Charcoal Benefits

It’s hotter. Temperatures can reach 500°-700°. If you’re a steak-eater, only charcoal can give you that perfect steak with a crispy, caramelized exterior with a pink or red center.
Better, smokier flavor. Yeah, in your face, gas users.
It’s a ritual. Most of the reason I like to grill out with friends is because it’s a ritual. It takes time. It’s fun to play with fire too. And plus, it’s good to learn a skill.
More portable. Want to take your grill to the park, campground, beach or your bathroom? Charcoal grills rule in portability.
Cheaper to purchase. We’ll get into the specifics later, but charcoal grills themselves are the cheaper option.

Charcoal Drawbacks

It’s dirty. Use gloves or tongs. Don’t be a wimp.
Takes longer than gas grill. Touché. But only by 15-20 minutes of warm-up time. The question is, is it worth waiting another 15 minutes for better flavor? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Harder to control the temperature. When you’re a doof like me and tend to plop the coals all in the center, yeah, it IS hard to control. But do what the pro’s do: Put the coals on one side of the grill so you have several cooking temperature zones. Put the fatty meats on the other side of the grill to reduce flare-ups or have a squirt gun to douse the flames.
Too much ash. I really want to make a derogatory “ash=ass” joke, but I’ll keep moving. Get a grill with a removable ash tray and your problems are over.
It’s a pain to buy charcoal. Yeah, well it’s a pain to fill up your tank too, isn’t it?

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