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Gas or charcoal?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 2, 2006

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Photo of Kurt Guindon

“Charcoal. It adds flavor to the meat, and it’s more instinctual to cook with.”

Photo of Sarah McCall

“Gas. We were given a gas grill for our wedding, so that’s what we use. It’s convenient and easy to use.”

Photo of Armon Pollack

“Definitely charcoal. Who wants to have a perfectly evenly cooked burger anyway? That’s anti-barbecue.”

Photo of Renee Horinek

“Charcoal. It’s more rugged. I like to make s’mores a lot, and there’s something wrong with making s’mores on a gas grill. It’s just not right.”

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redbird 11 years, 7 months ago

Charcoal all the way with some lump charcoal mixed in!!!! I'm truly old school grill the burgers and dogs but cook raost ,brisket,pork,other than the ribs,low and slow.....sometimes upwards to 20 hours,been doing it this way for 25 years now!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly Powell 11 years, 7 months ago

This is kansas.... the only way to grill is over burning copies of catcher in the rye and slaughter house five.

southerngirl 11 years, 7 months ago

What!?! Go back to bed Marion, it's too early to be talking all technical like that.

We have a gas grill that we use frequently, but before I moved here I had a little Weber Charcoal grill that I loved. I wish I had brought it with me.


Pro_Lawrence 11 years, 7 months ago

I want outdoor grills banned. They are dangerous.

trollkiller 11 years, 7 months ago

Why do you feel it necessary to cut/paste this? If you really can't control the urge, please just use the link.

You should be using Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer anyway.

H_Lecter 11 years, 7 months ago

I love the flavor of charcoal, but use propane because it faster & easier (especially when grilling at least 3x per week). That's outside, but in the basement I prep the meat with a blow-torchkind of a blood brulee.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

I use my gas grill several times a week. (Convenience and it keeps the heat outside.) BUT, I simply have to have those little charcoal shaped bricks (don't know what they're made of) in the bottom of my gas grill. There is no flavor without them. I also have some lava rocks in there.

My grill needed work done this last week. It's at least 10 years old and so I weighed the cost of replacing parts w/ getting a new grill. When I couldn't find any of the new gas grills with those bricks in them, I decided to do repairs. The in-laws have a big, fancy gas grill and the food is always flavorless. Even they agree that it was a bad purchase.

bugmenot 11 years, 7 months ago


You did not get those from the ljworld. You got those from all the kiddie porn sites you have been visiting. Thanks

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 7 months ago

oh the debate charcoal or gas, at least it seems people are enjoying summer time, just remember sunscreen and plenty of water, also bug repellent

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 7 months ago

Definitely Charcol. I barbeque at least 3 times a week and wouldn't use anything else and have done so for years, even in winter, and I'm not sick from it yet. I like to life dangerously - I use tephlon pans, too. I do not fear death. Live fast, die young, and leave a good lookin' corpse. Though I have gotten past the live fast and and the young part, if I keep holding up I may still be able to leave a good lookin' corpse.

mom_of_three 11 years, 7 months ago

We are now using a gas grill. The last several years, we used an electric smoker. Add wood chips on the bottom, and the flavor was great. you can do that on most gas grills, too.

thunderbuns 11 years, 7 months ago

Sorry hitme, tomorrow's "paper or plastic".

jayhawks71 11 years, 7 months ago

Beavis and Butthead moment....

Marion said- "Well, I don't do porn sites; having no need for porn, preferring to do rather than watch and the thing popped up hen I moved the cursor"

What is "the thing" that popped up?"

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