Benefits of Using Charcoal Grills


No matter what the type of outdoor grilling that you intend to use really depends on your own preference whether you feel comfortable using it or not. Some of the advantages of using a charcoal grill include the cheap pricing and also the real flavor that it produces on your barbecue meals along with the overall experience of grilling over the charcoal. The most important thing that you need to take into consideration when choosing a grill is your budget, the area that you planed to do the cooking, your preferred taste of barbecue as well as your schedule. It is also suitable especially for family picnics or outings where the occasions are more peaceful and laid-back.

To use charcoal grills, you need:

  • Charcoal grill
  • Pair of tongs with long reach
  • A sturdy spatula
  • A nonflammable grill pad
  • Grill brush suitable for your grill surface (brass bristles for porcelain and cast iron, and stainless steel for stainless steel)
  • A fire extinguisher (for emergency usage)

Charcoal Grills Advantage

Benefits of Using Charcoal Grills

  • For those of you who want to use charcoal grill for traveling and outdoor activities, you can use a small size charcoal grill.
    • It is suitable for cooking outdoor, camping as well as tail gate parties for a small number of people.
    • You can make use a combination of wood and charcoal bricks for the charcoal grill that always provides you with a lovely smoky flavor from the meal that you are preparing.
  • Your barbecue meal can be cooked in a versatile way by using charcoal grills and also easy to toss in the flavor of the meals using wood chips or herbs on the coals.
    • It also produces smoke that infuses the meats or vegetables that you placed on the grill which result to unmistakable flavor. Even though you can add liquid smoke to gas-grilled meats but it could not replace the intense smoky flavor of a charcoal grill.
    • The aroma created by charcoal grill also has an effect to anyone’s appetite and making you feeling hungry.
  • Charcoal that is prepared properly would be able to provide you with much more intense heating than the heat coming from gas grill.
    • Once the briquettes that you used has turned to white-hot coals, it brings in additional heat that enables your steak or other meals that you are cooking to sear in a quick way on its outside, sealing with its meat juices thus producing a caramelized crispy outer layer of flavor.

Whenever you have finished cooking with your charcoal grill make sure that you close the vents in order to kill the oxygen and cool off the coals.

  • Charcoal grill is easy to maintain and can also last forever. You only need to get some new charcoal whenever you want to do your barbecue and just put it on the grill. The only maintenance that you need to do is to clean the grill with a little scrubbing on the grate and discard all the ashes before starting to do your cooking.
  • Charcoal grill requires extra time for you to prepare than using gas grills but there ways that you can use to speed up the heating process of your coal.
    • For example, you can use lump charcoal which is much easier to light rather than using the traditional charcoal briquettes.
    • Another method is to use a starter chimney that enables you to start the coal very quickly. A starter chimney is a large cylinder that you can fill up with coals before placing it inside the grill so that you can contain the heat and at the same time protect the coals from the wind.
  • Charcoal grill is much cheaper than gas grill would be able to fit into anybody’s budget.
    • As for gas grills, the price is more expensive ranging from hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the features and brand.

    Always remember that whenever you are using charcoal grill

    • Never do your cooking on the wood deck because the coals can easily fall through which in the end cause fire to the wooden area.
    • If you are living in an apartment building, make sure you check with the building manager regarding their barbecue procedure because most of apartment building only allows the usage of electric grills. This is because it is much safer than charcoal grill.
    • You can purchase charcoal from your local supermarket, hardware stores as well as the supermarket.
    • Make sure that you purchase charcoal grill that comes with a sturdy structure and sturdy legs so that it would not easily fall over.
    • It should also have built-in security features such as a water reservoir and obstructing valves in case of fire emergency whenever you are cooking.

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