Advantages of Cooking on a Charcoal Barbecue

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When most of us buy an outdoor grill, the primary choice is whether to go with a charcoal barbecue or gas grill. While you can add wood chips or chunks to a gas grill to create smoke, the natural wood smoke flavors of quality charcoal is hard to beat. Here are some of the advantages I enjoy about cooking on a charcoal grill.


  • Wood Fire Smoke - As I've said over and over, the aromatic smoke given off by real firewood is second to none in waking up and enhancing the flavors in your grilled food. Using charcoal gives you real smoke derived from firewood that envelopes your food and fills it with smokey aromas and flavors. Cooking over real firewood embers on a fire pit or in your fireplace is one way to do this. A faster and easier way to do it is with a charcoal grill. You can even get hardwood charcoals made from different types of wood (mesquite, hickory, etc.) to give different types of flavors.
  • Quick and Easy - Getting your charcoal barbecue going doesn't have to take a long time. With a few tricks on starting charcoal you can be up and running and ready to cook in no time. While a gas grill may be a tad faster, with practice your charcoal can be ready in 10 to 20 minutes or less, definitely faster than burning firewood and waiting to get a bed of embers to cook on.
  • Availability - Charcoal is available just about everywhere. You can find a decent selection, even some with smoking woods like hickory and mesquite, at most supermarkets. A bigger selection, including lump hardwood charcoal can be found anywhere charcoal barbecues and grills are sold.



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