What’s Better: Lump Charcoal or Charcoal Briquettes?

 

Charcoal Grill
 
A Memorial Day tradition is firing up the BBQ.  So if you’re planning on flipping your home made recipe of Shish Kabobs or you're ready to cook some burgers and hot dogs this Memorial Day weekend, you may be gearing up for a trip to the hardware store to buy some charcoal for the grill.
 
So which should you get: lumps or briquettes?
 
For a low-maintenance backyard grill session, opt for the briquettes. These pillow-shaped nuggets are made by combining coal dust with wood scraps and binders, which are then stamped out into uniform pieces that will burn consistently hot for about an hour. In other words, they’re reliable and easy to use.
 
Lump charcoal, on the other hand, is formed by burning trees, logs, or chunks of wood to eliminate the water inside them. Since it’s made of pure wood, it’s the next best thing to an open campfire, and it lends a pure grilled flavor to food. However, it burns unevenly—hot at first and then cooler—so it needs to be replenished every 30 minutes or so during cooking.
 
Enjoy & Happy Memorial Day!
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