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FAQ Subject: Lava Rocks vs None
I would like to buy a gas barbeque grill. I barbeque every week and I find it very convenient. The two options available are (a) one with lava rocks and (b) one without the lava rocks (Weber).
I used one with lava rocks for a couple of years. However the salesman tells me that lava rocks don't make any difference to the flavor or to the way the food looks after cooking.
What should I go for?
Salesmen will tell you anything. Lava rocks do a couple of things. They absorb heat until they reach radiant temperature - which is what you need for broiling. They absorb fats which drip down upon hem and send the essence of the evaporated fat back up as smoke, thereby seasoning the meat.
Click into "According to Smoky" at www.barbecuen.com and read "Choosing a Gas Grill."