Get Your Smoker On: Charcoal vs. Pellet Grills

Get Your Smoker On: Charcoal vs. Pellet Grills

Ahhh. Can you smell that? It’s the sweet smell of meat smoking on your brand new grill. Is there anything better (other than maybe some Kansas City BBQ)? This summer, you can get your smoker on and cook up some barbeque in your own backyard. But what grill should you get? Let’s break down the differences between charcoal vs. pellet grills so you can make the best choice.

Cooking with Charcoal

Charcoal grills are a fan favorite, although they may take a little more work than a pellet grill. These grills are best used with lump charcoal, which you’ll light in order to get your grill started. Once the grill is ready, you’ll want to keep an eye on it. One of the best features of a charcoal grill is that it gets really hot. But you want to make sure your food doesn’t burn.

Charcoal grills are great for anyone who likes to take their time with a grill or loves the flavor of a charcoal smoke. At Energy Center-Manhattan Pool, we have two fantastic charcoal grill options.

The first option is Napoleon gas grills. I know what you’re thinking, “Aren’t we talking about charcoal grills?” That is the best part about our Napoleon grills: one grill is both a gas grill and a charcoal grill. This innovative design makes it so much easier to get that charcoal flavor you love without all of the work. Plus, we offer many different sizes, so you’re sure to find one to fit your lifestyle.

Our other charcoal grill option is Big Green Egg®. You may have heard of these grills before — they really stand out with their color and unconventional shape. However, the shape is what makes them so great. The egg shape promotes an even smoke, so your food will be evenly cooked when it’s ready. 

Putting the Smoke on Some Pellets

If you’re not a fan of charcoal flavor, a wood pellet grill may be right for you. These grills still give your meat a great, smoky flavor — just a smoky wood flavor instead of charcoal. The smoky flavor isn’t quite as prominent, and you can choose different wood pellets for different flavors. Smokin’ Brothers® Grills have five different flavored pellet options, and one bag lasts for up to 20 hours of grilling. Plus, you can mix and match the flavors to suit your tastes. Hickory-smoked bacon, anyone? 

Wood pellet grills are great if you want to “set it and forget it”. However, the temperature on pellet grills doesn’t get quite as high as charcoal grills, so your food will take a little longer to cook. But, for those who love that rich wood-smoked flavor, it’s definitely worth it.

Take Your Pick

Now that you know the differences between charcoal vs pellet grills, are you ready to get your smoker on? Whether you want a charcoal grill or a pellet grill, we have you covered at Energy Center-Manhattan Pool. We have a variety of different models for each grill brand we sell, and our team can help you find the perfect one. Contact us or stop by today to get started.

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