Charcoal grills have a lot of benefits to them that you may not notice right off the bat. It’s very tempting to go with a gas-heated grill because it’s just simpler and not nearly as messy but before you make that jump make sure you understand what you’ll be missing. In my opinion, grilling with a gas grill is like watching something really cool on TV and then saying you’ve done it. It’s just not the real thing.
Charcoal grills are superior to gas grills because they are more natural and more primal. It’s natural to be cooking your meat over natural flames and not on flames that you control with a dial. I mean honestly, if you want to get a gas grill you might as well get an indoor grill because all you’re doing is turning on the gas just like on your stove inside. It’s so lame. Charcoal grills are for rugged, gritty men.
The next benefit to using a portable charcoal grill over a gas grill is the fact that you can manipulate the heat a lot better. Its more hands on and you have more freedom to experiment. With a gas grill, the only control you have over your heat is the little knob on your grill.
With a charcoal grill you can arrange the coals to maximise heat and you can always get a charcoal grill hotter than any gas grill because of the customisation you can do. This is also very good for cooking different kinds of foods because you can just rearrange the coals to make one side of the grill cooler than the other. This means you can match temperatures to the food and get your meat and vegetables exactly the way you want them.
I haven’t even gotten to the fact that cooking with a stainless steel charcoal grill will always give you more flavour than if you used a gas grill. Some people even try and sell you on gas grills because it doesn’t smell like anything and you can “preserve” the flavour of your meat. But that’s just stupid! Everyone knows that the reason you use a charcoal grill is because you get that wonderful charcoal grilled taste!
So if you want quick and easy then by all means go ahead and use a gas grill but just know that you’re missing out on all sorts of awesomeness.
Believe me, just go and get a charcoal grill. You’ll thank me later.