Best Charcoal Grills of 2021
The top barrel- and kettle-style charcoal grills cook evenly and give you plenty of control
It's hard to beat grilled burgers cooked over an open flame. And for those of us who value the control of charcoal over the convenience of gas, grilling out over charcoal is summer at its finest.
The great thing about a charcoal grill? The more coal you add, the hotter the fire. If you know what you’re doing, you can control the cooking surface to masterfully grill anything from a quickly seared steak to a slow-smoked pork shoulder—and rule the backyard barbecue all season long. (If you're really serious about grilling and smoking, you might consider trading up to a kamado-style grill, which combines charcoal with an airtight design to give you even more control.)
Today charcoal grills account for nearly 40 percent of all grills sold—not quite on par with gas grills, but still far outpacing the sales of pellet grills or kamado grills. Below, we've compiled a list of the very best charcoal grills, based on our latest tests.
Not sure where to start? Check our grill buying guide for a run-down of all your options.