Even though we are three-quarters of the way through the summer of 2015, most of your hardcore grillers will not stop stoking the embers or turning the knob on their grills until the first snowfall. I am one of those people. The battle between charcoal and gas still remains at the top of any grill masters conversations.
If you ask a true grillin’ aficionado that uses only a charcoal grill, how to cook with a charcoal grill, hold on tight because you’re in for a very long ride! The first question asked by a grill master is usually “What are you using to grill, charcoal or gas?” If you say gas, then be ready for the conversation that sounds and makes you feel like you are changing your religion.
There are a few different types of fuel for a charcoal grill. There is the Briquettes from Kingsford that has two options, the Matchlight or the Original. The Matchlight is pre-soaked in lighter fluid so that you do not have to use any additional fuel to light the Briquettes and there is the Original which you need fuel to keep the Briquettes lit when starting. Then there is the Lump Charcoal which I happen to like myself. The Lump charcoal is made by putting logs in a large pit in the ground and covering while the logs burn. Pretty simple huh?
Along with the Briquettes and Lump Coal, you can use different flavored types of wood. Depending on what flavor profile you like, you can choose from hickory to applewood. Soak the flavored wood chips of your choice in water for about an hour before you light the coals and then add them on top of the hot embers and close the lid. The flavor of your food will be amazing.
On to Gas Grillin’. Turn the knob and push the button and you are lit. Sure you could add some wood chips in an aluminum pan next to your food in the grill. But, it is not the same and the flavor is not as good as a charcoal grill. Here’s what’s great about a gas grill. You don’t have to wait an hour for the grill to heat up and the clean up is almost next to nothing compared to a charcoal grill. Also, setting the temperature is as easy as turning the knob to the right setting. With a charcoal grill there is adding coal to keep it hot or moving coal around for lower heat on one side and hot on the other.
So, in summary, with a gas grill setting the temperature and not having to wait for the grill to heat up is a time saver. Clean up is a breeze and adding some wood chips in a pan is a pro for the gas grill, but I honestly have to say there is nothing like a charcoal grill for flavor and there is no substitute. Sure, the clean up sucks. It’s worth it!