Father’s Day is the perfect time to give your grill master dad his pick at the pits! Maybe he already has one, but he’s looking to up his grilling game, or maybe your family has really taken to expanding your lifestyle to the outdoors, and now you’re looking to update your patio grilling area. Whichever the case, and with all the gadgets now available, buying a new barbecue grill can become as intense as buying a new car. Today’s post is well stocked with link lists, tips, guides and gifts for the dad or family who loves grilling.
E.G. Kingsford is the inventor of the modern charcoal briquette and was a relative of Henry Ford.
The worlds first portable gas grill: The LazyMan.
Besides a barbecue or grill just making foods taste better, the two main points to consider when buying a barbeque grill are which type of grill and what size. There are four popular types of grills including charcoal, gas, electric and smokers. For those who enjoy varying their grilling flavors, one grill, the Dyna-Glo grill has both the convenience of gas grilling and the flavor of charcoal. That is unless you go with the Big Green Egg – said to be the ultimate cooking experience… being able to grill with gas or charcoal and even become an oven – all within one dome-shaped device…
The Big Green Egg is a modern-day evolution of ancient cookers. Its design is modeled on a clay cooking vessel form, first seen during the Chinese Qin Dynasty and then used by the Japanese beginning in the 3rd century. The Egg’s dome shape (also known as a keg or kamado) resembles a popular brand of barbecue grills known as Weber.
A fan of Weber grills, Brad has been collecting, buying, swapping, and given all types of Weber grills from vintage to smokers…
The founder of Weber, George Stephen, created the hemispherical grill design, jokingly called “Sputnik”. Stephen was a welder who worked for Weber Brothers Metal Works, which was a metal fabrication shop primarily focused with welding steel spheres together to make buoys. Stephen was tired of wind blowing ash onto his food when he grilled so he took the lower half of a buoy, welded three steel legs onto it, and fabricated a shallower hemisphere for use as a lid. He took the results home and following some initial success started the Weber-Stephen Products Co. in 1952.
The first Weber grill – designed by George Stephen, 1952.
Barbeques and grills have come a long way in designs over time – however one task remains the same: The great ‘heated’ debate that can happen when the grilling question is asked: charcoal or gas? Which do you choose? Here are some key points to consider between the two:
Top 10 Grill Brands Link List
(in alphabetical order)
1. Broil King
2. Char Broil
Since Coleman is primarily a portable grill brand, below are examples of the top 3 grills, and most all listed are available at wayfair.com
For the diehard fan of grilling looking for a large heavy-duty grill, try Broil King’s latest Liquid Propane Gas Grill, the 958644 Imperial 590. This big guy is said to pack a lot of useful features which will result in great food and a great grilling experience.
The Dyna-Glo DGJ810CSB-D grill has both the convenience of gas grilling and the flavor of charcoal for those who desire both options
If you’re one those people who like to throw big parties & likes to enjoy barbeque, then you need a grill that can handle tasks of cooking for large crowds and at the same time provides you convenience and high quality food. Char Broil’s grills are well-known for such purposes and recently it unveiled its latest K6B 6-Burner 65,000 BTU Propane Gas Grill along with a Side burner as well
For product reviews of these grill brands, visit grill2day.com.
And for additional information to refer to, visit this Grill Buying Guide.
Sole – Gourmet Outdoor Grill
The other choice to consider when selecting a grill is the size – from 2, 3 and 6 burners to the grill size area, BTU’s (British thermal units – the grills heat output) and determining whether your grill guy cooks the entire meal on the grill, or just the main dish.
Weber – Summit-S460 available at hayneedle.com
Give NEW meaning to the outdoor grilling area with Weber Summit “social stations“. In the above images, the black shows the social station left and the silver shows the social station right.
Go luxe and modern with Luxius Grills.
If you are looking to elevate your outdoor cooking experience by installing an outdoor kitchen, and you are seeking a true culinary experience to meet your luxury lifestyle, you may require a professional grill. The investment that is spent on the front end is said to last a lifetime, having you never wanting to venture back to home improvement store grills again.
These professional grills are also known as Built-Ins and Drop-ins. Drop-Ins are perfect if you’re looking to create a custom outdoor kitchen experience — which you may also enjoy reading about designing these in a previous Hadley Court post: Outdoor Kitchens – featuring Brown Jordan. When it comes to choosing a luxury professional grill, you may need to take more time with your search. With all the culinary options now available, choosing the right grill can elevate your outdoor living experience – and wouldn’t that thrill the grill master and his guests?
Fire Magic Luxury Grill
Manufacturer brands such as Fire Magic, Lynx, Perlick, Twin Eagles, and Viking stand for quality, deliver superior performance, and are brands to consider if you’re looking to make a larger investment into your grill. If this is the case, and a new grill will become more of a family purchase vs. a gift for dad, here are a few grill minded gift options the family can give dad this Father’s Day…
Although these are DEAN & DELUCA Barbeque Sauces – Set of Four, you can also find some locally at a gourmet market, William Sonoma, or even a HomeGoods store, along with a few other grill seasonings and rubs to put together into a grill gift basket…
Treat dad to an assortment of exceptional beef cuts, perfectly suited for outdoor cooking, with savory tastes ranging from the simple to the sublime from the Family Reserve Grilling Collection at Dean & Deluca. Other gourmet steak suppliers are: Kansas City Steak Company, Allen Brothers Steaks, and Omaha Steaks – which can also have localized markets to shop from plus meal deals and wine pairings. What should you look for in a steak? Look for marbling, color and moisture, read more here: Mastering Steaks – What to look For In A Steak.
Perfect for flavoring grilled fish – Gourmet Grilling Planks from Afire.
5 Grill Gadgets from Brookstone
LOVE this!! The GrillFather cutting board available at etsy.
Happy Father’s Day to all the GrillFather’s out there!
Enjoy your weekend, grilling for your family!
Do you have any other Summer Entertaining ideas, grilling recipes or pit tips to share? We’d love to hear about them! Please share your thoughts in the comments and, as always thank you for reading and subscribing to Leslie’s blog, Hadley Court.
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Decorator – Chancellor Interiors
Founder, Editor In Chief
Gracious Living. Timeless Design. Family Traditions.