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Eddie van Aken

Better Grill has been The #1 resource for everything grill and BBQ-related since 2014.

I am Eddie van Aken and have been the owner of and run my restaurant for many years.

Before that, I worked as a grill cook and buffet cook in a few restaurants including some of the big chain ones.

For most of my life, I used my BBQ and grill at home like many others. Grilling some burgers, hotdogs, and some chicken on a simple charcoal grill.

How It All Got Started

In June 2014, I was looking for a new grill at home.
I love to grill and BBQ all types of meat and even vegetables, but because of my own full-service restaurant, I never did too much at home with the grill.

However, now I was looking for a grill I decided that I also was going to use it as much as possible.

This ended up by cooking outdoors about every time I had a chance and testing as many methods, grills, and grill recipes as possible.

I decided to share all my experiences and expertise on a website and that was the start of Better Grills.

Although I try to be as thorough as I can in my reviews and tips I still advise you to do your own research. 

Why You Should Trust Me

Through my restaurant experience, I am used to dealing with and using all types of quality kitchen equipment, and I use my experience in this field to give my personal and professional opinion about the features in the grill reviews I do. Or any other item I review.

I am also active on several forums and FaceBook groups to find more information and share my experience there.

More recently I have been writing and sharing content here almost on a daily basis. Even small things that I find can help you and me to make better use of our grills and cook better meals.

Don’t worry about me sharing only my positive experience, I will also let you know what mistakes I made in the past and still make.

I have no secrets and believe in sharing. Therefore I share all my grill and smoker recipes and the used ingredients and techniques I use.

How do I do my research on Better Grills?

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I spend a lot of time doing research and visiting consumer websites like Amazon, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and many more, where I read everything that people wrote about the product.

I visit the manufacturer’s websites to read all about the grills I am reviewing and sign up for their newsletter to stay informed and updated.

Spending a lot of time on product-related forums to find more real customer experiences to include in the grill reviews is very helpful.

Asking other people about their experience with the product I review gives me some top information I can use.

One thing I do if I am not able to find the answer is to contact the manufacturer by email or phone to find the right answers.

Some companies nowadays offer a chat function on their websites and I make use of this option a lot to save time and get the best possible answers.

For every grill review I do, I try to find it at a local store or anywhere else to have a look at it and see what I can find out about it.

Throughout my career and writing here I have met many people and have gotten information from them that I use here.

This all ends up in a review where I include all my findings, but it will not just contain pros, but also cons and my final recommendation and personal opinion.

Besides grills and BBQs, I also review meat delivery services and for these, I look at not just the quality of the meat but also at packaging, delivery, and sustainability.

The reason for this is that I believe that even if you can have a great grill but not good quality meat the result would still not be the same.


The recipes I cook, test, or try are most of the time shared here. I have no secrets and with give you the full recipe and ingredients I use.


I work together with many of the top brand grills and food delivery services. Some of them sent me products to review and I always do that in an unbiased way.

I live in Kentucky and enjoy living here.

Contact Me

Contact me by email at: info@bettergrills.com

Contact me by regular mail at 216 Main Street, Cerulean, Kentucky, 42215.

You can call me at 270-350-0856.

Connect With Me

You can connect with me on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddie-van-aken/

Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddievanaken

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eddievanaken.

I also started sharing more content on my personal website https://eddievanaken.com/.

Thank you for taking the time to read this page.

Eddie van Aken

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