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19389 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Apr 2005 at 5:34 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-04-30 02:26:00 PM  
Can we get a DUH!
2005-04-30 02:32:22 PM  
Tastes better, but isn't it more unhealthy?
2005-04-30 02:39:22 PM  
Personally, I'd like to hear Argh_Dammit's opinion on this.
2005-04-30 02:39:53 PM  
Taste the meat, not the heat.
2005-04-30 02:40:20 PM  
2005-04-30 02:42:51 PM  
Hank Hill Surrenders?

I prefer Charcoal. Takes a little longer, but your food tastes better.
2005-04-30 02:50:38 PM  
I'd rather have a steak myself.
2005-04-30 02:51:36 PM  
I have one of each (and an electric smoker to complete the trinity). I use the gas grill for quick jobs, like cooking a couple of brats, but the charcoal grill is the workhorse of the family...
2005-04-30 02:55:20 PM  
A properly seasoned gas grill and a small smoker box filled with soaked wood chips is just as tasty and much easier to use than charcoal.

And, no starter fluid taste.
2005-04-30 03:01:40 PM  
slidillon And, no starter fluid taste.

Who the hell uses starter fluid?

Lump charcoal, a chimney starter, and a couple pieces of paper are all you need.

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2005-04-30 03:03:28 PM  
Brinkmann charcoal smoker for the occasional off-work weekend.
Weber Silver for day to day.
2005-04-30 03:07:52 PM  
Nerdlinger: Who the hell uses starter fluid?

Many, many less intelligent people....that's who.
2005-04-30 03:08:45 PM  
Now wait just a got-dang minute! I am assistant manager at Strickland Propane, I set Arlen High's single-season rushing record, I've triumphed over my narrow urethra to produce a fine young son who's going to be a top-notch prop comic one day, and I know for a fact that charcoal is an abomination, I'll tell you what. If you're going to use charcoal, why don't you just go down to Hell and grill for the devil!
Hank Rutherford Hill
2005-04-30 03:18:28 PM  
I'd rather have a steak myself.

i'm with Wraithbane on this one
2005-04-30 03:21:31 PM  
Hickory or mesquite.
2005-04-30 03:28:52 PM  

Who the hell uses starter fluid?

Lump charcoal, a chimney starter, and a couple pieces of paper are all you need.


Except I don't have the chimney starter, I resort to Alcohol Jelly (no aroma/taste) to start it up.

I just did a barbecue outside my house.

2 things:

Briquettes suck. Lots of nasty chemicals, and they spit gritty lumps onto your meat.

It must be pure lumpwood charcoal, where you can see the grain of the wood. Pure bliss.
2005-04-30 03:32:18 PM  
And, no starter fluid taste.

If you taste starter fluid, you dont know what you are doing.
2005-04-30 04:05:15 PM  
Mmm -- good, old-fashioned charcoal-grilled steak. Does it get any better?

I wish I had a chimney starter and my old kettle Weber I used to have. Man, that was a helluva combination.
2005-04-30 04:38:39 PM  
Tastes better, but isn't it more unhealthy?

Yes. Let's all just do away with flavor and fun. We'll stick to eating tofu on rice cakes and drinking distilled water for sustenance. Let's swap our automobiles for golf carts, change the channel from boxing to Trading Spaces, and throw away our Springsteen albums in favor of the entire Kenny G collection. Hell, let's just say the fark with the whole American way of life while we're at it!
2005-04-30 04:55:34 PM  
You're both pretty.
2005-04-30 04:57:57 PM  
Gas is superior all around. You can get one with a tray to put wood chips if you miss the odd flavors of charcoal. However, putting an old grill on top of a chimney starter thats going at full blast to cook tuna steaks is an experience everyone should try.
2005-04-30 05:00:28 PM  

However, putting an old grill on top of a chimney starter thats going at full blast to cook tuna steaks is an experience everyone should try.

Learn that from Alton Brown, didja?
2005-04-30 05:38:36 PM  
Hank Hill-arity ensues
2005-04-30 05:40:31 PM  

Mesquite all the way
2005-04-30 05:42:11 PM  
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I'll tell you what, there's nothing better than a burger cooked with clean burning propane. Yup, good ol' propane and propane accessories.
2005-04-30 05:42:31 PM  
Bush plan to fund coal-based initiatives to fight our foreign dependance on oil is simply ridiculously stupid.
2005-04-30 05:42:57 PM  
I prefer pan friend myself.

Then again, I am a loser.
2005-04-30 05:43:17 PM  
Chimney starter is the only way.
2005-04-30 05:45:23 PM  
Damn, ATostig beat me to it!
2005-04-30 05:45:33 PM  
Best Flavor? Wood.
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2005-04-30 05:47:42 PM  
"You do not get the clean burning taste of propane that you get with charcoal"

/Hank Hill
2005-04-30 05:49:30 PM  
yes, very very obvious.

Part of the enjoyment of a barbecue is smelling that smoldering charcol.
2005-04-30 05:50:35 PM  
Of course those San Francisco fairies would LOVE a gas grill. Nuke 'em all, I say!
2005-04-30 05:54:25 PM  
danking, what do you think charcoal is?
2005-04-30 05:59:28 PM  
Interestingly enough, Hank thought the charcoal burgers were better than the propane ones. He just never found out he ate one, obviously.

I prefer microwaved hamburgers, myself.
2005-04-30 06:02:03 PM  
As long as the meat doesn't come from a fast food place. Their food is mearly meat stripped of all nutrients with some meat flavored chemicals added.
2005-04-30 06:03:15 PM  
I like gas because I want to eat the burger with the least fuss.

No ash, and less dripping crud to clean up after the burn.

Hank Hill also rocks my socks.
2005-04-30 06:03:45 PM  
real wood makes charcoal its biatch....
2005-04-30 06:04:52 PM  
steam-broiled is the only way

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2005-04-30 06:07:16 PM  
For cooking over high heat, yes, charcoal rules, as long as you use good-quality lump charcoal. I just tastes better.

However, for larger roasts (beef tenderloins, rib roasts, etc.) and whole chickens and such, I prefer my gas grill. I can cook it to a perfect temperature at the perfect speed every time and I actually prefer the taste of, say, a chicken cooked for an hour over medium-indirect heat on a gas grill to a chicken cooked over charcoal. Though I sometimes cross over, especially for chicken breasts and skewers of almost any type of meat, which you want cooked fast with the most amount of smoke flavor. Shrimp? I always prefer charcoal.

Basically, for me, if it's something lean and tender that should be cooked quickly, I use charcoal. If it's something I want to take my time on or requires more precise temperatures and times, I use gas.

I guess a lot of it comes down to personal taste.

If it's a brisket, ribs, or pork butt, I use my smoker. But that's a whole 'nother discussion.
2005-04-30 06:07:30 PM  
Wider is better
2005-04-30 06:08:40 PM  
It's the wood that makes it good.
2005-04-30 06:08:49 PM  
Oh, and burgers should always be cooked over charcoal.


Unless it's raining or something. Then you can use a nice griddle (preferred) or a cast-iron skillet.
2005-04-30 06:09:35 PM  
If the ash bothers you, just get one of the grills with an ash can at the bottom. Every so often you just pop it off, dump into a plastic grocery bag and you're done.

I've never even heard of lump coal before, though. I shall have to investigate this. Do they typically sell that in the grocery store by the briquettes?
2005-04-30 06:10:51 PM  
If you're cooking with gas you might as well go inside.
2005-04-30 06:11:42 PM  
Oh, and as to the "water vapor" thing as a by-product of burning propane, it's not something ot even worry about. Yes, it's a problem with indoor gas ovens, which aren't exactly well-ventilated. But for an outdoor grill, the water vapor is gone before it ever has a chance to affect your food.
2005-04-30 06:12:00 PM  
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"I prefer charcoal for smaller gatherings."
2005-04-30 06:12:10 PM  
I'm all for charcoal, but skeptical of any article on the topic written by a woman.
2005-04-30 06:12:33 PM  
Let's see: lump charcoal, chimney starter, newspaper, matches, grill, tongs, wire brush/scraper thingy, spray bottle, meat. OK, ready.
2005-04-30 06:13:12 PM  
"Shampoo is better!"

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/didn't read the article
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