Summer is almost here and most of the Greenville, SC community is preparing their barbecue grills and various meat cuts and veggies that will fuel their bodies for the fun-filled activities lined up for this season. Since barbecue is considered a staple summer food, people will want a grill that can cook their chosen cut exactly the way they like it.
Unfortunately, due to budget and household space constraints, some Greenville residents forego the purchase of an outdoor barbecue grill in favor of indoor grills with BBQ smokers for good measure. Indoor grills can save you from needing a wide open space to barbecue your food without sacrificing the taste of your food. But is there really no difference in taste and quality between these different types of grills?
Outdoor Barbecue Grills vs. Indoor Grill Pans
Of course, if you live in a tiny apartment you have no choice but go for those quirky cast iron grill pans heavily advertised on late-night television. The curious thing is that some of those with great backyard spaces are even tempted to buy this kitchen appliance, and why not? Indoor grill pans are easy to clean, can be used over a gas or electric stove, and can even come with wood chips to give your food that nice, smoky texture, taste and smell.
For foodies all around Greenville, food that comes out from a real outdoor barbecue grill tastes so much better than any fancy indoor grill pan can ever produce. Outdoor barbecue grills produce great tasting, juicy, and perfectly grilled meat and veggies compared to those cooked over a modern grill pan.
The secret is the way the heat is conducted in an outdoor grill. The gaps in between the gratings and the great distance between the grating and the bottom of the outdoor barbecue grill makes a difference in how the meat tastes. Unlike grill pans, there is no chance that you’ll have portions of undercooked and overcooked meat (sometimes both are present in the same meat cut if you use an indoor grill pan).
Also, there is something extremely appetizing in looking at the perfect lines of grill marks from an outdoor barbecue rather than those weak, light marks from your average indoor grill pan.
If you can afford the space, then you might as well go all out this summer with a traditional outdoor barbecue than go for the more convenient indoor grill pans. It might be more tedious to clean, but then again, those mouthwatering treats should be more than enough to compensate you for your troubles!
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