Why is Charcoal the best choice for a BBQ?

Why Choose Charcoal for your BBQ?

Hi there fellow barbecue enthusiasts! 

Here at Cyprus BBQ we are passionate about our charcoal rotisserie barbecues and so we just wanted to tell you why we think charcoal barbecues are the best way to cook and enjoy any BBQ. 

Souvla cooked over charcoal on a Cyprus BBQ

Nothing beats the outdoor cooking experience, and we just love the taste of food cooked over an open flame on one of our foukous.

It’s no surprise that this way of cooking has always been so popular. Charcoal grills have been around for what feels like forever and they continue to be a popular choice among barbecue lovers. The main design for a Traditional Cyprus BBQ, or Foukou as it’s also known, has been around for millennia. 

So let’s discuss a few of the reasons why a charcoal barbecue is the perfect addition to everyone’s outdoor living and cooking experience.

Firstly, let's talk about flavour. 

Souvlaki cooking over charcoal on a Cyprus BBQ

Charcoal grills add a unique and delicious smokey flavour to food that you simply can't get from a gas or electric grill. 

The charcoal itself creates the smoke and you can even add different types of hardwood charcoal (such as mesquite, hickory, or applewood) to add even more flavour to your food. 

Temperature control

Another reason why we love charcoal grills is the precision of temperature control. 

With a charcoal grill, you have complete control over the temperature. 

You can add or remove coals to adjust the heat, which allows for a more precise way of controlling the temperature. 

As if that wasn’t enough with our fantastic Cyprus BBQs  you also have a raising and lowering mechanism specifically designed to take your charcoal cooking to another level (pun intended).

This mechanism allows you to raise or lower the larger souvla skewers or if you’ve got one of our fabulous Flat Grills this can be lowered or raised as well, controlling the heat from the charcoal. This also works with our rotating Fish/Meat Grills as well as anything attached via the souvla skewers such as the chicken spit hooks or gyros plates.

So without doubt a Cyprus BBQ really is the ultimate must have for any barbecue lover.


As far as portability goes charcoal grills are typically smaller and more lightweight than gas grills, making them perfect for taking on the go. 

Cyprus BBQ in the park

They're great for camping trips, picnics and taking to the beach. 

We’ve got you covered for that too with various motor solutions for your foukou. Our Variable Speed Cyprus Style motor which can connect to a car’s battery, the more powerful Cobra Queen in-car motor or for complete portability the Wireless Rechargeable Variable Speed motor. 


Another great thing about charcoal grills is that they're cost-effective. 

Charcoal is often cheaper than propane and it lasts longer, which means you won't have to keep buying new tanks.


Lastly, charcoal grills offer a variety of charcoal options. You can choose between different types of charcoal like hardwood, briquettes, or lump charcoal to achieve different flavour and heat characteristics. You can now even get sustainable charcoal and charcoal made from coconut shell or bamboo.

Hardwood charcoal is made from 100% pure wood, which burns hot and clean, and can add extra flavours to your food.

Briquettes are made from compressed sawdust and wood scraps, which are bound together with a binder and burn for an even longer time. 

Charcoal on a Cyprus BBQ

Lumpwood or lump charcoal is made from pieces of wood that have been burned down to pure carbon and can burn hotter and cleaner than briquettes and also tends to light faster.

What do we recommend? We tend to use Lumpwood charcoal for these reasons. But any charcoal is going to add that extra smile to any barbecue.

In a nutshell, we believe that charcoal grills are an excellent choice for backyard barbecues. They offer a unique and delicious flavour, precise temperature control, portability, cost-effectiveness, and a variety of charcoal options. 

If you're in the market for a new grill, do the right thing and go for a charcoal barbecue.

Take a look at our incredible range of Cyprus BBQ Sets and you won’t be disappointed.

If you have any questions or want further information please feel free to Contact Us or give us a call on 0113 2177141

Happy barbecuing!

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