Admin on June 5, 2015 0 Comments For many people, especially those in warmer climates, there is nothing more quintessentially summer than the smell of charcoal and fresh barbecue as well as the taste of perfectly grilled burgers or steaks. There is little else as pleasant as enjoying the company of family and friends in an outdoor kitchen on warm summer nights. The amount of grill options on the market to meet this need are staggering, but there is one type of grill that you may not have heard of, let alone considered buying before. A kamado grill is arguably one of the best ways to serve up all kinds of delectable dishes, and while there are many benefits to it, there are at least three key points that set it apart from other grills. 1. Reputation for Reliability Kamado grills, in a variety of forms, have been around for hundreds of years. Examples of their predecessors, such as clay pots in China, date back at least 3,000 years. A style in Japan which consisted of a clay pot with a removable domed lid, a damper, and draft door became quite popular. It was originally called a “Mushikamado”, though its name was eventually shortened to “Kamado”, which in Japanese literally means “cooking range” or “stove”. This type of grill was first introduced to Americans in the wake of World War II. While overseas, American soldiers needed to make do with the appliances and the resources that were available, and through them the rest of their home country was introduced to Kamado grills. Since that time, their popularity has only increased and their methods of construction improved. The days of clay are long gone, but modern Kamado grills are made from a wide variety of materials such as traditional terra cotta, refractory materials, double wall stainless steel, and a mix of Portland cement and lava rock. However, high fire ceramic is generally considered to be the best choice. All of these options ensure a lasting piece of equipment that will be less prone to cracking than earlier models. These modern grills are durable, as well as more resistant to the elements, wear and rust than many other grilling options. 2. Ease of Use In addition to its sturdiness and reliability, there are a number of factors that make a Kamado grill so easy to own and care for: Assembly time usually only amounts to 15-30 minutes–which means that not only can you grill on the day of purchase, you can also have a delicious grilled dish on the table in time for your next meal. Most models include an easy-to-read thermometer that can take a lot of the guesswork out of calculating when your grill is ready to use and how long your food needs to cook. Start-up time is usually only about 15 minutes, so you have just enough time to prep your ingredients without having to stand around waiting for it to get to the correct temperature. Maintenance on Kamado grills is minimal–you usually only need to annually test the tightness of the band screws that hold the base and lid and connect them to the hinge. You will also want to check the felt gaskets while you’re at it, and know that they should be replaced every 2-3 years on average to make certain that your grill is performing at its optimal potential. Cleaning a Kamado grill is a breeze–simply brush or scrape the cooking grate before using it. A limited amount of space is not an issue as Kamado grills are typically about 18.5 inches. They are ideal for small outdoor areas, and can even be inserted into a grill table for additional preparation space. A grill that is easy to put together, operate, maintain and clean is an appliance that ends up on many people’s wish-lists for their homes, and a model that doesn’t take up much space while still allowing you to cook what you like makes that dream even sweeter. 3. Efficiency and Versatility The fuel source of a typical Kamado grill also places it in a different class from the rest of their competition. Rather than relying on standard charcoal briquettes with various additives inside of a rusted metal grill that could affect the flavor of your food, ceramic Kamado grills often utilize lump wood charcoal–the preferred variety for these kinds of grills. Lump wood charcoal creates less ash than its competitors, making clean-up even easier. Lump wood charcoal can also be manufactured in an environmentally sustainable way. Because of the materials and design used to construct Kamado grills, they tend to retain heat better than other products, as well as distribute the heat more evenly. They can reach and maintain temperatures as low as 225° F and as high as 750+° F. The low temperatures can be held uniformly for 12 hours or longer, which makes Kamado grills perfect for smoking meats. In addition to grilling and smoking, Kamado grills are extremely versatile in that they are able to perform in ways that other grills can’t. The heat retention and exceptional control of air flow that these grills offer makes even baking bread or pizza possible. In fact, because they operate in much the same way as wood-fire ovens, they can be utilized to bake or roast just about anything that you might otherwise cook in a traditional oven. Some of the higher-end Kamado grills have the ability to use a rotisserie cradle, which is one of the best ways to get perfectly browned, crisped meat. Whether you want to grill, smoke, roast or bake, Kamado grills may be just the outdoor cooking appliance you’ve been searching for. Kamado grills, more so than many other types of cooking appliances, are deeply rooted in history–which is a testament to their enduring usefulness and durability. Modern technological advances have made them even stronger and longer-lasting. Owning a grill that you are confident in putting together, cleaning, and maintaining can be a fantastic addition to any backyard, and a grill that has more than one trick under its lid makes certain that it will have a place in your home for many future occasions. Good food and good company are the hallmarks of an excellent gathering, and an investment in a Kamado grill is an investment in countless good meals while enjoying pleasant afternoons and evenings to come.