Should it be a Weber or what?
We are looking to purchase a propane grill, any suggestions? What BTU should it be?
We will mostly cook for 2 upon occasion to cook for
Thank you in advance for any info you may can share?
As there are so many to choose from I would like to know it's been tried and tested,works like a charm.
I'm so glad you asked that question! I have recently spent many hours trying to figure out what kind of gas grill to get. It is SO confusing and difficult to find objective reviews. The BBQ forums tend to veer between Weber fanatics who diss "those shiny pieces of crap" (meaning anything made in China, which includes Jenn Air) and happy Chinese-import owners. In particular, folks are either dissing or loving the inexpensive grills made by the Chinese company Nexgrill. I hear a lot of bad stuff about Ducane as well. The other category of poster are the uber-grillers who post pictures of their $3000 outdoor kitchens. I have read posts complainng about the Thermos model rated a best buy last year by Consumer Reports. Who knows who to trust!
I just want a mid-range grill ($500-$800) which is well designed to get hot and has an infrared rotisserie option. From what I can gather, you should look for brass or stainless steel burners and solid construction. Oh, and also invest in a cover. So far, I'm leaning toward the Jenn Air from Lowe's. I appreciate the Weber quality and warranty, but as far as I can tell, the rotisserie option is very expensive. I'll be following this thread with interest.
Does anyone know what Cook's Illustrated recommends?
Have a look at the Vermont Castings line of grills. I've had the opportunity to cook on both the VCO620A (pictured below), which is the low end of the line, and the VCS3505 The Sizzler (page linked below), which is the low end of the Signature line. Both of them kicked the ass of any Weber I've ever cooked on (I currently have a two-burner that's about 4 years old).
On every Weber I've cooked on (and I've cooked on a lot, from low- to high-end), I've had to crank all burners to high and close the lid in order to get a serious char on a piece of meat, always running the risk of overcooking on account of its technically being in an oven. In short, I think the Weber grills are crap, even the expensive ones.
On both VC grills, I nearly scorched what I was cooking (pork tenderloin on the 620, burgers on the Sizzler) with the lid open! because I was unaccustomed to the intense heat put out.
In fact, we've been lusting for a new VC grill for ourselves but finances have been tight. I just got a big check this week, and Saturday we're headed to Home Depot to buy the VCS4005. It gives me great joy to think of it.
re: GG Mora
I bought a Vermont Castings grill last year (I forget which model), but it was around $500 (maybe a little more). Anyway, since then I've seen that Consumer Reports labelled it a "Best Buy" and I've found it to be the best grill I've ever had. It has porcelain grills and is stainless steel. Webers that I looked at with equivalent features (including grill size and heating capacity) seemd to cost at least $300 more.
I have a Weber I purchased about 3-4 years ago. Genisis Silver, I like it quite a bit and is better than some of the others I have had in the past. One thing I like really well is that the warranty on parts is so long and also that the replacement parts are so readily availble. My only complaint is that in really cold weather (we use it year 'round and sometimes when it is really cold) the self igniter does not work and we need to use a gas match with it to get it started. When the weather warms up above freezing it starts right up with no problems.
We also bought a Weber Silver Genesis B, last year, for the 2 of us and occasional guests. So far it's been great, with only a couple minor drawbacks:
1 - the 3 burners inside are front, middle, and back, and go across the width of the grill. So it's much harder to have a 'hot' side and a 'medium' side; instead you need to push things back or forward.
2 - if you care about this, the controls are on the right shelf so you really only have one "prep" surface on the left. But there's a flip-up shelf extension so it's pretty large.
Another vote for Genesis Silver. We're on our third year and it's still in wonderful shape and cooking like a champ. It was a bit of an adustment moving things front to back instead of side to side because of the burner placement, but we're very comfortable with it now. I grilled my first whole chicken on it this past weekend and it was wonderful. I've never had a chicken get so crispy on the outside and still stay so moist on the inside. This grill performs VERY well and it's a good value.