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How To Become A Grill Master: Charcoal vs. Gas Grills

Updated on April 16, 2015

Charcoal Grilling Vs. Gas Grilling

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In a Nutshell

Gas grills are faster to use but charcoal provides a deeper flavor profile. Carl Ingle recommends having one of each types of grills to have the versatility of both. If you use a BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger with charcoal, your grill will heat up and cook faster than a gas grill. Charcoal is now King!

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Charcoal vs. Gas Grills

Carl Ingle, head chef at an award winning barbeque team called Picasso, suggests that having the versatility of both will make you a better griller. Gas grills can produce an instant heat. You can set the temperature on a gas grill to various settings. If you come home from work, you might not want to go through the effort, or extra twenty to thirty minutes, to get your charcoal grill going. So, instead you can turn your gas grill on and throw a piece of chicken, burger, or steak. A gas grill is quick, easy, clean, and efficient to operate.

Every once in a while, though, you want to have something that produces a little bit of extra flavor and that's what charcoal gives you. Carl Ingle keeps both gas and charcoal grills available for his establishment for the versatility. He recommends adding wood chips to your charcoal grill. When the drippings off your burger or steak hit the charcoal, it sizzles and the smoke aerates your meat adding another depth of flavor. When cooking fish, vegetables, or fruit, you will always want to use a gas grill. For cooking chicken, burgers, or steak the charcoal grill works great for adding a whole other layer of flavor. If you're only using gas,

Carl Ingle recommends that you try a charcoal grill. If you have a charcoal grill, get a small gas grill. Try it for different cooking experiences. Having the versatility of both types of grills will make you a better griller.

The Art of Grilling: Gas Vs. Charcoal Grills

Pros & Cons of Charcoal Grills

  • Takes more effort to start
  • Cleanup is very messy
  • Requires attention
  • Ability to add wood chips
  • Produces more flavorful food
  • Temperatures get hotter
  • Fire can flare up
  • Gradually loses heat
  • Best for cooking meat

Pros & Cons of Gas Grills

  • Quickly turns on with push-button
  • Much easier to clean
  • Requires less attention
  • Difficult to smoke food
  • Produces less flavorful food
  • Temperatures remain constant
  • No flare-ups from fire
  • Will not lose heat
  • Great for fish, vegetables & fruit

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How to Start your Charcoal Grill Faster

BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger

The BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger can help your charcoal grill to start just as fast as a gas grill, gets the temperature hotter faster, and will help the grill to cook your food faster! A hotter fire produces a more flavorful meat.

With this product you can now start your charcoal grill in less than ten minutes! Plus, this devise can be used to start fireplaces, fire pits, campfires, smokers, wood stoves - literally anywhere that you need fire! The BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger can control smoker temperatures so that ribs cook perfectly, every time!

The gadget is powered by AA batteries, but a USB charging port is available for optional rechargeables. This product is stainless steel, heat resistant, and works hands-free! It clips on any grill, doing the work for you while you prepare the other food or have a beer with family or friends.

BBQ On The Grill

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Steak on the Grill

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Comments Please...

Do you currently own a charcoal or gas grill? Which one do you prefer? What are the reasons that you prefer either gas or charcoal? Have you tried the BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger? Is there a particular grill that you would recommend to our readers?


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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Thank you for your comments bravewarrior. I do like the convenience of a gas grill and the ease of cleanup. Especially for a person with busy schedule, which is most people these days, the gas grill is just a more practical option.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I have an infrared gas grill. Living in Florida I can grill year-round. I gave up on charcoal years ago. It's a pain in the butt and takes too long to heat up. I'm one of those people who prefers to not have my food taste smoky, so the infrared does just fine for me.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      I agree with you Billybuc! ;-) After doing research on this topic charcoal is probably the best option. ;-) That BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger makes it a no brainer. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a traditionalist...charcoal all the way. :)