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The Big Debate: Gas vs Charcoal Grilling

We have all either heard or have been a part of a debate about which grilling method
is better, using gas, or using charcoal. There are mixed opions on this issue, and
this article explores some of the benefits of both types of grills.

Everyone I have met either strongly believes in using gas grills, or solely using
charcoal grills. There are a few who use both. Which one is right for you?

Gas Grills

Gas grills come in many flavors, huge, small, stainless, ones with side burners for
pots, and many more. They are very simple to light, usually by the push of a button,
and controlling heat on them is not a problem at all. With the simple turn of a dial,
and you can cook food anywhere from 200 to 500 degrees. They use propane to
fuel them, and a typical, full propane tank will supply enough fuel to cook many
meals. The prices of gas grills typically range from $150.00 to $500.00, and even
well up into the $1,000.00 dollar range.

When purchasing a gas grill, make sure that it has at least two burners so you can
cook with indirect heat on one side of the grill if you choose to do so. Many seafood
items, such as fish, require a low and slow method of cooking for certain recipes,
and being able to light one side of the grill and cook on the other side will make it
much simpler on you to achieve the desired cooking temperature you are looking for.

Tips for Purchasing a Gas Grill

1. Make sure it has 2 burners

2. Sturdy Construction- When you lift the lid, the pit seems sturdy and not shakey

3. Know your price range, and know what you want to accomplish with the grill. Will
you be cooking for lots of people, or will you be cooking for a few?

4. Top brands do produce very excellent pits, but shop around. Many cheaper brands
produce very excellent quality grills too.

5. What kind of warranty does the pit have? Does the company pay for shipping if
something breaks on the pit and you have to send it off to get it repaired, or even
recieve a new part?

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are fueled by lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes. They grills are
usually in the shape of a round kettle, but many other shapes of pits, such as
squares and rectangles exist. Many people will only use charcoal grills because they
believe a better taste is produced by using charcoal instead of gas. I will talk more
about this later.

Charcoal grills can be priced anywhere from the small, $20 dollar Hibachi, to a
typical $50.00 Weber, to an expensive, $450.00 kettle, which is usually pretty large.
Normally, the $50.00 Weber grill is the best way to go because it has the surface
area to cook lots of food, and Webers usually last a very long time. I have used one
for 4 years now, cooking 4-5 times a month on it, and it has not let me down yet.

When using a charcoal grill, the best and simplest way to light the grill is to use a
charcoal starter. This will cut your pit heating time down by 15 minutes or so
becuase the coals will be already be lit when you place them into the pit.

Adjusting the heat on a charcoal grill can be a bit of a challenge until you get used
to your pit. After a while, you will know the exact combination of closing
dampers and adjusting the lid to produce the heat you want from your grill.

Tips for Purchasing a Charcoal Grill

1. What are your intentions for the grill? Are you cooking for many people, or a few?

2. Is the pit simple to go around?

3. How simple is it to clean?

4. What is your price range? Do some research on the internet to find out what grills
are priced at now.

Aaron Ralston, also known as The Smoker King, is the owner of Outdoor Cooking:
Barbeque, Sauces, Mops, Rubs thesmokerking.com thesmokerking.com. Check
out thesmokerking.com to find fantastic information about outdoor cooking.

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