Matt and I cook with lump charcoal. It is far cleaner and really easy to re-light. That having been said, we both use briquettes on occasion. Lump tends to burn hotter and different lump charcoals add differing flavours. Some of our favourites are Maple Leaf Premium, Spring Bok Braai, Blues Hog and Jealous Devil. Whichever becomes your favorite works for you. If you like briquettes, find a brand you like the taste of and stick with it. Buy it when it goes on sale and save money. You’re going to use it anyway.