Why Charcoal BBQs Just Taste So Good

by Senior Editor on April 24, 2013

Tonight's Dinner: Pork Chops

So here comes the age old question; are you someone who likes to get your hands dirty or do you prefer keeping your hands clean and pressing an easy button? Obviously, the choice comes down to the individual and there might not be a definitive answer  but personally, I love getting my hands dirty; especially when it comes to barbecuing a fat juicy steak.

So, if you are someone who prefers barbecuing your juicy, delicious steak on gas, then hear me out. I am going to try and convince you to change your ways! And if that doesn’t work, well, you have only lost 3 minutes of your life reading this article!

So let’s get straight to it.


Charcoal produces better tasting food, especially steak. Unlike gas, charcoal produces smoke and  that smokiness is what gives it the delicious taste. Although gas is clean and gas barbecue manufacturers have claimed that their “patented vaporization barriers” do indeed produce smoke. The question you have to ask yourself though, is where exactly does that smoke come from? Answer to that is in fact: the fat and grease from your piece of meat. Now I don’t know about you but the prospect of my meat being flavored by burning grease just is not that appetizing.


One of the most appealing things for me about charcoal barbecues is that it is done outside. And when I say outside…I mean anywhere outside. Provided it is not close to anything flammable, of course. When it comes to gas barbecues, you have to consider the gas cylinder and that means its not easy to move it around. You also have to make sure you have enough space for your gas barbecue as these things take up quite a bit of space if you include the side burners, rotisserie kits, multiple burners and a whole bunch of other features. The beauty of a charcoal Weber barbecue is that you can pop it into your car and take it to your desired barbecuing destination…not something you can do with gas!


So now let’s talk money.  A gas Weber barbecue will set you back anything from $200 to $1,000. And that doesn’t include the gas cylinders you will have to buy. Compare that to a Weber One-touch charcoal grill which will set you back a meager $99.00. Ok, that ecludes the charcoal, but that is hardly an expense.

Like I said earlier, whether you prefer barbecuing with gas or with charcoal, it is ultimately your preference, but hopefully this will plant the seed and maybe one day you will decide to at least try out a nice smoky flavored steak…and once you have tried it you will hopefully see the light and convert. After all, the proof is in the taste!

About the Author

Lenny is a self proclaimed barbecue master and loves all things barbecues. His wife will even tell you that she sometimes feels like he is married to his Weber Q Barbecue, and not to her.

photo by: ctaloi

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