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What Do You Prefer

  1. Charcoal

    11 vote(s)
    64.7%
  2. Gas

    3 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. Propane

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. A hot rock under the desert sun

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
By somekid007
Mar 28, 2004
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  1. This is another stupid poll that I thought of as summer is just around the corner. Summer opens up the North American tradition of backyard barbeques. Over the years, the consumers have been split on what type of grill they use. I want to hear what the good ppl and techspot prefer
     
  2. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    Wierd question...personally I use Gas, but that's because I bought a cheap BBQ and it happens to use gas. Of course, the rock under the sun would be good if it would work, but it would have to get warmer in Canada.
     
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I said charcoal, but my grill runs off gas, however has charcoal in it :p who knows what it is :D
     
  4. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 271

  5. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    what kind of gas do you mean? most just run off of propane and charcoal. i like the taste of burgers made with a charcoal grill even tho i own a propane grill.
     
  6. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    Usually it's propane, I've never heard of using any different gases.
     
  7. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 271

    we use natural gas here more than propane
     
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Gotta be charcoal, actually, if I had the choice I'd just use hickory limbs. It takes longer to start but gives a nice flavor to the meat.

    Gas just isn't an option for me, I don't like the way it dries out my food.

    Another thing, my grill is 39"x36" and it would take a lot of propane to cook on that monster, I much prefer a couple of 20lb bags of Kingsford, or better yet, a few bundles of small hickory logs :D
     
  9. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Is that charcoal or are those "lava rocks" ? I've seen gas grills that have briquettes or stones in them. Some look like charcoal, some look like jagged rocks, its supposed to make the heat spread more evenly or something.
     
  10. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 271

    wow, where can i get one? my dad will love one of those on father's day
     
  11. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    a little wood makes the food taste better. i heard some types of wood makes the food not taste too good. i am not an expert on which types of wood to use or not.
     
  12. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    My brother and I made it. Its not exactly portable either :p
    Its made of brick and has a large piece of expanded metal for the cooking grate. It was originally built for big parties and stuff, with the ability to cook six racks of pork ribs easily. We also built in a detatchab spit, that can be used to cook larger cuts of meat such as three "boston butts" or whole chickens.

    Its not quite as nice as it sounds because neither my brother nor myself are professional brickmasons, but its still pretty good IMO
     
  13. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Hickory, cherry, mesquite(sp?) grape(yes dried grapevine), and oak are good.

    Cedar, pine, and most other evergreens are bad. I'm not really sure beyond that though.
     
  14. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 271

    can you send me the plans? i have not much to do in the summer anyways <g.
     
  15. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    easy way to make a big charcoal grill is get a big metal 55 gallon drum cut it in half length wise, put some legs on it, get some hinges for on the back and then get a grill to lay in side with the legs. and there you go. might want to get some chain and weld it to each side so it doesnt open up too far. my grandfather owns a pig farm and when they sell roaster pigs you can rent one of those to use. he has about 7 of them in different sizes and they work pretty good.
     
  16. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    my parents have a titanium bbq. Its the god's honest truth- rejected submarine part my dad's friend gave him (He worked for Babcocks and Willcocks). The whole setup looks like a wishing well with the titanium grill part inside and on a scissor jack that adjusts the height of the fire-containing bowl and thus the heat. The griddle part is a titanium ring that has quarter inch stainless steel rod welded to it- parallel lengths making a rack. There is a roof over the whole think shingled with cedar shakes- its beautiful and functional- Ill resurrect this post with a pic sometime.

    BTW- I'm a gas man- its just too easy and you can still use wood chips in a terracotta smoker for flavor. The secret to not drying out your food is indirect heat. Turn one burner on but put your food over the burner that is off and close the lid.
     
  17. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I don't have any plans for the grill. we sort of built it on the fly, with the finished dimensions in mind.
    The full dimensions are 39"w x 36"L Its 30" tall to the front, sides and back are 40". There is a small cleanout opening in one side, the finished box was filled with sand to 22" from the front, then 4" of heat resistant morter was used to give a finished bottom. We attached brackets on the top to support a spit. The grate and spit were custom cut and fabricated at a local metal shop. Materials for the whole project was ~$350

    I'm not sure of the proper name of the bricks used, but they are the same thing used in fireplaces, same for the morter.
     
  18. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Storm, sounds like a nice setup!

    I usually used charcoal (it beats the **** out of gas anyday of the week imo) when I lived with my parents and I had a place to grill, but now I'm not sure what it'll be.

    Most likely I'll get an electric grill, as they're quick and easy to use and doesn't require me to carry either a heavy gas tank or a sack of coal up 5 flights of stairs.....
    And you do get a good effect, though without the smoke flavour.
     
  19. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    I want to build my own charcoal grill...a nice big one, but I'll have to do some planning on that project first...and there is NO comparison between gas and charcoal in my eyes, but gas is so damn easy to use in a fix, and easier to adjust various heat areas for warming and things like that...ideally, I like to use a gas grill for one set of items and the charcoal grill for another set of items, when cooking for a big BBQ party or something of that nature...

    steaks over charcoal just cannot be beat!!!
     
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    I haven't grilled in a while... mainly I suppose because it was winter and the weather has been crap, we literally had 1" of ice for over a month on the ground where I live (roads got cleared and all - but not where I actually live) and I only cook for 1 most of the time. But I've got myself a little charcoal grill (rectangular not circular) and its awesome, even got dual layers so you can put some stuff on top if you don't want it right close to the flames.

    If you don't want to rely on lighter fluid - I have found out that buying Best Choice (that wal mart brand - or is that Always Save - in any case) rather than Kingsford Match Light. Match Light works perfect first time you open the bag, but if you don't use the whole bag within a week its pretty worthless. That cheap brand on the other hand is a 30% larger briquette size and lights up with a match first time almost always unless you have an unusually large breeze. I've had to resort to lighter fluid after a week to get Match Light to burn.

    Can anyone tell me how to cook chicken breasts good over charcoal? I've never grilled them for fear of drying them out too much.
     
  21. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I can tell you how not to grill them?

    Was visiting some friends of my parents in France (a country known for it's excellent cooking), and they were having a barbecue in the garden.
    Unfortunately, they'd misunderstood us, and thought we would arrive an hour earlier than we did.

    The father had had an argument with one of his children, and was quite angry when he started to grill the chickens. And here comes the description on how not to do it:

    He placed the chickens on the grill, used lighterfluid to get the flames high (the grill had been ready for an hour), then continued to dose the chicknes too. Put a match to it, and left it like that for 10-15 minutes.

    Then he serverd the charred carcass' to his guest, and said to his children: "If anyone of you says anything negative about this, it's straight to bed without food!" and it was around 1 pm.
    (Let's just say I'm glad I was speaking norwegian, and thus could get away with a couple of comments)

    But to be a bit more helpful..

    You'll most likely have to turn it often to make sure it won't get burnt. Maybe just put a spit through it, and roll that slowly around. (This is what they do in shops in Norway)
    I'd most likey season the chicken first, as it doesn't have much taste alone, but that's up to you.

    Sorry, but apart from knowing it took 10-15 min to char the chickens, I have no idea about how long to grill them.
     
  22. jshields13

    jshields13 TS Rookie Posts: 109

    SNGX - If you are using a gas grill, sear the outside of the chicken with high heat and then turn the flame down and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. The searing helps keep the juices in. Works with meat too.
     
  23. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 271

    the key to chicken breasts is to do the steaks first, so the coals are not as hot when you put on the chicken. also, make sure you marinate them good, it helps some what to keep the juices in. for a whole chicken, make a stand using an empty beer can shoved up the cavity, again using non-hot coals and cover it for 45min-1hour until juices run clear.
     
  24. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Empty Beer can? naa, use a full beer, just pop the top and shove it in the cavity. It helps keep the chicken tender and juicy.
     

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