Best Ceramic Briquettes For Gas Grills (& How To Use Them)

Ceramic briquettes can turn a great grill into an amazing grill. They provide that extra level of consistent heat that a gas grill often needs to combat hot and cold spots. But, since the best ceramic briquettes last so long you want to find some that are perfect for your grill and grill size.

Always get 100% pure ceramic. Don’t compromise on quality as you will be cooking with them every time you use your grill. Let’s break it down.

Why Use Ceramic Briquettes For Your Gas Grill?

Heat Distribution

One of the biggest disadvantages to gas grills is that more often than not they have hot spots. If you’re trying to feed a crowd cooking everything at once can become challenging as things start to cook faster than others and you have to constantly move all the food around the grill.

Some grills come with metal heat distribution shields to counter this, but the most natural and efficient way to evenly distribute the heat around your grill is to add a layer of ceramic briquettes to absorb and spread around the heat.

Easy To Clean

Although ceramic briquettes naturally stay quite clean, if you notice visible debris on them it’s worth giving them a scrub with a brush or wipe them down with a cloth. Always be sure to do this when they aren’t hot, and you can flip them every few months which will help too.

Long Lasting

High quality ceramic briquettes will last a lifetime. They are naturally durable and very good with handling heat, unlike cheaper heat shields which can wear over time. They are also reusable if you were to upgrade the grill model, and you can remove them at any stage, or replace them at will.

Tastier Food?

Although I’m not fully convinced on this one, some people swear that the ceramic briquettes help add a better flavor to your food. This is said to be mostly due to the juice drippings that land on them and evaporate into steam which goes back into your meat. 

This may be true, but this will naturally happen with most gas grills, particularly those with metal heat shields. Some say using ceramic briquettes is better for taste, some say it can’t hurt.

Top 4 Best Ceramic Briquettes In The Market

Mr. Bar-B-Q Ceramic Gas Grill Self Cleaning Briquettes

  • Comes with 60 pure ceramic briquettes
  • Highly affordable option
  • Covers small to medium-large grills. If you have a very large grill you might just fall short
  • Due to their pyramid shape, they can’t be flipped easily

Chef Master Ceramic Gas Grill Self Cleaning Briquettes

  • Most affordable
  • Top quality ceramic
  • Due to their pyramid shape they can’t be flipped easily
  • Only comes with 50 ceramic briquettes, better for smaller to medium grills

Grill Greats Briquettes

  • Perfectly rectangular for easy flipping and even distribution
  • Uniform shape for perfect distribution (vs. pyramid shaped ceramic briquettes)
  • Reports of poor or loose packaging
  • Some reports of cracking or broken briquettes

Home Hardware Specialty Flame Tamer Ceramic Grill Bricks

  • Perfectly rectangular for easy flipping and even distribution
  • Lies flat and heats up well
  • Large in size means it’s harder to get a perfect fit for your grill.
  • Less popular option
  • Comes with only 30, need two packs for larger grills

Heat Shields Vs. Lava Rocks Vs. Ceramic Briquettes

Heat Sheilds

Heat shields, heat plates, flavorizer bars, or heat tents all are made from stainless steel or cast iron and fill a similar role in the grilling process of a gas grill. Unlike charcoal grills where you can distribute the burning coals however you like, gas grills usually have set burners and depending on the model, usually have hot and cold spots around the grill surface.

Heat shields are designed to take the heat from the flame and distribute it more evenly around the grill, which helps for consistency.

Lava Rocks

Lava rocks are an alternative to ceramic briquettes, but tend to only last around a year or so. Because of their inconsistent size it’s more difficult to get an even heat for your whole grill. But they do work well at retaining and radiating the heat.

Ceramic Briquettes

Ceramic briquettes are not the same as charcoal briquettes for smoking or grilling, and are also not an alternative for lump charcoal for smoking, but are exclusively used in gas grills as the most sustainable, reliable, and efficient way to evenly distribute heat for a superior cook.

Ceramic as a material is naturally great at retaining heat and distributing it well, which is why you observe many pots, pans, or even grills made of it – such as the Big Green Egg or Kamado grill.

How To Clean Ceramic Briquettes

One of the greatest benefits of high quality pure ceramic briquettes for gas grills is that they are mostly self cleaning. What this really means is that the heat from the flame usually burns off any small debris or juices. This makes them great for not adding time when cleaning or removing rust from your gas grill.

However, after around ten uses it’s definitely worth giving them a light brushing and wipe down with a nylon brush and cloth. It’s also worth flipping them after cleaning too, as long as the ceramic briquettes are uniform in shape, i.e. not pyramid shaped.

How Long Do Ceramic Briquettes Last?

In all honesty, there is no expiry date or set time frame where you should replace your ceramic briquettes. Ceramic is also a naturally long-lasting material, so long as it’s taken care of properly and not exposed to the elements all the time.

The best way to tell when your ceramic briquettes need replacing is when they are visibly breaking, cracked, or broken. This is only because they will retain and distribute heat unevenly if they aren’t all uniform in shape! You can use them for years as long as they are taken care of.

If you do begin to notice a foul smell when grilling they may need a clean or a flip, or if it’s been an extended period of time it could be worth replacing them.

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