This is a question frequently asked by people new to barbecuing, but also by those died in the wool charcoal and gas burners. There was a time – well in the past now – that the answer would have been negative, but not now. Over the last ten years the electric barbecue grill has grown up. From data from my own website I can reveal that up to 75% of the enquiries received ask to be directed to our electric grill page.
The reason for this huge interest is mainly down to improvements made by the major manufacturers. The wattage of the electric elements is higher than earlier models, allowing a faster heat up and recovery time. This makes the grills good for the initial searing of food, the thermostat then takes care of the cooking.
In common with Weber grills and the Cobb grill, amongst others, electric barbeques tend to have a domed top. The top traps heat and hastens cooking. However, just like its gas and charcoal competitors, the electric barbecue will always benefit from a cooking spot sheltered from the wind. The average small domestic barbecue of the ‘kettle’ type has no insulation in the lid, so heat can be carried away with the breeze.
In terms of the benefits of owning an electric barbecue, there are many:
- Electric barbeques do not produce the carbon monoxide that charcoal and gas burners do. This makes them safe to use indoors or in an enclosed area outside.
- There are no open flames. This makes cooking much more controllable. With just a little care your sausage or steak will be perfectly done without the oily soot typical of an out of control charcoal or gas BBQ.
- Running costs are lower than a comparable gas barbecue and you will never run out of fuel while your house or campsite has an electrical supply.
- Electricity is more convenient, and much cleaner than charcoal.
- Whether a Newbie or a seasoned barbecue expert you will find the electric barbecue to be an easy going (and relaxing) friend.
One thing to be aware of with electrical equipment of this type, is the supply voltage to which you are connecting. Domestic supplies in the UK are 230 Volts AC (VAC) and this makes it simple and safe to connect a 2400 watt device because 2400W @ 230VAC is only about 10.5 Amps, whereas 2400 Watts @ 120VAC is 20 Amps – Right on the upper limit if you have a 20 Amps supply, and way above what is possible if your supply is a standard 15 Amps. This is why you will find lower wattage barbecues and grills on United States sales sites. To avoid overloads, United States users should check to ensure that the grill they buy is manufactured to North American Electrical Standards.
Wherever you live, you will find that using an electric barbeque is an easy going experience that will produce your stress free barbecue food heaven. Quick and easy to get to temperature and easy to clean afterwards.