The Bdesign BBQ Battle – Charcoal or Gas?

It’s the greatest debate the Bdesign team and the Bull BBQ Europe pros have had yet! Here’s all that was shared during one of our latest brainstorming sessions which ended in typical Bull BBQ Europe style – a night full of grilling and good company. If you’re considering buying a grill for the first time or, perhaps thinking about making the switch from team gas to team charcoal (or vice versa), here are the key factors we think you should consider. 

Group of people eating and discussing

The Charcoal Grill 

The Pros 

We can argue that the charcoal grill offer that true, cooked-over-a-fire feeling. A charcoal grill can provide a Smokey flavour that many people look for in a grill. But apart from being the king of true grilled flavour, there’s the thrill of cooking over a charcoal grill that our team loves.

The Cons

Part of the benefit of grilling in the summer is that the whole process is breezier than cooking in your oven or on a stove — there are no pots and pans to deal with or clean up! However, the bad news is that charcoal grills can get messy. Chances are, you’ll have to clean up ash and grease after every use, and with a gust of wind, you also must contend with ash all over your outdoor space.
Oh, but wait! The Bison Charcoal Grill by Bull won’t give you this problem! Bull have come up with an exclusive design to avoid getting messy during your grilling. Charcoal that falls through the grates is collected in an ash tray making it easy and efficient to simply pull out the tray and throw it out! The vents also have an elaborate design where-as they can be opened and close to avoid a gust of wind blowing ash all over your outdoor space.

Bison Charcoal Grill – Image courtesy of Bull BBQ

The Gas Grill

The Pros

It’s so easy, you can multi-task: Fire it up, start cooking, and just check in on your meal every few minutes while you chat with friends, prep the rest of the dinner. Gas-fired grilling has the clear benefit of being extremely convenient. Simply turn a knob, and say hello to your highly adjustable heat source. Plus, gas grilling is clean and quick. There’s no messing with briquettes, no stacking, no lighting, no smelly starter fluid and no waiting around for the coals to glow. And once dinner is over, there’s no ashy mess to clean up. Return the switch to off, rub a metal brush over the grate and clean-up time is over. If you are looking for the Smokey flavour, then simply invest in the smoker box, that fits between the flame tamers and gives you that cooked-over-a-fire-feeling!

The Cons

If you decide to have a gas grill, you’ll need to be able to fuel it — either through a natural gas line that’s connected to your house or by keeping a gas tank filled.

Chicken on BULL Bbq grill
Outdoor kitchen featuring BULL BBQ Angus gas grill

The Verdict

The simplest thing you need to know is that what it really comes down to is a matter of personal taste, flavour and convenience. However, with Bull BBQ’s there is a solution for either one of those missing factors, so it really comes down to your preference, as both Charcoal and Gas Grills give you an undeniably amazing grilling experience.
From a lifestyle point of view, if you want to come home from a long day of work at the office and throw a couple of steaks on the grill with absolutely no hassle, then a Bull Gas Grill is the BBQ for you.

One more tip! 

Whichever you choose, add loads of flavour! Add herbs and spices, marinate meats ahead of time. Also cook by starting in the indirect zone, giving your food a little smoke, searing it at the end, bringing it to the table, ready to enjoy.

Whatever you choose, Bull BBQ Europe has your back

The Bull BBQ range includes Charcoal Built In BBQs, LPG Built in Gas Barbecues, Natural Gas Built In BBQs, American Designed Stainless Steel BBQs, Wood Fired Pizza ovens, Outdoor BBQ Kitchen Islands and Outdoor Bar Entertainment Islands. Their stylish, beautifully made outdoor kitchens are a great value for money and a solid investment. It is most definitely the last grill you’ll ever buy!

Does your outdoor space need a designer’s touch? 

Phew. Just in time. Hello Summer! It’s high time we get your outdoor space ready to welcome family and friends. Drop us a line at info@bdesign.com.mt if you’d like us to schedule a complimentary consultation. From a complete revamp of your outdoor area to jazzing up your space and creating a mood that reflects your personal style – we can do it all. 


Special thanks to Bull BBQ Europe for inspiring us to share this commercial content. 

Bull BBQ Europe – Hop over to their website or visit them at Zamco Building, Triq il-Mithna, Qormi, Malta. Call them on + 356 2279 2222/+ 356 2279 2118 or drop them a line at info@bullbbq.eu 


by Beatrice

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