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    Grilling

    This thread is about grilling, not BBQ'ing (huge difference)

    But this is the question,

    Do you prefer Charcol or Propane?

    I like Charcol for flavor!

    I dont use Propane but I hear it is good for controlling temp.
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    I grill at least 3-5 days a week in the summer. Propane is nice to control the Temp. I cam bake a cake in my grill. I do like other flavors so I often use smoke chips to give my food extra flavor. You can control how much smoke you use.

    My family also loves to go camping. Cooking over an open fire beats propane and charcoal in my opinion.

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    I have a propane that I use when I want to something quickly. I also have a smoker that I use for my ribs and brisket that is not quick four plus hours. According to the gurus charcoal is the way to go but sometimes you just can't wait for the coals to get hot. As far as controlling the heat on a charcoal grill it can be done by moving the coals around or moving the product closed or further from the coals.

    I also like to use natural charcoal as opposed to brickets.

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    I much prefer charcoal but my subdivision won't allow it, so I have to use propane. I use smoke chips as well sometimes.




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    We have our BBQ in an island...and it is hooked to propane. We also use the wood chips. It is awesome for rotisserie...but i like my burgers grilled over hot coals!
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    Charcoal is the only way I grill, unless I smoke, then it's real oak, mesquite, or hickory logs that I get from a local fireplace/BBQ wood guy.

    I tried a Propane grill years ago and didn't like the bland taste, so I just ripped the burners out and used it as a charcoal grill

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    I much prefer charcoal but my subdivision won't allow it, so I have to use propane. I use smoke chips as well sometimes.
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    I never heard of such a thing, except during some of our no-burn days (as declared bythe Fire Department during a prolonged draught) - But then they disallow any outdoor flame, including propane.

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    I prefer charcoal for the taste.

    But propane for the temp control.



    And since I only have a charcoal grill...I just watch my food extra closely.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post
    I prefer charcoal for the taste.
    But propane for the temp control.
    Who needs temp control? The more burnt the better!

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    ok... I wanna see this cake that is baked in a grill!!!
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    I use propane for convenience; I can be cooking in 10 minutes, and less to clean up later.

    You can get better taste with charcoal... if you don't soak it in lighter fluid. But really there's not that much difference to me between charcoal and propane. Now, if you have a real hardwood fire.... that's a whole different question...
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    I have a grill quick-connected to the natural gas at my house that I use most of the time for speed, temp control and convenience. I use charcoal when I have more time and want the extra flavor.
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    I'm stuck with propane at the FD. But I used to always use lump charcoal when I had a house!!!


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    I keep a propane grill with a side burner just out the back door,on the patio.Come summer,I do 90% of my cooking on it to keep the temps down in the house.Just yesterday I made a pork roast,candid yams and corn on the cob,100% outside.I can do cornbread,etc.After a while and some practice you can cook anything on it you can cook in an oven or stove.Smoke flavor?? chips or liquid smoke.Also I find it a lot cheaper(5 gals of propane at about $20 will last me at least 2 months,and a damn sight easier to clean up,oven cleaner,and a water hose,every now and then.Also it is always ready for last minute cooking.

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    I prefer charcoal. I've had some pretty interesting experiences grilling with charcoal and some very close near-misses before reading the directions, and anything compressed gasses is probably bad for me.

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    I use propane to grill in the back yard and nothing worse then firing it up, then running out of propane before you get finished or even started.......crap I hate that. Guess I should have a gauge to let me know when it is running low................
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    The answer, of course, is propane..."taste the meat, not the heat"

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    Charcoal. Even though I almost set my apartment on fire the other day with my midget grill, oops.
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    Propane grills are more practical.

    The flavor may be better with Charcoal but it takes a lot time and work. Clean-ups can be a messy pain too.

    We grill several times a week so a gas grill is so much more convenient. Cooks more evenly and clean ups are quick.

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    For smoke flavor on propane - make an envelope out of tin foil with hickory chips inside, seal it up well. Poke holes in the top side of the envelope with a fork. Put the envelope on the grill when you preheat. The chips should be smoldering and smoking by the time you are ready to cook. Just close the grill lid for a little while on whatever you are cooking and it will give it a smoke taste. When you are through, just throw the envelope away after the grill cools.
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    I got a Holland Grill as a college graduation gift and I love it. It's a gas grill. You can grill, smoke and bake on the thing. YOU CAN NOT BURN ANYTHING ON IT!!!!! The worst you can do is dry something out. It's got a plate between the meat (or whatever) and the flame. It is great and I recommend it to anyone. They're fairly expensive, but worth every penny.
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