Differences between Heat Beads® BBQ Briquettes and Charcoal

November 28, 2016

It used to be that charcoal was just as its name implies. However, today’s newbie to barbequing quickly realizes that the choices can be daunting and over whelming when trying to decide what to cook with. In the isle you can find old fashioned charcoal, lumps of apple, intriguing chips, coconut wood and a variety of briquettes.

And when it comes to just charcoals, there are the basics including charcoal briquettes and natural hardwood charcoal or lump charcoal. But deciding on which is best can start a fire in no time. Some claim that charcoal is by far the best. However, many will wholeheartedly support Heat Beads® BBQ Briquettes and here’s why:

The Important Basics

Lump charcoal generally burns much hotter than briquettes. Many claim that they are perfect for searing meat. But there are many cut of meat and various foods that require more than searing. Not only is it important that the meat is well cooked for safety reasons, but the longer the meat cooks over the fire the better the taste.

Another downfall with lump charcoal is that their sizes are not consistent. This makes for a very uneven char on the meat. As well, a lot of the bags have excess dust which may block the oxygen flow in a grill.


When comparing prices in the market, charcoal is generally cheaper than briquettes. However, they burn much faster than briquettes and are often burnt down with the first few uses. Now since briquettes burn much lower, their lifespan is much longer.

Flavor and Smoke

The big barbeque entrepreneur will have a combination of hardwood, logs, chips and pellets on top of their charcoal or briquettes. These special woods and products offer a fabulous smoked flavor to what is cooking, such as hickory and mesquite. Other great woods for smoking are oak, pecan and apple.

Bottom line, the longer something is smoked, the better the flavor. And with Heat Beads® BBQ Briquettes you can get an even fire that allows simmering your meat once it is seared so that the hickory or mesquite is a full scrumptious flavor.

What the Experts Say

According to many experts, it is important to select the right fire source for the kind of cooking you are doing. In actuality, charcoal should be used only when you want to cook something fast. It put a nice sear on whatever you are cooking. For everything else, Heat Beads® BBQ Briquettes are the perfect choice.

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