Summer's almost here, and with it, the age-old grilling question: which is better, charcoal or gas?

FOX's Tonya J. Powers takes a look at the two:

For some, bringing up politics would get a less divided stance than the raging debate of charcoal versus gas grilling.

BBQ expert Jimmy Shotwell says it's convenience versus flavor:

(Shotwell) "Gas grill is convenient. You hit a button, it turns on, gets up to temperature quick. Charcoal grill is flavor. You get the flavor from the using the charcoal, the meat and all the drippings that fall onto the charcoal... The additional flavor in there."

He says grilling is about more than just meat.

(Shotwell) "You can get the grill and use it as an outdoor oven. Be gas or charcoal, you can set it 225, 325 degrees, just like your indoor oven, but you can do it outside. You can do anything from smoke mac and cheese, you can bake a cake."

The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association says the most popular grilling days are July 4th, Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.

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