For those who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, barbeque means cooking food in the backyard over charcoal coals. Although charcoal grills have been surpassed in popularity by gas barbecues, they still have a loyal following and many people prefer the rituals that go along with the charcoal barbeque.
In some ways, charcoal is more convenient than gas for barbequing. No need to heft those big tanks around, and you know in advance if there’s enough charcoal to cook your meal. Gas BBQ tanks have an infuriating tendency to run empty right in the middle of cooking a big meal.
Charcoal BBQ’s are also cheaper than their gas counterparts. Since there are fewer parts, you can get a good quality charcoal cooker for much less than a comparable gas unit. If you spring for a top-of-the-line charcoal grill you’ll get a dependable BBQ that will last for years.
Food cooked over charcoal has the same great taste as food cooked in gas barbeques, so that shouldn’t be a factor in choosing one over the other. Many of the extras that are available with gas grills are also available for charcoal BBQ’s. Things like electric rotisseries, side cookers and trays are all available for both kinds of grills.
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When it comes to a portable grill that you can take on camping trips or picnics, charcoal BBQ’s win hands down. They are much more convenient to store and use and if you run out of charcoal, it is available almost everywhere.
There are many companies that continue to make traditional charcoal BBQ’s. Some of the most popular units are from Weber grill. They have years of manufacturing experience behind them and are likely the kind of grills you saw back in the 60’s and 70’s.
When buying a charcoal barbecue, a few things to look for are stainless grills, a steady base, solid construction details like an enameled finish and welded seams. Be sure to check out what accessories are available. Electric rotisseries, electric starters, side trays and utensil holders can help you get the most out of your barbecue.
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