Gas vs charcoal grilling; which is better? Following are some tips and grilling guidelines for your consideration, and hopefully to help you make your decision based on what you will learn here.
The first thing I considered when it came to cooking on a grill is the heat up time...
With a gas grill, you simply buy the propane and attach it to the grill, and "bang" - you are up and running. The grill will be up to temperature in only a few minutes.
To heat a charcoal grill - you light the coals and wait for them to turn white and ashy, and then cook your food. The wait time can be up to an hour.
When it is time to cook your food, you can easily adjust the temperature of a gas grill. You can also easily cook foods at different temperatures - depending on the size of your grill. Now to certain extent you can also adjust the temperature on a charcoal grill; but this involves moving all the charcoal to one side of your grill.
You still may find that the grill is too hot, so you wait for the coals to cool and by then you may risk that the charcoal is too cool before the food is done cooking.
The second thing I considered when purchasing a grill, was the taste. Many folks believe that the charcoal adds a wonderful taste - but other people would argue that gas grilling will give you the same smoky flavor.
Do you know what gives the food a smoky flavor? It's not the gas nor the charcoal, it's the fat the drips on the heat source which creates smoke that adds to the flavor. In other words - both will give you great flavor.
Gas vs Charcoal grilling? So which one will you choose? That is totally up to you, of course.
I have 3 steps which will greatly increase your chances of success with a gas grill or a charcoal grill, and they are:
1. Prepare the grill according to the manufacturer's instructions for MEDIUM heat.
2. Season the food directly from the refrigerator.
3. Take the meat out of the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature and THEN grill it. It makes all the difference in the world.
Gas vs Charcoal grilling is totally by preference and I hope that I helped you make your decision.