Which Charcoal Should I Use for My Grill?

Which Charcoal Should I Use for My Grill?

Did you know that one of the most important aspects of any barbecue is knowing how to choose the right kind of charcoal?

A barbecue is one of the best options for spending quality time with friends in the fresh air, with no need for fussing about in the kitchen. When it comes to throwing a barbecue, you probably work hard to select the very best ingredients, but you might be missing out on a very important detail! That’s why we’re going to show you how to choose the best charcoal for your grill. But first, let's take a look at some other interesting factors.

How is barbecue charcoal made?

First of all, it’s important to bear in mind that barbecue charcoal is always plant-based, as mineral coal is used for other purposes. Don't worry about getting the two mixed up — all of the barbecue charcoal available you’ll find the market is natural.

Different types of wood can be used to make plant-based charcoal, but it’s always important to begin with quality raw materials. This fuel is made by heating timber and woody parts of a tree at very high temperatures, using special industrial ovens designed specifically for this purpose.

These ovens are designed so as not to let in any air, ensuring that the wood heats up without burning. This process works to remove virtually all of the water inside the wood, resulting in barbecue-ready charcoal. Due to its incredibly low water content, when burnt as fuel, the charcoal is able to heat up without bursting into flames. If you've ever seen flames on a barbecue before, they're actually the result of oil or grease from food dripping down onto the charcoals.

Which type of charcoal is best for your grill?

As already mentioned, the best charcoal for your barbecue should be made from excellent, high-quality raw materials. We could talk in detail about all of the different varieties available, but let’s focus on the two very best:

  • Holm Oak. Just as the wood of the holm oak is considered the best, so is the charcoal made from it. It ensures that ingredients are cooked evenly, in good time, and without you constantly having to fan the flames. What’s more, it lends foods an irresistibly distinctive flavour and aroma.
  • Quebracho. Quebracho tree charcoal isn’t as well known in Spain as holm oak, as this tree is native to South America. However, its superb quality has led to its increasing availability on the market. It’s highly durable, produces substantial heating power, doesn't give off sparks, and doesn't emit smoke.

Now that you’re aware of the importance of charcoal quality when it comes to grilling, holm oak and quebracho are two very safe bets.