Why does grilled food taste better?

I recently got a hand-me-down propane grill from a very kind friend, and I've been blown away by the flavor of the food I've been cooking on it. For some reason, the flavor is richer, the meat is juicer, the seasonings I use stand out more, and even the potatoes and corn are butterier.

For example, I bought a whole gorgeous lamb (butchered, of course) from one of the farms I did practical work on, and when I seared the chops on the stove, they were fantastic, but when I grilled them, it really blew me away. Same marinade and doneness...and everything.

Can anyone enlighten me on why? Personal theories, opinions, thoughts?


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