There are many people out there who will agree that food cooked on a charcoal grill is bar better than that cooked on a gas grill. The charcoal itself is what gives the food the distinct flavor. There are in fact a few different smoked flavor tastes to pick from.
If you take a ride to any major department store and even some of the bigger chain home improvement stores that carry grills, you will notice that there is a wide variety of charcoal to pick from. When you first start learning how to grill with charcoal, you might wonder just which brand or type of charcoal you should go with.
Many people find that the charcoal already soaked in flammable liquid is the easiest to use. This way, you do not have to purchase the fluid separately and you do not have to risk pouring too much of it on the charcoal, causing a major fire. With this kind of charcoal, you do not have to worry so much about causing a major fire, as long as you do not tip the grill over or lay anything flammable on top of it of course.
As far as the charcoal grill itself goes, there are a few different kinds. Some are obviously more affordable than others. What makes the difference in price is not just the brand of the grill but also the size of it. Some are simply nothing more than one grate while others have two levels of grates in order to allow more space for food or the control over the speed of cooking.
Charcoal grills are not only easy to use, but they are easy to clean as well. It is extremely important to make sure that you are properly cleaning the grill between uses, especially if there is a good amount of time between your uses. Those who grill daily might only want to give the grill a good scrubbing once every couple of weeks with soft cleaning in the mean time. If you only grill once in a blue moon, you should completely clean the grill once you are done using it and it has completely cooled off. Never attempt to clean a hot grill.
The life of the charcoal grill should vary between two to ten years, depending on the brand and quality of the grill. How well you maintain the grill will also be a big factor in how long it lasts. The better you take care of it, the longer you will go without having to invest in another.
As you can see, there are a lot of positive things about the charcoal grill. If you are unsure whether or not it is the right kind of grill for you, pick up a cheap one and give it a try for yourself.