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Barbecue Basics

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Gas or Charcoal? Fueling the Fire

The first decision any cook must face is which fuel to use - gas or charcoal. Both types have their benefits. While taste tests have established that most people cannot tell the difference between food cooked on a charcoal or gas grill, some people do have their preferences. Ultimately, the decision on what type of grill to use is a personal one, although some of us "grill fanatics" avoid making the choice and use both!The basic advantages of each type of grill are:

Charcoal Grill

  • Traditional method of barbecuing
  • Portable, easy to move
  • Initial investment is less expensive than gas grills
  • Many people enjoy the hands on activity of building and tending the fire

Gas Grill

  • Convenience. Preheats and is ready to cook in 10-15 minutes
  • Easy to light and to control cooking temperature
  • Inexpensive to operate
  • Easy to clean

For more barbecue safety and tune-up tips, barbecue buying tips and recipe and menu ideas call the WeberR Grill-LineSM at 1-800-GRILL-OUT (1-800-474-5568). You can also reach them online at

The Grill-Line is staffed by specially trained home economists who can answer any and all barbecue-related questions. It is open from April 1 through Labor Day, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST). All callers will receive a free copy of Weber's newest barbecue booklet titled Grilling Through the Seasons. - NC



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