BBQ season is approaching! Which brings the opportunity for everyone to break out their grills and gather with friends and family! If you are looking to buy a new grill or just wondering which grill is the best option for you, here are a few things to consider.
- Cost: Charcoal and gas grills can range in price and size. Most charcoal grills are less expensive than gas grills. Although if you plan on cooking often on the grill, gas grills can be quite manageable with only needing to purchase propane. Charcoal grills are less expensive to purchase but can add up in cost with charcoal and lighter fluid.
- Flavor: Sometimes it comes down to flavor. This is a personal preference, gas grills provide a flavor more consistent with high heat, while charcoal depending on if you use briquettes or wood can give a smokier flavor. Just remember to reduce flare-ups on both gas and charcoal grills by moving foods with fat to another part of the grill or reduce the heat.
- Portability: First ask yourself how will I use the grill? If you plan on taking the grill just for tailgating, camping, or for other outdoor occasions, charcoal may be the best option. Charcoal grills come in very convenient and portable sizes. Gas grills that are portable are very expensive and may not be worth the cost for the occasion.
In the end it really depends on how much you want to spend, the flavor, and if you need something portable. Either way both grill types are a good option and will help make your tailgating or outdoor grilling a fun and memorable experience. Just remember to be safe when grilling any food for any occasion. No matter what type of grill you use, always grill outside in a well-ventilated area. Never use alcohol, gasoline, or kerosene on a grill; use lighter fluid which is made specifically for use with charcoal grills. Here are our best tips to help you make your grilling outdoors safe.
Looking for more information on grilling safety? Check out this video before you go to your next BBQ or tailgate!