Whether you're a veteran grill master or a newbie to the barbecue universe, you can't get the job done without the right equipment. The single most important tool is a grill that hits the desired temperatures, delivers a good sear, keeps food moist, and stands up to several seasons of outdoor grilling. Cheapism.com sifted through the offerings to find the best liquid propane and charcoal models, (including two that use infrared technology) that sell for $300 or less. For those looking for something a little different, we rounded out the list with a couple of portable grills, an outdoor electric grill, one dedicated smoker, and a kamado-style grill. We've also got a relatively affordable natural gas grill from one of Weber's coveted upscale lines.
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