Charcoal grills use charcoal briquettes, wood or a combination of both.
- Cooking on a charcoal grill produces a more intense, smoked flavor.
- Cooking over charcoal requires time. Depending on grill size and the number and type of briquettes, you should be ready to cook 15 to 30 minutes after lighting.
- Sizes range from small models great for tailgating or camping to large grill/smoker combinations.
- Higher-end grills have air vents or dampers to control cooking temperatures and igniters to eliminate the need for lighter fluid.
- Most charcoal grills are metal, but ceramic is a newer option. Advantages of ceramic grills include greater temperature control and moisture retention, which produces tender and juicy food.