Charcoal vs Gas: A Simple Answer to the Endless Debate [Infographic]

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Charcoal vs Gas? Well, this is one of the most common questions and debates, even though gas grills was first invented back in the 1950s, that question is still going on people’s minds until today. There are some great resources that covered the answer, but I’m here just to summaries the answer in this infographic.

Note: We’re talking about a med range grill here, a one that doesn’t break the bank. Of course there are some high-end grills that can do more, they will cost you more and more, and It really depends on the model.

Charcoal vs gas infographic

 


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Some more statistics

According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association‘s Eric Davids’ word to the New York Times, around 180 million Americans have a grill setting on their patio or backyard or even their balcony. 62% of grills owners have a gas grill, while 50% have a charcoal grill, which suggests that at least 20 million Americans (12%) have both of them.

The bottom line

Gas grills are best for: 

  • Weekdays while you want an easy and fast way to enjoy a lovely meal after a long day.
  • Cooking delicate food like chicken breasts, burgers, fish, and veggies. And thicker cuts of meat.

While charcoal grills are best for:

  • Weekends while you have enough time to prepare and slowly cook perfect tasty joyful meat.
  • Steaks and larger cuts of meat, ribs or pork butt, or a lamb leg.

The ultimate answer is that if you can, go ahead and buy both. Sometimes when you don’t have the charcoal-mood for slowly cooking, you’ll miss gas grills. And other times when you miss lovely smokey steaks you will need your charcoal grill.

But if you can only have only one then read the comparison infographic above one more time, and the other great resources and decide based on your needs and what you can live with or without.

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