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Why Gas Grills are Better than Charcoal Grills - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Grilling on a holiday like the Fourth of July, when you’ve got the day off, is easy. You can take your time; pull out your artisanal hardwood charcoal; light it in your chimney starter; build a perfect two-level fire; and lovingly tend your rib-eye, or your chicken breasts, or your pork ribs.

Fourth of July is hobby grilling.

But what about the 22nd of June, or the 12th of August — when temps are in the 80s and all you want is to be in your backyard with a beer and a hunk of meat to cook? Instead, it’s 6 p.m., you’re at the office, the kids need to eat by 7, and you still have to go to the store.

This is why gas grills rules.

Charcoal purists will tell you their preferred fuel leads to better flavor.

Cooking on charcoal has one indisputable advantage over gas: It gets much hotter. Glowing coals are at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees of radiant heat; while gas gets hotter, there’s very little radiant heat from the flames.

And radiant heat is what’s really cooking your food on a grill. That’s why gas grills use some sort of surface to create radiation, whether it’s lava rocks or ceramic plates. These surfaces are heated by the gas flame, creating the radiant heat generated naturally by charcoal.

Charcoal purists will try and tell you that their preferred fuel leads to better flavor.

Your food doesn’t know what’s creating the heat below it, and once charcoal is hot, there aren’t any aromatic compounds left in the coals. According to the food science bible Modernist Cuisine, “Carbon is carbon; as it burns, it imparts no flavor of its own to the food being grilled.”

The characteristic flavor of grilled food comes from the drippings, not the fuel. When those drippings hit the heat source, the oils, sugars, and proteins burst into smoke and flame. That “flavor” rises in the smoke and warm air to coat the food you’re grilling.

The real debate should be whether charcoal is necessary at all. Nothing in that process relies on charcoal.

Still not convinced? Know what’s worse than grilling on gas? Not grilling at all.

You can walk in with a bag of groceries at 6:30, and have grilled chicken on the table at 7, a happy family praising a delicious dinner. The most precious commodity in the world, that’s constantly dwindling, is time.

A gas grill gives you back time every time you use it. Grill three times a week over the course of a summer, and you’ll have saved yourself a full day. A day! Think of what you can do with an extra day, provided to you by your gas grill.

To each is own, but...For information on gas grills, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Dad - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 06, 2013

Father's Day is just around the corner. A new gas grill or charcoal grill is the perfect Father’s Day gift. The grill and patio area is Dad’s domain, so a new grill is the perfect gift for a man who doesn’t need anything.

No one loves to grill and “play” outdoors more than the dad in your life. A new grill is the perfect gift.

A new charcoal grill. The Big Green Egg is a unique and versatile charcoal grill that can be used as a grill, as an over, as a roaster or as a smoker. The ceramic egg design helps keep temperatures constant, from 200 degrees to over 700 degrees. This charcoal grill is the perfect Father’s Day gift for a man who wants to expand his grilling experience, whether he is an experienced charcoal griller or if he is just beginning.

A new gas grill. If your husband or father loves to grill, then a new Napoleon gas grill is the perfect gift.  Napoleon gas grills are beautifully designed for gourmet grilling. With all kinds of accessories, when your dad has a Napoleon gas grill on his patio, he can grill for the neighbors or the family and it is as easy as pushing a button.

A new portable gas grill. Is dad always on the go? If so, the portable gas grill by Napoleon is perfect. Anywhere, anytime, dad can grill while at sporting events, on the boat, at festivals, on the beach or anywhere. With a portable grill, he can go anywhere and still have the comfort of quality barbecuing.

If Dad’s favorite weekend past time is grilling up some steaks and entertaining  friends and family with grilled menus then a new grill of any style is the perfect gift. For more information on all style grills, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

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