We don’t know if this is a nationwide thing, but our local Home Depot has some great deals on charcoal grills right now. This weekend we picked up a discontinued 22″ Char-Broil for $50 — on sale from $79.
If you’re in the South, there are still plenty of nice days left to cook out. Heck, here in Texas it’s just getting to where we can go outside without fear of immediate immolation.
Personally, I have to also admit that I’m a first-time convert from gas to charcoal. What really did it was the fact that every couple of years my gas grill would find a way to render itself useless. I think it really comes down to the fact that if you’re not willing (or able) to shell out for a grill with cast-iron burners, you’re pretty much going to throw away your gas grill every couple of years.
Yes, I know it’s possible to buy replacement parts, and I’ve done that more than once. But they never seem to fit right, and after a while the valves and such start to go — leaving you with a dangerous piece of gear.
So here I am learning to cook with charcoal at this late date. Stop laughing. (Better yet, drop me a line with some of your best hints and tips. I could use ’em!)