This is the best time of year in New York, the sun is out, flowers are blooming and grills have started smoking. What is the first thing going onto the grill? Wow, that is a tough question. I would say, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and grilled vegetables. Yes, all of these on the grill at once! Others might say chicken, steak or ribs, which sounds tempting to throw on the grill tomorrow. Not all, maybe chicken.
Does the type of grill matter when planning your barbecue? Absolutely! I think there is a big difference in the type of grill used. Charcoal grills use hot coals and gas grills use natural gas or propane to cook food. Depending on what you are grilling, you can choose one over the other. If you are looking for that smoky grilled or additional flavor added to your food, then charcoal it is. If you are preparing food in a hurry, either will produce food quickly, but the coals on the charcoal grill might take awhile to get heated to the right temperature. Gas grills light as soon as you turn the knob and place your lighter onto the pilot, igniting a fire. Convenient, easy and quick to start. No long waiting period. With the way life is, sometimes you just don’t have the time to wait for the coals to heat. Rush, rush, rush.
Which grill produces healthier foods. Gas is cleaner and more environmentally friendly whereas, there have been many reports concerning the use of charcoal and the dangers it poses to our health and the environment. Studies suggest adding an acidic ingredient when marinating meat
going onto the grill, to reduce the exposure of carcinogens.
Both grills have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on how much you are willing to spend might be another deciding factor on choosing the right grill for you. Also, keep in mind, is it easier to purchase propane or charcoal? You don’t want to run out of either one. Decisions, decisions.