There is an on-going battle between the gas and charcoal barbecue – the traditional against the rise of technology. For those who like speed, the gas barbecue is probably your preferred choice. However for the environmentally minded, there are a lot more advantages when you incorporate a charcoal barbecue into your life.
For one, it’s environmentally friendly as you’re only using natural materials and they are generally cheaper to run. The traditional approach also offers a wider pallet of flavours, so if you like to have your meat or chargrilled vegetables packed with all the flavour and aromas possible, a charcoal barbecue is the ideal choice.
I am a big fan of the barbecue season and the barbecue is my domain. I don’t know what it is about it, but there is something manly about cooking on a barbecue grill, perhaps it’s to do with the open fire and having to contend with naked flames!?
During my heyday when I believed that nothing could surpass my barbecuing techniques I not only had a charcoal barbecue, but a gas one as well and by having both I find it much easier to make a fair comparison. I am not going to say that you’re a bad cook if you have one and not the other as the benefits that both possess will attract and suit many different people. However, I have found that gas barbecues are the best for those who love having control and like the fast and easy life, whereas the charcoal barbecue is the ideal companion if you enjoy cooking with the elements and working with whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
- Easy to start with a simple push of a button
- No need to use messy charcoal
- Control the temperature and for a long period of time
- You don’t have to contend with windy conditions
- Can use wood to create a smokey flavour
- Can produce more heat, making hotter grills
- Intense aromas
- More hands-on approach to cooking outdoors
- Some barbecues can be packed up, making them easy to store or take with you to a picnic or the beach
- A lot more flavour is produced when cooking with charcoal
- Cheaper to run than gas barbecues
Choosing between a charcoal barbecue and a gas barbecue can be a difficult decision to make as both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, if you’re searching for a cooking device that’s kind to the environment, a charcoal barbecue is ideal for you, but if you’re in two minds I would recommend that you look around to see what’s available to you.
Guest blogger: Mr. McGregor is a gardening enthusiast who commits a lot of time to his garden and allotment, documenting his trials and tribulations by guest writing on the Notcutts blog in the UK.