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Charcoal or gas?

Charcoal
7
64%
Gas
4
36%
 
Total votes : 11

Post Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:49 pm
Airfoils well done
well done

Posts: 1063
I'm surprised this hasn't been done here yet. :twisted:

Post Wed Nov 05, 2003 5:34 pm
Pierre rare
rare

Posts: 12
Location: Chicago Burbs, USA
Why bother? All it amounts to, is your preferences and are you happy with the results.
It all gets the job done.

"You want plastic, or paper?"

Post Wed Nov 05, 2003 6:47 pm
Airfoils well done
well done

Posts: 1063
LOL, I think it's safe to assume you're using gas. :lol: Hey, at least it isn't George Foreman :wink:

Post Wed Nov 05, 2003 10:52 pm
Luke medium-rare
medium-rare

Posts: 89
Location: Texas

While it certainly is a preference issue and both can put out good food, I would argue that gas grilling and coal cooking are in essence different pursuits.
Live Different

Post Wed Nov 05, 2003 11:02 pm
hickory pete well done
well done

Posts: 403
Gas/Charcoal..I use gas because of the wooden deck at home, but have both gas and a small charcoal kettle grill that I use at the cottage. I would like to use charcoal at home, but it is not as convenient. I guess to grill is the most important thing, no matter what type. Sure beats the oven in the house anyday!!

Pete

Post Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:00 am
Grand Scale BBQ Deputy
BBQ Deputy

Posts: 4272
Location: York, PA
I prefer gas simply because of the ease. Consistent even heat and lighting with the turn of a knob. I have my grill set up with natural gas on a quick connect to my house feed. The ultimate in ease and convienance.

Plus in my mind a smoker box and a few wood chunks makes a great equalizer for covering the flavor differences between gas and charcoal.
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Post Thu Nov 06, 2003 12:13 pm
chagan well done
well done

Posts: 1350
Location: Central NJ by way of NY
I believe that it may come down to a personality comparison. Sure, it is easier and more convenient to use gas(as long as you don't run out smack in the middle of your roast), and it may produce outstanding results with the proper smoker box and all, but could it be that those who prefer charcoal (like myself), enjoy the age old techniques of building a fire, adjusting the air intakes, monitoring the grill temp, make adjustments, make some adjustments again, start up some more charcoal, add some wood chunks, etc. Plus I believe that it tastes better (if only even slightly). Enough of a difference to change "this is fantastic" to "this is the best that I have ever had!"
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Post Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:33 pm
dkirn well done
well done

Posts: 388
Location: St. Louis, MO
Personally for grilling - hands down: gas, mine is natural gas connection so I never have to worry about running out in the middle of dinner. However I have a smoker w/ offset fire box that I only use wood logs for fuel. This satisfies the need to be preminative and cook with fire but it takes longer than I want to spend for weekday meals.

Post Fri Nov 07, 2003 1:32 am
Airfoils well done
well done

Posts: 1063
Good grief, the whole I'm too lazy to cook with charcoal argument is just getting tired. Just how long do you think it takes to start a chimney of charcoal? We're talking 2 minutes tops. Is it really worth quibbling over 2 minutes for convenience sake for superior flavor? We all have our priorities I suppose. Speaking of convenience, a smoker box is nothing of the sort. While you struggle with a small smoker box burning up your wood much too quicly with little effect and having to refill it far too often, I just throw a handful on the fire and I'm done and on holidays/special occasions I cook with pure wood. For those that contend there is no taste differnce, I challenge you to find many people cooking with gas at any reputable BBQ cook off. You won't find many if any. Not tomention the benefit of having a much hotter fire, especially if you are a practitioner using lump hardwood or straight wood.

Post Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:16 am
Grand Scale BBQ Deputy
BBQ Deputy

Posts: 4272
Location: York, PA
I don't know about you but in two minutes I can make it to the bathroom, get another beer, and play with the dog before the game is back on the TV!

I agree that the is a taste difference, but with proper rubs/sauces/marinades/smoking I find it minimal.

As far as hot goes I'll put my 57,600 btu's up against charcoal anyday.

The whole thing is somewhat moot anyway because it seems that most of us have and use both anyway.

Can't we all just get along!

P.S. Don't mind me I'm just feeling onery this morning.
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Post Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:31 am
Bob-BQN User avatar
well done
well done

Posts: 12904
Location: Texas
I've always enjoyed lighting the coals and cooking over a primative fire. But I don't believe it proper to run down anyone cooking on gas. I had a gas stove once and most likely I'll have a gas grill in the future as a convenience.

If you have a nice BBQ smoking pit should you shame the fellow that only owns a grill.

Some prefer Ford's, I prefer Chevy's...

Let us enjoy our quality time one the grill regardless of the fire below.

Post Fri Nov 07, 2003 11:31 am
Airfoils well done
well done

Posts: 1063
My intention wasn't to run people down that use gas so much as it was to defend my method against the WAAAAY overstated and exagerated convenience contention.

Post Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:48 pm
dkirn well done
well done

Posts: 388
Location: St. Louis, MO
I had a dream that one day gas grillers and charcoal grillers could live together in peace, but I guess not. I was not putting down charcoal just stating what I use and why it works for me.


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