Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


The Grate Debate: Charcoal versus Gas

The Grate Debate: Charcoal versus Gas

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This month we’re testing charcoal. Briquettes and natural lump charcoal. Mesquite charcoal. Coconut shell charcoal. Kiawe charcoal from Hawaii. And the world’s most expensive charcoal: bincho-tan from Japan. Do you have a favorite brand of charcoal? Tell us about it on the Barbecue Board.


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Here’s Steven at Tanagokoro, the legendary charcoal shop in Tokyo, where Japan’s rock-hard, slow and clean-burning, super-premium bincho tan charcoal $4 a piece!


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Coconut shell charcoal in Malaysia

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Log shaped charcoal briquettes in Korea
 


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A Korean tabletop barbecue pit
 


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Venetian olive wood charcoal

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