Choosing a charcoal or gas barbeque
This is where it gets tricky… Many people want the ease that gas provides while some simply want the flavour and traditionalism that charcoal provides. Lets take a look at the benefits of both of these types of barbeque grills.
Benefits of charcoal barbeques
- The most obvious benefit is that it is a conventional method of cooking - it's old-fashioned. The charcoal provides a magnificent and a unique flavour to the food.
- Some barbeques, known as kettle barbeques, have a lid that allows you to roast food. This is the ideal barbeque if you plan to cook a brisket on your grill or something comparable.
- Charcoal is rather easy to light; however, if this type of barbeque is chosen, you must keep in mind that the charcoal needs to be lit anywhere from 30-45 minutes prior to the time that you plan to begin cooking to ensure that the temperature is ideal so that your food is cooked to perfection when it comes off. The heat can be adjusted by raising or lowering the grill.
- If you plan to travel, portable models of the barbeque grills are available on the market and provide the freedom to be taken anywhere from camping, the beach, or even to a friend's house.
- Charcoal barbeque grills have storage features such as shelves, side tables, or side hooks. These features make it easy to have your condiments or barbeque grilling utensils handy and right by your side.
- With charcoal barbeque grills, you have to remember that the ashes will need to be removed once cooking has ceased. Some grills have easy cleaning systems or even an ash catcher that is removable.
Benefits of gas barbeques
- When looking at gas grills, you need to make sure that you find a barbeque that will go accordingly with your cooking requirements. Kilowatts (kW) are used to measure the heat output for the gas barbeques. The best one to find is one that features adjustable heat controls.
- There is no wait period with gas barbeques - you can begin cooking practically immediately after ignition by a push-button.
- You can purchase a gas barbeque that has extra side burners or racks for warming that will allow extra places for you to cook and keep food warm. This will allow you to cook more than one food concurrently.
- If you plan to entertain a large group of people at any time, especially on a regular basis, a gas barbeque would be ideal as they cook much faster than charcoal barbeques.
- Gas barbeques also normally have more than one burner. The more burners that you have, the more heat that is provided. This is ideal for specific types of food or when you need to have the ability to control the amount of heat that is put off.
- No need to worry removing ashes after cooking, as there are no ashes with gas grills. Gas barbeques do feature a drip pan that will catch all the fat from the food though, which will need to be removed and cleaned after cooking.
It's important to always be cautious when dealing with any type of heating element and fire. Take these barbeque safety tips in mind when it comes time to enjoying your new barbeque.
- Make certain that your barbeque is not situated anywhere near combustible materials, trees, or fences. Situate your barbeque in an open area prior to commencing.
- Do not allow firelighters, matches, or any type of fuel to be anywhere near the barbeque when it is lit. This is very dangerous and can cause not only a fire, but also an explosion.
- Make absolutely certain that if there are any pets or children around the grilling area that they are supervised constantly.
- Read the manufacturer's instructions prior to lighting your barbeque. Make certain that you know the correct fuels and material to use and use only those that are listed within the manual to ensure optimum safety.
- When you have finished cooking, prior to moving your barbeque (gas or charcoal), allow it to cool down entirely.