Yes Mary, BBQ refers to cooking food slow, kinda like smoking it, whereas grilling is fast.
If you don’t mind taking a little extra time with charcoal, it is FAR SUPERIOR than anything you could get off the gas grill. Period. Adding a few wood chips doesn’t duplicate the actual charcoal flavor that charcoal briquettes do. Don’t get me wrong, I like gas grills too, they are quick and convenient. I wouldn’t go so far as saying it’s like an oven b/c it’s actually more like the broiler, if you wanna get technical :p;):D.
At any rate, the BEST way to start charcoal is a chimney starter: amazon.com/Weber-87886-Chimney-Starter/dp/B00004U9VV
I have this one from Weber and I LOVE IT!!! I’ve gotten cheap chimney starters from wal-mart, and to be blunt, they totally suck. :eek:
Chimney starters are easy and fool-proof as long as you follow the directions. Stick some newspaper in bottom, charcoal on top, light the paper and in 15-20 minutes you have a container full of light, ready-to-grill charcoal!
And I’ve never priced it out, but I bet charcoal might be cheaper. With gas being priced as it is, I wonder if using charcoal (buying it when it’s on sale of course ;)) is cheaper. Hmmmm, should be something I should do for my blog