Ina Garten smiling and holding a cookbook
Does Ina Garten Prefer Gas Or Charcoal Grills?
Entering the spirited debate on which grill fuel delivers the best results, chef Ina Garten comes down firmly on the side of charcoal over gas for its ability to enhance flavors.
Showcasing the charcoal grill's versatility, Garten has prepared delicious dishes from steaks to lemon chicken using her 22.5 inch Weber for her TV show, "The Barefoot Contessa."
When food is cooked on a charcoal grill, dripping fats and juices are transformed into steam and smoke which is reabsorbed into the food, resulting in the distinctive taste.
While gas grills offer quick and easy cooking, they require aids like lava rocks to mimic the high, radiant heat necessary for the smoky flavor associated with charcoal grilling.
Charcoal for grilling is sold as briquettes and lump charcoal. Briquettes can contain additives that may alter taste, whereas lump charcoal benefits from a pure wood composition.