Lots of die-hard barbecue lovers are convinced that the charcoal barbecue offers a superior flavour to the gas barbecue. Honestly, I can’t for the life of me tell the difference.
But let’s get down to the science of the matter.
What actually gives barbecued food that delightful aroma? The answer is all in the sizzle.
When oil from the grill (or rather, food on the grill) drips down onto the hot charcoal, it sizzles back up to the food, giving it that irresistable smell. What happens in a gas barbecue is that oil drips down onto a flame tamer (some cast iron, some stainless steel) and doesn’t quite give the same effect.
However! You might want to consider using a lava rocks or ceramic rocks tray in place of your flame tamer. These have a similar effect to the oil sizzling off the charcoal. That way, you won’t compromise on taste.
Whichever you choose, don’t forget, never, and I mean, NEVER EVER, use charcoal in place of lava or ceramic rocks in your gas barbecue or you might as well send your grill into early retirement.
Next up on The Great Debate: Charcoal or Gas BBQ Grills? Part 2, we’ll talk about maintenance and cleanliness. Can the answer really be that obvious? Think about it and let me know in my next post!