Charcoal vs Gas Grill

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What Do We Use – Charcoal vs Gas Grilling

Here at Rock N Soul Cafe, we believe food should have flavor. As much as possible. And that means foods like our ribs and burgers are grilled, not fried in a pan.

So what do we use?

Actually we use gas with cedar chips simply because it is much easier as a restaurant. But truth be told, if we had a choice, when we eat BBQ at home, we definitely prefer the taste of charcoal.

And with summer fast approaching, BBQ season will soon be in full swing. So if you’re looking to up your grilling game, take full advantage of the season’s deals on gas and charcoal grills.

Before you take the leap into the world of home BBQ and buy yourself a new gas or charcoal grill, there are a few things you should consider, and a few facts you should know.

And of course don’t forget to have a great playlist of your favorite music prepared!

Start by asking yourself these questions to help you determine if you want to be cooking over a gas BBQ grill or a charcoal BBQ grill…

Charcoal vs Gas Grill

  • How much do I want to pay?

Charcoal grills are considerably less expensive than the heavy duty gas models. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new grill, or if you want to try your grill-thumb out before you splurge, opt for a less expensive charcoal model.

They can start as low as $15 for the most basic model. Gas grills will cost you several hundred dollars with the higher end models priced at well over $1,000.

On top of the initial cost, gas grills also require you to constantly refill the gas tank, tacking on an extra hundred dollars every year depending on how often you plan to grill.

Charcoal is comparatively inexpensive, and can be purchased at most major supermarkets.

  • How many people will I be grilling for?

Not only do gas grills provide a larger cooking space, they are also faster to ignite, and can keep heat for an almost endless amount of time. If you’re planning on grilling for large groups of people and you don’t want to constantly have to refill charcoal and replenish the grill grate, gas may be the right choice for you.

Charcoal can be frustrating and time consuming, and will limit the amount of food you can grill at once.

  • Do I want that charcoal taste?

There is no arguing that food prepared on charcoal grills have a much different taste that the food prepared on gas grills. That traditional, smoky BBQ flavor is easily obtainable through a well-prepped charcoal grill.

Not only will your taste buds be satisfied, but you will also smell that great BBQ the whole way through.

Food prepared on a gas grill still tastes great, but has a much cleaner, less-traditional BBQ flavor.

  • How difficult to I want the clean-up process to be?

You know that moment in the infomercial when the frustrated woman struggles with an awful mess? The screen freezes in black and white, as she buries her face in her palm and makes woebegone eyes at the camera.

That’s the kind of clean up you could be in store for with a charcoal grill. Now you can visit this post to help with all of that. But it is very hard to clean the mess after all the BBQ has been prepared.

You have to wait for the charcoal to cool, dispose of it safely and properly, and then go through the regular maintenance of scrubbing the grill grates. Gas grills only require the last step of scrubbing, allowing you to ditch the rest of the BBQ blues.

  • Do I want instant gratification?

Another thing to consider before you take the BBQ plunge is how much prep time you want to put into your grilling.

If you want to drop your keys, grab some steaks and get grilling, charcoal is definitely not the way for you. It can take up to 30 minutes to let the charcoals achieve the appropriate cooking temperature.

Gas grills just require a few turns of a knob and a quick click of the ignition.

  • Will wind disrupt my grill time?

Charcoal grills are great for the summer, but if the wind is out in any way, a charcoal grill won’t want to play. Gas grills are wind-proof, and can withstand any sort of climate change during your cookout; minus a blizzard, of course.

  • Where will I make my purchase?

If you’re ready to throw down serious cash for your grill, you can visit a specialty BBQ store. You will get the expert advice and opinion you wouldn’t get anywhere else, but you will probably only have the highest end models to choose from.

Sporting goods and department stores are also a good choice, but they will have a much more limited selection.

If you’re looking to make a quick purchase before a small summer BBQ, there’s no real harm in buying that grill from the summer section of the grocery store.

Once you’ve found the answer to these BBQ questions, you should have an idea of what grill will work best for you.

Whatever route you take, whether it’s the good old, traditional, charcoal BBQ grill, or the stainless-steel, gas BBQ grill behemoth, don’t forget the sides, the suds and the sun!

Music Genres You Should Combine with Your Meals

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A study was done to see how people react when they listen to certain types of music while eating. The researcher found some interesting results. This is obviously a general suggestion, but it can’t hurt to try it out. If you are hardcore all the way or indie all the way, by all means, keep at it. We share these interesting findings because, well, it’s interesting.


You should play Indie music when eating Indian food – Indie rock music is your best option when eating Indian. The faster beats help to bring out the spiciness of Indian cuisine and make you enjoy that meal so much more.


Dessert deserves some R&B. The researcher found that R&B is best to go with that delicious molten lava cake or that mouth-watering crème brulé or even just a nice bowl of ice cream and chocolate sauce. Just imagine that soulful sounds and singing accompanying your taste buds’ delicious journey through your dessert.


Sushi likes jazz music. Jazz music is the perfect genre to eat your salmon sushi, California rolls, and fashion sandwiches to. It is chilled and mellow and will make your dining experience so much better. Try it out.


Try some pop music when you eat Chinese food. Whether it is K-pop or other types of pop music, it goes best with Chinese food. You will enjoy your sweet and sour pork or chicken chow mein so much more when accompanied with some pop beats. We suggest mixing it up with as many styles and languages you can find. It seems fitting to try some K-pop and Chinese pop while enjoying some Eastern cuisine.


You should eat breakfast while listening to soul music. Start your day with some smooth soul sounds to set the mood for a great and positive day. Soul music is perfect to enjoy your breakfast by and to get you in the right state of mind for your day ahead.

These seem legit, but we suggest you try it yourself. Maybe do some music and food matching research of your own. Let us know what you find.

The Benefits of Live Music in Restaurants and Coffee Shops

When you visit a restaurant, you may not even notice that there is probably music playing in the background. There is psychology behind the playing of music in restaurants and coffee shops. It creates a good vibe and puts people at ease. Live music has some specific benefits. Yes, there are people who don’t enjoy live music, but they generally tend to stay away from places where this is the norm. Live music is great for both the clientele and the business. Here’s why:

1. It creates a positive and uplifting atmosphere. People go out to relax and forget about their jobs and long days. Live music helps to create the best environment to do this. It relaxes you, gets some beat into your body and releases happy hormones.

2. It takes people on a journey. Music has the power to take you on a journey to unknown and beautiful places. Music can completely transport you to another time and place where everything is beautiful, peaceful, and romantic. Or where everything is a big party and lots of fun. Either way, music is ideal for an evening getaway when a holiday is out of the question.

3. It creates a social vibe. Music can help clientele mingle and meet new people. It tends to create an atmosphere of familiarity and freedom. When people are relaxed and don’t feel threatened or judged, they are more likely to talk to new people and possibly make life-long friends.

4. Live music helps people escape. There is no better escape than just letting go and emerging yourself in the music. After a long day or a crappy experience, the best remedy is good food and some live music to take you away.

Live music draws more clientele who are looking for a fun or relaxing night out. This combined with all of the benefits mentioned above makes it a winning choice for any coffee shop or restaurant.