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Consumer Reports: Finding The Right Grill

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With the holiday weekend here, a lot of us will be firing up the grill.

And for many of us, it’s the same old grill we’ve had for a while.

Grill manufacturers say sales have stalled.

Which means, if you’re looking to buy a new one, you could get a good deal.

But which grill is best?

Fire up the barbecue — grilling season is upon us!

Consumer Reports has turned up the heat – to help you find the best gas grill for your outdoor feasts.

They tested more than 100 gas grills from brands like Kenmore, Weber, Char-Broil and Broil-Mate to find the hottest choices.

A special test uses sensors to measure the temperature at various points on a grill’s cooking surface.

That data is then used to create temperature maps.

“This temperature map is showing a hot area right in the center of the grill’s surface, which can be 200 or 300 degrees higher than this area on the outside. What you really want is a grill with a nice, uniform surface temperature,” said Tara Casaregola.

Chef Aaron McCargo Junior says “even-cooking” is an important key to his special ribs.
“When you have an uneven grill, you tend to get some raw parts, and that’s not what you want to do when you’re grilling,” he said.

For large grills, Consumer Reports says this Kenmore is a great choice.

It earned high scores for evenness, and a separate side burner is a nice feature. It’s sold at Sears for $700.

Most people opt for a midsized grill.

A highly rated $550 Weber Spirit is widely available. It heats quite evenly and has cast-iron grates.

For a smaller grill, Consumer Reports recommends a $200 Broil-Mate, available at Home Depot.

It’s still a decent size and also delivers very even heating.

So spark some interest in your summer cooking, with the right gas grill.

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