Charcoal vs. Gas BBQ Cookery: Pros and Cons

The debate between charcoal and gas grilling rages on, each offering unique advantages and disadvantages. At Joes Barbecues we are always helping to decide which is best depends on your priorities: flavour, convenience, or a balance of both. Here's a breakdown to help you choose:

Joes Charcoal BBQ cookery.


  • Flavour: Charcoal infuses food with a smoky, wood-fired taste that gas BBQs simply can't match. Different charcoal types (lump wood, briquettes) and wood chips can add nuanced flavour profiles. Joes stocks all the leading brands of charcoal in their stores.
  • Versatility: Charcoal BBQs often offer more space for indirect grilling, smoking, and searing, making them ideal for slow-cooked BBQ and diverse dishes.
  • Affordability: Charcoal BBQs are generally cheaper than their gas counterparts, making them a budget-friendly option.


  • Startup time: Lighting charcoal takes 15-20 minutes compared to gas's instant ignition, requiring more planning.
  • Temperature control: Maintaining consistent heat with charcoal can be challenging, demanding more experience and attention.
  • Mess: Charcoal ashes and embers create more cleanup compared to gas, adding an extra step to the grilling process.
  • Health: Studies suggest charcoal grilling can produce more carcinogens than gas due to fat drippings and smoke which can be messy in the long run.

Joes Gas BBQ Cookery


  • Convenience: Gas BBQs light instantly and offer precise temperature control with knobs, making them user-friendly for beginners and quick grilling.
  • Hybrid: Joes Barbecues have a range of hybrid cooking machines giving you best of both worlds of charcoal and gas..
  • Cleanliness: Gas burns clean, leaving minimal ash and requiring less cleanup than charcoal.
  • Health: Studies suggest gas grilling may produce fewer carcinogens compared to charcoal, although the evidence is still debated.
  • Safety: Gas BBQs generally heat up faster and produce less smoke, potentially reducing burn hazards.


  • Flavour: Gas BBQs lack the smoky flavour signature to charcoal, although certain techniques can add a hint of smoke.
  • Cost: Gas BBQs tend to be more expensive than charcoal BBQs, and propane refills add to the ongoing cost.
  • Versatility: Gas BBQs often offer less space for indirect grilling and smoking, limiting their cooking possibilities compared to charcoal.

Ultimately, the choice between charcoal and gas comes down to your personal preferences. If you prioritize smokey flavour and versatility, charcoal might be your champion. If convenience, clean cooking, and precise control are your top priorities, gas might be the winner. Consider your budget, cooking style, and desired outcome to make the best decision for your grilling adventures.

Joes barbecues store can provide you with the best. Pop in to our Joes BBQs store at 142 Silverwater Road Silverwater.