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TrueDolFan
04-14-2008, 01:19 PM
The weather in MN is finally getting to be above freezing! Time for grilling season!

Which type of grill do you prefer, gas or charcoal?

Me? I'm a purist, and won't touch anything other than a charcoal grill.

Farmer
04-14-2008, 01:26 PM
charcoal tastes 13 times better.

TrueDolFan
04-14-2008, 01:32 PM
charcoal tastes 13 times better.

Sorry, I'm obligated to do this.

Charcoal tastes HORRIBLE. But I do like the taste of meat cooked on a cooked on a charcoal grill! :wink:

ZachThomas_54
04-14-2008, 02:58 PM
When I first saw the title of this thread, I couldn't help but think of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIr8SUKsn6k

Anyway....I use to prefer gas. But then I went to a bus roadeo (aka a saftey skills competition, and yes, I'm a bus nut. XD) and had a burger from a charcoal grill. It made me think twice about which one I liked better, and now I'm kinda in the middle.

rafael
04-14-2008, 03:58 PM
I voted gas just b/c it allows me to grill rather frequently. I can decide to eat a burger or a steak and have it on the plate 15 minutes later (assuming it's defrosted). Charcoal or wood tastes better but involves more planning.

retired opfinistic
04-14-2008, 04:01 PM
I voted gas just b/c it allows me to grill rather frequently. I can decide to eat a burger or a steak and have it on the plate 15 minutes later (assuming it's defrosted). Charcoal or wood tastes better but involves more planning.
That's the sole drawback to a non gas grill.

Dolphins7273
04-14-2008, 06:26 PM
Not really a BBQ guy, but my dad recently switched to charcoal and he loves it.

IdahoPhin
04-14-2008, 08:13 PM
I prefer charcoal. I don't like the taste of the gas on the meat that is being cooked.

dolfan06
04-14-2008, 10:01 PM
I prefer charcoal. I don't like the taste of the gas on the meat that is being cooked.i like gas because i hate waiting around for the coals to be ready. i don't like the taste of the gas cooked meat so i throw some hickory chips in, every 3 months or so you have to clean the ash out or you plug up the gas ports.

rafael
04-15-2008, 11:13 AM
That's the sole drawback to a non gas grill.

Agreed. I just don't plan the majority of my meals ahead of time. I almost never eat out. I eat a couple of lunches a week out and maybe a one dinner out every other week. The rest of the time I cook at home. Maybe twice a week (at most) I'll plan ahead (marinade meat or fish or make a meat loaf). The rest of the time I decide what I'm in the mood for at the last minute so I prefer the convenience that gas affords me.

SA_BUTTA
04-15-2008, 11:22 AM
Without a doubt charcoal, gas just cooks too fast, and takes the fun out of grilling.

Vertical Limit
04-15-2008, 12:19 PM
Charcoal.

Amars
04-15-2008, 01:10 PM
I like charcoal grilling for the taste but gas grilling is so much easier.

spydertl79
04-15-2008, 03:16 PM
Gas grilling is NOT even really grilling. Its like using a Foreman.

Lappy
04-15-2008, 03:19 PM
I'm with Hank Hill on this one.

I like to tast my marinade.

rayephin
04-15-2008, 04:15 PM
Sorry, I'm obligated to do this.

Charcoal tastes HORRIBLE. But I do like the taste of meat cooked on a cooked on a charcoal grill! :wink:

ROFL.

Well, I have to say I can really dig gas, so much easier for me to light.

However, charcoal brings out a better flavor.

Ever done a whole turkey on a charcoal grill with hickory chips? Trust me, it was SOOOOOO worth the 3 hour wait.

Tpaddle
04-15-2008, 08:16 PM
gas-quicker and tastes good as well

TrueDolFan
04-16-2008, 12:28 PM
Those of you who say charcoal takes too long to get ready have never used one of these:

http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

WAY better than piling it up and dumping lighter fluid on it. Much cleaner, and you never get that chemical taste from the fluid soaking into the coals!

I bought one a few years back, and will NEVER go back to fluid. All you need is 2 sheets of newspaper, a match, and 20 minutes!

gunn34
04-17-2008, 01:00 PM
Charcoal only if you don't have real wood. I had a gas grill for about 6 months then gave it to my sister's family. Went back to Charcoal and wood. Much better taste.

Roman529
04-17-2008, 05:51 PM
Charcoal....I barbecue year round....even when it is snowing outside. I have never had a gas grill but I have always loved charcoal....Kingsford briquets. I grill steaks, brauts, hotdogs, burgers and corn on the cob.

Jaydog57
04-18-2008, 12:36 AM
I could not vote because to me it depends on the meat, cookout, etc. If I'm cooking kabobs, I want gas, if I want barbecue, I want charcoal. With gas, you have more control over the heat, and it's at the right temp. ASAP. With coals, it adds a quite different flavor, and that's what I use for steaks, chops, and such. With something like plain grilled chicken, I use gas though, the even temperature is easier to go by. Hope this helps. :peace1:

ih8brady
04-18-2008, 02:56 AM
G-O-L-D!!!!!!!!!!


http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2008/04/goldteeth-1.jpg

gmurph
05-08-2008, 09:06 PM
Weber makes the best, regardless.
http://www.bobbysbest.com/Weber-Grills-Review.html

fishfanfromjerz
05-09-2008, 12:17 AM
Not really a BBQ guy,.........


dude, if you don't like BBQ......you are not a guy