Positives to a Charcoal Barbecue

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Charcoal Barbecue – Here are some Great Positives – Foodie Friday Week 6

Welcome back to Week 6 of Foodie Friday and bah do we have a treat for you today. Not so much food related but definitely cooking. Barbecues are a seasonal favourite at this time of year no matter where in the world you may reside. Today’s foodie Friday post is a bit of a barbecue appreciation post.

Featured image for Week 6 of my Foodie Friday series Bringing you Some positives of a Charcoal Barbecue.
Foodie Friday Week 6 – Charcoal Barbecue – Here are some Positives – Image source Shutterstock, created by me

With my background of being a Butcher, barbecues have always been a big staple for me. I absolutely love them. Even though it may be convenient with a gas barbecue, I’m not a fan, I like nothing more than the arsonistic approach with a good old fashioned Charcoal Barbecue.

Read on for more positives of a charcoal barbecue.
A good old smokey non gas BBQ – Pic Source Shutterstock

There is something about cooking on Charcoal, even better than the old phrase of cooking on gas. As I say a gas barbecue is like cooking on an outside oven. Please don’t hate me for not liking Gas barbecues.

The positives of cooking on a Charcoal Barbecue.

There are a number of positives that cooking on a charcoal bbq offers over a gas barbecue alternative. Below I will share a few of those with you.

  • Taste – The main and for me the best benefit of cooking with a charcoal bbq is the taste. The smokey flavour from the charcoal is something you just cannot get with a gas BBQ. Add some wood chips into your charcoal and your on to a sure fire winner (no pun intended with the fire there… or was there?)
  • Value – The value for money you get from a charcoal BBQ is a positive also. Gas BBQ’s can be expensive to purchase and the cost of replacing the gas is more expensive than a sack of charcoal.
  • Easier to Transport – There are various sizes of charcoal Barbecues available, some are a lot smaller than a gas alternative which means it is easier for you to transport. Camping for example you can take it with you.
  • Repairs – A charcoal BBQ is low maintenance, you will spend considerably less maintaining a charcoal grill than you would a gas.

So there we have a number of positives of cooking on a Charcoal BBQ.

We have covered the positives of a charcoal BBQ, sadly now we must list some negatives.

As with every positive there is always a negative. When we think of charcoal barbecues there is some negatives that we don’t really consider when buying one.

One of the big main negatives is the impact the coal has on our environment. The emissions resulting from burning of coal affects our environment. One thing especially in these days is something we try and aim to reduce.

Charcoal does have benefits when cooking on a Barbecue but it can also have a negative impact on our environment.
Still can have an effect on the environment – Pic Source Shutterstock

One other disadvantage of Charcoal is that it only has a burning time of around 30-45 minutes. So depending on the size of the garden party your throwing and how much Food you will be cooking on your Barbecue. Maybe use more than one sack or bag of charcoal.

Using cheap stuff can cause a fair amount of dust and unused small pieces. This just makes it more awkward when it comes time to clean your barbecue. Charcoal can also be very Dirty.

Unless you are well practised or have the correct tools for the job, lighting a charcoal BBQ can be a bit of a challenge to say the least.

You can’t expect to just throw a match on the coals and expect it to go and be ok. Nope, some people have a Charcoal Chimney, they help to speed up the lighting process and reduce the need for lighter fluids and firelighters.

Charcoal Chimney an excellent piece of equipment to aid you n lighting your barbecue.
Charcoal Chimney, A big help for lightning your charcoal barbecue. – Pic source Shutterstock

Firelighters and lighter fluid are cheap and handy to use, they soon get the coals started. This also takes me back to the beginning of the post about the arsonistic approach to a BBQ. I know I may say that like it’s fun, it isn’t, fire is dangerous so always take precautions and safety measures around anything to do with lighting your Barbecue… Common sense is your friend.

Beware of fire when lighting your charcoal barbecue.
Fire Beware – Pic source Shutterstock

What to Look for when buying a Charcoal BBQ.

So your looking to purchase a new barbecue. One thing you must decide on first is whether or not which is best for you and your needs. A gas BBQ or a Charcoal BBQ. I’ve listed the benefits and positives of a Charcoal BBQ above and I prefer those so we will take a look at – What to look for when buying a Charcoal Barbecue.


What size barbecue would suit you best. A small Portable BBQ, easy for use at home with the wife/husband and kids, perfect for if you take a trip to the beach or camping. Do you have lots of friends and family that you entertain for often? Maybe a Large BBQ will suit you better. Want something that gives you flexibility to cook for more people if needed but also good for you and your family then a Standard size BBQ may be the best option.

Features that would Benefit you from your Barbecue.

Barbecues these days are very clever pieces of Cooking equipment. Not just for slapping great slabs of meat on anymore or the odd sausages and burgers. They are very clever, you may want to think about what features you want yours equipped with.

  • Warming Rack – Keeps your cooked food warm and to temperature but away from direct heat to avoid overcooking.
  • Griddle – Some BBQ’s these days come fitted with a griddle, ideal for frying, stir frying, sauteing and braising.
  • Hood – Some similar to kettle barbecues come with a hood which helps you to control the heat, allows a better smoke of your meat.
  • Adjustable Grill Height – Offering you the flexibility of raising or lowering the grill height so you can control the heat level for your cooking on a charcoal barbecue.
  • Air Vents – Vents which allow you to open or close and controlling the air flow gving you control over the Heat levels and also how quickly your coals burn.
  • Ash Collector – For me this is the best thing with my own Barbecue as it makes cleaning up the ash and debris afterwards much easier.
  • Tool Hooks – A handy little addition for hanging your Cooking utensils or Barbecue weapons as I call them. Spatula, Tongs the usuals.
  • Storage Shelves – A nifty way of keeping Handy items safe and tidy, could be dishes, bottles and other larger utensils.
Here is an example of a Charcoal Barbecue with a hood.
Charcoal Barbecue for example with a hood – pic source Shutterstock

So there we have it a bit on Positives of Charcoal Barbecues and some handy advice for if your looking to purchase a new Barbecue. Argos have a very good and informative Buying guide if you are looking to purchase a new Grill. You can find the Argos Charcoal BBQ buying guide here.

As i mentioned previously lighting a charcoal grill can be quite tricky but the BBC Good Food site not only has some amazing Ideas of what to cook on your Barbecue but also how to Light it. You can find the BBC Good Food Guide here.

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7 Thoughts to “Positives to a Charcoal Barbecue”

  1. So thorough. You really know your charcoal barbecue. My sisters always barbecue with charcoal. They are big meat eaters. I still like the smell of barbecue, even if I cannot eat it. The best part a good barbecue brings people together and that is really cool.

    1. I’m the same, I’m a big meat eater, love a bbq. The smell is incredible and unique isn’t it. Thank you or taking the time to leave a comment.

  2. I’m with you 100%, there’s only one way to barbecue. When I was a kid my dad built one in our garden out of bricks, which was great. We don’t have one at the moment though, which really does need to be remedied.

    1. I’ve always wanted to build a brick one. Keep looking at how to’s on pinterest. Coal is definitely the barbecue to go for isn’t it. Thanks for the comment Adam

  3. I haven’t had a BBQ in ages, thank you for such an in-depth post 😊
    🌿 Marissa Belle × marsybun.com 🌿

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