Which is Better, Gas or Charcoal?

Which is Better, Gas or Charcoal?

Summer is all about getting together with friends and family and enjoying a good barbecue.  Classic barbecue recipes, the smell of the grill and enjoying some great food with people you love make some of the best memories.  But, the endless debate comes up at every family barbecue no matter which part of the country you live in, which is better, gas or charcoal?  Let’s look at both and see which one will better suit your tastes.

Gas Grills

Gas grills are nothing if not convenient.  The grill is often made from stainless steel with a propane tank underneath.  It is extremely easy to use and clean up after you are done cooking is a breeze.  There is no ashes left behind to clean up and all you will need is some dish soap and a good barbecue scrub brush to clean up.  They heat up in just a couple of minutes and when you have a big, starving family to feed you’ll appreciate that.  You can also control the temperature by adjusting the amount of gas.  The downside, they are pricier to buy and you won’t want to lug them back and forth between home and the cottage.

Charcoal Grills

If you are over 30 or you have ever been camping then you have probably used a charcoal barbecue at some point in time.  You can buy the disposable ones at hardware for weekend camping trips.  Those kinds make cleanup easy as you just throw them out when you’re done.  However they are not the easiest to use and it can take ages before they are hot enough to cook on.   If you have the more durable permanent charcoal grill you will still have wait for it to heat up, you will spend a fair bit of time cleaning it and you can’t control the flame or the cooking temperature.  They are inexpensive and you can take them with you to the cottage easily.

At this point you’re probably wondering why anyone would ever bother to use a charcoal grill since it seems like far more trouble than they are worth.  The answer is simple…food just tastes better.  There is also a certain sentimentality attached to using an old fashioned barbecue reminding us of cookouts where the smell used to make your mouth water.

Now which one you choose is up to you, will you trade off the smell and taste for convenience?  The truth is, there is nothing stopping you from having both!

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