One of the challenges of writing about barbecue and grilling is the confusion of terminology. The word barbecue means so many things in so many places. Interestingly, this problem isn't restricted to the English language. Throughout the Americas, whether it's Spanish or Portuguese, words like parilla, churrasco, and asado ultimately refer to meat grilled over a real fire with smoky flavors.
Introduction to the Gaucho Grill
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Kalamazoo Gourmet makes some of the best all fuel grills on the market and the most expensive. Their Gaucho Grill offers everything that can be imagined in this style of grill. This stainless steel-plated, hand-made grill has a gas-powered ignition system, so anything from charcoal to whole logs can be loaded into it and lit without even a match. It has an internal, chain-driven rotisserie system for added versatility, and this grill can handle a turkey on the spit while also searing steaks. At more than $20,000, this is the most expensive grill of its type on the market but is a wonder to behold.
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Grillworks is in its second generation of making some of the most spectacular grills of this style in the world. These grills were inspired by the company founder's travels in Spain and South America. The solid construction and simple design have made these a favorite from some of the most noted culinary celebrities of our age. This 36-Inch unit is perfect for the backyard, though at well over $4,000 it to is something of a luxury item. The channeled grates keep grease away from the fire and the serious stainless steel construction makes it a grill that will last for many years to come.
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At around $3,600 this 'Parilla' Grill as the manufacturer refers to it also comes with a side-mounted firebox for building the fire from either charcoal or logs. The most noticeable feature of this model is the firebrick lined box that insulates the grill and helps to contain the heat where it is most needed. It also comes with an enclosed cabinet, a variety of colors and a number of options, including a hood.
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Coming in well under $2,000, this Argentinian style grill from BBQ Pit Boys is one of the least expensive versions of this style of grill. It is at least one of the least expensive worth considering. The construction is heavy-duty steel and this model lacks the stainless steel of much more expensive products but cared for, it still possesses all the durability and function that you would want from this style of cooking equipment.
There is a learning curve to using a Gaucho style grill. Fires need to be carefully built to provide the kind of even heat that will lead to a successful cookout. Temperature control can only be done by adjusting the height of the cooking surface, so it needs to be closely watched to ensure that foods are cooked properly and to avoid burning. These are, however, some of the most enjoyable grills out there for the serious cook. Almost anything that can go on a grill can be cooked on these units, and the flavor is in many ways superior to standard grills, even standard charcoal grill. This is campfire cooking perfected.