Tastes Great! Less Filling, Ford Vs Chevy, some of the great debates in history. Another great debate that breaks out every year in backyards across America is the one concerns the debate as to which is better, Gas or Charcoal.
There is really no reason for this debate as the fact is some foods work better with charcoal and some with gas and some people just have a preference. So instead of debating, just use a combination grill. Thus you have the best of both worlds, charcoal and gas. You can have the convenience of gas or the flavor of charcoal or you can have them both at the same time.
The Best Of Both Worlds
While also a subject of debate, there is a consensus among many that some food tastes better on a grill and some on a charcoal. For example, foods that have a strong flavor or they have a flavor that you, the griller, don’t want to mask, it is better to use gas. This is due to the fact that gas does not leave particulates on the food that disrupt the flavor. Charcoal works well for foods that have a little flavor or could use a flavor enhancement. An example would be hamburgers and some seafood.
Of course, there is no hard and fast rule as to which food goes with which but a combination grill gives you the option of one or the other. It is also a great time saver as you can open both sides and cook some food on one side using gas while using charcoal to cook on the other side. Naturally, you can prepare foods on one side then the other for adding more variety or customization to your food. Whatever your passion for grilling, a combination grill gives you the versatility and options to grill your way.
Five Great Combination Grills
Best 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Grill
This unique grill – Char-Broil Gas2Coal Series Combo Grill delivers the best of both worlds in a compact package. This grill system uses a stainless steel pan to hold the charcoal and uses the gas to light it. It can easily be converted to use just the gas by removing the pan.
In addition, this unit has over 500 square inches of cooking space and there is a side/ sear burner for warming. This grill has a solid construction and it has dual wheels for easy mobility. People who have this grill are very happy with it as it makes switching between gas and charcoal easy and convenient.
Best Charcoal Gas Combo Grill
Using porcelain coated, cast iron grates, this combo grill – Char-Griller 5050 Series Combo Grill has excellent heat distribution on both the gas and charcoal sides. Made with the side by side configuration, this model allows you to cook with both charcoal and gas at the same time.
The gas side has three main burners with over 40K BTU of heat production and the charcoal side has a deep fire bowl with plenty of space for even large cuts. It has a side burner with an additional 12K BTU production and the lower cart has plenty of room for storage and tank. People who have this model love the over 1200 square inches of cooking space and how well the results taste.
Top Charcoal/Gas Grill Combo
A second Char-Broil on the list, this model – Char-Broil Side By Side Series Combo Grill uses the side by side configuration to add more space. This model has three burners that produce a generous amount of BTUs and a side burner for searing that produces about 12K BTU, enough for warming or even light cooking.
The charcoal side has an adjustable fire box that allows you to raise or lower the charcoal to perfect the heat and the lower deck is partially enclosed with two large doors for easy and secure storage. Both the gas and charcoal side have built in temperature gauges as well. People who have this model love the versatility and the large cooking space and warming racks.
Best Gas/Charcoal/Smoker Grill
Another side by side model, the Smoke Hollow 1800CGS Series Combo Grill also has a built on, side mounted, smoke box so you can also create smoked meats as well. The gas side has three main burners with a side burner mounted on the outside for searing or warming and the burners are quick igniting.
The charcoal side features an adjustable rack and an opening front door so you can monitor the fire without losing heat by opening the lid. The cart is mounted on four casters, that lock, for easy mobility and the lower area offers plenty of storage. Those that have this model love the solid construction and the addition of the fire box to the side.
Best Freestanding Combo Gas/Charcoal Grill
The Coyote Centaur Series Combo Grill is a free standing, all stainless steel grilling system from Coyote, a brand well respected in grilling circles. The grill has all continuously welded ends and surfaces to ensure a long term, very robust nature and to help ensure the heat is appropriately distributed.
The gas side has two main burners producing up to 40K BTU and the charcoal side as an adjustable fire rack and front opening fire box door. Both sides have built in temperature gauges and this model offers a large amount of storage space for both tank and accessories. People who have this model love how well this unit performs and how great this model looks.
To protect your investment, be sure to use a recommended, waterproof cover to protect your grill from the elements.