When it comes to cooking and enjoying a great tasting meal, grilling has always been one of our top choices of cooking method. It does not only cook our food in a flavorful way, but it's also a great bonding activity for everyone to enjoy. So now you are thinking of buying your own grill, but there's a whole range to consider from electric, pellet grills and even hardwood cooking. It's just so confusing! However, the most commonly debatable and widely used among all kinds of cooking grills are whether to use charcoal or gas grills. So here I will be focusing on that aspect.
In choosing what kind of cooking grills to use, convenience and flavor usually compromises each other. The more convenient a grill is, the lesser flavor the food tastes. So if it's just a matter of having the most convenience, electric grill has always been the top choice, however, it won't give you the grilling satisfaction as most would in terms of actual cooking experience and taste. While hardwood fire can give you the best smoky flavor to your food, it is also the hardest to deal with. Hence, charcoal or gas grills have always been in between and considered by average grill enthusiasts.
Charcoal Versus Gas
I'll get to the point and be blunt to say that generally, gas grills are better choice than charcoal grills. There are just more benefits when you use them that you won't be able to get from using charcoal grills. Here are the following reasons:
In terms of taste, charcoal grills undeniably give you flavorful meals, which has always been their claimed advantage over gas grills. The aroma it can provide from heating charcoals has become its edge. However, smoky flavor can still be achieved as the drippings of the food when evaporated, coat the food you're grilling. This process is the reason for giving a flavorful characteristic of grilled taste to your food. A process that does not rely on the use of charcoal. Not to mention lately, grill manufacturers have also produced “Flavorizer bars” which then create a radiant heat which charcoals naturally generates.
Charcoal grills are generally less expensive than gas grills. However, if you think about the fuel you have to use, gas can actually save you more money in the long run. Aside from the actual cost of a charcoal, you also get to use up more charcoals in every cookout as compared to using gas, even more so when your gas grills are fueled with natural gas.
In continuation, if you opted to use natural gas for your grills, not only do you save more money but you also get to help keep our natural resources in good shape. Natural gas costs less than liquid propane gas, even though natural gas grills are usually more expensive and it's still not widely produced. But think about that, you can now enjoy a great grilling experience, and not attribute to the deterioration of the environment at the same time!
On top of it all, gas grills just give you great convenience and a lot amount of time to spare. You can actually grill all your foods in just few minutes to an hour compared when cooking with charcoal grills. It's also easier and faster to clean and maintain these grills than cleaning charcoal stains from your machine. Hence, the life of your grills can be extended even more. From setting up, grilling and even cleaning and storing your grills, charcoal grills will definitely demand you to spend more time with it than gas grills as a whole. Just imagine this, you get to save more TIME to do other stuffs! Time is a very valuable resource to us that we always demand lacking. You can't also just turn back time. You can no longer recover whatever time you have lost. Hence, gas grills are in no doubt a better choice than charcoal grills.