Hibachi grills evolved from the traditional Japanese cooking ware hibachi. It is a cooking device that is cylindrically-shaped or box-shaped and mostly made of porcelain or wood. It is heat-proof from the outside and uses charcoal for cooking. It may be popularly known to be a type of Japanese cooking ware but hibachis actually originated from China. It was used to heat the home during the cold season.
Hibachi grills typically take the shape of a cylinder or a box which is ideal for locking in temperature giving enough upward heat to cook our favorite barbecues or steaks. The grill top is strategically placed nearer the heat source than any other type of grills. This also explains its small size. Hibachi grills users would all agree that they produce the best tasting grilled foods.
There are a few things to consider when buying hibachi grills. First, make sure that the grills are adjustable. Although foods are best grilled when the grills are lowered, some grilling enthusiasts prefer that their hibachi grills are adjustable to give them free reign on how much heat they want for their food to get cooked. A good hibachi grill is also easy to clean. The bottoms are removable so that charcoal residue from previous grilling can be removed with ease. Clean hibachi grills have longer life. When purchasing a hibachi grill, make sure that the material used is durable. Most hibachis are made of metals mostly copper, cast-iron and lately, aluminum. Metal-made hibachis are more convenient because breakage is avoided thereby rendering its durability. Other hibachis are made of ceramic which gives us the original Japanese feel of grilling.
While the hibachis were originally made to use charcoal, modern hibachi grills have been improved and give us two options for heat source. There are the traditional charcoal-using hibachi grills and there are also the gas-powered hibachi grills. Charcoal gives that oomph factor for all foods that are grilled. After all, barbeque has always been associated with charcoal. Gas or propane, on the other hand, gives us more flexibility in adjusting how much heat we want for our grills. It also gives us heat consistency. Propane or gas tanks are bought separately and can be refilled when needed.
Hibachi grills offer us variety in sizes. There are small grills ideal for you weekend family dinners. On the other hand, there are also larger grills that can accommodate larger amounts of food. These are perfect for cookouts, tailgating parties and other outdoor activities.
Food always brings together family and friends. Good food, especially the grilled ones, brings them closer. That is why hibachi grills have been loved by all, grill enthusiasts or not, throughout the ages.