Choosing between a gas or charcoal barbecue grill

Gas versus charcoal barbecue grill
A gas barbecue grill also looks elegant than the more basic looking charcoal barbecue grill.

For long many had asked this question: “Should I buy a gas or charcoal barbecue grill?” Well, it’s not like choosing between a BMW and a Mercedes, because the gas barbecue grill has many advantages over the charcoal barbecue grill. So you don’t need to think twice before choosing to buy a gas barbecue grill. Even the traditional barbecue pits in restaurants are now turning from charcoal barbecue pits to gas or electric barbecue pits. Here are some of the advantages of buying a gas barbecue grill:

Convenience: Ideally a charcoal barbecue grill is a messy affair. You need to store the charcoal indoors and weather permitting you can use the grill in your lawn for an outdoor get-together. On the contrary, there is no messy charcoal to deal with in a gas barbecue grill.

Availability: Charcoal is not readily available in the market, and involves a lot of scouting to get to a good charcoal supplier. Plus if the supplier stores charcoal outdoors, getting dry charcoal is a huge challenge. Moreover, differentiating low quality charcoal from good quality charcoal is very difficult and requires expertise. On the other hand, filling your gas barbecue grill is very easy.

Getting started: With the press of a button a gas barbecue grill is ready to use. Starting a charcoal barbecue grill involves lot of time, is messy, emits lot of smoke and needs time to heat up and reach the required temperature.

Cooking: A gas barbecue grill gives the user the push-button convenience and is thus easier to do an all-day cooking. One can control the temperature with a dial for longer periods of time thus ensuring the cooking is uniform. As for a charcoal barbecue grill, you can’t control the temperature and thus requires lot of attention, not to burn the meat. So the person using a charcoal barbecue grill can hardly spend time with his guests or friends because he can’t leave the grill until everything is done. Plus, if it’s a windy day, cooking on a charcoal barbecue grill can be a real pain.

Accommodating guests: If you are using a charcoal barbecue grill, it makes sense that you start the grill after all your guests have arrived otherwise you will have to start all over for a latecomer. But if you are using a gas barbecue grill, you can set the temperature and keep it on warm mode for the entire day.

Cleaning: Once the party is over, you will be left with cleaning up the used coals if you are using a charcoal barbecue grill. But with a gas barbecue grill all you need to do is to wait till it has cooled down.  Then clean the grill using a soft sponge or cloth and you are done!

The only arguments that go in the favour of the charcoal barbecue grill are that it is cheap and that some people feel that gas barbecue grills lack the real barbecue atmosphere. However one can still use wood for smoky flavour in a gas barbecue grill too!

If you are still undecided on whether you should go for a gas barbecue grill or a charcoal barbecue grill, here’s an environment-friendly tip: For the amount of fuel needed to run a barbecue for an hour, a gas grill emits 5.6 pounds of carbon, while a grill using charcoal pumps 11 pounds of carbon into the air.