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Choosing a grill

Read our tips before you head out to buy a new grill

Gas vs. charcoal

"There are the true diehards that swear by the taste of cooking on a charcoal grill," Boys says. "But the trend that we've seen is that more and more consumers are using gas, either the LP in the small propane tanks or natural gas because of the ease, the convenience and the speed of use of a gas grill. But more and more people are using charcoal as well."

As if a grill wasn't hot enough, consumers want it cranked up even more. Boys says they want a high-heat area of the grill for searing meat. Some are being sold now with "sear stations" that raise the temperature to around 900-degrees. This allows the ability to quickly sear meat ,which locks in juices, and creates perfect caramelization.

As you browse the grill displays, you'll find a lot of them are now made out of stainless steel. Boys says his company has porcelain enamel on steel which allows them to offer different colors such as black, green, blue, and even copper to add a little more pizzazz to the back patio.

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Outdoor kitchens: Once you've selected the perfect grill, why not expand on the idea and create an entire outdoor kitchen? Here are some great ideas.

Grilling glossary: Bone up on all the latest grilling terminology before you go shopping.

Grilling tips: Watch this video from the Living the Country Life television show for some great grilling advice.

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