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Gas Grill or Charcoal Grill? - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 02, 2013

Those who are in the market for a new grill already know if they want a gas grill or a charcoal grill before they go shopping. But you need to consider other things as well like: size, price range, functionality and brand.

If you are in the market for a gas grill, there is quite a price range of grills that you can choose from. However, remember that you get what you pay for. So consider the materials with which it is made and the length of the warranty and what that warranty includes. Also think about what else you want your gas grill to do, maybe you want a side burner or rotisserie.

If you are in the market for a charcoal grill, don’t only look at kettle charcoal grills, if you are more adventurous, take a look at the kamado style charcoal grills, the Big Green Egg.

Once you try a Big Green Egg, you won’t grill on anything else again. The egg-shaped charcoal grills come in five sizes and can cook at a wide range of temperatures and styles. The Big Green Egg charcoal grill is perfect for slow-cooking, baking, smoking or roasting.

This grill uses natural lump coal, or hardwood charcoal. With hardwood you’re getting a wood flavor to your meal. Grilling over hardwood charcoal makes food taste better. Hardwood charcoal can heat the grill to 900 degrees and it can burn up to 12 hours.

For more information, on gas or propane grills, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Grilling Tips from Fire Departments

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 09, 2012

As summer heats up, and school quickly approaches, more and more south shore residents are lighting up their grills. And what a welcome sight a grill full of food is.

Unfortunately, unsafe grilling can have hazardous results. In a recent press release, three North Shore fire departments shared some safe grilling tips.

The following are reminders and grilling safety tips for barbecue BBQ's.

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease build-up from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Never store a filled propane tank indoors.
  • Always light a propane gas barbecue with the lid open.
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a leak, turn off the gas tank and the grill. Get the grill professionally serviced. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • There are several ways to get a charcoal grill ready to use. A charcoal chimney allows you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, always let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container


Grilled Appetizer Recipe and A New Charcoal Grill for the 4th of July

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Fourth of July is next week. Many families around the Cape will be enjoying the holiday at home with friends and family. If you are planning a 4th of July event at your home, consider a new charcoal grill.

The Big Green Egg is no ordinary charcoal grill. This charcoal grill works well on its own or as a supplement to a gas grill. Why? Because it is so versatile and easy to use. Grilling over charcoal is fun. But with the Big Green Egg you can not only grill, you can bake, roast, slow-cook, and sear.
If you have never grilled with charcoal, you may have heard that it is more challenging. But with The Big Green Egg Grill, charcoal grilling is made simple: easy to light, easy to use, easy to control. And what flavor.

Contact the Fireplace Showcase for more information on The Big Green Egg.

Are you grilling in your backyard this Fourth? Here is a great grilled appetizer recipe that is so easy and so good everyone will be talking about it.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos


  • 6 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 12 slices bacon
Preheat a grill for high heat.
Spread cream cheese to fill jalapeno halves. Wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
Place on the grill, and cook until bacon is crispy.

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The Big Green Egg Charcoal Grills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The grilling season is about to begin, and the Big Green Egg is a grill that is different than your traditional charcoal grill. The grill is ceramic which introduces a whole new element in heat retention. The capacity to withhold heat is one of the most important factors to produce the best charcoal grilling results. It allows for flavor and aroma retention.
It got its name because it is shaped like an egg, the Big Green Egg can precisely cook meals whether you're slow cooking or searing. Besides being a grill, it can also be used as an oven which can cook homemade pizza, bread and pies or it can be used as a smoker.It also maintains the natural juiciness of the food and the release of the food's natural flavors.
The Egg has 4 different sizes to accommodate any need, ranging in diameter from 24” down to 13”. The Big Green Egg is the World's Best Smoker and Grill, giving it unmatched cooking flexibility. Whether you want to tackle high temperature, quick searing for the perfect rare steak, cook a whole chicken at a more moderate temperature, or tenderize a low-and-slow ten-hour brisket, you just can't beat the EGG when it comes to effortless cooking and sensational eating. Come see one at Fireplace Showcase.

Charcoal Grills for the purists

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

There is a real school of thought out there with the hard-core grillers especially, that charcoal grills produce far better tasting food than gas grills. There simply is nothing better on a hot summer day, than sitting in the backyard grilling over charcoal. The charcoal itself gives the food a distinct flavor. And there are a few different smoke flavored charcoals to choose from. If you go into any home improvement store or grill supply store, you’ll find that there is a large array of charcoal to choose from. But the flavors and smells given off by real wood charcoal are hard to replace. This type of charcoal is my favorite because of the flavors and aromas they put off. But, cooking with wood charcoal can be difficult, so don’t give up yet. There are a couple of types of charcoal starters; lighter fluid, electric charcoal starter, and a charcoal chimney starter.

The electric starter is basically a metal loop that plugs into an electrical outlet. You bury it under the charcoal, while it’s heating it lights the charcoal. They are similar to the element on an electric stove burner. Obviously, you need an electrical outlet for this method, and it may take a bit longer to start, but it is very easy and doesn’t change the flavor of the smoke like lighter fluid.

The chimney starter is my favorite way to start charcoal and it can be used anywhere, no electricity needed. These can be found in any grill store or home improvement store and I recommend the largest one. You put charcoal in the top and a couple pieces of crumbled newspaper in the bottom. The chimney has air holes in it and it works as a chimney does; drawing the draft and the fire up to light the charcoal.

Many people find that the charcoal soaked in lighter fluid is the easiest charcoal to use. Simply drop a match and the coal is lit, no worries on using too much or too little lighter fluid. To me, this style has the least mouthwatering flavor. But it is a good charcoal for the novice charcoal griller to begin with.

As for the grill itself, there are many different sizes and styles, and what sets them apart is more than just the price. Some have only one grate, while others have two on different levels which allows for more space and more control over the speed of cooking. But put the myth away, charcoal grills are easy to use and easy to clean.