When I was young we did all our grilling on a simple round metal grill on tubular legs, with no cover. Things have come a long way since those days.
In fact, on another thread, BDL and I were talking about Bobby Flay, and the number of "barbecus" he uses on his BBQ Addiction show. Near as I can tell, he has at least 11:
1. A gas operated cooktop.
2. A monster gas grill
3. Two (at least) webbers.
4. A Char-Broiler type rectangular charcoal grill
5. A Grillworks parilla grill, with all the accessories.
6. A Santa-Maria type, with all the bells and whistles
7. One I can't idenify: It's blue and has three horizonal rods (spits?) arranged in a triangle.
8. A smoker
9. A China box
10: A Green Egg, the largest size they make
11: A tabletop hibachi
All in all, about 15-20 grand worth of "grills." And it wouldn't surprise me to find that I've missed one or two along the way. Hardly the stuff of the typical backyard set-up.
Got me to wondering, though: What type of grills, and how many, do you use at home?
Me, I've got three set-ups:
1. A colonial-style in-ground fire pit, with all the associated ironware and faux hearth. This is used strictly with wood, primarily for proofing historic recipes we've adapted.
2. A Char-Grill "Professional" (ha!) grill/smoker, with offset side grill. This is used with charcoal and wood, for both direct and indirect grilling and for smoking.
4. A Char Broil gas grill: Five standard burners, a sear burner, and an outside cooking burner. This was purchased a year ago and has seen an unsuspectedly high amount of use, because for years I maintained that I saw no use for a gas grill. But I've come to change my mind on that.
I also have a small, square, tabletop charcoal grill. We'd bought it with the idea of carrying it when traveling. But we've never used it, so that one doesn't really count.
We do a lot of outdoor cooking, here. Fortunately, I can grill year round, just about, and do so. While I certainly don't grill as broadly as Flay does, we do many things beyond the typical backyard barbecuing.
What about everyone else? How do you do Q?
Edited by KYHeirloomer - 1/9/12 at 12:56pm