Best Grills & Smokers of 2013
AmazingRibs.com, has announced the 2013 Top 10 Charcoal Grills, Top 10 Gas Grills, and Top 10 Smokers for under $2,000.
The selections range from $60 to just under $1,899 and represent a range of prices in between. AmazingRibs.com is, according to the rating services, the most popular barbecue and grilling website in the world, by far. The site's Equipment Reviews section contains more than 300 grill and smoker reviews and ratings from more than 125 manufacturers, an unprecedented number.
Click here to see the lists and descriptions of the different cookers:
Max Good, Director of Equipment Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, said "This year we were interested to notice that of the 30 selections, 18 were made substantially in the US." That's eight charcoal grills, seven smokers, and only three gas grills.
Some categories, like egg/kamados and pellet smokers are growing rapidly. Kamados are usually egg shaped and well insulated, with many made from ceramics. Pellet smokers burn wood pellets made from compressed hardwood sawdust from saw mills.
In addition, each year the gas grill manufacturers up the ante with improvements, new features, bells and whistles. More and more are adding special high heat sear burners in order to create the high temps needed to properly brown steaks. One trend that distressed Good is that most continue to add cheap bimetal dial thermometers mounted in the top of the lid. "The temp in the lid is often much different from the temp on the cooking surface, so mounting temperature indicators there (I hesitate to call them thermometers) doesn't do you much good unless you plan to eat the lid."
The better pellet smokers have digital thermostat controls, just like an indoor oven. "We anxiously await the day when digital thermometers are added to all grills" said Good. For this reason he recommends that, whatever your budget, you leave room for a good digital grill thermometer and a separate digital meat thermometer. The site also rates and reviews thermometers.
Note. We know a lot of readers love with a passion their kamados and their pellet cookers. We think they are best at smoking, and not great at high temperature searing and grilling, so they are reviewed in the smoker category, not in the grill category. We expect your irate comments, but we have extensive experience with a wide range of cookers and we stand behind our judgement.
How we select our Top 10 Lists
We rate and review as objectively as possible, measuring temperatures, slamming lids, turning dials, studying warranties, and kicking casters, but inevitably intangibles such as look and feel have to be considered. We also try to cover a wide range of design concepts and price ranges. Our searchable database has devices selling for more than $10,000, but we have decided to limit this list to "affordable", which we have arbitrarily set at less than $2,000. If we were looking for the 10 best, they might all be expensive, but we are looking for tools that will make buyers happy in a range of price categories. All the selections have won an AmazingRibs.com Best Buy Award, and we consider them the best of breed in their price category. They are listed by price. Prices listed are manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), and actual prices are often lower depending on the supplier and time of year. Please click the red links on the names of the grills to read our complete review and find links to suppliers, many of whom sell well below MSRP.
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