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According To Smoky

Welcome to According to Smoky. Here you will find the latest and greatest from C. Clark "Smoky" Hale notable 'baster', author, publisher, television star in both the barbecue and 'the real' world. And yes, he is a real person and not the webmaster

Smoky will be offering his talents, techniques and secrets discovered over the last 150 years, or so. He will be to the point, pull no punches and if you suffer through the process, you will become a much better outdoor cook, turning out masterpiece meals for friends and family alike.

In this column, Smoky discussing some of the questions you must ask yourself in order to buy the grill of your dreams . . . . . take notes!

So, with no further adieu, we turn the mike to Smoky. You're on Smoky . . . . .



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OUTDOOR COOKING WITH SMOKY HALE

Choosing the Right Grill

By: Smoky Hale

Frequently, very frequently, I am asked, "Which is the best grill for me?" That is a decision that I cannot make for anyone but myself.

Choosing the right grill requires that you first determine your needs. The most important questions to be answered before choosing a grill are

  1. What do you intend to do with it: broil, roast, barbecue, smoke?
  2. How often do you expect to cook on the grill?
  3. What is the greatest number of folk that you intend to feed from the grill?
  4. How much are you willing to spend on a grill.
SSmoky Haleince so many are looking for gas grills, I excerpted this from my new book, The Great American Barbecue & Grilling Manual in order to pass it along now to the many folk who have questions. If you never intend to have a gas grill, this may not be a burning need, but I hope it is not uninteresting.

GAS GRILLS

Gas grills, whether fired by natural gas, or (bottled gas), are neat and convenient. Whether they are the relatively cheap $89.95 disposables or the gussied up $2000 grills, their functions are quite similar all have gas burners much like gas kitchen stove ovens. The more expensive will, or should, deliver more heat, have more space, be sturdier and have sideboards and accessories. But, if the el cheapo can deliver at least 30,000 BTU's, it will broil a steak and cook a roast which is about all any gas grill can do. Some smoke flavor may be added by various means, but, barbecue, by definition, cannot be cooked in gas heat.

Continued on Page 2

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'According to Smoky' is © by C. Clark Hale
who is solely responsible for its content. Comments
should be addresses to cchale@bellsouth.net

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