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The Burning Question*: Gas or charcoal BBQ?

Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

Is this charcoal or gas-lit fake coals? Ah, that would be telling...
Is this charcoal or gas-lit fake coals? Ah, that would be telling...
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WE KNOW HOW you feel.

It’s a post-bank holiday Tuesday so do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.


This week: It’s barbecue season – and that means the eternal debate over whether it matters WHAT you cook your sausages on.

The main griddle riddle is whether you prefer gas or charcoal. Do you like it clean or smoky? What gives most flavour?

Poll Results:

B. Charcoal. Accept no substitutes. (4451)
A. Gas BBQ all the way. (2245)
D. Can't we all just get along? (527)
C. Cooking outside is for deluded fools. (311)

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