Skip to main content

Grilling 101

03/28/2017 04:17PM ● Published by Digital Media Director

By: Dave Anderson, Karl's TV, Audio and Appliances

After the Second World War ended, the American middle class began moving to the suburbs. By the 1950s, what was once reserved as the way to cook at campsites and picnics was being done in our backyards and is now all the rage.

The modern grill was invented in 1952 by George Stephen Sr.. While he was working for Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, he came up with an idea for a better grill.  George cut a marine buoy along its equator and drilled some holes in it for ventilation. One half became the firebox and the other became the lid. He then added a grate and the Weber Kettle grill was born. Grilling would never be the same. 

Today we have endless choices in grills. There are many different designs, sizes and shapes.   All grills fall into three major categories. These categories are charcoal, gas and electric.  Each of those categories comes with different designs; for example, a komado ceramic grill and a kettle grill are both designs of charcoal grills. There are many different brands of each style of grill, as well, and several different sizes to fit everyone’s needs and the flavors they’re looking for.

As early American settlers began colonizing this great country, they began creating very distinctive flavors of barbeque. Different areas of the country offer different local woods to burn as well as different meats to grill.

With so many possibilities to choose from there are endless results in barbeque.  Regardless what type of grill you are using, what type of wood you are burning, or what type of meat you are cooking; have fun and enjoy the ancient tradition of grilling.

Family, Today, In Print Grilling Karls TV and Appliance