Since May is National BBQ month, let’s talk about charcoal and gas grills.

The differences between charcoal and gas grills bring changes in flavor, convenience, and time, but no matter your needs or preferences, HomCo sells both Weber gas grills and charcoal grills. HomCo has Weber grills for the beginner on a budget, all the way to the expert griller. HomCo has a great selection of charcoal and propane grills on display for you to explore.

If we don’t have the grill you want, we can special order it for you. All Weber grills sold from HomCo are assembled and ready to use. HomCo can delivery any Weber grill to your front door if needed. HomCo also sells all the accessories to make your gas or charcoal grilling experience great. We are ready to assist you in all your grilling needs to get you ready for grilling season. Learn more about our Weber grills.

How do you know which grill is the right one for you?

Well, if you are on a budget, charcoal grills are typically cheaper to buy and operate than gas grills. Additionally, charcoal grilling gets to higher temperatures which allows you to sear your food, which seals in the flavors. Grilling with charcoal produces more smoke when compared to gas grills making the food more flavorful in the process. However, there are problems that charcoal grills bring. These grills are harder to light and have been banned from apartments and high rises because they have a higher risk of starting fires. Furthermore, charcoal grills have no way to regulate their temperatures and can be hard to cook with if you are inexperienced with them.

In contrast, the advantages of grilling with gas are being able to control the temperature, cooking food more evenly, and the ease of lighting and turning off. Also, most gas grills come with different accessories giving you different ways to cook your food. It is easy to see why most steakhouses grill with gas, but gas grills are more expensive to run because of the gas.

At HomCo, we asked our employees about which they preferred, gas or charcoal? Our employees range from grill lovers to people who just want a good steak. Here is what we found out:

From Henry Miranda, one of non-Traeger Grilling enthusiast, stated,  “The Weber Kettle Grills that uses charcoal briquettes for its main fuel source, gives your food a “True Grill Favor”. In my opinion, hamburgers, steaks, and vegetables do very well on the Kettle Grills, but everything else is fabulous on the charcoal grill.”

The Weber Kettle grill’s key components that Henry loves are the large grilling surface of 22 inches, easy access port for adding additional charcoal for longer grilling periods, stainless steel grates, and the easy access for ash removal.

Jonathan Whiteley explains, “I believe Hank Rutherford Hill said it best when he said, “Taste the meat, not the heat”. Clean-burning propane makes a delicious steak, if you want a smoke taste, get a smoker.”

“I prefer gas over charcoal. I feel like if you are going to grill without a Traeger, you might as well have a good flame like gas,” says Dustin Queen.

Christy Engle stated, “My family prefers the gas grill because we live outside of town and the crazy winds in the area make charcoal risky to cook with. We also love just to be able to turn on the grill and be ready to cook. If my husband had to constantly maintain a charcoal grill, I would never get him to grill.”

From this survey, we found that most of our employees preferred gas over charcoal simply due to the convenience. No one really mentioned flavor or budget when they responded: “I prefer the gas grill”. The one that did respond with charcoal being their preferred grill, they mentioned flavor as the reason.

Therefore, the conclusion to charcoal grills or gas grills depends on what is best for your needs! Do you prioritize the flavor, the convenience or the budget?

Regardless, we can help you determine the right grill for you. Come to HomCo and start your May off right with a Weber grill perfect for you and your family, along with any accessories to make your grilling that much better.


Here are some of Henry Miranda’s favorite charcoal-grilled recipes: 

Henry’s Ham grilled for Easter

Grilled Ham Preparation:

  1. Purchase a cooked ham, remove wrap and pat dry.
  2. Apply a light coating of mustard, so the seasoning will stick to the ham.
  3. Apply your favorite seasoning (preferably a BBQ seasoning. Once you find your right seasoning, stick to it.)

Grilling instructions:

  1. Start your charcoal briquette’s and let them burn for about 15 minutes.
  2. Place an aluminum pan in the middle of your grill and once the coals are completely gray, place them in your grill using the indirect method and place a handful of your favorite wood chips on top of the hot coals.
  3. Place the grate onto the grill and place the ham in the middle of the grate.
  4. Cover the grill with the lid and adjust the bottom and top vents until the kettle reaches a temp of 350 degrees.​
  5. Cooking time is about 1 hour.
  6. Remove from grill and let the ham rest for 15 minutes.

Serving:

  1. Carve ham to desired portions.

Grilled Chicken with Hot Italian Sausage

Preparation:

  1. Select a 4-5 lb whole chicken (fresh), wash thoroughly and pat dry.
  2. Apply a light coating of vegetable oil over the entire chicken and season lightly with Lemon Pepper seasoning.
  3. Peel of casing off the two sausage links and stuff into the cavity of the chicken and tie the legs of the chicken.

Grilling Instructions:

  1. Start your charcoal briquette’s and let them burn for about 15 minutes.
  2. Place an aluminum pan in the middle of your grill and once the coals are completely gray place them in your grill using the indirect method.
  3. Place the grate onto the grill and place the chicken in the middle of the grate.
  4. Cover the grill with the lid and adjust the bottom and top vents until the kettle reaches a temp of 350 degrees.
  5. Cooking time is about 2 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees.
  6. Remove from grill and let the chicken rest for 15 minutes.

Serving:

  1. Carve chicken and remove sausage. The sausage will provide a side dish also. The cooked sausage will provide the chicken with great flavor.

Still not sure if gas or charcoal is right for you? Check out the video below by Reviewed.com.