The Differences Between Charcoal and Gas Grills

When the weather is warm and the days are longer, most people tend to spend a lot of time outdoors. Grilling is a much-enjoyed pastime and for good reason. But which type of grill should you be using: a charcoal grill or gas one? There are purists on both sides who swear by their grilling fuels. So, is one actually better than the other? Here are the basic differences between the two.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills utilize charcoal, in the form of briquettes, as their heat sources. Briquettes are made from compressed wood ash and sawdust, so they naturally produce smoke, which imparts a smoky flavor to food. Charcoal grills produce a hotter heat than gas ones, and are appreciated by those who love grill marks on their meats. They do, however, take longer to get started than gas grills because charcoal needs time to be prepped before cooking can begin.

Gas Grills

Gas grills are very easy to use, making them popular choices for backyard grilling. Regarding their fuel source, gas grills are generally attached to refillable tanks of propane, though they can be altered so that they can be attached to your home’s natural gas line. Unlike charcoal grills, gas grills don’t add extra or smoky flavor to meats or vegetables, and they can be used soon after being turned on without extra prepping.

Similarities of Gas and Charcoal Grills

Essentially, both charcoal and gas grills accomplish three kinds of cooking: high-temperature cooking when food is placed directly above the flames or heating element; indirect convection roasting when food is place to the side of the heat source and allowed to cook via circulating warm air; and indirect smoke roasting when food is cooked and flavored by hardwood smoke, which can be achieved by charcoal briquettes or specialized smoking devices. Both gas and charcoal grills are great choices, and choosing the best grill for you depends solely on your preference.

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