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Benefits of a Charcoal Barbecue

When it comes to barbecue cooking, the debate over gas versus charcoal grilling is age-old and people often fall firmly into one camp. Is one really better than the other? A charcoal barbecue is versatile, allowing you to cook super-high or way-down low.

1. Versatility

You can sear really hot and fast (quicker than gas), slow-cook large cuts (briskets, ribs etc) indirectly and place produce directly into the hot coals, though we'd recommend wrapping in foil.

2. Indirect Grilling

Cooking slowly with the heat source to the side of the produce (the key to smoking), is also more viable thanks to the radiant heat. The simplicity and space of the grill will allow you to play with wood smoke, choosing whole pieces of hardwood, or chunks, as well as the more conventional chips. 

3. Taste

One of the most obvious benefits is the smokey, tender taste you get from charcoal grills can't be achieved with gas or electric ones.

4. Hotter

It is no secret that charcoal grills burn hotter than their counterparts. It's what lets you get that crispy, crusty outer layer and tender meat inside.