How to Grill on a Charcoal BBQ
The charcoal BBQ is still a popular choice for outdoor cooks because it
lends such wonderful flavor to the food. You can cook so many things on the
barbecue too - and grilling food outside during the summers is a great way
to enjoy the beautiful weather while creating delicious meals. Here are a
few starter tips on how to grill with
What Type of Charcoal Do You Use?
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You can use any type of charcoal you like. Briquettes and natural lump charcoal
both have their pros and cons but either one will work. More information about
this can be found in the article,
Grilling Charcoal - What Type to Use?
How to Light the Charcoal
Soaking the charcoal first in lighter fluid is probably the method most
people know best... but there are also chemical-free ways to get the fire
going. Chimney starters
are popular, as are electric charcoal starters
With an electric starter, you just bury the starter under a few pieces of
charcoal and wait a few minutes until you see the coals start to glow.
With a chimney starter, charcoal is stacked inside the chimney and a
lighted newspaper is used to get the coals started.
Charcoal should be stacked in a pyramid shape to help encourage
good air flow.
Always make sure to keep the charcoal dry. Once it gets wet, it's
much harder to start and will smoke heavily -- something the neighbors
probably won't appreciate (nor will your poor eyes!).
How to Grease the Cooking Grate
Wait until the barbecue is pre-heated. Pour some oil onto some folded
paper towels, then use BBQ tongs
to hold the towels while thoroughly wiping them on the grate.
When Is The Barbecue Hot Enough To Start Cooking?
This obviously depends on what temperature you need, but generally
you should at least wait until there is a layer of grey ash on top of the coals.
Adding Wood Chips
Using BBQ wood
an easy way to add extra flavor to food. Soak the wood chips or chunks
in water for at least an hour or two before you need them. Then
drain them well and shake off the excess water. The chips
should be damp, not soaking wet.
Add the damp wood to a smoker box
or directly to the coals after they've formed a layer of grey ash (they won't last
as long if you put them right in the coals). Use wood chips sparingly at first --
a handful or two to start -- until you can figure out just how much
smoke flavor you like.
How to Clean the Cooking Grates
Crusted-on food is easier to remove when the grate is hot.
Right after pre-heating the barbecue, use a stiff-bristled
to scrape off the cooked-on tidbits. If you don't
have a brush, you can also use a crumpled-up ball of tinfoil --
just make sure you hold them with barbecue tongs so that you
don't burn yourself.
Always start with a clean grate. A clean cooking grate will
release food more readily so that it doesn't stick and burn
(and your food also won't have burned bits from whatever was
stuck to the grate).
These short 'how to grill' tips are just a start. Browse our
site for more BBQ tips and, of course,
lots of great recipes!
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