Barbecues: gas, wood-fired or with oven. A Tasty Journey through Braised Traditions and Flavors

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A Tasty Journey through Braised Traditions and Flavors


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How many types of barbecues are there?

Barbecues come in various shapes, sizes, and styles to suit different cooking preferences and outdoor spaces.

Here are a few types:

Gas Barbecue: Gas barbecues are powered by propane or natural gas and offer convenience and ease of use. They heat up quickly, allowing for precise temperature control and adjustable flame settings. Gas barbecues are often preferred for their convenience and low-maintenance operation. They are a popular choice for those seeking quick and hassle-free outdoor cooking experiences.

Wood Barbecue: Wood barbecues, which sometimes they work also with charcoal,, have a long-standing tradition and provide a unique flavor to grilled foods. These barbecues use charcoal briquettes or natural lump charcoal as fuel. Wood barbecues offer a more authentic and traditional grilling experience, with the smoky aroma and charred flavors that are highly sought after by grilling enthusiasts. They require a bit more time and effort to light and regulate the temperature but provide a rewarding cooking experience.

Outdoor Wood Barbecue with Pizza Oven: Combining the best of both worlds, outdoor wood barbecues with pizza ovens are becoming increasingly popular. These versatile units allow you to enjoy the smoky goodness of a wood barbecue while also having the ability to cook delicious pizzas. They offer the opportunity to explore a wider range of culinary creations, making them a favorite among outdoor cooking enthusiasts.

What fuels do they work with?

The choice of fuel plays a crucial role in determining the flavor, cooking experience, and convenience of barbecues.

Let’s take a closer look at the fuels used by gas and wood barbecues:

  • Gas Barbecues: As mentioned earlier, those are powered by propane or natural gas. These fuels provide a consistent and easily controllable heat source. Propane tanks can be easily refilled or replaced, ensuring uninterrupted grilling sessions. Natural gas barbecues require a dedicated gas line, which provides a continuous fuel supply, eliminating the need for frequent refills and they are ideal for those who value convenience and quick cooking times.
  • Wood barbecues: use charcoal briquettes or wood as a fuel source. Wood requires a longer time to produce embers, a time that is shortened with the use of charcoal: in both cases, the embers provide intense heat and produce smoke, giving the food a distinct smoky flavour. Compared to gas, wood barbecues take longer to light and reach the desired temperature, but the results are often worth the wait. The ability to adjust the airflow and manipulate the embers allows precise temperature control, making wood barbecues versatile for experimenting with different cooking techniques..

Differences between gas and wood-fired baerbecue

The debate between gas and wood barbecues is very heated among barbecue enthusiasts, each claiming the characteristics that make this or that cooking method superior to the other.

Let us elaborate on the main differences between the two methods:

  • Aroma profile: one of the most significant differences lies in the aromatic taste of the food. Wood barbecues infuse food with a smoky flavour that gas barbecues cannot reproduce. The natural aromas released by burning wood add a unique depth to dishes, enhancing the overall cooking experience.
  • Cooking time and temperature control: Gas grills offer fast and precise heating, enabling fast cooking times and easy temperature control. On the other hand, wood barbecues take longer to reach the desired cooking temperature and may require more practice to master temperature control. However, more experienced barbecuers often appreciate the slow and steady process of using wood, as it provides a more relaxed and enjoyable cooking experience.
  • Authenticity and tradition: Wood barbecues have a rich historical and cultural significance, dating back to ancient cooking practices. For many enthusiasts, wood-fired cooking connects them to their culinary roots and adds an element of authenticity to their outdoor cooking activities.
  • Convenience and cleanliness: Gas grills are undeniably more convenient when it comes to lighting the fire and cleaning up afterwards. With the push of a button, the grill is ready to cook in minutes and, once finished, there are no ashes or embers to clean up. Wood-fired grills, while offering unmatched flavours, require more effort to light and clean, which may not be suitable for those looking for a quick and easy grilling experience.

How wood-fired barbecue with pizza oven works

The Wood-Burning Barbecue with Pizza Oven is a versatile and innovative dual outdoor cooking unit that combines the best of both worlds: the smoky goodness of the wood-fired grill and the high-temperature cooking capabilities of the pizza oven.

This unique combination allows you to expand your culinary repertoire and create a wide range of delicious dishes, from perfectly grilled meats to mouth-watering pizzas.

Natural wood logs are used as fuel and the embers generated provide the perfect heat and smoky flavour for grilling meats, vegetables and other delicacies.


When is barbecue prohibited?

Outdoors is never forbidden, indoors is strongly discouraged at any time of the year.

What is the difference between grill and barbecue?

Barbecuing is when the product is fitted with a lid and thus during cooking the chamber is closed, allowing for slow cooking. Whereas grilling is when cooking takes place ‘in the open’ without any kind of cover.

What to grill on the barbecue?

All meats, fish and vegetables.

How to make a perfect barbecue meat?

It is advisable to prepare sufficient embers, heat the grills by making them red-hot and just before placing the food on them, sprinkle them with oil to prevent the food from sticking.