There’s nothing quite like a burger or steak straight off the grill. The trademark smokiness and fresh-from-the-flames taste has become a big part of club dining, especially with the growth of open-air food-and-beverage venues.
With a variety of styles and functions to choose from—including charcoal grills, convertible griddles, and smokers—finding the right grilling unit for your property can not only help add ambiance and functionality to your F&B program, but also boost sales and increase member usage.
The industry’s highest-quality moveable grills and griddles offer six- to seven-minute high temperature pre-heat times, and come fully assembled and crated. They are also equipped with oversized traction wheels, for easy maneuverability in outdoor settings. They come in many different sizes and styles and with variable accessories, to help provide the ultimate grilling experience.
Here are descriptions of the types of grills that will likely fit your club’s needs:
Charcoal Grills: Commercial charcoal grills offer a lot of flexibility. They can be incorporated as part of an outdoor dining concept or used for special events and golf outings. Most feature quick-release removable legs (many on castors) that let them go where most other cooking equipment can’t. Plus, they range in size from 30” to 60”, to meet the exact needs of any operation. Some offer variable-grate height options for increased cooking temperature control, while others offer under-drawer smoking pits.
Gas Grills: Gas grills are extremely versatile pieces of equipment—and a must for any outdoor cooking event. A standard gas grill can cook a wide variety of foods, from meats to vegetables, with ease. They also feature quick recovery times that can help keep lines moving. Most grills can be configured for either gas or propane, depending on your property’s infrastructure, and come in a range of sizes. They are made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, cast stainless steel, cast brass, pipe stainless steel and cast iron. (Cast stainless and cast brass are most commonly favored for their durability.)
Outdoor Griddles: Most commercial outdoor griddles are designed to cook high volumes of product in a short period of time and convert with ease into a charbroiler for dual-function use. This can help to greatly expand menu offerings and functionality, especially when transitioning between day parts. Griddles are available in all different sizes ranging from 30” to 72”, with a number of accessories also available.
Smoker Grills: Capabilities—and price points—for smokers cover the full range of your club’s needs and wants. Models are available with everything from electronic control systems that automate the cooking process to separate gas and charcoal grill sections, each with its own hood, controls, and chimneys. Most smokers come with a convenient accessories shelf to hold tools, marinades and more. Cooking areas are generally larger, to accommodate bigger portions, while warming racks keep all meat hot and juicy throughout the process.