These are good questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. My first observation is that an electric barbecue grill will never produce the amount of heat that a decent charcoal or gas grill will produce. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and in fact can be an advantage particularly to anyone that’s new to the art of barbecue.
If you are a hardy soul, one who enjoys outdoor cooking regardless of the weather, and wouldn’t even consider grilling indoors, the tool for you has got to be a charcoal grill. If however, you’re the sort of person who enjoys entertaining friends when the weather is good and prefers a more laid back approach to barbecue, this article may benefit you.
When considering an electric barbecue grill, one of the most important factors is the wattage of the grill. The lower the wattage, the slower the cooking and the slower the grills ability to replace heat if the unit is in a draught. This is much less important if you are grilling indoors. Ambient temperature under cover and lack of a cross wind is always an advantage indoors if you have a low wattage product.
In good weather conditions in a sheltered area, it is possible to have an outdoor family barbecue using electricity, but there is another way that an electrical barbecue can benefit you too.
We all look forward to a nice family barbecue, but sometimes plans have to change because of the vagaries of the weather. In circumstances like this you can move your barbecue into the kitchen and use the electric one. Because electric barbecues do not produce dangerous waste gases, like all others do, they are safe to take into the house. You do not need to remember to buy special fuels, as long as you have mains power they are ready to go inside of five minutes.
If you are a newbie to cooking barbecue, electric is perfect for you. Because electric grills do not produce a naked flame, and cook more slowly, you should never experience the horrors of a burnt black charcoal coloured steak that is raw in the middle. This is a very common problem experienced by the inexperienced when using a charcoal or gas barbecue for the first time.Modern electric barbecues come in all sorts and sizes, some meant for use on a table top and others that have legs and can be used both ways.
Sometimes local voltage has an effect on available wattage. It is a fact that if you have 120 volts mains power and a 2,000 watt grill you will require just over 16.6 amps to run it, whereas, the same wattage at 230 volts mains power requires under 9 amps. Also the 120 volt barbecue requires heavier cables than the 230 volt version to carry the extra load. This is why 2,500 watt barbecues are far more common in the UK than they are in the USA.