No one can tell you what type of BBQ grill is best for you. It all really depends and boils down to your budget and how much you’re willing to spend.
Before jumping into making a rash decision, there are several decisions and questions you need to ask yourself.
Gas grills are the most common throughout homes and gardens and offer good flavours. However, if you are restricted on space and only have a small garden then a gas grill probably is not for you. Gas grills require a large amount of space and cannot be used too close to any other structures.
One of the good things about gas grill is they require no heating up time, so once you want to get cooking you can do! They offer side burners, rotisserie kits, multiple burners and not to mention a whole load of other features you can enjoy!
Charcoal grills unfortunately take longer to warm up and you’re roughly looking at 20-30 minutes from the time you light the charcoal until you will be ready to grill. Plus, a charcoal grill cannot just be turned off like the gas grill, so there is that to think of too.
Deciding which of the two you want to purchase can be very confusing. Of course there is more to clean when you have a charcoal grill and the possibility of the coals burning out mid-way through cooking.
With charcoal it is believed you are able to add more flavour and make a hotter fire. However, others believe you can achieve the same great tasting food by using various cooking methods, food preparation and the use of woods for a smoky flavour, which will achieve the same as a charcoal grill.
So, which ones best? It really does boil down to your lifestyle and how often you plan to use the grill.
Gas grills are simply “push button” convenience and have no messy charcoal to deal with when you have finished cooking. Sometimes this can sway peoples decisions as after cooking for hours, you don’t feel like cleaning up!
Gas grills are easy to start and temperature controlled which also means wind is not a factor!
On the other hand, charcoal grills offer more heat which in turn means more flavour from charcoal. The smells are also obviously more intense and means a more hands-on experience.
Please keep in mind that there are still alternatives to buying a barbecue grill that uses gas or charcoal. There are electric versions which aren’t usually as popular but they can be used both indoors and out – which is great for the British weather! The Gas grill will generally lack in flavor – however, you can buy gas grill smoke boxes that will allow you to bbq food and add some smoke at the same time – in particular with a hood.
Either way, using a grill outdoors adds a certain “special” experience to your food.