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Old 11-26-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Who grills on charcoal grills?

I was just wondering, I see a lot of folks grill on propane grills. I switched back to charcoal years ago and find the food tastes much better. I switched because I got tired of cleaning my gas grill. Charcoal is much easier, dump burnt ashes, quick brush off, done. I even cook on coals at home too!
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Charcoal all the way when camping, have the time to kick back and enjoy. At home 90% is gas because time in short demand.
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I was just wondering, I see a lot of folks grill on propane grills. I switched back to charcoal years ago and find the food tastes much better. I switched because I got tired of cleaning my gas grill. Charcoal is much easier, dump burnt ashes, quick brush off, done. I even cook on coals at home too!
Like some other things,like which is the best truck.cooking with propane or charcoal will get you many different opinions and answers.

I like propane because it's easier and cleaner than charcoal,but propane lets you adjust your heat better - that's my short and sweet answer,but there are many more reasons one likes propane over charcoal or vice versa.

However,in the words of Hank Hill of King Of The Hill fame - "Propane lets you taste the meat and not the heat" or something like that.
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I am coals all the way I mix half my charcoal with hickory wood and the other half with mesquite wood. It depends on what taste I'm in for that night but I change back and forth. Plus with charcoal you can put a nice brisket in the smoke box side and smoke cook it all day long! I will never switch to the gas side of my grill the only thing I use the gas for is to warm up bread and beans!!
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I am coals all the way I mix half my charcoal with hickory wood and the other half with mesquite wood. It depends on what taste I'm in for that night but I change back and forth. Plus with charcoal you can put a nice brisket in the smoke box side and smoke cook it all day long! I will never switch to the gas side of my grill the only thing I use the gas for is to warm up bread and beans!!
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I am coals all the way I mix half my charcoal with hickory wood and the other half with mesquite wood. It depends on what taste I'm in for that night but I change back and forth. Plus with charcoal you can put a nice brisket in the smoke box side and smoke cook it all day long! I will never switch to the gas side of my grill the only thing I use the gas for is to warm up bread and beans!!
You say mix. I have aways just placed the wet wood chips on top of the coals. Do you mix them down in the coals before lightning. Just seeking a better way if there is one.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:48 PM   #7
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At home we have both gas and charcoal. On the weekends when I have more time, I prefer to use the Kamado grill to smoke food. But I sure do love my gas grill too! As for camping, we used to use charcoal, but all of our friends use gas, and they would always be waiting for us (I know, start earlier), so we switched to gas. Jerry.
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Propane all the way. Less hassle, less to clean up, less stuff to pack around and much cleaner all the way around.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:10 PM   #9
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:11 PM   #10
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Propane all the way. Less hassle, less to clean up, less stuff to pack around and much cleaner all the way around.
You ever worked for Strickland Propane with Hank Hill in Arlen,Texas?
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I started using both this year. Always had a propane grill for camping and its good for a lot of stuff, but some things are just better on the charcoal. This spring I noticed my Dad had a little portable Weber kettle in his shed. Asked him if I could borrow it, and he said just keep it. He had bought a full size one and didn't need it. So, started carrying that along on trips too. Works great and we can always use more stuff to haul around with us.... It only weighs about 5 pounds, why not. Found a little plastic charcoal bin at Lowes to go with it.

Still need the propane though - can't put the griddle on the charcoal and cook pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Or maybe I could - hickory smoked pancakes anyone?
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I do both. Usually just propane while camping.....for the reason others have stated in there being less stuff to have to pack and it's faster.

I do prefer charcoal over gas for taste...........especially for burgers and steaks.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:22 PM   #13
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I like charcoal. Unless we get back late, charcoal coals give me a chance to relax, have a cocktail and light up the campfire before having to deal with a meal.
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You ever worked for Strickland Propane with Hank Hill in Arlen,Texas?
Where and what brought this up? Answer is no, never lived or worked in TX other than being "badged/assigned" to Dallas Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
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You say mix. I have aways just placed the wet wood chips on top of the coals. Do you mix them down in the coals before lightning. Just seeking a better way if there is one.
Both ways are good but I don't use wood chips as they don't last long enough to get the smokey flavor in. What I mean by mix is I actually dump my charcoal bags into two buckets and my wood chunks in them as well then I make sure to mix them together really well so there is equal amounts of both charcoal and wood in both. I never use starting fluid to light it either I use a charcoal chimney to get everything going. It works well for me and gives it a really nice smokey flavor. If I am smoking a brisket all day I will continue adding wood chunks throughout the day and charcoal as needed just to keep the heat up.
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Charcoal on a cheap $20 grill from Walmart because the park I was staying at in Florida didn't allow fires. Otherwise, I cook over the fire if I'm grilling.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:34 PM   #17
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I've never owned a gas grill. It's charcoal all the time for me - lump charcoal. I have a Bubba Keg, It's a poor mans' Big Green Egg.
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Where and what brought this up? Answer is no, never lived or worked in TX other than being "badged/assigned" to Dallas Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
A little testy today aren't we?

Strickland Propane,Hank Hill and Arlen,Texas all refer to the TV program called "King Of The Hill" where Hank worked for Strickland Propane and was a strong proponent of propane over charcoal.
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I've never owned a gas grill. It's charcoal all the time for me - lump charcoal. I have a Bubba Keg, It's a poor mans' Big Green Egg.
I like that!
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I like that!
That's a "borrowed" photo. Mine gets wiped off occasionally. They are sold under the name Big Steel Keg now.
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