Football season has arrived which, for many people, also means grilling season. With cooler weather (finally) around the corner, it’s time to invite those fantasy football buddies over for some beer, beef and football. It also might be time to upgrade your grill game.
Gas N Grills, located on Livingston Ave. just north of E. Bearss Ave. and a 1.2-mile west of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., likely has everything you need to make all of your friends envious.
Not only does the location offer grilling accessories, charcoal, wood chips and propane. The store’s selection of gas and other grills also can help transform your outdoor cooking space into a charming culinary oasis.
Gas N Grills owner Joe Baker says that while it is tough to compete against the bigger box stores and online shopping, those who prefer to spend their money with smaller, local businesses will be pleasantly surprised by the quality offered at his store, which has been located in the same plaza since 1989.
“We specialize in high-end grills,” Joe says. “You get a good product here, not the cheap stuff. Good quality products, with good warranties.”
What you won’t find at Gas N Grills are the same, basic $199 grills you see lined up outside the big box stores, especially during the spring and summer.
At his store, Joe offers everything from simple Broil Master grills to a number of high-priced stainless steel beauties from top name brands like Alfresco, Blaze and Tec.
Alfresco grills are made in the USA, Joe says Blaze is his best seller and boasts commercial-grade cast stainless steel burners, as well as a lifetime warranty, and Tec uses infrared heating, which puts a good char on your meat. All are ideal for any outdoor kitchen, according to Joe.
Joe also sells the Weber brand, arguably the most popular and highly-rated grill in the country.
Naturally, any grill store would be incomplete these days without kamado grills, which are the popular kettle-shaped grills with a ceramic shell that offer both charcoal grilling and smoking versatility.
At Gas N Grills, Joe sells the Saffire Grills, which are similar to the more-well-known Big Green Egg grills but are even higher quality, he says.
The Saffire uses charcoal, and can be used to grill, smoke, bake, roast and BBQ. Not only can you cook steaks and burgers on it, you also can slow-cook some ribs, and even use it to make a true wood-fired pizza, if you so desire.
“It gives you better results than a regular grill,” Joe says. “The food stays so juicy that once you eat food cooked on it, you will never go back to just a ‘regular’ grill.”
The Saffire grills are definitely a little pricey — although they are available in multiple sizes, a medium-sized one will set you back about $1,000 — but they all come with a lifetime warranty and Joe says it will probably be the last grill you’ll ever buy.
In fact, that’s the case with many of the grills Joe sells at Gas N Grills, which are more for the dedicated and serious grilling enthusiasts who like to cook outdoors more than they do inside, moreso than the usual weekend chefs just looking to cook up a few burgers and hot dogs every once in a while.
“We target those customers who are looking for a better cooking experience,” Joe says. ”People who know the difference are very interested in what we have. Spending $1,000, though, may be overkill for some people. But, I have customers who cook on their grills five times a week.”
At Gas N Grills, the high-end grill choices feature large cooking areas and added perks like rotisserie kits, side burners, adjustable warming racks, shelves, cabinet storage and even blue LED lights for nighttime grilling.
Gas N Grills also sells camping stoves, turkey fryers, pizza ovens and grilling accessories, like a wide variety of different types of smoking wood with some flavors that Joe says you cannot find anywhere else.
Gas N Grills also specializes in various grill replacement parts, which can be ordered in-store or online and are a big part the store’s business. Even during Covid-19, when parts are hard to come by, Joe was able to help out customer Charles Sailor.
“I was looking for igniters for my (grill),” Sailor wrote in a review. “No one had it or it was back ordered 10 days. Also, this was all during the Covid-19 stay at home. I called Gas N Grills, (Joe) answered the phone and was very helpful…. ordered both parts on a Wednesday and (it came on Thursday). Efficient, quick and very helpful. If you have a hard time getting or finding parts, this is the place. I dealt with five other companies, but this was the only one that came through for me.”
Gas N Grills is located at 14615 Livingston Ave. For more information, visit GasNGrills.com or call (813) 972-4984.