Electric vs Gas vs. Carcoal

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Electric Vs. Gas Vs. Charcoal

There has always been a debate between using electric grills, gas grills and charcoal grills. Some grillers may look down at gas grills and electric grills, but no one can deny the fact that grilling using gas grills and electric grills is just downright convenient.

Not all barbecue grills are created equal, and each one has its own unique features and benefits. So, what’s the best way to grill? The thing is you’re the only one who can answer that. When looking for the best grill, get the one that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget. To help you find the right grill, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each type of grill.

Charcoal Grills

Pros:

Grilling food using charcoal is the traditional way of barbecuing. Charcoal grills gives the most authentic smoked flavor that everyone love.

Heat is what you need when grilling and charcoal grills can get hotter compared to gas grills and electric grills. This is useful if you want to create a crusty, caramelized exterior and smoky flavor. They’re also easier to build, lighter to move around and tends to take up less storage space.

Charcoal grills are also less expensive compared to gas grills and electric grills.

Cons:

Cooking with charcoal is more time-consuming, it does not offer the same level of convenience as electric and gas grills do. Charcoal grills can be tricky to light and slow to heat. Building and lighting the charcoals takes a long time and you have to wait longer for the coals to get hot enough to be able cook your food.

Charcoal grilling requires more attention. With charcoal, you can’t just fire it up and leave your food to cook. Grilling requires controlling the temperatures and that’s not easy when you’re using charcoal. The temperature cannot be turned down rapidly and sometimes flare-ups even occur that can burn the food which could be dangerous for the health.

Charcoal grills can only be used outdoors.Cleaning and disposing the ash also takes time and can be messy too.

Although charcoal grills are more affordable compared to other grills the continued cost of charcoal will add up over the years.

Lastly, charcoal take time to cool down. You can pour water on the coals and douse the fire, but in turn, ruin the grill over time.

Bottomline:

If you want authentic, smoky, grilled flavor on your food charcoal grilling would be the perfect choice. Cooking with charcoal gives your food a distinct romance that other grills can’t achieve.

Gas grills

Pros:

Gas grills are the most popular type of grill because of its convenience and ability to produce great flavor. While many claims that it is not as authentic as charcoal, gas grills still provide better flavor to the food than electric grills.

They’re easier to start, quicker and less messy than lighting coals. Unlike the coals, you don’t need to stack anything. Heating up a gas grill is as easy as pushing a few knobs. They take only a few minutes to preheat before you can start to cook. And unlike electric grills, you never have to worry about losing electricity and spoiling your meat.

You can control the heat at a continuous temperature when using a gas grill. Unlike charcoals, gas grills provides continuous heating at a set temperature.

Using gas over time turns out to be cheaper compared to charcoals. Gas grills are also usually less expensive than electric grills.

Cons:

Gas grills are maybe less expensive than electric grills, but the mechanisms involved ensure that they will always be more expensive compared to charcoal grills.

Most gas grills require lots of space and cannot be used in any place that is even slightly enclosed.

Some gas grills are difficult to maintain at the low temperatures especially for extended slow-cooking periods.

Gas grills are also heavier to move compared to charcoal grills.

Bottomline:

If you want to quickly fire up the grill and cook a meal without having to worry about the preparation, but still wants that slightly smoky flavor, then gas grills would be the right choice for you.

Electric Grills

Pros:

Electric grills are not very popular, but depending on where you live, it might be your only option. Electric grills can be used indoors or outdoors. It does not require large space compared to charcoal grills and gas grills.

Just like gas grills, heating up an electric grill is so easy that you only have to plug it into an outlet and push a few knobs. You also don’t have to worry about changing tanks, gas leaks or flame that comes from gas and charcoals. Potential fire problem is reduced as it has an on/off button.

Compared to other grills, electric grills can help you save more. Using gas or charcoal is much more expensive than utilizing electric grills.

Electric grill heats up quickly and lets you cook faster compared to gas grills. It also allows you to obtain the right temperature needed for a specific type of food, like setting the temperature to low for slow cooking.

Cons:

Electric grills does not give a rich, smoky flavor like charcoal. They tend to have the least authentic grill flavor.

Electric grills may be more expensive and come in a limited number of sizes. They also can’t be used during brownouts.

Bottomline:

If you live in an apartment or condo and craves some barbecue delight, electric grills is the right grill for you.

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