charcoal: now and forever

I originally fought the charcoal option when we shopped for grills…

I was raised in a house that came with a gas grill plumbed to the house gasline.

Admittedly, my life’s experience with charcoal was camping and college cookouts on decrepit 20 year old habachi grills. Waiting hours for charcoal to be “ready” is burned into my brain.

Cue, our new kamado grill. Honestly, I’m an artist and designer. I am highly color-cued. The red egg matching our exterior doors and garden furniture sold me before my husband vowed responsibility for the charcoal starting.

He hasn’t lit the grill yet. Because the design of the kamado plus starter cubes make lighting fast and mistake-proof.

Tonight, possibly the last grilling weather of the year, brought grilled drumsticks, and bok choy direct from the garden.

Delicious!

4 thoughts on “charcoal: now and forever

  1. Great post! I’m curious – what other benefits have you realized, grilling with charcoal (not at all to diminish the importance of the color and design, lol)? Are some of the benefits you’ve realized exclusive to this particular grill? And, are there any health risks cooking with charcoal that you know of?

    Don’t at all feel like you have to answer all these questions extensively. I’m just asking of your experience, lol. I do have Google…😁 Thanks!

    1. The kamado (egg-shaped) style starts incredibly easily. with the bottom vent (which also allows for easy ash removal), it functions like it’s own starter chimney.

      Taste is by far the biggest benefit of charcoal, but I should add here that we went out of our way to find an accelerant-free charcoal (this is the main possible health risk). Likewise, from good advice, our next charcoal will be lump and not briquette. It also can be used for smoking, so it’s like an all-in-one.

      There are some small disadvantages: mostly, it needs to be wintered indoors. the ceramic egg is susceptible to extreme temperature change. and it weighs around 400 pounds. Be sure to read the manual and follow it. This isn’t plug-n-play like propane…

      1. Awesome. Thank you for the information. Do you know – can you burn wood in it too (like Hickory for smoking?? Thanks again!

  2. you can smoke, but my understanding is it’s still fueled by charcoal with water-soaked woodchips added for the smoking. the vents are closed tighter to cook at a lower temp…

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