gas-and-charcoal-bbqThe debate between gas and charcoal bbq grills has been going on for years. Some say that powerful gas burners are better. Others go for portable charcoal grills. The bottom line is, your choice will depend on matters concerning taste, budget and other factors that influence your personal preference. But for the sake of information, let us talk about some tips when choosing between gas and charcoal grills.


If you are looking for that unique and natural smoky taste, you know what to choose. This smokiness comes from wood which obviously points out the benefit of using a charcoal grill. According to, in a recent research, people were served hamburgers and steaks cooked on gas and charcoal grills. The participants were not able to distinguish the difference in the taste of the hamburgers. However, they were able to taste the distinct smoky flavor in the steaks.


Convenience is also another factor that you should consider when buying your barbecue grill. If you want a grill that will allow you to cook your food in as little time as possible, gas grills are faster. By just turning on the grill, it will heat up fast and allow you to proceed with your barbecuing immediately. However, you should know that there are also charcoal grills like La Caja China that are also convenient to use. Yes, you’ll have to light up the charcoals and wait for about 20 minutes to get the grill ready. But did you know that with the way La Caja China is designed, you should be able to roast a whole pig in our box in just 4 hours?


Another factor that you should consider when choosing a barbecue grill is portability. Are you planning on bringing the grill in the outdoors, on the beach or to your friend’s house? Do you want a grill that you can move anywhere in your yard? Gas grills are mostly installed indoors and aren’t always portable. Our La Caja China grills come in several sizes and models. They are easy to assemble or disassemble and come with wheels which make it easy for users to take them anywhere.


Of course, all of us are concerned about the cost of things that we’d like to buy. In the case of barbecue grills, it is obvious that gas grills are more expensive than charcoal grills. In most cases, the more features a grill has, the higher its cost will be. However, we do not recommend that you base your buying decisions based solely on price. Remember, what you have to aim for is to invest your money on a grill that will last for years while maintaining its efficiency.


When choosing a grill, make sure that it is durable. We cannot talk about the durability of other grills but we are confident to say that our roasting boxes last for 15 years or more with proper care and use.


You should also check if your grill is versatile. What types of food items can you cook in it? Can it only grill small food items? Our La Caja China roasting boxes can grill anything from burgers, seafood, shellfish, hotdogs, vegetables and fruits. It can also grill larger chunks of meat like slabs of ribs, chuck roasts, briskets, prime ribs and even cook whole pigs, whole turkeys, whole lambs or whole goats. Impressed yet?

We hope that we helped you understand the pros and cons of gas and charcoal bbq. Feel free to browse our website to learn more about the best charcoal bbq or get our clam bake recipe, lechon asado recipe and sample smoked meat menu. And remember, to serve the tastiest grilled dishes, only use the best charcoal grills on the market. Visit our website or call us now at 1-800-338-1323 to place your order!

Learn how the La Caja China pig roaster works! Watch our video below.