Deals We Love: All-In-One Grills

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These two grills can do a heck of a lot more than just heat up meat.

This week on Deals We Love we’re featuring two new grills that can do a heck of a lot more than just heat up meat. The grills are a little pricey, but the depth and breadth of culinary capabilities means your this one grill could save you from buying hundreds of dollars of outdoor cooking equipment.

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Z Grills 10002E

The 10002E is an eight-in-one grilling workhorse that isn’t for occasional weekend cookers. It’s a no-nonsense grilling machine that allows you to grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbeque and char-grill to your heart’s content. It can go low to 180 degrees F for those super smoky pork shoulders and ribs, or hit 450 F for weeknight burgers or romantic ribeyes.

Ease-of-use is the name of the game for Z Grills, and it seems to have redefined set-and-forget grilling with the 10002E. An upgraded digital control board automatically ignites the grill and distributes the wood pellets into the firebox at the frequency you desire. According to its site: “The Venturi-style design creates a burn pot cyclone of airflow for maximum heat distribution and complete combustion of the pellets with minimal waste.”

The 431 square inches of primary grilling space expands to more than 1,000 square inches when shelving units are used. So when the world returns to normal and cookouts replace quarantines, you’ll have more than enough space to invite the neighborhood.

Why We Love It: The sheer versatility of cooking eight ways is mind-boggling. Plus, we always love companies that stand behind their products, and Z Grills offers a three-year guarantee with all purchases. Perhaps the best part? The 10002E model retails for $759, but buyers can use the exclusive code Familyhandyman10002E at checkout for an immediate $200 discount.

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The Spark One

The Spark One from Spark Grills is the the newest kid on the grilling block, and it came ready to tussle.

The main idea behind Spark grills is precision temperature control. The Spark One can smoke brisket at 225 F, reverse-sear wagyu steak at 700 F or fulfill your Neapolitan pizza fancy at a scorching 905 F. All this temperature control comes with the push of an electric start button. Multiple temperature probes ensure your food is always cooked perfectly.

Spark Grills describes its products with this slogan: “The flavor of charcoal. The ease of gas. The control of an oven.” Spark backs up this promise thanks to a proprietary fuel source — called “Briqs” — which are engineered to maintain a consistent temperature and to be discarded when you’re finished cooking. Briqs are a blend of American hardwood charcoals mixed with wood chips from hickory, applewood, or other natural woods, depending on the smoke profile you want.

So, despite its electric start and temperature control, the Spark One features legitimate open-flame grilling. Initial orders come with a supply of Briqs and additional ones can be ordered through the Spark app. At $4-6 per Briq, they cost about the same as a good hardwood lump charcoal.

Why We Love It: What’s not to love about the versatility of cooking low-and-slow or hot-and-heavy at the push of a button? The Briqs are packed with flavor and meant to be paired with your cut of meat like a fine wine. Spark Grills offers a one-year warranty, free shipping and a 60-day test drive on all orders. The Spark One regularly retails for $949 but is on sale for $799 through Labor Day.

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