A lawnmower is running down the street. The sun shines down brightly, warming the ground and your skin. You take a breath and smell the charred but delicious scent of a cookout from down the block. You can almost taste the juicy steaks. Summer is finally here, and life is good.
The only thing wrong with this image is that cookout should be coming from your own backyard! Don’t have a grill yet? Stop in to Ace Hardware of Fort Collins and choose from our many fine brands. Here’s a few of our most popular.
Big Green Egg
The Big Green Egg prides itself as being the most versatile outdoor cooking product. It has insulating ceramics which allow for a more controlled temperature or low heat. Slow cooking for as long as 16 or 18 hours is made possible with The Big Green Egg. It’s also able to retain heat and moisture, ensuring your food doesn’t dry out. This grill can even be used as an oven with the addition of a convEGGTor to bake pizzas, breads, pies, and more! Another bonus is that these ‘eggs’ come in sizes ranging from Mini to 2XL.
Traeger wood pellet grills excel at creating a superior flavor. The wood pellets are made with 100% pure, natural hardwood which greatly enhances the flavor of the food whether it’s being grilled, smoked, baked, roasted, or seared. This will create a taste that differs from a charcoal or gas-powered grill – and you’ll be able to tell! Traeger’s newest line of grills includes WiFIRE® technology which allows you to take control from your smartphone. Choose from models such as the Pro Series or Ironwood.
The Green Mountain Grill line is a brand that brings a unique flavor with wood fired grilling. Green Mountain Grills pellets are made of 100% kiln-dried sawdust. They are larger in diameter, which allows them to last longer than a standard sized pellet. The Peaked Lid grill is known for its exceptionally large amount of space. Fit in large turkeys, stand-up chicken, or cook many things at once with the multi-level racks. We recommend the Daniel Boone or the Jim Bowie grills.
Weber grills are versatile and burn charcoal, natural gas, liquid propane, and the brand even has electric grills. The brand-new Weber Genesis II Series is gas and boasts three or four burners with iGrill technology. This line of grills has a few versions to give you the grilling experience you need. Depending on the model you choose, these grills allow you to cook directly (for searing or broiling) or indirectly (similar to roasting). If cooking with a gas grill, be sure to preheat the grill with all burners on high and then adjust the temperature from there. With Weber charcoal grills, a smoky flavor is achievable, even without a wood pellet grill. Add damp hardwood chips or moistened fresh herbs directly onto the coals before cooking your food. The flavor of the smoke and herbs will seep into the food while cooking.
If you are unsure about which grill will be best for your needs, our helpful staff at Ace Fort Collins would be glad to talk to you about your options! We carry top brands and supplies so that this can be your best summer of grilling yet! As always, Ace Rewards Members can receive free assembly and delivery on grills $399 and up within 5 miles of the store (see store for details). Come experience them yourself at Ace Hardware of Fort Collins located at 1001 E. Harmony Rd. Unit B in Fort Collins.