If you are serious about grilling and BBQ, you should be using lump charcoal, not briquettes. Lump charcoal it is 100% hard wood, and it burns 300-400 degrees hotter. It burns much longer and adds a real wood flavor to your food.
Briquettes appear to be more convenient, but they aren’t that much cheaper, and they contain all sorts of unappetizing ingredients like burnt peanut shells and corn husks, not to mention fillers and binders.
In particular, I like a pure mesquite charcoal like that sold by Two Tree Products under the “Best of the West” label. When grilling, this gives you a real nice flavor, and it starts quickly.
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