a hood?
Do we need a rotisserie?
Do we need a smoker?
Do we need infra red warmers?
De we need a gas burner on the side for boiling or frying?
Do we need a roasting dish?
Do we need a wok?
What accessories do we need?

The number of variables are almost infinite however the answers to these questions will direct you to exactly what you want.

With the advent of Chinese imports BBQ equipment can be obtained at very competitive prices. If price is a major consideration, search around, you will see some great deals.

A hood or lid is to keep the heat in is fantastic but only if you are going to be doing whole chickens, turkeys and such like with slow indirect cooking. Also a rotisserie would also be a huge advantage with chickens and turkeys as well.

A complete stainless steel BBQ has the benefit of not going rusty and lasting almost indefinitely. If you are close to the beach or a geothermal area, stainless steel would be a must. Either that or buy a cheap BBQ each year and then throw it away. A gas hob on the side is very popular now for heating soup or boiling potatoes or frying vegetables. You can get a smoke box also to inject your favorite smoke into your cooking to spice up the flavour.

Accessories

You are going to need some BBQ tools in order to cook the food.

You are going to have to keep the BBQ clean and maintained so that it will give you years of service. To protect your new BBQ you probably need a cover to protect it from the elements. In the winter it needs to be put away in covered storage. Some evenings can get cold even in the summer. You may need to think about a Patio gas heater to keep your guests warm and comfortable. If you live at the sea and catch lots of fish then a separate smoker is a great addition to your BBQ scene as well.

And of course you are going to need a picnic or BBQ table to seat all of your guests. These come in all shapes and sizes so all you have to do is work out how many guests you want to seat. The hexagonal and octagonal tables are a great innovation these days. Barbecuing is the quintessential summer pastime and any aspiring chef, with a little bit of time effort will be able to find the perfect barbecue for the job from the enormous range of options currently available.

Summer parties just aren’t complete without a barbecue.

The History of Weber Barbecue

As you heat up your Weber barbecue grill, do you ever wonder where these rotisseries got their beginning? Who ever thought of such an idea as a round grill with a dome lid?

Well, wonder no more. Here’s the history on Weber Barbecue grills.

About 50 years ago George Stephan, an employee of Weber Brothers Metal Works, went to work everyday welding metal buoys for the coastguard. However, when he went home he loved to light up his open flat cooking grate and cook for his family. As he roasted, he would think that there must be a better way to roast than on the flat, open surface of his barbecue framework. Then, he had an idea that would forever change the process of broiling food. George Stephan welded his passion for roasting food with his buoy welding career.

He used the bottom half of the buoy for a cooking base and the top half for a lid and created the Weber barbecue grill. He added a tripod to its bottom so that it would stand all on its own. Later, after having difficulty keeping the fire lit, he added three holes on its top. Finally, after he was satisfied with this set-up, he began selling it in hardware stores. At that time it was called George’s Barbecue Kettle. In 1952, George created the barbecue division within the Weber Brothers factory. In the late 1950’s, he purchased the Weber Brothers factory, becoming the sole owner of the place and changed the name to Weber-Stephen Products Co.

The cost of the Weber barbecue grill in its first days was $36 more than the open, flat design framework. Despite the price difference, he successfully sold off his cooking product. The sales of this product continued to grow over the next several years. By the 1970’s, around 800,000 were sold each year.

Then, in 1985 Weber-Stephan introduced gas grills. In 1989 the first Weber Grill Restaurant opened in Wheeling, Illinois, serving food from Weber barbecue grills. Then, in 1999, he opened his restaurant in Lombard, Illinois, followed by another one opening in Schaumburg Illinois in 2005 and in Indianapolis in 2007, all serving food from this roasting framework.

It has now been about 50 years since the creation of this amazing rotisserie. Many improvements and changes have been made to this, but the basic outdoor set-up basically looks the same. People in 30 different countries are enjoying food grilled on this broiling framework. Also, many other restaurants, besides their own, have purchased and started using Weber barbecue grills to cook for their customers.