How to Choose the Right Type of Barbecue Grill

How to Choose the Right Type of Barbecue Grill

Lots of people enjoy the flavors of grilling over other types of cooking. It’s a tried and true method of getting juicy and deliciously cooked food. If you’re thinking of purchasing a grill but unsure about the best option for you, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn about the different types of grills on the market right now and which one will deliver you the performance you’re after. Although many think of grilling as a summertime activity, you can grill 12 months a year in much of the country.

Gas Grills

One of the best outdoor barbecue grill setups you can use to improve your home is a quality backyard gas grill. Widely popular and designed to run on propane, this type of grill can also be converted quite easily to work on natural gas. If you want to fire up your grill on short notice and not worry too much about food preparation or clean up, this is the perfect solution for your home.

Electric Grills

An electric grill is especially convenient since a lot of units can be run both outside and indoors. Safe to use in areas with strict fire regulation codes, electric grills can be a great idea when you don’t want city laws to prevent you from having a great time in the summer.

Charcoal Grills

If you long for that genuine, smoky and delightfully flavored barbecue, consider getting a charcoal grill.

These barbecue grills run on charcoal briquettes and are considered to be healthier than regular gas grills. You do need a bit more skill to use it, and the price and maintenance costs may be higher than gas or electric outdoor grills, but it’s well worth it, especially if you add a firebox to cook delicious meat at lower temperatures.

All these options are great depending on your budget and lifestyle. If space is an issue, a portable grill running on propane or charcoal will help you minimize the space needed for a fun outdoor barbecue.

Should You Go for Built-in Grills?

A built-in model can be very costly, but totally worth it for those planning to grill all year round. What’s more, it can increase your home’s value considerably. Portable units are a lot more affordable, but they don’t provide the same level of convenience and elegance. An in-between option for those who don’t have the budget for a built-in is to go for a freestanding island, which is cost effective and still comes with a lot of features.

All in all, there’s really no one best grill—it all depends on your specific situation and needs, so do a little research and find the grill that is perfect for you.

Outdoor Dining and Patios In New Jersey

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The warm weather is a great time to enjoy dining outdoors. Whether you’re basking in the sun on a patio or taking in the dramatic views from a rooftop bar, these outdoor dining hot spots all around New Jersey are perfect for an alfresco meal.


Overlooking Lake Hopatcong, Alice’s Restaurant is a breezy, open-air restaurant on historic Nolan’s Point. Take a seat on the expansive deck, and fill up on coastal comfort food classics like crab cakes, fish and chips, and PEI mussels.

In Jersey City, Skinner’s Loft offers a charming rooftop scene with a casual vibe, while serving up elegant dishes. For dinner, indulge in bacon wrapped meatloaf and gourmet salads; or for weekend brunch, fill up on classics like Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet pancakes, or steak and egg tostada.

With dramatic views of the Hudson River, Pier 115 Bar & Grill in Edgewater is an ideal spot to enjoy wood fired oven pizzas, a great selection of sushi rolls, and seafood entrees with 115 beers on tap or bottled.


Highlands we have Bahrs Landing  100 year old establishment known for their seafood, german fare and outdoor bar with dock and dine convenience.

Sea bright Eventide Grill dockside American eatery offering comfort fare in a chill space, plus nightly specials & live music.

Located on the banks of the Delaware River, the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is housed in a restored 19th century train station, featuring a charming stone building and a picturesque outdoor dining area: the Canal Side at the Station. Wine and dine al fresco as you indulge in elegant American cuisine made from fresh ingredients, which are topped with herbs grown in the onsite garden.

Take in views of the bustling Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant when you sit up on the rooftop patio at Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Imbibe handcrafted specialty cocktails, and an array of dishes including seafood quesadilla and the “Best of Jersey Shore” seafood.


Meander to the upstairs deck at Ventura’s Greenhouse Bar + Grill, located just off the beach in Margate City. Enjoy views of the ocean and Lucy the Elephant while sipping cocktails in the fresh air and enjoying the clam bar and numerous white pizza options.

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille at Montreal Beach Resort in Cape May boasts panoramic views from its oceanfront patio. Order freshly-caught seafood such as mussels, peel-and-eat shrimp, seafood pot pie, stuffed scallops, and enjoy the fresh breeze coming in off the ocean.

Open only mid-May through mid-October, The Ice House in Wildwood makes the most of the warm Jersey Shore weather.  Ride the elevator up to the rooftop deck for sweeping views and breathtaking sunsets overlooking Otten’s Harbor, and enjoy casual fare such as Cajun shrimp spring rolls, fish tacos, and black n’bleu burgers.

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