It’s always a good time for grills and depending on where you live or the time of year, outdoor cooking is a prime opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Whether you’re perfecting your outdoor cooking for one on the deck or looking for charcoal grills or smokers to feed guests, we’ve got what you need.
In addition to traditional grills, we have enthusiast outdoor cooking options that include, turkey fryers for deep frying or just steaming or boiling seafood, complete outdoor kitchens, built-in grill islands, and even wood-fired outdoor pizza ovens to replicate old-world tradition and taste.
Types of Grills & Smokers
When it comes to outdoor cooking, charcoal grills are the most common because they’re affordable and reliable. These come in various sizes, from very large competition-style barbecue grills to small, Smokey Joe kettle grills, ceramic kamado grills and gas grills. Whether you’re outdoors cooking at a tailgate, camping out or simply entertaining in your backyard, charcoal grills offer an easy way to serve up that smoky, charred flavor we all love.
Propane grills are ideal for someone who loves outdoor cooking and grills often. Many of these grills have a push-button start. So, you’ll be grilling in no time and the cleanup is easy. Propane grills allow you to control the heat easier. Also, 20 lb. propane tanks provide about 25 hours of grilling time. Propane tanks can be easily refilled for your outdoor cooking.
With natural gas grills, you never have to worry about running out of fuel when outdoor cooking. The lines on these grills are permanent, just like the fuel lines for your stove.
Electric grills are a great choice if you live in an apartment or condo where gas or charcoal grilling is not allowed. Requiring nothing more than a nearby electrical outlet, electric grills are typically the most compact. Other small grills include tabletop, portable grill types. Helpful pro tip: Marinades or liquid smoke can make up for the absence of cooking flavors provided by grills that use other fuels.
Wood pellet grills are popular for outdoor cooking because they give you the best qualities of both charcoal grills and gas grills. Wood pellet grills cook as like convection ovens. Most of these grills include a hopper that dispenses pellets into the grill as needed. This allows for precise, digital temperature control and even outdoor cooking. Plus, the food takes on the distinct wood-smoked flavor of the wood pellets.
Speaking of that smoky flavor, smokers are ideal for it when outdoor cooking. Just think “low and slow.” As the name implies, smokers cook meats over indirect heat with a savory smoke. Offset smokers use a convenient firebox door that is separated from the main cooking chamber. This design lets you stoke the fire without opening the cooking chamber lid and maintain a consistent cooking temperature. We also have smokers, Bluetooth smokers, water smokers, vertical smokers and electric smokers. Either way, the cooking results are delicious.
If you prefer the convenience of gas and the flavor of charcoal, try an all-in-one gas and charcoal grill. They offer both the gas option for quick grilling on busy days and charcoal for slower, weekend smoking.
How to Clean Grills
The best time to clean a grill is right before or right after you cook – when the surface is nice and hot. After preheating the grill, scrub it with a firm brush to remove any leftover food particles. Use a long-handled brush, to avoid the risk of burns. After you’ve cleaned the grill grates or flat top grills, spray it with cooking spray or you can dip a paper towel in oil and wipe over the grill surface to keep your food from sticking the next time.
Other Things to Consider for Outdoor Cooking
Before you fire up the grill, make sure you have all the grill tools and grill accessories needed for outdoor cooking. Grill accessories include grill racks, grill lights, Bluetooth meat thermometers, grill cleaning tools and more.
Protect cast iron grills and other outdoor cooking equipment from the elements with high-quality grill covers. Don’t forget about the must-haves – wood smoking chips, smoker pellets, briquette and lump charcoal. We also carry side burners, and grill grates for any outdoor cooking need.
The next time you’re ready for some outdoor cooking, look to The Home Depot’s vast, top-rated selection of equipment from the most wanted brands. From 2-burner gas grills to smokey, wood fire grills – we have everything you need to make your outdoor cooking, backyard barbecue or tailgate – a tasteful success.