Originally Posted by snakyjake
I've been told gas and charcoal do not have a discernible flavor. But then sometimes I read that people prefer the taste of charcoal BBQ over gas.
I also hear it isn't the cooker, but the cook. This leads me to believe anyone can use any cooker and achieve the same flavor, but maybe because they cover the meat in a BBQ sauce. I don't (and won't) use sauces or spices.
In my experience, there is definitely a flavor difference between charcoal and gas. I believe it is for the same reason as there is a flavor difference between your oven and a smoker. The smoke and fumes from one's heat supply penetrates the meat and ads flavor.
That being said, I currently use *gasp*
gas for the many of the reasons you posted. I have used charcoal and prefer the taste and technique. I just don't have the time or space, and must be vigilant about avoiding wild fires from a rare stray ember. After we move, that will change.
Whats wrong with spices?