Flames coming off a bbq

Charcoal Or Gas BBQ – What Is Best For Your BBQ?

If we mention BBQ, you’ll probably think of the smell of hot charcoal, clouds of smoke and food that’s crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside. Summer days spent cooking outdoors are a memory for many of us, and for some, the smoke-infused taste of a coal-based BBQ is the only genuine experience. But are gas BBQs really second best?

Charcoal BBQs are, generally, cheaper than the gas equivalent. They are also more portable (there’s no canister of BBQ gas to think about!) and if you want the convenience of putting a BBQ in the car and going on a picnic, then a disposable charcoal BBQ is the perfect choice. There are downsides, of course: there’s a lot of cleaning up to do with charcoal. It can also be tricky to light a charcoal BBQ, and there’s the long wait for the flames to die down and the coals to take on the heat that will cook your food the way you like it.

With a gas BBQ, you just turn on the gas, press the ignition and you have flames. In 5-10 minutes, you are ready to cook, and it’s far easier to control the temperature so you’re not left with chicken that’s black on the outside and pink in the middle.

What about that smoky taste, though? You can’t get that with a gas BBQ, can you? Actually, yes! You can. If your gas BBQ has a hood, then putting it down helps up the temperature and increase the chargrilled flavour. And if you really want that authentic, smoky taste then you could always invest in a smoker box. A smoker box is a separate metal box that can be used to burn aromatic wood chips on your gas BBQ.

You really can have it all: an easy lighting, controllable BBQ that not only cooks to perfection but gives you that wonderful, charred and smoky flavour. If you’ve never thought about a gas BBQ before, perhaps now is the time. Contact London Gases today to see what gas you need for your new BBQ.