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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Oct 3, 2010
Nov 5, 2010 12:15 PM UTC
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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 standard briquettes. Coshell's manufacturing process uses no petroleum or harmful ingrediants that could be passed along to your food, making it better for your family and flavor. Coshell briquettes are eco-friendly by using a material that traditionally goes in to a landfill. It has the added benefit of burning cleaner so fewer greenhouse gases are emitted and no trees are cut down to produce the raw material.