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Does an electric grill give you the same type of bar-b-que flavor as a charcoal or propane grill?

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fthunt1337779078.521774 PostsRegistered 12/24/2010

Truth: No

I've bought 2 - the last one from QVC the table top style - it's okay but basically it's a frying pan with slots (grill marks). In my opinion: nothing nothing gives the flavor of charcoal or a gas grill.

Electric is fine if you aren't allowed to have propane in a rental unit and/or you're afraid of propane. People talk down the famous 'flare ups' but that's where the flavor comes from.

But try it - you might like electric.

boby1337779187.4933110 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Used properly (in other words don't douse the coals with a gallon of lighter fluid) charcoal gives a flavor that propane and electric can't impart. You can come close with the latter two if you use a tray of soaked wood chips (love hickory, mesquite or applewood) or even sawdust. I have a propane grill. I don't know for sure but I have to think that electric wouldn't generate the same heat level as charcoal or propane either.

The big advantage to electric is that you never run out of fuel unless there is a power failure.

cheaptochic1337779495.831383 PostsRegistered 2/9/2008NJ

I have my second electric outdoor grill (Char-Broil Brand) purchased at Lowe's and the flavor is every bit like a gas grill. It may not have a hickory flavor from chips, but you cannot tell the difference with my grilled chicken, steak or shrimp coming off my electric grill from anyone's outside gas grill. I think there is a misconception when people compare a George Forman electric grill to the propane grills. My townhouse development does not allow the gas grills due to safety issues. If you buy an outdoor electric grill of the proper brand & they are not cheap, you will get good results.

4uthebest13377814433846 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009

An electric grill will give you a very similar taste to a gas/propane grill, BUT it is not in any way close to a charcoal grill, especially when using mesquite or hickory wood.

forrestwolf1337809042.5936508 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

There are cast iron smoker boxes that you can put water soaked wood chips into, to impart it into your non charcoal grills.........Used to have one..........Cool

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling

Kachina6241337812156.66319263 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico

You can use directly or as a marinade, liquid smoke.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

4uthebest1337881715.3573846 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009
On 5/23/2012 kachina624 said:

You can use directly or as a marinade, liquid smoke.

that will help, but IMHO it is still far away from genuine charcoal (unless you have a $2700 weber gas center).

Jeanne R1337882244.3374788 PostsRegistered 7/5/2010

there is agreat difference

Jeanne R1337882312.5134788 PostsRegistered 7/5/2010

the truth is no

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