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Greg Rowe

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There have been a bunch of grilling posts today, so I started a new thread to avoid hijacking another...

I was wondering if I am the only one left who prefers a charcoal grill over a gas grill. To me, a gas grill is nothing more than an outdoor oven. Food cooked on it tastes a little better than being cooked indoors - but not much.

I love food cooked over real charcoal (and LUMP charcoal, not those hard to light brickettes). I love to throw in some wet hickory chips too.
 

Dave Poehlman

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I do prefer the taste of a charcoal grill. However, I love the ease of my gas grill. I find I grill more often now that I have gas. Uh... you know what I mean.
 

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I think everyone would agree that food over charcoal tastes a little better. I don't think that a gas grill is like an oven, however. There is plenty of smoke generated in there, and it does flavor the food. I put Char-broil hickory briquettes for gas grills on my flavorizer bars, and their wood smoke flavor enhances the gas experience.

I cook 3-4 times a week on the grill, and charcoal is too much of a hassle. If I were infrequently grilling, charcoal would be fine.

So, yes, charcoal is ultimate, but gas can be nearly as good, and it's a whole lot more convenient. I'll agree to disagree...
 

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"I love to throw in some wet hickory chips too."

You can do that in a gas BBQ too ... just not loose.

Brent L
 

Andrej Dolenc

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I'm a firm believer in lump hardwood charcoal grilling as well, but at the same time I do see the point of view the gas grillers are coming from. During the summer I rarely fire up the grill as it takes a while for the charcoal to light. Most of the time when I come back from work or exercising, I'm hungry and want to eat ASAP. End result - I grill only every few weekends.

Still though, there's nothing cooler than hanging around a small bondfire in your grill as the coals light up & drinking some beers with friends.

Andrej
 

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i find the ease of a gas grill to be a great bonus.

i can control my heating zones better and cleanup is a near-snap.

although i've never worried about it, for smoke flavor, i understand you can use a smoke-box - i guess some gas grills even have them built-in.

i don't find the difference in flavor to be significant, but i haven't done charcoal in so long i wouldn't bet my paycheck on it...
 

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I like to grill over lump charcoal. Not only does the food taste better, but the process in itself is more satisfying. There's nothing like starting a fire :D
 

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...I guess I wasn't very fair judging the flavor from a gas grill. I never grill with gas because I prefer charcoal so my only exposure is at parties.
I think a gas grill could produce comparable flavor with much less effort using wood chips. I actually enjoy building the fire though :).
Greg
 

Jim J

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I'm a charcoal fan from way back.

But I understand the ease of using the gas.

I got myself the weber performer. charcoal with gas ignition. I love it. The only difference is that I have to wait a bit longer to get to temperature.
 

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I was wondering if I am the only one left who prefers a charcoal grill over a gas grill
Nope, have been and always will be a charcoal guy. Sure it takes more time to prep/cook, but it is worth it.
A gas grill is just an outdoor gas stove top.
Peace Out~:D
 

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I am also a charcoal guy. You really can't beat the taste and it is much easier to grill on charcoal and get an even cook. I do own both a charcoal (Weber) grill and a gas grill but it is as simple as I use the charcoal in the summer and gas in the winter.
 

Bill Eberhardt

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Mmmmm... bbq... it's all good!
I have a natural gas grill on the patio hooked directly into the house. It's always ready to go and I don't have to worry about filling the gas bottles. It is so convenient that I cook out year round. I can just imagine what the neighbors think when they smell bbq smoke driving over the snow-covered landscape. :)
 

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Gas is so much easier to use. IMO the ease of use trumps the slightly better taste of charcoal by a large margin. Throw in the cleanup pain in the ass of charcoal and the fire risk which is MUCH less on gas and you see why I like gas. With good "broken in" lavarocks or other methods you can get yum yum taste from gas easily.

But charcoal definitely tastes better.

I hae a friend who's got a gas and a big charcoal kettle grill both on his deck.
 

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Can we get a survey and draw a correlation between those that prefer charcoal over gas with those who prefer LD sountracks over DVD and vinyl over CD?

There's nothing like starting a fire
I agree, I do it with a knob and a push button. I can add wood chips and many other things to add smoke, enhance flavor, etc. I'll put my steaks up angainst anyone here with a non-biased 3rd party taste testor as long they are just told is to pick the steak that tastes better.
 

Dave E H

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Charcoal man here, but I'm going to get a gas grill. I'll keep my Weber kettle for when I have time, but I think I would use a gas grill multiple times a week.
If I had my preference and the time, I'd be 100% charcoal. Alas, I'd rather be spending my time else where - watching DVDs perhaps... :)
 

Greg Rowe

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Can we get a survey and draw a correlation between those that prefer charcoal over gas with those who prefer LD sountracks over DVD and vinyl over CD?
Actually I was thinking it is probably closer to people who don't mind giving up convenience to push performance. For example, I drive a manual transmission car but auto is much more convenient. I often HAND wash dishes too (GASP). I wash and wax my car.

Greg

[ edit: I messed up quoting ]
 

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I'm just kidding anyway, trying to stir the shit. My steaks do taste mighty good though. You get a lot of practice cooking beef when you slaughter your own and have 800 pounds of beef show up at your house every year.
 

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Gas only since I started using it. My food always smelled/tasted like lighter fluid with charcaol. I click...cook..eat..what's not to like!
 

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