Large charcoal grills are imperative if you cook a lot outdoors or have tons of mouths to feed. They are excellent for an outdoor kitchen near a pool, garden or play area. Charcoal grills do not need electrical wiring or gas lines, so installation on your deck or patio is much easier than that of an electric or natural gas model. Charcoal grillers swear the taste is unmatched.
Large charcoal grills can stand alone or may be enclosed in brick or rock. If you have it enclosed, be sure to select the highest quality model to insure it will last a very long time. Charcoal is optimal for cooking pork, beef and chicken, but a large grill will allow you to cook many other foods as well. It is easy to learn how to stack coals in groups so that foods can be cooked over high heat at the same time you simmer foods that require lower temperatures.
Large charcoal grills need to have multiple vents or dampers to allow you to control the temperature throughout the grill. More than one thermometer can be very helpful when controlling a lot of food, especially if they require different cooking temperatures and times. Some grills come with good, high quality thermometers. If your model does not, it is well worth the investment to purchase a few good, accurate thermometers for your grill. Accurate temperatures assure that cooking times are appropriate and food will be done thoroughly without being overdone.