What is the best BBQ fuel for you?
If you’re lucky enough to live in a state like Arizona, where cook out weather lasts almost all year long, a barbecue is a long term family investment. You’ll want something reliable, that isn’t an eyesore on your backyard, and most importantly a grill that evenly and efficiently cooks your food. If you’re in the market for a new grill there are 4 basic varieties to consider: charcoal, electric, propane, and natural gas.
While the grills themselves are less expensive, charcoal can be a pricey and messy form of fuel. Some people like it for the smokey flavor it provides, but charcoal doesn’t compare. With the other more efficient options for a BBQ grill, most use charcoal for the extra smokey flavor and possibly for the nostalgia they get firing up those coals.
While electric grills are a great option for city dwellers and practical for those who don’t have room for a conventional BBQ, it just doesn’t offer that “sunny day, flipping burgers in the back yard feeling”, nor the classic BBQ flavor.
Now we’re down to the two main contenders: Propane vs. Natural Gas.
Propane grills are great for individuals who travel frequently with their grills and need to be portable. Whether it is going away on the weekends or moving your grill from one side of the yard to the other, propane grills give you this flexibility due to size of the propane tanks. Liquid propane (LP) also generates almost double the heat in BTU’s (British thermal units) when compared to natural gas grills.
Natural gas, on the other hand, can be much cheaper, sometimes as much as a third the price of propane gas. Natural gas burns a lot cleaner than propane, making it better for the environment and you don’t get as much exhaust from burring propane. Finally, a natural gas BBQ will connect to the natural gas line at your home, thus making sure you never run out of gas in the middle of cooking dinner or during your backyard BBQ party.
So, step outside, enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather and enjoy your charcoal, electric, propane or natural gas grill. Just remember, practice and skill make the best grilled foods.
A BBQ grill is just a tool and practice make perfect!