Do you want that true barbecue taste in your steaks? Ceramic grills are versatile outdoor cookers that are just the best for smoky barbecue flavor. They are also great for other things.
The benefits and features do include smoking and grilling of bulk meats and vegetables and the promise of mouthwatering flavor and tenderness. But, they are also perfect for pizza and bread making.
People just love loading up the grill on a weekend!
A ceramic egg grill is another name given to these because of their oval shape.
The quality features of these ceramic outdoor cookers come at a price. But, if you’re wanting to know the best ceramic grill for the money, read on.
Ceramic grill comparison guide
In this guide, I compare features of popular ceramic charcoal grills and then follow on with reviews. I also cover what to look for in any ‘egg’ ceramic grill.
Best ceramic grills
You can choose to slow cook a rack of ribs at 230°F for four hours or bake a pizza at 500°F for 20 minutes.
The best egg ceramic grills have two draft doors (or vents).
The bottom horizontal sliding door of the ceramic grill works together with the top swiveling door to regulate the updraft and flow of air. This allows you to adjust the temperature of the cooker.
Many consider charcoal grills as the best for flavor enhancement since it produces a distinct smoky grilled taste.
Lump charcoal enhances the smoky aromas and flavors of the food the strongest. The food cooked on a gas barbecue cannot compare as there is no smoke that yields that the true ‘barbecue flavor’.
Ceramic grill reviews
The Big Green Egg ceramic grill
The Big Green Egg is cast from ceramics, designed to reflect heat and can reach temperatures of up to 650 °C (1,202 °F).
The Big Green Egg is a charcoal barbecue. Lump wood charcoal is best as charcoal briquettes may have additives that adversely affect the flavor of the food.
Big Green Eggs are perfect for smoking or grilling. With the right accessories, you can even bake bread or cook a pizza. They come in seven sizes with the largest being able to cook 35-40 burgers or 14-16 whole chickens.
The Pit Boss ceramic grill reviews
The Pit Boss has upper and lower cooking vents. The manufacturer ensures heat retention with its thick ceramic body. Lump charcoal is best for this one also.
It has a large damper for airflow control and two-tier stainless steel cooking racks.
There is roomy cooking space.
Ceramic Kamado BBQ
This ceramic grill has a large space for cooking to cater for large family get-togethers.
Can handle a range of cooking temperatures.
It also sports a thick ceramic shell with a glazed exterior finish. This gives it durability and easy cleaning along with the ultimate in temperature retention.
A hinged lid with an extra heavy duty spring makes opening and closing the cooker a breeze.
How to clean a ceramic grill?
Ceramic grills are easy to maintain.
There are few ceramic grill parts that need cleaning. It’s basically wiping the ceramic grill cover and cleaning the grates that you need to worry about.
How to clean ceramic grill grates?
You don’t need a special ceramic grill cleaner. Cleaning ceramic grill grates are done by simply scraping. The charcoal compartment and chamber below collects the excess ash. The removable ash pans make removing the ash a breeze.
Ceramic grill accessories
Some brands include all-weather covers, but if not it’s advisable to get one to keep your cooker looking and performing its best.
Cons: These cookers are bulky and heavy. They are also expensive. But if you are wanting a good outdoor cooker that will last the test of time, these have qualities you need because you want it to last. You want something that is rugged enough to endure the outdoor conditions year after year.
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