This is the year I finally have to replace our old grill. It's about 10 years old. It's done it's job pretty well over the years, however there are a few different things I will look for in a new BBQ compared to my old one.
For one, I will never buy a BBQ that has a stainless steel grill. My new one will have a cast iron grill. For those that have a cast iron grill, with a porcelain coating, do you use a wire brush to clean off the grill? Does the porcelain quickly get damaged?
BTU's important? I usually shoot for one that has a minimum of 40,000 BTU's. I usually only cook for the two of us, but once in a while we end up BBQ'ing for a larger group.
Does anyone use a rotisserie? I bought one for my last BBQ, however we promptly lost one of the pieces, which never got replaced. Is a BBQ rotisserie'd chicken taste better than one in the oven?
Grill size is kinda important for us when we have guests over. I usually get one that has a larger cooking surface.
Is natural gas better than propane, other than you don't have to constantly refill a tank if you use natural gas? We have our natural gas meter about 10 feet away from our BBQ area. I could easily have a natural gas line installed for the BBQ.
And then there's the side burner question. Does anyone ever use those side burners for pots? Are they useful, or rarely used? I think I'd rather have extra prep surface, than another burner.
What are other things you guys look for in a new grill? Does anyone have any recommendations? My absolute max budget is $600 + tax.