It’s a debate that gets as heated (pun intended!) as politics, but which is actually the better system for cooking your burgers? With the difficulties in obtaining gas cylinders this year, it seems charcoal would be the simple answer, so before we get down and smoky, what’s happened?
A combination of a long hot summer last year and lockdown followed by the continuance of COVID restrictions forced many to stay at home and embrace the joy of cooking al fresco, and Calor saw a 45% increase in demand for their gas; that led, unfortunately, to the company putting a stop to new contracts with them, so only those that already had a cylinder to exchange could get gas, and that has continued into this summer. Add to that the container ship stuck in the Suez Canal back in March and the inevitable fallout from Brexit, and new barbeques have become a rarity too.
But, it won’t last forever, so we asked our experts for the pros and cons of both charcoal and gas BBQ’s to save you the trouble:
Charcoal: Better taste… if you like the flavour of flame-grilled, that is
Less hot spots if you allow the time for the coals to settle before cooking
Higher max temperature can be reached
Generally cheaper to buy than gas BBQ’s
Charcoal is always available here at Brookside
BUT, there will be more smoke, even if it’s just at the start
Takes longer to reach the required temperature for cooking
Less control over the temperature means you could easily burn your sausages
Harder to clean
Gas: More control over temperature and cooking times
Very easy and quick to light
Less time needed to reach preferred temperature
Extra features such as cooker hoods, griddles and side burners to make cooking easier
Easier to clean
BUT, generally more expensive to buy than charcoal BBQ’s
Less of a BBQ flavour
Bulkier and more difficult to store
Gas canisters (when you can get them!) can be heavy and unsightly
Whether it’s flame-grilled halloumi or honey and ginger chicken skewers that take pride of place on your grill, drop by and take a look at our range of BBQ essentials; you provide the food, and we’ll provide everything else, from the obligatory charcoal and utensils to the not-so-necessary-but-so-worth-it dinner and glassware – everything tastes better on the right plates, doesn’t it? We’ve even got recipe books to help you perfect your cuisine and citronella candles to banish those pesky pests. Bon appetit!