Bar B Que grilling cooks have their preference between grilling with gas or charcoal. Ease of use, and flavor appear to be the major concerns. Some people are becoming more concerned about the effects Bar B Que grilling has on the environment. Using a gas grill, you can reduce your environmental footprint caused by avoiding chemical lighter fluid. It is also not necessary to leave your grill burning for long periods of time.
Bar B Que Emission Footprints
Grills powered with gas emit far fewer emissions than most charcoal grills, according to the Huffington Post. Measurements performed by the Department of Energy show that grilling with gas for an hour creates 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide. Using charcoal to grill releases 11 pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment every hour.
Bar B Que Benefits of Gas vs. Charcoal
• One of the first benefits of using natural gas to Bar B Que is uninterrupted grilling. You can also Bar B Que nearly immediately. Charcoal takes half an hour to get ready. Charcoal grills must be reloaded with charcoal bricks continuously. However, grills that use natural gas are fueled by the gas pipes/lines that run from the home. This means that your grill will have a consistent flow of cooking power – just like the stove in your home.
• You can cook on gas grills all year. Since there is a steady supply of gas you do not have to worry about the frustrations of windy conditions. You don’t have to go to the store for more charcoal when you run out either.
• Many times, outdoor Bar B Que grilling with charcoal results in overcooked food because of the fact that there is no easy way to control the heat that the food is cooking over. Gas grills on the other hand have an excellent means of controlling the temperature.
• Best of all, it takes very little money to operate and maintain grills that utilize natural gas for cooking.
GRILLED SAUSAGE WITH POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS
~ 3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
~ 1/2 pound red pototoes, quartered
~ 1 large onion, sliced
~ 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
~ 1 teaspoon salt
~ 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
~ 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
~ 1 teaspoon butter
~ 1/3 cup water
~ Preheat grill for high heat.
~ On a large sheet of foil, place the green beans, red potatoes, onion, and sausage. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with oil, and top with butter. Tightly seal foil around the ingredients, leaving only a small opening. Pour water into the opening, and seal.
~ Place foil packet on the prepared grill. Cook 20 to 30 minutes, turning once, until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender.