The long weekend is on everyone’s minds, plans for outdoor fun are currently being made while the clock at work ticks towards 5 o’clock. This holiday is synonymous with BBQ and grilling, the perfect way to celebrate the warmer weather with friends and family. So what do you add to the grocery list? Charcoal or propane? We will break down the pros and cons of each fuel type, making you the grill master in the know.
For many this is the only thing that matters when it comes to grilling. How does the end result please the hungry hoards? Let’s break it down by certain taste factors in BBQ.
Most (90%) of high-end steak restaurants use gas to cook their steaks. This is because the heat that gas is able to produce is much higher than charcoal, therefore ensuring a better sear on the meat. Sear is important for texture and flavor profile. It starts to caramelize fat which leads to taste buds popping.
That campfire flavor tends to go hand in hand with BBQ. The smoke ring can be a solid topic of conversation for many connoisseurs. Charcoal offers a hands down winner in the category of smoke output. The drippings off various proteins hit the coal and sizzle, creating flavorful vapors that steam directly back into the meat.
The Lower The Better
While BBQ-ing is one of the cheaper ways to feed a party, there are still costs associated with the summertime activity. Charcoal and propane are both available at your local hardware store and are both equally as cumbersome to carry. Propane has an initial upfront extra cost because of the purchase of the tank, afterward you will be able to refill your tank for the current price of gas. Propane will usually cost you about a dollar an hour. For charcoal you have your bags of briquettes as well as lighter fluid to get things going. This comes out to about three dollars per cookout. Again, BBQing is one of the cheapest ways to feed a hungry party, but these numbers will help you budget correctly for your future fiesta.
The Tortoise or The Hare
When cooking for a crowd, time is a priority. Not only do you have nosy, backseat chefs, you also have FOMO (fear of missing out). The party is happening all around you and you want to socialize as much as possible. When it comes to fuel, what’s the fastest? Charcoal needs time to heat, the rocks will burn and warm with time, as long as the top of the grill is closed. The heat maxes out around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Gas is the faster partner when it comes to fuel, heating up quickly to a max heat of 3,500 degrees. This can also save precious moisture keeping food tasty.
Now that you know the ups and downs of each style of BBQing, you can be an informed and knowledgeable grill master this weekend. Summer is time for outdoor eating and fun in the sun, take part, enjoy! We hope you have a safe holiday!