Backyard chefs have been debating this topic since the beginning of time, and there is still no clear cut winner. Grilling is an art form, and the tools can vary depending on the culinary masterpiece you are trying to create. So which is better? A charcoal grill or propane?
It all comes down to taste. With a charcoal grill, the meat has that signature smokey taste, which many say is the only way to go. As the meat cooks, the succulent juices slowly drip down into the flames, causing a chemical reaction that creates more smoke, which is then soaked up by the meat.
There are some downsides to charcoal grills. Some have a messy cleanup, longer start-up times, and uneven food temperatures. Sometimes getting meat that tastes like lighter fluid if you are not careful.
Many grilling experts swear by propane grills for all of their BBQing needs. Propane grills have a small learning curve, but it is smooth sailing once you know the instrument. The temperature is simpler to control, making your backyard dinner easier to make. There is less mess to worry about, no black charcoal dust everywhere, no lighter fluid to worry about, and less chance of getting burned.
The downside is these grills usually cost a lot more, and you don’t get that delicious smokey taste that can only come from charcoal.
It all comes down to personal preference and how much money you have to spend on a BBQ grill. It is best to purchase a cheaper charcoal grill and become a pro at it, then in a few years, move up to a gas grill when the right opportunity comes along.