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Gas Grilling vs. Charcoal

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Which is better, grilling on a gas grill or over a charcoal grill?  The debate has been going on for ages, with no clear winner.  Let’s compare some of the popular features of charcoal and gas grills:

  • Health Factor – Gas burns cleaner than charcoal. More carbon monoxide is emitted when grilling on a charcoal grill than a gas grill, meaning gas grilling is likely marginally better for the environment and for personal health than charcoal grilling.
  • Taste – This one comes down to pure personal preference! If you like your food to have a smokier flavor, you may opt for charcoal grilling.  If you don’t want a heavy smoke flavor, gas grilling is probably the choice for you.  Many grill pros argue that it comes down to the type of food you’re grilling.  If you’re grilling steaks or ribs, for example, you might prefer charcoal grilling, but if you’re cooking chicken, fish, or burgers, you may prefer gas.
  • Convenience – Charcoal grills are generally smaller and therefore easier to tote around if you like to grill in different areas, but they’re far more time consuming to start up and maintain. After all, you have to keep feeding charcoal and reigniting the flames over and over.  Gas grills, alternately, are a lot easier to start up, and once you do, you’re good to go for the duration of the cookout.
  • Cleaning – This one is pretty cut and try: Gas grills are easier to clean than charcoal grills. While you’re grilling, you simply scrape off the buildup as needed, and then do a quick cleaning of the grates when you’re finished cooking (but while the grill is still hot).  Also, professional grill cleaning is recommended for grills at least annually, and more often if you grill a lot.  All the best professional grill cleaning companies clean gas grills, so if you grill with gas, you can rely on the pros to help keep your grill clean.

When you look over the pros and cons of charcoal grills versus gas grills, you’ll probably agree it just comes down to personal preference and deciding what you value in a grill.  One thing is for certain, though: when it comes to keeping your bbq grill clean, nothing beats high quality professional grill cleaning.  There are many good gas grill cleaners in our area, but GrillSOS is the best grill cleaning company Jacksonville FL grill owners trust with their outdoor kitchens.  We serve Mandarin, Southside, San Marco, Riverside, Ponte Vedra, the Beaches, and many areas throughout Jacksonville, and we’d love to help take great care of your gas grill too!