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Gas or Charcoal: How do you Grill?

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This week in Fine Cooking’s Culinary School video grilling series, Fred Thompson gives some tricks for lighting and maintaining a charcoal fire, and this Friday, he shows how to create a two-zone fire on both gas and charcoal grills.  What method do you prefer for grilling?


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  • Pooky24 | 07/21/2009

    I have a Char Griller with a firebox/smoker and I love it. I recently bought a chimney to start the coals without the lighter fluid. Wow! I wish I had bought this years ago. So quick and man do the coals get HOT!
    Made beer can chicken with Grill Mates Baja Citrus marinade. OMG! so juicy. I would love a gas grill too for some quick cooking. But I prefer good old coals. Year round too!

  • MorrisR | 06/20/2009

    Bottled livefire, I agree with your statement about the depth of flavor. For pork a charcoal smoker is the only way to go. Fast meals, grill. Good BBQ flavor, low and slow on a charcoal smoker.

  • MorrisR | 06/20/2009

    I use a gas grill when I want to cook something fast. I like grilling fish, (Halibut, tilapia, etc.) When I want to BBQ ribs or Boston butt, the only way is LOW AND SLOW. I usually smoke the ribs or butt at 250-300 degrees for 4-5 hours. This really produces very good BBQ. My wife really likes it when I fire up the smoker. She also likes it when I light the grill.

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