What's cookin' in the backyard? This year's hottest new grills, from wood-fired to infrared, paired with the perfect recipes. Plus, our expert advice on grill maintenance and repair
Grilling has moved way beyond lighter fluid, charcoal, and a pack of franks. As the latest pyrotechnical artillery on offer from grill manufacturers reveals, cooking alfresco has become a serious sport. There is no excuse for your flame-licked meal to be anything less than a winner, given the limitless options in grills. But, with so much to choose from, picking the right grill can be daunting. Luckily, we've done your homework for you and selected the hottest new grills on the market for a variety of cooking techniques. Not only that, but we've tapped our friends at MyRecipes.com for the most delicious meal to prepare when you're firing up each of these beauties.
A lean, mean cooking machine, the 54-inch grill cart from Wolf comes equipped with your choice of six or eight grill burners and two optional side burners. It includes a 115-volt rotisserie and an infrared rear burner that cooks without preheating.
Get the rotisserie going with this recipe for lemon tarragon-brined whole chicken.
The Kalamazoo Edo sculptural grill, inspired by Japanese food and design, could easily be mistaken for a table. The unique design features two panels of hand-textured stainless steel that slide open to reveal an 18-inch-by-24-inch grilling surface, with counter space on either side. Two control zones with a total of 50,000 BTUs are powered by Kalamazoo's signature cast stainless steel dragon burner system. Liquid propane is standard; natural gas is an option. About $7,000.
Pair Japanese-style design with a Japanese-style dining; fire up a wasabi-miso marinated flank steak.
It might look like your standard kitchen table, but the Cook-N-Dine actually doubles as a Teppanyaki-style grill. When plugged in and turned on, the center bows down slightly, forming a concave pit that heats up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. Tables start at about $4,000.
Cook up a one-dish meal of fried rice chockful of meat and veggies on this Asian-flavored outdoor appliance.
Turn your backyard into an alfresco pizza parlor with Kalamazoo's Outdoor Artisan Pizza Oven, featuring a 30,000 BTU stainless steel gas burner and a professional composite baking stone. A digital thermometer allows you to bake a low-temperature deep-dish or a high-temperature thin-crust pie. If you prefer the flavor of wood-fired pizza, then you'll love the integrated smoking drawer. About $6,500.
Impress your guests with this roasted vegetable and goat cheese pizza.
Satisfy your craving for authentic smokehouse flavor with Weber's Smokey Mountain Cooker smoker. The unit incorporates two heavy-duty, steel-plated 18½-inch diameter cooking grates—enough room to smoke a turkey and a ham at once. About $300.
Crack a beer (and another and another) and get downright down-home with this 6-hour smoked pork shoulder.
Grill, smoke, sear, spit-roast, bake, and even boil on Kalamazoo's duel-fuel hybrid grill. Interchangeable gas, charcoal, and wood drawers are situated above cast stainless steel gas burners. Use one or two drawers at a time depending on the size of the grill. Charcoal and wood can be layered for added flavor; stoking is as easy as opening the drawer.
Score a bag of mesquite chips to throw on this grill when you fire up BBQ grilled salmon.
Nighttime cooking is easy with Lynx's freestanding gas grill with a halogen surface light. A removable large-capacity smoker box and optional ProSear infrared side burner offer up plenty of cooking options for multifaceted meals. Shown is the 27-inch version, which retails for about $3,800.
This recipe for smoked pork chops with jalapeño-cherry sauce calls for grilling pre-smoked chops, but with this grill, you can get ambitious and smoke the meat yourself.
Made from high-tech ceramics, the dome-shaped charcoal grill from Grill Dome was fashioned after the Indian clay oven called the tandoor. The ceramic exterior and rounded form allow for cooking at extremely high temperatures. An add-on wood and metal cart offers easy mobility. Prices (without the cart) range from about $530-$1,200.
Grilled Tandoori Chicken never tasted so good now that you can cook it yourself on your own patio.