It’s a debate that has raged on for as long as people have begun grilling. There are two main types of grills, one using fire and charcoal, while the other type uses gas and propane. If you even have a passing interest in grilling, then you’ll hear about what kind of grill is better. So we are going to settle this once and for all.
We’ll look at each type, what you can cook on each one, and finally answer the age-old question of which one is better.
Charcoal vs Gas
For starters, charcoal uses an open flame and covers whatever you are cooking with a deep and smoky flavor. You will need to give your charcoal grill some prep time to get a fire going and heat it, but once it does, you get a lot of good flavor for your effort.
However, gas tends to heat up much faster, and you have a much easier way to control the temperature. Just turn a dial, and the temperature changes quickly. Additionally, you can cook other items on a gas grill without making your food all smokey. Finally, it takes much less prep time to install the propane tank and get it working.
The Benefits of Charcoal
Any grill master will tell you that for the flavor, you need charcoal. Depending on the type of charcoal and wood that you use to heat up the grill, the taste will sink into your meat. Plus, when bits of fat and juices fall off the meat, then that flavor turns into steam and then moves back into the meat.
The taste is noticeable, and you’ll be able to get some good flavor regardless of what meat you want to use. Additionally, a charcoal grill will allow you to heat the grill up much much hotter than a gas grill.
The one problem with charcoal grills is that they do take quite a while to heat up. You’ll need to pour the coals, place in the wood, light the fire, and then stoke the fire. It takes a while to get the temperature up, so you will need some good prep time before you can actually start grilling the meat.
Now we are cooking with gas!
Gas grills remove two of the cons of charcoal grills. They are much easier to set up and get to temperature, and they also allow you to control the temperature easier. All you need to do is turn a few dials, flick on the gas, and then everything gets started.
The quick start-up time allows you to grill much faster without moving coals or waiting for the grill to heat up. Just turn the dial to the desired temperature, and then you are all good. Plus, gas grills have a bit more versatility, and you can quickly go from making low heat meals to higher heat meals without too much trouble.
However, you do lose out on some of the flavors with a gas grill, and it does require a bit more safety to get the gas working. You’ll always want to make sure the valves are tight, and the propane is going where it needs to be.
Which one is better?
Much like other choices in the world, it depends on what the situation is. According to All the Stuff, a gas grill is better for speed and cooking different items all at once. With a gas grill, you can quickly cook up meat, vegetables, and toasted fruits in quick succession without too much trouble.
If you are grilling for a large crowd and need to prepare a diverse array of food quickly, then a gas grill is for you. The quick start-up time and easy temperature control can help you get your food from the grill to the plates before anyone can ask.
However, if you want to cook something large and smokey, like a whole turkey or a large rack of ribs, the charcoal grill is the best for you. While the coals do require some prep time and more care than a gas grill, you’ll be able to heat it up hotter for longer. All the smokey and natural flavors will descend into the meat, making it the perfect meal.
Neither grill is better than the other, although both have their advantages. Still, no matter which grill you choose, you will be making some good meals that will make anyone you serve happy. So don’t be afraid to either pick a side or simply buy both, because the food will speak for itself!