gas or charcoal grill choiceThis weekend was the first time that I broke the grill to have a cookout.  My wife and I ended up having a small cookout with friends and family on Saturday and the weather couldn’t have been nicer.  Spring is the time of the year when we all get our grills out and start firing up the meat in order to enjoy those nightly cookouts.  I am a big fan of grilling.  I have done it for years and it is something that I really enjoy.  So, in light of the festivities of this weekend, I figured I would ask my readers a simple question about their preference.

Gas or Charcoal?

As I have indicated,  I have grilled for years.  I cook all varieties of meat and vegetables and I take pride in the product that comes off the grill.  That being said, I have a very strict preference for my grill.  I am a charcoal fan!  I have grilled on gas grills and charcoal, but the best grill for the taste comes from a simple charcoal grill.  There is nothing better than a juicy steak coming off a hot Weber charcoal grill.  That is what I love about the Spring and Summer.  That said, I see the pros and cons with using a charcoal grill and a gas grill.  Here are a few that I can think of.

Charcoal Pros:

  • Taste
  • The ability to slow cook (especially for BBQ)

Charcoal Cons:

  • Time to prepare for cooking
  • The environmental cost of creating charcoal
  • Cost of charcoal

Gas Pros:

  • Time convenience
  • Cost of Gas
  • Availability of grills

Gas Cons:

  • Lack of taste
  • No true ability to slow cook

Now, you might look at this quick list and say “Gas looks like a clear winner.”  While I would say that is true, my biggest factor is taste.  If I am going to take the time to grill anything, I need to taste to be top-notch.  You can add all of the flavoring chips to a gas grill, but you will never compare to the test coming from a charcoal grill.

I may be someone that pulls cost analysis into everything that I do and cooking is one of them.  If I was going to go by pure cost, then I would easily pull for a gas grill.  It is easier to use and the fuel is cheaper, but that is not the only thing that I include in a cost analysis.  I also include the ability to prepare a costly piece of meat.  If I am going to go out and purchase an expensive cut of meat, I want it to be cooked just the way I like it and charcoal is my choice.  I will gladly spend more money to use charcoal and my classic Weber grill any day of the grilling season.

So readers, are you cooking on gas or charcoal?  Let me know which type of grill you have or wish to have?

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net