Choosing a Grill: Coal or Gas?

Last Updated on April 15, 2021 by Layla Lily

“Gas or coal?” – that is the question! If you are considering buying a grill, then this is the first thing to think about. Disputes on this topic have been going on since the time of the feast of King Arthur. And they are no less heated than the argument about medium and well-done. This article will help you decide which grill to buy to cook your way and enjoy it.

Arguments for gas

Gas grills are easy to use – press the button, wait 5 minutes – and you can start frying. There is no need to waste time on coal and its ignition. 

There is a misconception that gas grilled food lacks the “charcoal” flavor. The smell does not come from the coals, but from the juices and fat that drips off the meat. It then evaporates and gives off a mouth-watering aroma. And it doesn’t matter from what surface it will evaporate – from coal or metal.

The gas grill is multifunctional. It can be turned into a smokehouse or oven. It has several burners, so you can cook different dishes at the same time. Can be cooked in any weather. It is easy to wash and clean. The advantage of gas is that its flow can be controlled. 90% of the world’s most prestigious steakhouses roast their premium beef on gas. Why is that? The main reason is the steak is quickly cooked evenly on the outside and keeps it pink and juicy on the inside. And this can only be achieved with a very high temperature.

Restaurant gas broilers usually heat meat to 450 – 650 degrees. In domestic conditions, the gas heats no higher than 350 degrees. Some gas grills come with an infrared burner that can heat the surface of the meat to 900 degrees. But they are narrow and can only cook a couple of steaks at a time.

Conclusion for gas

Fast ignition, no ash, and dirt, easy cleaning. A gas grill is great if you plan to cook spontaneously and quickly. Love steaks, vegetables, and other foods that do not require long cooking. But if suddenly your plans include smoking, baking, simmering at low temperatures, use a charcoal grill.

What are the downsides?

More expensive than coal. Has a more complex design.

Arguments for coal

A charcoal grill is significantly cheaper than a gas grill. Ideal for frying and long-term smoking of meat at low temperatures. Suitable for classic barbecue lovers. Fast and easy to assemble – the base model can be assembled in just 10 to 20 minutes.

What are the downsides?

Requires more preparation and maintenance time than gas. And also more experience. You need to light the charcoal, monitor the temperature, and then remove the ash from the grill. Temperature is difficult to control. It is impossible to determine unambiguously at what temperature you are cooking at the moment.

Which grill to choose is up to you. But “Grill & Joy” specialists are happy to help you make the right choice.

Leave a Comment