Coshell COSAZ9 9-Pound Bag Coconut Shell Charcoal Briquettes
Patio, Lawn & Garden
Enjoy a guilt free, high quality outdoor experience by using Coshell coconut briquettes for your BBQ cooking. Coshell coconut briquettes are made from 100-Percent recycled coconut shells which makes the briquettes burn hotter, longer and cleaner than … see full wiki
I'm more of a fan of gas-fired BBQ (heresy, I know for the BBQ purists) or electric (smoking). When I do go for the traditional coal, I usually use hardwood briquettes since I don't care for the way regular briquettes make the food taste.
These coconut shell briquettes were a nice change. They did take a bit longer to catch than regular briquettes (used a chimney-type device to get them lit) but once they got started they burned evenly. Best of all, no taste impact - nice and clean. The manufacturer claims they burn hotter and longer, but I didn't notice a huge difference. A bit longer, perhaps, but the heat seems to be no different. That's just my impression, however - didn't do any side-by-side tests.
While they burn clean, they are not clean when it comes to handling them. Lots of black soot comes off on your hands, and quite a bit of messy powder is in the bag, probably due to the bouncing about during shipping. Much messier than hardwood. The mess knocks the rating down a star.
While these won't convert me away from gas and electric, it is a viable alternative to hardwood charcoal.
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