There is a distinctive flavor that comes from grilling with charcoal. For an expert who uses natural lump charcoal, expertly spread around, lit without using any lighter fluid, and carefully managed throughout the cooking process without a lot of smoke, there is a wonderful aroma.
For the rest of us, that charcoal flavor usually means an overly smoky flavor mixed with a dash of lighter fluid smell. Admittedly, that is a distinctive flavor even if it is one most of us would like to avoid.
Aside from the smoke, charcoal as a heat source does not actually flavor your outdoor food. That wonderful backyard BBQ taste from grilling outside comes from meat drippings splashing the heat source, vaporizing, and rising back up to add flavor to the food on your grill.
Premium gas grills like the MHP and Broilmaster models we sell use things like a self-cleaning porcelain briquette above the gas burner. That briquette heats quickly and evenly, ready to provide that special backyard grill flavor to your family’s meal.