Everyone will probably agree that food cooked on outdoor barbecue grills has a special flavor unsurpassed by food cooked in the kitchen. It might be because of the fresh outdoor air or the char broiled taste from the hot coals, but either way, it is delicious. And grilling out is always a relaxing and enjoyable time for family or friends. Today grilling out on a barbecue grill is a favorite pastime and a great way to cook everyday meals.

But if you are planning on buying a new grill for your garden or patio, then you should know the two types of barbecue grills. The two major categories to choose from are charcoal barbecue grills and gas barbecue grills. As always there are pros and cons for each type. To help you with your decision, here are some tips on choosing a BBQ grill that will suit your family’s needs and result in great-tasting meals.

Charcoal Barbecue Grills

Charcoal barbecue grills have probably the longest history of use and the immediate benefit of being a socially-acceptable way to play with fire. Another good thing about charcoal grill is that charcoal gives you some degree of control over the heat. You can have the grill burn very hot to let you cook food faster or you can also allow the coals to die down for a gentle heat. You also have the choice to add wood chips to subtly influence the flavor of your meals and you can smoke meats and vegetables. Charcoal barbecue grills come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, many of which are portable and easy to store.

Amidst the advantages, charcoal barbecue grills still have their disadvantages. One of which is that grilling over charcoal takes some time and experience to get the fire burning properly. Charcoal grills are also messier to clean up when you’re done. It can be a bit difficult to keep a regular temperature over long periods of time and the coals need to be watched and stoked from time to time to keep them hot.

Gas Barbecue Grills

Gas barbecue grills as its name would suggest, uses a propane tank or a direct connection to your home’s gas line for fuel. They are relatively easy to use. You can turn it on with the touch of a button and maintaining constant heat for hours at a time.

These grills however are usually quite large and bulky. Those most models come with a hood and cover for outdoor storage; it is still a good idea to find room for them in a garage or other sheltered area.

However, most grill aficionados steer away from gas grills because there is always some loss of flavor when the charcoal and flames are removed. They are also not portable, meaning that you can’t pack them in the car and take them with your trips to the beach or to a friend’s house. Gas grills are a better choice when you want the flavor of a grill without the time expenditure of firing up the charcoal. Also there is a lesser chance of burning or under cooking food on a gas grill.

Each type of grill has its appeal and many households purchase one of each type to suit more than one occasion. Once you weigh the pro’s and cons of each type of grill, you can start grilling your very own recipes and share it with your friends and family.