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B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 6:43 am

As we hit the summer season a lot of us will Barbeque most of our meals. I am a traditionalist..charcoal/wood or woodchips on charcoal. Gas is easier but you I think you get better flavor the other way. To me using a gas grill makes about as much sense as taking Stevie Wonder to a strip club.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 6:44 am

CHARCOAL!!!!!

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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 6:48 am

Charcoal... no and's, if's or but's, period, end of story. Big grin
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:01 am

Charcoal is the only way to go.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:03 am

For the sake of easiness gas, but for taste gotta go with coal
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:09 am

It's got to be coals. And don't you dare go and change them out all the time either.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:14 am

If you're talking about the briquets in a bag, then the answer is neither; you're asking about grilling not BBQ. True BBQ is smoking and it can be done with good charcoal but is simply not possible(sorry chips in water is BS, might as well soak the meat in liquid smoke) with gas.

Quoting AA787823 (Thread starter):
as taking Stevie Wonder to a strip club.

There's always braille. Handicapped accesibility and all you know.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:24 am

I have both. If I'm just doing steak and snags etc I use the gas, which has volcanic rocks in it. If I'm doing a roast or something like that I'll get the ole Weber out. Charcoal takes to long to heat up if your just doing a steak or two.
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:50 am

Unfortunately the people living in the apartment above us have no real understanding of the culinary arts, so I have to use gas with perforated ceramic tiles on my glassed-in balcony after opening all the windows. Can be a real drag in the winter if there is a snowstorm outside.
Fortunately I also have a COBB and after all the briquettes have turned white I can use it in the kitchen on the stove-top under the vent.

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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 8:01 am

It really depends. Ifyou are talking day to day cooking (like when I had a house) Gas is WAY to practical to not use. That being said, come Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July, Charcoal!!!
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 8:08 am

In the majority of 2nd floor, or higher, apartments that I have lived in only allow gas...fire danger I guess...But wood/charcoal is the way to go..
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 9:53 am

There's nothing better to remind you of summer than stepping outside and smelling the smell of lighter fluid and BBQ
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 9:56 am

Nuttin' beats good ol' charcoal. None of those wimpy briquettes, either. It has to be the real stuff.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 9:58 am

Charcoal - and get a started chimmney -it's really fast and eliminates the need for the nasty started fluid.

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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:13 am

This guy (who sells Propane and Propane Accessories-for Strickland Propane) seems to have a good opinion:



I agree with the above, Charcoal is better. And for those that have trouble lighting it, if you feel like paying the extra money (and thus, not use lighter fluid, paper, etc), try Kingsford Match Light
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:24 am

Definitely charcoal. The coal gives the grilled meat a distinct flavour, while the gas makes it taste like gas and spoils it.
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:26 am

without a doubt charcoal!!!!
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:26 am

Quoting N231YE (Reply 14):

"Strickland Propane: Taste the Meat, Not the Heat"

Watching it as I type this. Clean burning propane, baby.
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:30 am

Charcoal. Love the smell and the taste...plus you get to build a fire and enjoy fine tuning/micromanaging it.

The smell of propane makes me retch....literally. I sure as hell don't want my food tasting like THAT!
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:32 am

I am running gas right now, mainly for the time considerations. I got it back when I was working nights, I would BBQ for dinner then go to work. I didn't want to worry about coals cooking down after I left for work.

Also please don't call a Briquette charcoal.

Real charcoal is natural wood. You can add it to a started fire without penalty. Do that with a briquette and you will taste it because it has to burn off the binders and that flavor will go to what you are cooking.

The Briquette was invented because Henry Ford wanted to figure out a way to get rid of scrap wood from his Model T production line and make a profit. So he hooked up with his buddy/hero Tommy Edison to convert the scrap wood to charcoal, grind it to a powder add petroleum binders and then form it into the briquette.

Ford, ended up selling the process to a relative named Kingsford....yes that Kingsford.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:39 am

Anyone who says charcoal without a thought either doesn't know how to cook with gas, has been brainwashed by the charcoal lobby or wants to sound like they know what they're talking about. And anyone who would recommend:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 14):
Kingsford Match Light

either doesn't know what charcoal is supposed to taste like or likes their food to taste like gasoline.

Proper use of a smoke box will make anyone abandon the hassles of charcoal forever. But if you want to use charcoal for some special occasion, none of that briquette in a bag bullshit. Hardwood is the only way to go.
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:45 am

Quoting WellHung (Reply 20):
Proper use of a smoke box will make anyone abandon the hassles of charcoal forever.

I've got one but I have never figured out a good place to sit it in the grill where it will get hot enough to smoke.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 9:27 pm

Quoting AA787823 (Thread starter):
As we hit the summer season a lot of us will Barbeque most of our meals.

Shoot - we cook out on the grill four or five times a week, year round! Hence:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 9):
Gas is WAY to practical to not use.

Now, we do use charcoal briquettes, hardwood charcoal, and just hardwood from time to time, depending on if it's just day to day cooking as Ted mentions, or an event. For New Years, we have a pig-pickin - no gas for this. July 4th is typically a huge family gathering, so we'll have the gas grill, charcoal, and the smoker going with something on/in each.

But cooking out isn't always grilling or smoking..... we do a lot of deep-frying outside too. Turkeys, fish, yard-bird, etc. Nothing beats home cut fries and onion rings on the side either.
 
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 9:51 pm

I never saw the point of gas. You might as well just move your kitchen oven outside.

I use a Weber with lump charcoal (not briquets) and a chimney starter instead on starter fluid. The results of this simple combination can be spectacular.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 10:02 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 7):
snags

What is that?

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 7):
Charcoal takes to long

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Quoting L-188 (Reply 19):
burn off the binders

L-188, I always wondered about that crappy taste. Amazing the things you learn on an aviation site!

I have to go with charcoal. They don't sell lighter fluid where I live so we start it with cooking oil, paper towels and a lot of waving with a tin pot top.
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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 11:12 pm

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 9):
It really depends. Ifyou are talking day to day cooking (like when I had a house) Gas is WAY to practical to not use. That being said, come Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July, Charcoal!!!

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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Fri May 18, 2007 11:39 pm

For complex meals with fancy cuts of meat and side dishes, I prefer gas. For good, old-fashioned burgers and hot dogs, I prefer lump charcoal:

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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Sat May 19, 2007 1:09 am

Man, this thread is making me want to grill out this weekend.

Quoting AirSpare (Reply 24):
That is why god invented beer, I thought you guys down there new that?

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RE: B-B QUE...Charcoal Or Gas?

Sat May 19, 2007 1:09 am

Leña wood (a particular kind of firewood only found in Argentina), is by far #1 in the country for cooking grilled meat. With leña you can add country herbs, which is popular in small towns.

A bit more distant #2 is charcoal, and a far more distant 3rd to gas grills.
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